Before Now by Norah Olson

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Read Before Now Online Free - A harrowing and heartbreaking teen romance expertly told with a reverse timeline, Before Now is another emotionally charged novel from suspense author Norah Olson about a young couple who runs headlong into tragedy while trying to escape their complicated pasts.

The odds were against them, but somehow aspiring astronomer Atty and her troubled boyfriend, Cole, managed to escape their old lives in the rough neighborhoods of Minneapolis and the judgmental eyes of their parents, who couldn’t see that Atty and Cole were meant to be. But they don’t get away clean. Eventually the mistakes and betrayals from their pasts catch up to them. Atty is lying about why Cole is being hounded by the cops and Cole won’t go quietly to jail—or anywhere without Atty. Then the unthinkable becomes reality and the future is instantly unwritten.

Through Atty’s journal, all the intimate details of her tragic romance with Cole unfold from finish to start, including the mystery of what brought them together—and tore them apart.

Title : Before Now
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ISBN : 0062347071
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 208 pages


Sarah rated it ★★★☆☆

October 21, 2017

(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story, told in a reverse timeline from the end to the beginning. Atty was quite a passionate character, and she felt things really deeply. I did feel sorry for her because she wasn’t a...

Hollis rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 04, 2017

BEFORE NOW is a story with an interesting concept. Instead of a fluctuating timeline that jumps around from past to present and so on, the story begins with the end and then rewinds slowly day by day. The problem that came from that choice is that the beginning (the end) is.. drama. And dramatic....

Jennifer rated it ★★★☆☆

December 27, 2017

Before Now is a standalone Young Adult novel. The narrator is 17 year old Atabei/ Atty (girl). The story is told in 1st person POV. Atty lives in Minneapolis. Her dad is Haitian. Her boyfriend is Cole, who is white. The book features a reverse timeline. The book starts by discussing a very serious s...

alice rated it ★★★★☆

December 24, 2017

You can find this review and others at arctic books I'm very impressed by this novel. My emotions started from disbelief and shock to some of understanding and deep sadness over the course of these few months during which this novel spans. I was highly doubtful as to how this backwards chronologic...

Rhi rated it ★★★☆☆

December 17, 2017

I received an ARC from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating: 2.5/5. This story is told in reverse, which is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it probably kept me reading purely because I was vaguely curious to get to the events the MC referenced, but on the other...

Bella rated it ★★★★☆

January 09, 2018

Reading a book where the plot is reversed and knowing the ending first is a new concept to me. Will I, or would I, read another like it? Very possibly. *Trigger warning for Suicide and Indicated Rape in this book* Knowing the ending and then reading the book in reverse was hard, at first, to get u...

Zoë rated it ★★★☆☆

October 08, 2017

One of the more unusual books I've read this year is definitely Before Now by Norah Olson, which is a Memento-style young adult novel about a Romeo and Juliet romance told in reverse. The issue is that stakes don't seem really high and instead of the main characters, Atty and Cole, just seem over...

Angela rated it ★★★★☆

January 18, 2018

It was good, but the reverse chronological order thing was sort of confusing...

Adelia rated it ★★★☆☆

December 26, 2017

Interesting take on Romeo & Juliet While the story is a well known plot, the author's approach on working backwards from the end was a quick, easy read set in modern times.

Andrew rated it ★★★☆☆

April 15, 2017

***I read an ARC of this received at work*** Actual rating: 2.5? I guess? Before Now is a story told in reverse, because the beginning of the story (the further along you are in the book) makes things more interesting than the end of the story (the beginning of the book). This makes the story a li...

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