Lauren Oliver

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Lauren Oliver
Born Laura Suzanne Schechter[1]
(1982-11-08) November 8, 1982 (age 31)[2]
Westchester County, New York[3]
Occupation Author
Language English
Nationality American
Ethnicity American
Citizenship American
Alma mater University of Chicago[3]
Period 2010-present
Genre Young-adult
Middle Grade
Notable works Delirium trilogy
Before I Fall

Lauren Oliver (born Laura Suzanne Schechter; November 8, 1982)[4] is an American author known for her young adult books.

Lauren Oliver is the author of the YA novel Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages and are New York Times and international bestselling novels. She is also the author of two novels for middle-grade readers, The Spindlers and Liesl & Po, which was a 2012 E. B. White Read-Aloud Award nominee. Lauren's next YA novel, Panic, was published on March 4, 2014 and has been already optioned by Universal Pictures in a major deal. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, Lauren Oliver is also the co-founder of the boutique literary development company Paper Lantern Lit.


Oliver's first book, Before I Fall, was published on March 2, 2010, by HarperCollins in the US, and by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK. The book is about a teenage girl, Sam, who has to go through the last day of her life seven times, each time learning new values and the mysteries surrounding her death. Oliver claims to have written all of it on her BlackBerry while going to meetings on the subway. She'd e-mail herself the chapters to later work on them some more. This book is being optioned to be made into a movie by Fox 2000.[5]

Oliver's second book, Delirium, is the first in her dystopian trilogy. Oliver's first novella, "Hana", was released after Delirium, but the book takes place in Delirium but in Hana's perspective. The trilogy's second book, Pandemonium, was released on February 28, 2012. Another novella, Annabel, was released on December 26, 2012 as an e-book. It is placed before the events unfolding in Delirium. This details the story of Lena's mother prior to the events. The third and final book of the trilogy, Requiem, was published on March 5, 2013. A third novella, Raven, was published along with the third book, Requiem, on March 5, 2013 as an e-book. This novella follows Raven on her life and adventures between the events of Pandemonium and Requiem. On March 5, 13, all three of the novellas (Hana, Annabel & Raven) were released together in a (softcover) book.

Oliver's first middle-grade book, about a girl who is visited by a ghost who says her dead father is stuck in Limbo and that only she can help him over, was published on September 1, 2011.[6]

Oliver's second middle-grade book tells the story of Liza as she travels into a fantastical underworld to rescue her younger brother from the sinister puerco-like creatures called Spindlers. It was released in late 2011.

Lauren Oliver's next book, a YA contemporary novel entitled Panic, was released March 4, 2014, and has been already optioned by Universal Pictures in a major deal.

Personal life[edit]

Lauren was born in Queens and raised in Westchester, New York, in a small town very similar to the one depicted in Before I Fall. Her parents are both literature professors, and from a very early age, she was encouraged to make up stories, draw, paint, dance around in costumes, and essentially spend much of her time living imaginatively. She pursued literature and philosophy at the University of Chicago, and then moved back to New York to attend NYU’s MFA program in creative writing. She simultaneously began working at Penguin Books, in a young adult division called Razorbill, and while there, she started work on Before I Fall. She left in 2009 to pursue writing full-time, and now happily works at home. Oliver lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is the daughter of true crime writer Harold Schechter.


Before I Fall 2008

Delirium Trilogy 1. Delirium 2011 2. Pandemonium 2012 3. Requiem 2013 4.Hana, Annabel, and Raven

Panic 2014

Rooms 2014


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  3. ^ a b Oliver, Lauren. "About Lauren Oliver". Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ Brady, Diane (November 29, 2011). "Teen-Lit Queen Takes Up Book Packaging". Businessweek. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Interview with Lauren Oliver". Good Reads. November 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Liesl and Po". Good Reads. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 

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