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"Ryan Quinn has deftly managed to blend comedy, drama, and genuine pathos into an utterly compelling story of three friends who change one another's lives during the course of a single year at college. Improbably, the un-put-downable The Fall is Quinn's first novel. Clearly, American fiction has a lot to look forward to." - Steve Kluger, bestselling author of Last Days of Summer and Almost Like Being in Love

"Quinn's understanding of the human condition makes his first novel, "The Fall," an intriguing work. Weaving together the perspectives of three characters - a film buff fantasizing about a football player, a football star bored with his girlfriend and a burned-out classical musical prodigy - it examines their unexpected relationships at college.... It's a realistic look at contemporary friendships and coming of age, and it works because Quinn is not far removed from that world himself.” - Dan Woog, columnist and author of Jocks

"A fast-paced and sexy read, Quinn’s writing seamlessly weaves contemporary friendships and first love with intimate insight of the common struggles young adults face as they come to grips with their own independent identity." - Jase Peeples, (powered by OUT)

"The Fall is an emotional story packed with page-turning drama and characters depicted so realistically it seems like three autobiographies interwoven into one book."

About the Author

A native of Alaska, Ryan Quinn was an NCAA champion and an all-American skier while at the University of Utah. He worked for five years in New York s book-publishing industry before moving to Los Angeles, where he writes and trains for marathons. Quinn s first novel, The Fall, was a finalist in the 2013 International Book Awards. For more, please visit

Katie Hurley, LCSW, is a child and adolescent psychotherapisKate Rudd, winner of the 2013 Audie and Odyssey Awards for ht and parenting expert in Los Angeles, California. Hurley eaer narration of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars and multrned her bachelor of arts in psychology and women's studies iple Audiofile Magazine Earphones award recipient, has narrafrom Boston College and her master of social work from the Uted over 250 titles across a variety of genres. niversity of Pennsylvania. Hurley also has training in play therapy from the University of California, San Diego. For seven years, Hurley worked for The Help Group, a nonprofit dedicated to children with learning disabilities.

Nick Podehl is a professional voice actor. He has narrated numerous audiobooks, many of which have won prestigious awards. He currently lives and works around Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife.

Product Details

  • File Size: 713 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (May 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OHEW7K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,440 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By T. Szymanowski on June 20, 2012
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I just finished Ryan Quinn's, The Fall, and I can't remember the last time I was this ambivalent. It wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't good as in goooood, either. Clearly, it was much better for many of the reviewers but here is where I am coming from.

Pros: I appreciated the author's writing style. His story telling was solid; prose was generally straight forward with a few flashes of poetical strength; a number of the characters were believable; the plot was just twisty enough to keep things interesting and me guessing; the aspects of university life were realistic (I work in higher education); the varied voices telling the story were clever and not gimmicky; the author's familiarity with the aspects of gay struggles seemed legit; though not everything resolved at the end of the book, enough did to feel a sense of satisfaction at the conclusion.

Cons: All the turns of events were a bit too neatly packaged - "coincidence" in story writing probably needs more restraint than license, lest the whole thing becomes a little too far fetched; Haile's character was the least believable...too magical, too controlled, too wild, too desirable, too calculating, too talented, too tragic; too philosophical...; the highly unlikely mid-season coaching change that brought Ian's parents to the U was clunky and forced (part of the coincidence overload); the predictable occurrences that prevented Ian from telling his parents; etc.

When I put the book in context for what it is (the author's first book), it is an impressive piece of work that is generally well written and a decent story.
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I found this book hard to put down, and at the end I was carrying it around, trying to grab a few moments to block everything out and get back to these very real characters. What Quinn has done is to construct a novel that is genuinely character-driven: we care about these people - and virtually all of the action flows with great naturalness from who they are, and from their inter-relationships. In addition, Quinn writes very convincing, real-feeling dialogue.

It's hard to imagine that this is a first-time novel. I look forward eagerly to see what he produces next. If I have given The Fall four stars, it is because I know there will be more, and even better books to come. I hope so. This one's a keeper!

Warmly recommended!
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I loathe the NYC subways, but I have to admit my commute went by way too fast while reading The Fall. I missed my stop on several occasions because I was so wrapped up in the amazing writing of Ryan Quinn. It is hard to believe this is a first novel. Quinn masters the voices of each of the three main characters perfectly and captures the very unique time of the undergrad years so well that I was forced into nostalgia over and over. Quinn was able to weave all of the characters stories so nicely (even the gay portion) without any one story taking over. So much more than a gay narrative!
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My Kindle says I'm 50% through this book, and one of the main characters is still mustering up the courage to tell his mother that he's gay. When he finally decides to meet with her for lunch and divulge the news, the author uses every cheap, cliched stunt known to writers to prevent plot development and prolong the "suspense". Needless to say, after every interruption possible, other than a sudden, unexpected tsunami blowing them all away, prevents him from speaking the truth, the lunch ends with another disappointing turn as they both walk away from each other with nothing having been said. I was very tempted to just erase this dreary book from my library, but seeing as I've invested this much time into it already, I guess I'll just try to get through it as best I can. Hopefully something of importance will finally happen in the second half of the book.
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By Conor on February 25, 2011
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The Fall reminded me of The Rules of Attraction, but it takes itself much more seriously. The characters are realistic, the journey believable, and the message clear. Quinn writes with a creative and unique style which leaves me excited for his next novel!
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The book alternates between different points of view of the three main characters. This keeps it moving at a very nice pace and although it may sound awkward, it isn’t and it’s very readable. If you only read a few pages at a time, this format provides perfect breaks.

The plot was unpredictable, yet engaging at first. Towards the middle it became more obvious as to the outcome, yet still provided some twists. Some of these twists were subtle, of which one was fairly major and I missed it and had to go back. Well worth the effort.

The author did an excellent job with descriptions of things and places, sometimes you felt like you were there. He wasn’t entirely consistent with taking the reader to the place the characters were, but he did a better job than many. The dialog represented a more masculine format (two of the main characters are male) by which I mean that the dialog was sparse and not effusive. One of the lessor characters, a dad, had the most taciturn conversations of all.

I loved the ending. Major and minor characters had neatly tied up story lines. Yet there is room for a sequel.

This book is a billed as an “unlikely” love story. I can see that. My only disappointment is that the sexy times were not very sexy. Don’t get me wrong – it’s not an “adult romance novel”, but it does need more spice in that department. It’s a story about college students, and their hookups are rather boring to my eyes. The M/M relationships are sterile and non-descriptive. The M/F relationships are better, but need spice.

I think this book is age appropriate for everyone that understands that people have relationships and non-graphic sex. Violence is kept to the football field.
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