Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Release Date: December 19, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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For seventeen-year-old Bria Hale, image is everything. She’s a militant vegan with purple hair, Doc Martens and a permanent scowl. Kissing captain of the football team Ben Harris? Definitely not part of that image.
Now with each secret kiss, she’s falling deeper for the boy every girl at Oceanside High is crushing on. Throw in a few forbidden bacon cheeseburgers and she’s facing one major identity crisis.
Ignoring Ben should be easy, but when a flashy display of artistic spirit lands her in close quarters after hours with the boy she’s too cool to like, she can’t keep pretending those kisses meant nothing. With her reputation and her heart on a collision course, Bria must either be true to herself or to the persona she’s spent all of high school creating.
I’m a little hesitant about posting my review of this book as I had to skim the middle of this novel and jump to the end. Clearly, I’m going to miss some things. The Art of Falling was a cute and fun read about two teens who fall into an unlikely romance. See, that’s exactly the problem. There wasn’t much else. There’s a minor family dynamic but I felt that this book was just all about the romance. I’m totally cool with that, but all the high school drama and cliché’s does get awfully overbearing and at times, I wanted to DNF the book. Instead, I jumped to the end where, things concluded just like I had expected them to.
Bria is purple haired vegan with a passion for art, she’s falling for her best friend’s brother and she realises that she may not be completely a vegan as she’s sneaking in bacon cheeseburgers when no one is looking. Ben is the star quarterback and practically owns the school with all the girls crushing on him. So during the summer before senior year, their secret kisses begin and Bria begins to wonder if they mean anything more.
All in all, I wasn’t wholly invested with the story as it was written in third person. It made me feel rather detached from the book. Third person narration only ever seems to work with dystopians and fantasies, but definitely not contemporaries. To be honest, this just felt like an average romance novel with nothing too special.
~Thank you Bloomsbury Australia for sending me this copy!~
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