Before Now

Before Now Review

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

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • (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 passi...

  • • 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 did not love them all that much. • Olson ...

  • 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....

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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 readi...

  • • MC (Atty) is biracial, Haitian-American. • MC's father is Haitian. • Cole's mother is LBGT+ (implied bisexual) and has a drug addiction. • His mother's ex-girlfriend (Rita) is a lesbian.tw: ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 tha...

  • 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. ...