Before Now by Norah Olson

Before Now

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 judgm...

Details Before Now

TitleBefore Now
Release DateDec 26th, 2017
PublisherKatherine Tegen Books
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance

Reviews Before Now

  • Sarah
    (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 allowed to be with Cole, and the situation she found herself in wasn’t really her fault.The storyline in this started from the end, with a semi-succes...
  • Hollis
    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. And feels very exaggerated with the vague mentions of things that have happened to send these two teens on the run. What makes this harder to handle is ...
  • Jennifer
    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 subject. The problem to me is that we do not know these characters. We should feel something. But unfortunately I did not feel much. The two main characte...
  • alice (arctic books)
    You can find this review and others at arctic booksI'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 chronological journal writing style was going to tell the story, but Olson does it surprisingly well. These 200-some pages of this novel don't yield much for me to ...
  • Rhi Campbell
    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 hand, it felt somewhat like trying to join a conversation halfway through. In places, I had to go back a few pages because a new character had been menti...
  • Bella
    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 used to. It felt like it could be some sort of hard let down to be hit smack first with this powerful “ending” and then be lead first into the beginni...
  • Zoë
    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 overly dramatic. I think part of that has to do with them being teenagers, which might be realistic, but part of it has to do with the fact that the book is ...
  • Angela
    It was good, but the reverse chronological order thing was sort of confusing...