- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (Nov. 1 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781440592270
- ISBN-13: 978-1440592270
- ASIN: 1440592276
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 295 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,092,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
How We Fall Paperback – Nov 1 2015
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"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
About the Author
Kate Brauning grew up in rural Missouri and fell in love with young adult books in college. She now works in publishing and pursues her lifelong dream of telling stories she'd want to read. This is her first novel. Visit her online at www.katebrauning.com or on Twitter at @KateBrauning.
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How We Fall was one of those books that you see everywhere but you end up feeling like you don't have the right guts to pick it up at any moment of the day—but in the end, it was extremely satisfying, interesting, and special, more than any naked eye can see. Kate Brauning will certainly become the new Lauren Kate, or Suzanne Collins, in that matter.
At first, I saw this book as complete and utter incest. I have to admit that I got a little too grossed out—Jackie and Marcus were COUSINS for goodness sake. That was a little too far, but I do now understand why Brauning did it. And now, at this moment, I do have to say that their romance was heart-pounding and wondrous. So where does that take us in that matter? Into a world of mystery, thrill, and reality, in most circumstances.
I guess you can say that incest forms when people aren't able to see anyone else in their lives except the members of their family, all the time, 24/7. Take for example, V.C. Andrews. THE CHARACTERS WERE BROTHER AND SISTER. Now that was far worse—but they were stuck in an attic for practically all of their lives.
Jackie and Marcus live in the same house, with their brothers and sisters and parents. For more than a year, they've been keeping their cousinly romance a secret, but inside, Jackie knows that they're risking too much and their love is being too strong at the moment to handle even further. At the same time, Jackie's best friend Ellie goes missing. What happens when your first love moves on with someone who is unspeakable to think about, and when all you have to deal with is loss and falling?
A lot of the feelings in this book were despair, guilt, and loss. Those three elements together can seriously produce tears. When I saw this book for the first time, I expected a mermaid story, to be honest. Or at least, something girly and cutesy with no action whatsoever. What I got, especially towards the end, was something totally kickass and pretty great, if you ask me. This book was honestly everything I was looking for, and more.
The funny thing is—I felt like I had deja-vu while reading this book. I witnessed something like this before. Haha, I think that it was so good and unique that I felt like I'm somehow connected to it? Something like that, hopefully. I hope it's not something superstitious or whatever. But hey, that's another good side, isn't it? The concept was perfectly there and it was like biting into your favourite sweet-then-sour dish. Funny, there's not too many of those, either.
For the first few chapters I saw this as something bland and chill. The author did a great job introducing us to the characters, and I fell in love with them instantly. Jackie was kickass and stubborn for what she wanted, in a good way. She fought for what made her happy and didn't get whiny or depressed as many other protagonists would in a contemporary-romance. But remember, there were dark events prior to the ending, as you read on with the book.
*feels* I blushed, and blushed, and blushed. I JUST WANT MORE, OKAY? It was all powerful and special and it totally made sense with this whole story. I ship them so hard, even though I was such a hater in the beginning of the book. You see, I even feel some guilt.
MARCUS MARCUS MARCUS YOU'RE CUTE. AS IS WILL. ALL OF THE MEN WERE CUTE. IT MADE ME WANT TO PINCH THEIR CHEEKS EVEN HARDER.
I felt like this whole story and plot was like a puzzle. At first, everything was messed up and unfitting, but as you continued to solve it, you got into some mishaps, but eventually, it all turned out perfect and smooth. The beginning of the end was a little confusing, but it all turned out awesome by the end.
The great thing is that I finished reading this in one sitting and I still didn't have enough. All in all, this was a pretty quick read, but at the same time, you feel like you're stuck in a majestic world where reality is bound to happen, if you get what I'm saying. This wasn't your average novel. It shows the struggles of being a teenager with boundaries that you've totally overtaken, and it shows how your first love can absolutely be your true love. I WANT MORE!
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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.
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.