Amber Vaughn is a good girl. She sings solos at church, babysits her nephew after school, and spends every Friday night hanging out at her best friend Devon’s house. It’s only when Amber goes exploring in the woods near her home, singing camp songs with the hikers she meets on the Appalachian Trail, that she feels free—and when the bigger world feels just a little bit more in reach.
When Amber learns about an audition at the North Carolina School of the Arts, she decides that her dream—to sing on bigger stages—could also be her ticket to a new life. Devon’s older (and unavailable) brother, Will, helps Amber prepare for her one chance to try out for the hypercompetitive arts school. But the more time Will and Amber spend together, the more complicated their relationship becomes . . . and Amber starts to wonder if she’s such a good girl, after all.
Then, in an afternoon, the bottom drops out of her family’s world—and Amber is faced with an impossible choice between her promise as an artist and the people she loves. Amber always thought she knew what a good girl would do. But between “right” and “wrong,” there’s a whole world of possibilities.
TWO AND A HALF OUT OF FIVE STARS
*A special thanks to the publisher for this review copy.*
No Place To Fall started off on the wrong foot with me. My initial reactions to this novel was one of disdain. Some of the comments the main character made, made me cringe and I thought for sure I would DNF--but I trudged along.
While the story itself wasn't all that spectacular, I didn't hate it like I thought I was going to. While I had some stronger feelings towards the male characters--I just found that I didn't care, and was simply reading to finish the book.
I don't know if it was the timing or just the characters themselves but I didn't care for this story--not too much.
Well, not until the very end when all the lessons were being learned and things started to come together. But, that was that.
With that southern twang, and easy breezy living this book portrays I'm sure it will appeal to most readers. It's lightweight without being too shallow, and heavy without being consuming.