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How We Fall Hardcover – November 3, 2014
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From School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—After Jackie moves to a sleepy farming town, her life feels like someone else's. Her best friend, Ellie, has been missing for months, and Jackie has begun a romantic relationship with her own cousin, Marcus. She can't control the depth of the relationship, which intensifies as the police search for Ellie's body. Jackie decides that she and Marcus should see other people. While both do begin dating others, Jackie wonders if Marcus's new girlfriend might be involved in Ellie's disappearance. Heartbreaking and well paced, this mystery novel challenges readers to look past preconceptions and get to the know characters, rather than focus on an uncomfortable taboo. Brauning's characters are well developed and their story engrossing. An intriguing thriller, though not as much of a conversation starter as Tabitha Suzuma's Forbidden (2010) or Meg Rosoff's How We Live Now (2004, both Random), this title will raise eyebrows and capture the interest of teens.—Emily Moore, Camden County Library System, NJ
"An unusual combination of romance and suspense.... This quest for identity, wrapped up in an intriguing mystery, hooks from the beginning." --Booklist
"Heartbreaking and well paced, this mystery novel challenges readers to look past preconceptions and get to the know characters.... Brauning's characters are well developed and their story engrossing. An intriguing thriller...this title will raise eyebrows and capture the interest of teens." --School Library Journal
"Debut novelist Brauning tells a touching story of young, star-crossed lovers caught in a drama they have tried hard to avoid.... A sweetly written mix of mystery and romantic turmoil." --Kirkus Reviews
"In this debut novel, Brauning gives readers both a mystery and a story of forbidden love.... Teen readers will...get caught up in the story and find the nontraditional romance intriguing." --VOYA Magazine
Top customer reviews
How We Fall is one of those books I fell in love with from the beginning. Throughout most of the book, the mystery takes a backseat to the romance, and I was totally okay with that.
Writing a story about first cousins falling in love can be tricky to say the least. Marcus and Jackie are the perfect example of two people, who should NOT fall in love, but Kate has a way with words and by the end of the third chapter, I didn’t care who they were, I wanted them to be together.
Besides the love story you have a mystery weaved in. Her friend Ellie who had moved away the previous year is missing. Jackie struggles not only with her guilt of not keeping in touch, but the uncertainty of what happened to her friend all while trying to keep her secret relationship with her cousin hidden from family and friends. The conflict was so high it seeped from the book and straight into my chest. My body tensed, as I read, desperate to know what would happen next.
Any book that causes so many emotions is a must-read in my opinion.
In conclusion, there is nothing not to love about this book. Small town crime, strange things happening around town, taboo love, jealousy, and beautifully executed prose. I was sad to see this book end. So yes, I recommend this book, and I will most definitely be telling everyone I know to pick up a copy. I was left thinking about these characters far after I finished reading, and I desperately wanted to know more about Marcus and Jackie and what happened after the last page ended. It has been awhile since I’ve read a book I loved this much.
A well written book with intrigue and mystery. It grabbed me from the beginning.
I found the relationships and family drama far more compelling than the mystery, but the writing was great and I adored all the references to classic films.
My favorite character was Will, the smart-talking charmer, but I was really surprised by how much I liked Jackie. It's never easy choosing to be different, and Brauning portrays Jackie's struggle with her taboo relationship with Marcus realistically. The characters are smart even in their tragedy: Jackie and Marcus know there's no way for them to be together without their small town eventually finding them out. Being in Jackie's head is a treat-- from the classic film references to her genuine affection for her family and Marcus, she's someone I'd follow through heartbreak and into danger any day of the week.
Don't start this without a few hours to spare-- you're going to keep turning pages until it's done.
Most recent customer reviews
The murderer was predictable.