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When a hot new student arrives, Rae can’t believe she is the one he picks to date. But Nathan’s good looks and charm can’t hide his troubled dark side, reminding Rae of her abusive stepfather, Dean. Dean’s aggression and controlling nature are intensifying, leaving Rae frustrated and scared, pouring her thoughts into her poetry journal and taking solace in her job at a flower shop and the unexpected connections she makes there. Schroeder uses Rae’s strength, compassion, and self-assuredness to sketch a path away from the cycle of domestic violence, one where Rae stands her ground, ends things with Nathan despite his needs and threats, and discovers a new, healthier, more fulfilling relationship. Interspersed with the narrative are Rae’s poems, including the anonymous ones she submits to the school paper, starting a “poetry revolution.” Rae finally steps out of the shadows, claiming her experiences in print, which leads others to do the same. Though the initial chapters may feel predictable, this is a sensitively told story of the transformative power of poetry, random kindness, and love. Grades 7-10, --Heather Booth

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"Obsession, neglect, abuse, friendship, and love abound in Schroeder's new novel. Readers looking for a realistic teen read saturated in emotion will love Falling For You." (Rebecca Denham VOYA)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442443995
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442443990
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,111,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa Schroeder is the author of six novels for teens: I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME, FAR FROM YOU, CHASING BROOKLYN, THE DAY BEFORE, FALLING FOR YOU and THE BRIDGE FROM ME TO YOU. She's also the author of the middle grade IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES and CHARMED LIFE series. Her books have been translated into several languages and have been selected for a number of state reading lists. When she's not writing, you will probably find Lisa reading, walking the dog, or baking yummy treats. Lisa is a native Oregonian and lives in Beaverton with her husband and two sons.

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I think my biggest issue with the book is the Rae and Nathan relationship.
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Falling For You is a book the encompasses light, love, life, darkness, pain, and this incredible will to keep going.
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids Book Reviews
The first book I read by her, The Day Before, was just absolutely amazing, and this one is no different.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids Book Reviews on January 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Falling For You is a book the encompasses light, love, life, darkness, pain, and this incredible will to keep going. I like to blame this on my freshman year English teacher who always had us talk about the light and dark themes that we found in the books we read, and movies we watch (which has stayed with me since then), but I loved the way Lisa developed and showed the light and dark themes that are at the heart of this story. It's not just with Rae's home life, and her life at work and school, but her friends, the people who come into her life, the actions both good and bad that are done in this story and of course different love interests in this story. Can I just say I loved the differences between the two romantic interests, and don't worry, it's definitely not a love triangle!

What I liked about Rae is she's someone who is infectious. She's someone who brightens the lives of others, and I could not help but be drawn to her. She's a loyal friend, a hard worker, good student, and someone who comes across as driven. She seems to be one of those people in life who is naturally an all around genuinely nice person. Unlike her close knit friends, Rae is someone who's forced to grow up and basically take care of herself. What Rae's ray of light is hiding is something much darker. A home life that is emotional abusive, a step father who threatens her, a mother who's never there for her, and she's put into a position where everything she's worked hard is taken out from under her, and yet no matter what this girl keeps at it. I was so impressed with her strength to keep going.

I love it when a book emotionally hooks me! Lisa did just that right off the bad.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon User on January 2, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Rae is a girl trapped in pretty horrible circumstances.She lives with her mother and stepfather,Her stepfather is abusive,degrading and just an all around unpleasant man.Her mother loves him and cannot see past him to see Rae.Rae Meets Nathan and at first he is wonderful..but things start to change with Nathan..His jealousy is too much to soon..almost suffocating.She is unable to be around him due to his jealousy and just plain weird things going on with him.Rae works at a flower shop after school and knows Leo who has been her friend for awhile..Eventually they become more then friends.Sadly Something horrific happens where Rae has to be stronger and fight harder then she has ever fought before.

Well Geez,Falling For You pulled me out of my reading slump,Twice I started books I couldn't finish.Then I opened Falling For You and BAM I could not put it down.It was wonderful.I was so mad at Rae's step father and mother..if I could have jumped in the story I would have!Nathan..I didnt understand him as much..I mean I know part of his deal but I think for him playing such a big part something was needed..even if it was Rae's friend giving that info.But that did not in anyway affect the story and it is just something I think could have made the story even better.I absolutely loved how while the book went in 3 different part...there was a present day..past and then poetry as chapter it was so very easy to follow and not be confused.It flowed so very well.I did wish there was an epilogue..but its not really needed...just a personal preference. This was the perfect book to start 2013 with!I'd definitely take the time to read this story.If not you will definitely be missing out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Becca on May 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Once in a while, I really want to read a bunch of contemporary novels. Not too often, though; mostly I'm all about fantasy, dystopia, etc. But I appreciate a good, emotional book like this, too, and I'm glad I selected this one.

Throughout the story, the tone is pretty dark. We follow Rae and her struggles in dealing with her abusive stepfather, her boyfriend, and a mess of other things. One of the ways she deals with the things going on in her life is by writing poetry. Personally, I've never really been able to write poems or appreciate them in ways I know other people can. But I liked the ones that Rae wrote, because they all spelled out her emotions in a really raw way. They made my heart hurt.

I figured that this whole book would mostly center on the abusive relationship, but really, it was more about Rae's home life than anything else. After Rae and Nathan break up, he's more of a background presence than anything else, constantly showing up and telling Rae how much he loves her and needs her, even though he actually knows next to nothing about her. Honestly, I did feel kind of bad for him, but most of the time I was very irritated. It was like, yeah, Nathan was going through some bad stuff, but I felt like Rae's problems were even worse than his, and he just didn't take any time or put any effort into her ever.

I really liked Rae as a protagonist; I'm not sure how I would react in a situation like hers, but I like to think we'd be similar. She was compassionate in all her relationships with people throughout the book, and very patient. I felt like she did all she possibly could have done for Nathan. When he was doing something she didn't like, she told him. When he messed up repeatedly, she gave him chances to fix it.
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