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Where We Fell Paperback – October 27, 2013
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Amber is a full time mom, full time wife, is employed full time, and writes when she can. She believes in Happily Ever Afters that occur every day - despite the obstacles that real life serves up on a regular basis. Or perhaps they're sweeter simply because of them. She always has 2 rubber bands on her wrist, a song in her head, and too much creamer in her coffee cup that reads 'Cocoa' - because she's a rebel. If she's not at her desk, with her boys, or behind the computer, she's supporting live music with her arms raised above her head and eyes closed, waiting for the drop.
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The Verdict: According to Amazon, I bought this book about seven months ago and then sat on it. I have no idea why. It’s a quick read and a really sweet story, so I’m kind of kicking myself for leaving it buried on my Kindle for so long.
As sad as Oliver’s situation is, dealing with cancer and all that mess, there’s nothing really depressing about the story. It’s strange, but the way it was written was less about facing death and more about looking at life differently, seeing things that were once so guaranteed now possibly fleeting but holding onto other moments because they suddenly had so much meaning. And Hannah was just perfect for that.
She’s definitely an oddball, someone who doesn’t seem to worry about how the world sees her, someone who derives happiness from little things and lives in the moment. And that’s exactly what Oliver needed, since he didn’t know how many moments he had left. She managed to take care of him while he was sick, all the while treating him as if he wasn’t. And while she was clearly devoted to him, she didn’t pull that putting-her-life-on-hold thing that I normally see in books. It was as if continuing her life while loving him was some kind of confirmation that his wasn’t over either, and it gave a whole new depth to their relationship.
I have to say, though, that I was a little disappointed in her reaction when they had a falling out, that she would question their relationship because she only ever knew him as someone who was sick. I expected more from her. After all, she’d been by his side through it all, pushing him to want to fight and live, and for her to wonder if it was real once things were looking up… Well, that didn’t sit well with me. But maybe that just makes her human after all. For all the zest for life and beyond-her-years maturity she showed when he was at his worst, perhaps the insecure teenage girl needed to peek her head out when the coast was finally clear.
When We Fell packs quite a punch for such a short story, and while the invisible antagonist is cancer, the journey isn’t a dark one. It’s an achingly sweet young love story that treks through a myriad of emotions — fear, sadness, numbness, despair, of course. But also the normal young adult feelings — love, insecurity, jealousy, and most of all hope.
Oliver Bishop, 18 years old, has just been handed down a cancer diagnosis that he believes comes with an expiration date not too far in the future. He stops by his favorite diner instead of heading home and there he meets a friendly, spunky waitress, Hannah, who just may give him a reason to fight his illness and strive to live.
The lesson I take away from this moving story is this: there is a difference between living and just being alive and people who truly care about you can make all the difference.
Wonderfully poignant story that you won't want to miss!
It started with a sad subject, one that was portrayed in Amber Johnson's writing, very accurately.
I could literally feel Oliver's despair, his fear, his anxiety. I could sense what he was going through.
I was overcome with emotion, so many feelings. Enter Hannah. She comes into his life like a tornado, one that shakes things up but NEVER leaves. And I mean that in the nicest way.
Ms. Johnson has an artful way of telling a story. It weaves you into it as it moves along, making you feel like you know the characters she is writing, as though you're actually a part of the story.
I so look forward to more from her in the future, Amber Johnson has some mad writing skills.
Eighteen-year-old Oliver Bishop has just received life-changing news, or possibly life-ending news. Numb to his new diagnosis, he tries to process his feelings by being a normal kid. But a visit to his favorite diner becomes anything but normal when he meets quirky Hannah. She just may give him the push he needs to fight, and a reason to live.
Where We Fell is a young adult romance with a backdrop of drama in the form of a cancer diagnosis. It may sound like a sad tale, but this story is truly uplifting even when dealing with such a difficult subject. It certainly has its moments of being heart-wrenching, so keep your tissues handy, but the diagnosis and illness are secondary to the theme of living your life and not just existing in it.
This story was very well written, and I fell in love with both main characters. Hannah’s quirky personality was contagious, and she kept Oliver on his toes. She wasn’t overly sexual, but it was the story of an eighteen-year-old boy so don’t expect him to not be interested. Oliver was confused with his feelings on life in general, then Hannah came along and he found something to fight for. What I really liked was that it wasn’t just Hannah he wanted to live for; he was able to find his happiness in life with a few simple goals.
The novella was simple, sweet, and I absolutely loved it. I look forward to reading more by Amber L. Johnson.
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quick read, probably won't read it again though
got really annoyed towards the end, it was a little over dramatic