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The story is told from the alternating viewpoints of Ellen and Cam, with cute asides from Ellen in her parts. I enjoyed the style of writing, however, the narrative is very slow and repetitive and there was a bit too much explaining going on. In addition, the relationship between Ellen and Cam is frustrating, to say the least. They both like each other, but are afraid of saying anything. Even as they seem to be getting closer, neither of them is willing to admit their feelings to the other. The climactic scene towards the end of the book is very unrealistic and over-the-top, as are the reactions of Cam's parents. Irish girl Laura provides comic relief, but her character is a bit of a stereotype. When Ellen and Cam finally do get together, their relationship is very sweet, and I did enjoy those parts.
This story is full of teenage angst, bullying, domestic violence, family dramas, abusive parents, and physical pain. These aspects are balanced out by a sweet first love and great friendships.
Be warned, this book ends with no resolution, and the story concludes in "How I Fly".
I received this book in return for an honest review.
How I Fall is about a 16 year old girl, Ellen, who has Cerebral Palsy, and how she deals with all that goes along with that, high school, friends and first love. Ellen, is not your typical teenager. She tries to be, but sometime her CP gets in the way. She is constantly tripping and falling down, thanks to one weak arm and one leg that sometimes does not cooperate with her brain.
I adored Ellen! She was strong, brave and funny. She had this constant dialog in her head about every situation she was put in. Yes, she talked to herself, which to me made her character stronger. I could just picture her in my head, and hear what her voice sounded like. She has had a crush on Cam Campbell for as long as she could remember. She thinks that he doesn't notice her, after all he is a star football player, popular, and could have any girl he wanted. What Ellen doesn't realize is that he wants her!
Cam is a star football player, smart, over 6 foot tall, and is in love with Ellen Foster. I liked Cam for many reasons. The main reason being is that he genuinely cared for Ellen, and wanted to protect her. He took up for her, when the kids at school teased and laughed at her constant falling. He took up for when his parents were talking about her and calling her 'the handicapped girl'.
I did not like Cam's parents. I wanted to actually whack them a few times. What grown person is constantly putting down another child, especially a partially handicapped child that they don't really know. It really irked me that his mother was constantly talking about Ellen like she wanted to have CP.
I enjoyed how Ellen and Cam's friendship blooms into love. It was sweet. I enjoyed the secondary characters of Patrick, Ellen's best friend, and Laura the new girl at school. Besides Ellen, Laura was a favorite of mine. She is from Ireland, funny, friendly, and a little quirky. I would have loved to have had a friend like that. She was always looking at the bright side of things. She brought Ellen out of her shell, even if that did involve a lot of glitter.
How I Fall is very well written. The story held my interest right up to the very end. You are left with a little cliffhanger at the very end, but then the book will pick back up in the next one, How I Fly, in the series. I will defiantly be reading the next book in the series, and anything else that Anne Elliot writes.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sweet, teen romance.
**I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.
This book is about the four of them and their relationships with each other. Ellen and Cam have a love of photography in common and they get to know each other through a project they work on together. As Ellen gets to know Cam, she realizes that he doesn't live a charmed life like she thought and he has huge issues with his parents. The story switches POV between Ellen and Cam so we know what the other one is thinking. It's understandable that Ellen is leery of his intentions and it's nice that we're able to know how he really feels.
Ellen and Laura become best friends. Laura is great comic relief. I love her quirkiness and how accepting she is of Ellen. Patrick falls in love with Laura but she has a boyfriend she left behind and is only interested in being his friend. I enjoyed Ellen's character and liked how optimistic and realistic she was. She understood her limitations with CP and didn't expect pity or special treatment. There were times, though, that I wished she would just let others help her.
There's quite a bit of drama since not everyone is thrilled with the relationships that are forming. There were a few parts that were lengthy to me and and I felt like they dragged on a little too long and there was quite a bit of language. I enjoyed it overall and when I got to the end, I was glad that I was able to start reading the second book right away!
I received a copy of this book to review. My opinion is 100% my own.
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