- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 15, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1548318957
- ISBN-13: 978-1548318956
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #970,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Here's To Falling Paperback – April 15, 2015
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Whether it’s writing about Angels, or two people who find each other in the darkest of times – she rocks my socks off with her writing.
Poetic and heart-wrenching, Here’s to Falling made me fall in love with the amazing story being told, and all over again with the author telling this story.
The best advice I can give you regarding this book is to have some tissues handy during a few points in this story – and although the synopsis is vague, believe that this story is worth reading.
We begin our story with a 24 year-old Charlie reminiscing about her childhood. We learn that she loves her best friend, Joey and, while she does not live in the most nurturing environment, she survives because she has Joey and the love he returns to her.
Then a new boy, Jase, moves in next door and…He. Is. Trouble. He is also the love of Charlie’s life.
Throughout the story, we are moved back and forth – from the present, to the past. Ordinarily, this would really annoy me because I tend to enjoy reading about things occurring currently, but the swap back and forth was just so relevant and important to the story, that is was not annoying for me at all. I loved learning about Charlie’s life as a child, as an adolescent, and eventually into adulthood.
We learn about Charlie’s past, slowly and naturally. We discover why she is the way she is – what has shaped her into the woman she has to be. What trials she has faced and how she made it out alive. You’ll cry because her story is not always a pretty one, and your heart will inevitable break for her circumstances. But you will continue reading because you are so captivated by her story, you’ll want to know how everything turns out for her.
The realities in this story are harsh, but need to be told nonetheless. They need to be understood for what they are and recognized as truths. Harsh and ugly truths.
We live. We love. We lose. Repeat.
I once watched the whole series of Six Feet Under and the last episode gutted me because it reminded me of my own mortality. This book will do this for you and that’s why you need to read it.
You’ll also smile, too, because the love in this story is pretty epic. It is truly beautiful.
Friends, love, heartbreak, loss, second chances.
A definite must read, a fair warning in advanced keep tissues handy because your going to need them.
I'll admit I did the "ugly cry" and there were times I couldn't see my kindle clearly. Why would one want to read such an emotional story because you must read this it's absolutely amazing, all the sadness is so worth it in the end. Just read it you will not be disappointed. Bye far my favorite read of 2015.
Charlotte "Charlie", Joey, Chase, are the very best of friends their story spans a fifteen year period, taking you from the past to present the author wrote in a way for you to understand and it flowed nicely. In order to know the trio in the present you need to know what they went through in the past.
Young Charlie is a dreamer, protector, spunky little girl who loves to read, always has a book attached to her.
Joey adorable, caring sweet boy who's always by Charlie's side, and Charlie by his. She's his protector even when Joey is bullied in school.
Jase the new boy next door neighbor, has piercing blue eyes, comes from an abusive house a father who's the biggest A@@HOLE, a mother who is in a wheelchair and lives in her own world . Through this Charlie and Joey are the two constant people in his life.
As the story progress into the teen years things change, growing up from a little girl and boys to teenagers, lives change, the laughter once shared among them changes into tears and heartbreak.
The three will discover what loss feels like, how it quickly changes you as a person. An unforgettable bond shared among them will now be tested.
Follow the journey of three little ones, who become teenagers, to young adults, from three then two. One left completely and utterly shattered a shell of a person, the other left coping with the aftermath of what happened, determined to find out the truth and reclaim his one true love and best friend.
"Here's to Falling" down the rabbit hole with Charlie, Joey, Jase.
" "If someone ever breaks your wings, you just got to find some other way to fly. Show them what you're worth, Charlie. Nobody should set your value but you."
First off Zolendz wrote a prologue that sucked me into the life of Charlotte and Joey, as they watch the new alien kid move into the neighborhood. Charlotte’s voice, as the main narrator is snarky, witty, and fresh–sometimes self deprecating, which sang to my soul.
Second, the book kept me entranced as I journeyed along with both young Charlotte and her older self throughout her life. I rejoiced when she rejoiced, cried when she cried, smiled when she smiled, railed at life when she railed, bled when she bled, and lied when she deceived for reasons you come to understand as the book progresses.
This isn’t you typical girl meets boy romance, as there is nothing typical about this powerfully written story that is both uplifting and gut wrenching at the same time. It is a tale that needs to be read and experienced, and I don’t think any two people will have the same experience as they read it. So if you like to read books that go beyond idyllic love and those that go beyond new adult cookie cutter romances, then Here’s to Falling is definitely for you. But be forewarned this is a dark, gritty, and messy read, which is well worth the price of admission as it will touch you and you may never be the same after reading it.
Please be advised as this book does contain sexual and physical violence.