Thursday, August 21, 2014

How I Fall by Anne Eliot Book Review

 Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Publisher: Butterfly Books, LLC
Published Date: June 15th, 2014
Source: Author
Edition: Paperback, 379 pages

What if the one person you can't stop thinking about...
...can't stop thinking about you?

What if during one long day you failed at everything because you met this glitter-crazed new girl who practically ruins your life? Worse, she insists you and your secret crush become best friends—with her?!! Only you don’t have time to be friends with insane people, and you think your crush might need to stay the way it’s always been: Distant. Impossible. In your head. This is because you have problems and secrets a crush would never understand.

But what if the three of you wind up assigned to a group photography project, and rumors are already circling about the new girl being ridiculous? You know she’s nice but alone, so you convince your crush to help protect the new girl. Working on the project suddenly makes hanging out, texting, talking—and even high school—seem completely normal when it’s anything but.

What if you fall for each other just enough to kiss…and it’s perfect? You tell secrets and make the kind of promises that might be impossible to keep when you’re only sixteen. Which is why, long before it all falls apart, you already knew nothing this beautiful could have been meant to be yours for long.

But what if… 

Anne has a knack for writing unconventional, realistic young adult romances that are always sweet and never erotic. With so many novels bordering on erotica, it's nice to read a book where the writing is all about love and not sex. (There's nothing wrong with sex but it's nice to do without it sometimes)

In How I Fall, Ellen---a sweet, and sassy teenaged girl with Cerebral Palsy has a crush on the school's dreamy-eyed quarterback. Better yet, he has a crush on her too.  In the real world they crush on each other from afar, and only in the privacy of their own minds. Until a crazy, glitter bearing Irish girl comes along and brings them all together, Cam, Ellen, Laura--the crazed glitter girl, and Ellen's overprotective brother/best friend.

Their relationship is doomed before it begins. Cam's overprotective, and overzealous parents don't want him dating. They want him to focus on football--and getting his diploma. 

Ellen is content with admiring Cam from afar and staying way, way in the background but Laura not only rains glitter but she refuses to stand idly by while two young people so obviously in love are kept apart.

The most charming thing about this novel is Laura. Her presence is unexpected at first but she quickly charms her way through the pages of this book--sporting a tiger beanie and glittery hippie clothes.

While I enjoyed the other characters I enjoyed the moments with Laura's characters most because she was just so strange and utterly unashamed about it.
The MC...

Ellen, although battling with a life-altering disease stands strong and doesn't let her CP control her life. Her character is very inspirational and I can imagine that there are many girls out there that had been waiting for a story just like this one.

Cam was charming obviously, and I loved how rebellious he was. He refused to let high school judgements and overbearing parents deter him from being with the one girl no one expects him to be with. Who says a girl with CP can't have love.

Readers will enjoy this realistic, romantic story with its quirky and amusing writing. Unfortunately it leaves with an open-ended ending and if you don't like to wait for sequels--well you have to with this one.


  1. xo xo Jazmen thanks so much. xo xo

  2. CUTE is the AD that you do you do what you do? Love it!!! xo

    1. You know what? A lot of the time I surprise myself :) Thanks!

  3. This looks like my kind of read!! Laura sounds amazing, I love unusual characters, especially the sparkly kind. ;) So adding this book now! Awesome review, Jazmen. :D

    1. Thanks! If you're not familiar with Anne's work I suggest you read Almost first. They're not related. Just a recommendation.

  4. I just read Almost the other day and really enjoyed it so I'll definitely be reading more of this author! But open-ended…WHAT?? I don't like that, especially in a contemporary. May have to wait for the next one before I read this one. Thanks for the heads up! ~Pam