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 esc...

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  • rachel • typed truths
    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism.• I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. • Decent characters. I just didn't ...
  • 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...
  • 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 subj...
  • 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. An...
  • 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 ...
  • Annie (Diverse Reads)
    • MC (Atty) is biracial, Haitian-American. • MC's father is Haitian. • Cole's mother is queer and has a susbtance addiction. • His mother's ex-girlfriend (Rita) is a lesbian.tw: suicide, sexual assault, substance abuse, neglect, mild racism....
  • 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 han...
  • Vanessa
    I don't even know where to start with this mess...I thought I'd give this book a try because it was short and I was super into the idea of a reverse timeline. This book did not feel short. And the reverse timeline while interesting really killed this book for me. We're now going into spoiler territo...
  • Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
    I was kindly sent a physical arc for review by the publishers!Lots of T/W: Abuse, Racism, Drugs, Suicide etc...Before Now was such a quick story, told in reverse with the ending starting things off and finishing with the earliest memory of the two main characters. Although I liked the premise and th...

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