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Fall Girl (The Fall Girl Series Book 1) by [Smith, Marybeth]
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"Fall Girl has everything that a good YA book needs to make you love it ... This is definitely an undiscovered gem out there and something that absolutely deserves a chance to shine ... Other than that, this was pretty flipping awesome." -ABNA Expert Reviewer


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The author has taken on a lot of issues - some more serious than others - but managed to keep all the balls in the air and resolve each conflict, some more quickly than others. Nicely done, with a unique perspective on how difficult dealing with bipolar condition can be." -Publishers Weekly

"Marybeth Smith has created a wonderful book! It is entertaining but also educational, since it describes what it is like to be a member of a Bipolar family. The characters are well developed and the plot is very riveting but also realistic. I couldn't put it down until I finished the story." - Lynne E. Emerson, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist

About the Author

Marybeth Smith is a perpetual perfectionist living out her daily life as an imperfect mother of three little ones. In 2010, she founded the website www.askabipolar.com, where she and a group of authors suffering from bipolar disorder answer reader’s questions about mental illnesses. In her spare time she writes, blogs and designs websites. Fall Girl is her first published novel, and she hopes that one day, through this book and her website; she will be able to help bring an end to the stigma surrounding mental illness. To learn more about Marybeth visit www.marybethsmith.com or www.askabipolar.com. You can contact her via email at marybeth@askabipolar.com.

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  • File Size: 662 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Publisher: Marybeth Smith; Second edition (June 2, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 2, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056U9SSE
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By Susan Goble on July 10, 2011
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Likeable characters with real problems and real life. The parents come off a little cartoonish, but you can't have everything.

Plenty of cuss words flying, but no R-rated action.

I kept my rating to 4 stars because of the poor proofreading. I'd have thought that an author could distinguish between "site" and "sight," "your" and "you're," and certainly "to" and "two." And even a low level spellcheck program would have flagged "distain" as incorrect. I'm guessing spellcheck was the only check done because most of the problems were with homonyms. (I noted all the misspelled words, if anyone connected with the book wants the file.) The rewrapping/reflowing of lines and the paragraph breaks get rather muddy in the dialogue passages, so it's not always clear who's speaking.

Aside from technical issues such as those, though, it was a very enjoyable, 5-star book.
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By kmc0427 on November 7, 2011
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I would have rated this lower but the fact that I stayed up all night reading it must mean that I enjoyed it a little. I had trouble feeling sorry for the main character since most of her problems were nothing worse than high school gossip and drama. If you want to feel what it's like to be in high school again, read this. If you want to read about adults and adult problems, don't read this book.
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I did not enjoy this book at all. I can’t put my finger on exactly why I disliked it so much, but I think it was the characters…and the way that Marybeth Smith portrayed Bipolar disorder. They both rankled me.
Annabelle’s parents were the worst characters in the entire book, but Annabelle’s friends came in a close second. They were just so unrealistic characters, especially Annabelle’s mom (who I have no idea how she managed to get passed childhood, she seemed that immature). Her friends were too much of a high school drama type characters that I honestly had no idea how Annabelle could even stand to be around them. And Annabelle herself was just a total pushover with no personality of her own.
Then there was the whole bipolar situation. Now, I’m not an expert or anything like that…but I do have some experience with bipolar and I felt as though Smith was off the mark in the way she portrayed Annabelle’s brother. It would have been more appropriate had this book been written several decades before, when treatment options were different and not as effective as they are today…but in today’s setting it was way over the top.
Based on the summary, I did think this book had good potential but the more I read, the more I realized it was just a bad teenage drama. I might as well spend time watching old episodes of Dawson’s Creek or something.
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It took me a while to really get into this book. The writing was very scattered and I couldn't follow it at first. I gave it a few tries though and ended up liking it. There were a few story lines in it so there was always something going on. I'm glad I got it for free but I wouldn't read it again.
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As a Mom with a son whose best friend was just dx with bipolar disorder and who also lives with me and my two sons for lack of a decent homelife, I have to say that the family dynamics and what it has done to my son who helps care for this young man are right on the money. I am an RN..so its easier for me to understand. I see what it causes my son to deal with. They are college aged, so there is slightly more understandimg and compassion among their friends, but its difficult and I love how the book addresses this. Thanks for bringing what some people consider a dirty secret into the light so all can learn. :)
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Every teenager who lives in a bipolar household should read this for perspective. This is not a piece of art, but a realistic view of how a teen thinks and deals with problems. Some swearing, no sex and a lot of teenaged pathos to portray reality. The author understands the thinking inside a teen's mind and how disrespectful they can be to others and parents. Encompasses more than bipolar disorder and shows it can be wrapped around a family with a decent outcome if everyone participates in a mature way.
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This was a fun book! I had no expectations going in, and I found myself pleasantly surprised! I did have a hard time anticipating where this book was going, and it was fun to be kept guessing! This is a stand up book. In addition to being a good book, it addresses mental illness, and the way it affects entire families. (The book does not HINGE or preach on the disorder, but it is a PART of the book)
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By Susie on October 26, 2013
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I'll never understand how it happens that a book gets published without SOMEONE proofreading it first. If I'm wrong, and this one was proofread, then I'll have to assume that someone, or a few people, were fired. The grammar and spelling errors, the misuse of homonyms, and other embarrassing mistakes were such a distraction from what was otherwise a pretty interesting story. The element of bipolar family members made the average high school drama more palatable. The characters were a bit too predictable -- completely "good" or completely "evil." I see promise in the author, but for goodness sakes, use an actual editor in the future. Your work deserves it.
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