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  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374378614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374378615
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up–If you knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the world would end in a week, what would you do, where would you go, who would you forgive? Scientists in the 1800s began tracking the asteroid Persephone and discovered that with each century, its orbit was getting closer to Earth.  Now, in spite of efforts made to send missiles into space to move it out of its destructive intersection with Earth, the impact is only a week away. Three teenagers spend their last week discovering their pasts, coming to terms with the present, and preparing for the future, or the possibility that they won't have one at all. Apocalyptic stories are all the rage these days, but this one stands out. There are no zombies, no deadly diseases, nothing to fight, and no way to win. Coutts has written a memorable novel filled with hope, love, absolution, and courage in the face of almost certain death. It will inspire readers to consider their own mortality and the profound impact they have on those who love them. It will have particular appeal to fans of Susan Beth Pfeffer's “Life As We Knew It” series (Houghton).–Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AKα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Taking a title cue from the music standard “Stand by Me,” Coutts intertwines the story of three teens from the same summer island resort as they, and the rest of the planet, stare down the end of the world. As an asteroid named Persephone hurtles toward earth, Sienna returns home from “the House,” a rehab facility she entered after a suicide attempt, just in time for her widowed father’s wedding. Elsewhere, Zan struggles to cope with the death of her beloved boyfriend 10 months prior, and Caden finds himself confronted by his long-lost father. These are stories of forgiveness, family, and—ultimately—community. Coutts’ approach to the end times is almost Zen-like in delivery; there are no scenes of rioting, looting, or chaos. Instead, readers are shown a world resigned and ready to make peace, bound together by appreciation for the time left. Amid all the gritty, revolution-ready YA dystopian fiction, this refreshing debut looks to the period just before and finds a wonderful coming together buoyed by the decency of humanity. Grades 9-12. --Courtney Jones

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Alexandra Coutts is an amazing writer!
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And the conflicts about living life to the fullest, fulfilling obligations, finding love, and preparing for the end of the world are well highlighted.
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None of the characters stood out to me and the way their story lines connected at the end was another random thing that I didn't care for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By maria j krokidas on September 17, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Tumble&Fall is a love story: love of friends, family,place. Although there is in the background an unimaginable event looming, this is a story of young people reaching out to what is truly important in their lives: family and friends. I wonder if adults would be this thoughtful and careful to protect what is truly important. Each of the three main characters brings you into their lives; you care about them and want them to succeed in their searches. there is a sense of peace and fulfillment as the story ends. what a wonderful image of how we might all face such an end. thank you for such a caring and beautifully told story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Rogers ClarkIV on October 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book uses one of the more interesting premises I've encountered recently. Three teens with a connection to the same Massachusetts island, tell their stories in alternating chapters. They're all facing the unthinkable. In six days, Earth will be hit by an asteroid large enough to do serious damage, maybe even destroy all life. Sienna starts off when her father picks her up at the group home she's been living in since a serious suicide attempt. They're heading, along with her younger brother, to spend the final days at the summer place they rented for years. What Sienna doesn't know until they get on the ferry is that her dad has met someone new and is going to marry her the day before the collision. Sienna has a real hard time with this because her suicide attempt was heavily influenced by grief and the fear that she's following in her mother's footsteps. Mom killed herself when mental illness became too much to bear.
Zan is stuck in deep grief and has been ever since her boyfriend Leo died in a car crash the previous year. She gets by, reading and re-reading the stack of books he gave/left her and maintains what little sanity she has left by being a good daughter for her over-committed and rigid mother as well as talking to Leo from her secret spot overlooking the beach where she used to watch him surf. She's also still hurting from the loss of her older sister, Joni, who left years ago because she was feeling smothered by her mother's unreal and rigid expectations. When she finds a receipt with a girl's name and a phone # tucked in the last book, her whole life starts turning upside down. Leo's best friend, Nick tells her that he lied the night Leo was killed. Everyone thought he had asked Leo to get parts for him, but Leo was the one with a secret errand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marango on September 18, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved this book! It was a great story beautifully told and pretty to close to reality should such an event ever happen. Very real. Thank you Ms. Coutts!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dangle413 on September 17, 2013
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I LOVED this book! I couldn't put it down, I loved the characters so much. Unlike so many other books I've read recently, the characters in Tumble and Fall are fully realized and relatable--not just cookie-cutter teenage archetypes. I loved the way the story lines of the three main characters are woven together--Each plot line has an element of mystery and I kept wondering what was going to happen next, and how everything was going to unfold. The ending did not disappoint!

Alexandra Coutts is an amazing writer! I found myself totally absorbed in the world she created on the island, and felt like I knew the characters so well. The epilogue is so beautifully written that I actually cried! I didn't want the book (or the world!) to end.

I highly recommend this book!
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By Robert M. Koretsky on April 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Isn't it true that we're all facing some unknowable end? Every day. The language of this book is both elegant and brutally stark at the same time. You feel for the characters, because the author is a great craftsperson weaving a real story /narrative and you're living it with her and the characters. I've only experienced similar art in a few books: Ada, or Ardor by Nabakov, the central parts of The Way by Swann's, DFW's introspective passages in Infinite Jest, and any poem by Mallarme. Contrary to popular opinion, this is not a teen romance, or even a teen book at all. It's more universalized, sensitive, uncommon, different. Wonderful reading and experiencing!
I loved the two major themes that appeared in this book, reconciliation and inclusion. Reconciliation of the main characters with family and self. The rituals of inclusion similar to those in the first Twilight with Kristen Stewart.
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Format: Hardcover
Source: Received an e-ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I wanted to read this book solely because of how lovely I found the cover. My expectation of this was that it would be a crazy starcrossed romance filled with passion and young adults racing against the clock of the end of the world (I may or may not have read the official synopsis; okay, I basically just skimmed it.) Needless to say what I actually got was quite a bit different.

Yes, there is an asteroid heading toward earth that will result in destruction and yes, this book does follow young adults over the course of a week as the residents of earth prepare for the end. But it's not very romantic, despite what I feel the cover promises. We get three different perspectives of teens on an island struggling with lingering relationship issues, mostly familial but also romantic as they also wait to see what the asteroid will bring.

Right off the bat I noticed that the story was narrated in third person. Though I have enjoyed third-person narration, I tend to feel a more personal connection when it is first person and this book was no exception. Though I sympathized with the stories and situations of all three narrators, I never felt very emotionally tied to them no matter what they underwent. Even as I anticipated death for all of them, I never felt that sad.

Who are our three protagonists and how do they tie together? To answer the second question first, they don't have much of a connection; they just all have ties to an island and the final chapters put them all on the beach together.

First introduced is Sienna who is just released from a psychiatric home, picked up by her father to spend their last days as a family with her younger brother and the father's fiance.
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