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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312576005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312576004
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,654,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Despite a vivid backdrop and some colorful supporting characters, Rockland's debut can't overcome the triteness of its heroine. All Harper Rostov knows is that she wants to be a music writer, and soon the 23-year-old has quit her job at a celebrity tabloid, broken up with her video game–addict boyfriend, and nearly moved out of their East Village apartment. But before the reality of moving back with her parents in New Jersey sinks in, she happens to run into Nick, her longtime crush and the guitarist of her favorite band, Hitchhikers Revenge. Nick's attentions are especially flattering, but she eventually has to choose between a new adventure with Nick and the band and putting her old life back together, which includes the depressed, unstable sister who needs her. The tour of dive bars and dingy studios ought to make the protagonists come alive, but the more Rockland attempts to elevate Harper's complaints to the status of profundities, the less endearing Harper becomes. An unsatisfying ending caps this muted rock and roll novel. (May)
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From Booklist

Harper Rostov leaves her boyfriend and job at US Weekly and falls for a punk rocker she has idolized since college. With wit and humor, Rockland chronicles Harper’s tempestuous affair with Nick Cavallero, from the late nights to the backstage visits to the jam sessions. But the relationship is anything but carefree. Despite her excitement about her new, hip romance, Harper is experiencing pangs of guilt about the boyfriend she left shortly before meeting Nick. As Harper and Nick spend more time together, Nick’s moodiness also causes Harper to question her infatuation. Meanwhile, Harper’s sister, Lauren, is struggling with depression in the New Jersey suburbs as Harper and Nick carry on their New York City affair. As their involvement heats up, Harper will have to decide whether her punk rock lover truly fits into the future she envisions. --Katherine Boyle

More About the Author

Kate Rockland is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Style section and has also written for Playboy, Rolling Stone, Us Weekly, Time Out New York, Spin and the Newark Star-Ledger. She is the author of two Chick Lit books with a kick, "Falling Is Like This" and "150 Pounds."
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Customer Reviews

I was sucked in from the very first page.
bookworm11
Kate's protagonist Harper is so easy to relate to, and so is her uneasiness at what she is doing with life.
Gillian K. Telling
I can't wait to read more from this new up and coming author!
Kimberly Ann Mccluskey

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Ann Mccluskey on June 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
I went to Barnes & Nobles to buy Good Night Moon for my neice (she's coming soon) and of course when I enter a book store, I can't not look for books for myself. I strolled past the NY Times Best Seller' s table and behind that was a recommended by employees table (very cool). I saw Falling is like this on the top of a pile recommended by "Kelly". The cover was funky in design and appealing to the eye, but as my Grandmother always told me...you can't judge a book by its cover. As always I read the back cover and it seamed interesting enough. I strolled on over to Starbucks, ordered an iced latte and plopped down in a nice big comfy chair. I opened the book and started reading. Before I knew it, I had read 2 chapters. I was hooked and didn't want to put it down. I rushed up to the counter, paid for my new book and hurried home so i could continue reading. Once I got home, I got comfortable out on my deck and continued reading until there was nothing left to read. Kate Rockland has a way of making you see the characters and even feel their emotions. I even LOL'd alot while reading about Harper's ecentric family. There were so many moments that I could relate to the main character Harper. I love music, I love to review music and would love to be a rock journalist, I have had a boring yet safe relationship with a man who I cared about but did not fall hard for, I have had a relationship with a man (an artist) who was everything but safe and made the fire in me ignite every time he looked at me. I think it's safe to say that most women over the age of 21 have had similiar moments in life. I also think it's safe to say that most women over the age of 11 have fantasized about being with their favorite rock star. Isn't that a right of passage in every young woman's life?Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Allie Mahler on May 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
Falling Is Like This, the debut novel by New Jersey author Kate Rockland, is a fun and clever story about a young woman's fiery romance with the rock star from her long-time favorite band. After fleeing a sour relationship with her East Village boyfriend, main character Harper Rostov returns to the safety of her native Garden State and subsequently falls into the turbulent lifestyle of music icon Nick Cavallero. Rockland's novel is as much about Rostov's outer exploration as it is about her inward journey in finding her place against a changing landscape. New Jersey and Manhattan dwellers will appreciate the vivid descriptions of familiar locales, including the vacant lots and abandoned marshland that lie between the Empire and Garden states. Falling Is Like This is Rockland's love letter to her two homes and reminds readers to appreciate the journey in life, even when we fall.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fifi LaRoue on May 24, 2010
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I'm a sucker for books about New York and/or music, so I thought I'd love this, but frankly I think it fell short. The entire plot more or less is: "I once slept with a musician." The main character bemoans the changing face of the East Village after having lived in NYC for all of three entire years. The character is also ridiculously naive (a musician does drugs?!) and bourgeois, many of the scenarios are simply not believable (really? All you have to do to get your writing in the NY Times is just make one phone call? They publish people whose entire previous writing experience consists of writing for a college paper and a zine?) and the prose is stilted, and not written at a sophisticated reading level. I think the best part was actually the vignettes about the family in Jersey. I tore through the whole book in only a couple of hours.
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By Tina on August 4, 2010
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Falling is Like This is kind of my fantasy book - with a main character who gets to live out a fantasy that almost every young woman (including myself)has had at one time or another in their lives - what it would be like to actually be the girlfriend of your favorite rock star.

The premise of this book was great - in fact, this book surprised me because it has so many little detours and hidden messages about life and how to live it in the now - all the while appreciating what you have in your life.

However, for some reason, the book just did not do much for me either way - which is kind of a bad sign, when it comes to my love of reading. I have to attach myself to a book in order to really and truly enjoy it and it did not happen with this book.

I am not sure if its the writing style which kind of felt stiff to me - or if its the pacing, but although I did get through the book, I found myself having to push myself to get it done.
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After I started reading Falling Is Like This, I did not want to put this fast-paced book down. Any woman who has left a boyfriend, who has been torn between 'safe' and 'living on the edge' will enjoy and relate to this story of Harper's tumultuous week. The story of lust and love is sprinkled with tender family moments and memories and wonderful descriptions of the NYC and New Jersey areas where the action takes place. Having lived in the area in the past and having spent a lot of time in the city, I really enjoyed Ms. Rockland's vivid descriptions of people and places. I loved this book and would definitely pick up future books by this author.
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