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Falling for You Hardcover – January 1, 2013
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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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One reason I loved Falling For You as much as I did was that the main character was one I really connected to and wanted to root for. Rae has so much that she has to struggle with. She feels like she has to bear the weight of everything on her own. Yet, she is still such a good person, taking her grandmother's saying "The road to happiness is paved with good deeds for others" to heart and really living it. Rae is someone who is constantly striving to make other people's lives better.
Because the book starts with "The hospital" and then flashes back to the last 6 months to tell the story and to lead up to the moment of the hospital I was literally on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what was going to happen to Rae. I just wanted her story to end with a happy ending so badly, and I just didn't see how it was going to get there. I devoured Falling For You in one sitting, completely immersed in the lives of these characters.
I could clearly tell from the beginning that Nathan was going to be bad news for Rae. I was so scared that she was going to just cling to that since she was so alone in her home life. I was so glad to see that she was stronger than that. I loved that Lisa pulled the story away from abusive boyfriend/clingy girlfriend. Rae is able to connect with Leo, who is such a good friend and just an all-around great guy. He would say some of the sweetest things and I just wanted to reach through the pages and hug him myself.
Just like Rae, the people who worked with her at Full Bloom, the flower shop, were among my favorite of the book. I loved Nina and Spencer. Nina was such a great mother figure for Rae and you could just see how much she genuinely cared for her. Spencer was funny and charming. There games of This or That became a favorite part of the dialogue for me.
Falling For You was an emotionally charged and fast-paced YA contemporary. I flew through it in just a few short hours and was left hugging the book to my chest not wanting to let the characters go. If you are a fan of contemporary, grab you a copy of Falling For You ASAP!
I loved Rae. She is one of the strongest, best heroine's I have read in a while. It isn't just that she keeps all her emotions bottled up, and is somehow able to continue on with her life like nothing is wrong, but it's that she is able to still be happy at the end of the day with her flowers, and the new people she meets. She is able to make a stand at her school against adversity. I think one of the best things about Rae was that I could connect with her on some levels. This book shows that there's always a silver lining, and that while things might not be the greatest in you life, you can still carry on because you never know who you might meet that day. I also loved Rae's expression through her poetry. I think its great when a person has a creative outlet to express their feelings so that they don't stay all bottled up. I even started writing some poetry after reading this book.
The simple, raw nature of this book is what makes it a worthwhile read. I highly recommend this book because it makes you realize that it's okay to let people in to help you once in awhile, and that instead of making fun of people, we should try to help each other. Ms. Schroeder has a unique talent to make a story so captivating and emotional that you will want to read it over and over again. Get this book now :)