By: Melanie | December 16, 2013 | (23) Comments

Mini Review: The Art of Falling by Jenny KaczorowskiThe Art of Falling by Jenny Kaczorowski
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.

My Review

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!~

2 Stars
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Melanie

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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23 Responses to Mini Review: The Art of Falling by Jenny Kaczorowski

  1. Oh no Mel, sounds like you need to take a break from YA contemporary romance for sure. A shame that this one didn’t capture your interest.
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  2. Sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy this one very much. I think I might enjoy this one though, sometimes I just want a YA contemporary romance without all the big drama surrounding it, if you know what I mean, (Family drama’s, dying of cancer, ect.) Something light-hearted and funny, which you don’t seem to get too much these days.

    Thanks for the review.
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  3. Desnica Kumar says:

    I agree that third person narration just doesn’t really work with contemporaries so I can understand why you weren’t really invested in the story…Sorry you didn’t enjoy this more than you did…I really like the cover of this though…

  4. Olivia says:

    Yeah I’m not so keen on the books told in third person either – Harry Potter excluded! You don’t get as much of a feel as to what is going on in the main character’s head and it can seriously lack emotion. Never come across this book before now 🙂
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  5. It’s a shame that there wasn’t much going for this one. It doesn’t sound like my sort of read at all, but I have been curious about these new Bloomsbury Spark titles. I guess I’ll be better off starting with a different one. Thanks for the helpful review, Mel!
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  6. Faye says:

    Gah, that sucks a lot, Melanie. It’s a super turn off when there’s nothing in a book except the romance. It’;s like, give it some substance! There’s more to these things than the romances 🙁
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  7. I can’t stand high school cliches. This sounds predictable as well. Sure the romance part is cute, but it doesn’t sound like there is much to differentiate it from the rest of the YA contemps out there.
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  8. I really struggle with straight up YA romance with few exceptions. So sorry this didn’t work for you.
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  9. Sometimes I wonder if I could pull off purple hair..maybe a streak? Anyway, sometimes I do encounter books like this. Then I just stop reading altogether. I want something new in the mix when it’s contemporary. Too bad you didn’t like thus book much. It’s really a struggle sometimes.
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  10. Lexa Cain says:

    I have to admit the idea of a vegan sneaking bacon cheesburgers is pretty funny! And it’s true that the teen years and twenties are spent thinking you’re one thing and then discovering you’re not. But perhaps that’s not earth shattering enough for a whole novel. I give you props for finishing it! 😉
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  11. Emily says:

    Looks like this one was a relatively meh read for you? 🙁 And bleep bleep, cliches!! I hate cliches >< I think Contemporary novels would have me more emotionally invested if they were narrated in first person too, because then I can fill whether the narrator's emotion is really authentic too…
    Sorry you didn't enjoy this one, Mel! Though of course, you have an excellent mini review! 😀 <33
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  12. I don’t like books written in the 3rd POV as well, especially not contemporary novels. It’s harder to connect with the story. I’m sorry this didn’t completely work for you, but I can definitely see what went wrong for you.
    Lovely review, Melanie.
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  13. I’m sorry that you didn’t enjoy this one as much as you wanted. Third person can definitely hinder my impression of a book if it’s not done right, and it sounds like that happened here. Also, I definitely can see where you initially enjoyed the cute fluffy aspect of it until it became too cliche and superficial.
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  14. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy The Art of Falling more. I haven’t read it, but you’re review actually makes me want to read it. I love gushy romance. I’m not really excited about the 3rd person, but honestly it won’t be a problem if I’m into the story.
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  15. Charlotte says:

    Aw. I don’t think this one would appeal to me too since I love my contemps being angsty and has a lot of sub plots going on. And though it’s clearly a romance book, I expect that books should be more than that particularly that it’s a contemp where almost everything is really repetitive and that the authors should try to at least offer more avenues for the readers to enjoy the story.

    And re: 3rd POV narration, I am okay with it though as long as it’s not jumping from one character to another. I think I am one of the few who actually enjoyed the said approach of story telling.

    I hope your next read will be better, Mel. 😀
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  16. Oh too bad you had to skim parts. I actually enjoy 3rd person narrations quite often, because they let me know things the characters might not know themselves. But I don’t enjoy stories that have love that comes out of nowhere, which it seems like this one does.

    Thanks for the review, Melanie 🙂

  17. Melliane says:

    lol you’re nice with 2 stars. I didn’t know this one but well I think I would have given up sooner… sorry it wasn’t for you.
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  18. Although the synopsis sounds interesting, it’s unfortunate it wasn’t so great. I’m not the biggest fan of 3rd person narration, especially in contemporaries. Thanks for the great, honest review! 🙂

  19. Stephanie B says:

    Aw, that stinks. Honest review though, Mel, don’t worry about it. You gave it a fair shot.
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  20. Beautiful cover and the whole “purple hair”! And I agree with you. This is book is not really “out of the box” and extraordinary. It’s more in the “play safe” zone because of all the cliches. Nevertheless, still a good book and great review!
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