Lauren Oliver’s novel Before I Fall details the tragic death of Samantha Kingston, who is killed in a car accident. In this first-person narrative, Samantha is forced to relive her death for seven consecutive days. For the most part, the novel takes place in Ridgeview, CT where Samantha and her friends attend Thomas Jefferson High School. Through a series of flashbacks, Samantha takes the reader to the homes of her friends and family, as well as to the accident scene where she dies.
Another perspective about the setting of this novel is that it takes place in Samantha’s memory. Through the course of the novel, Samantha experiences anger, disbelief, and denial about the details surrounding her death.
In closing, the setting of this book is the Thomas Jefferson High School, Ridgeview CT. This first-person narrative takes place in the protagonist’s memory, and the emotions she experienced in different settings forms the outline for this work.