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1982 (age 30–31)
Westchester County, New York
|Alma mater||University of Chicago|
|Notable work(s)||Delirium trilogy
Before I Fall
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, will be published on March 4th, 2014 and has been optioned for film by Universal Studios. 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.
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 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, will be released March 4th, 2014.
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.