Title: Even If I Fall
Author: Abigail Johnson
Is this book part of a series? No
Publish Date: January 8th, 2019
One night- one action- can shatter everything. No one knows that better than Brooke. A boy is dead, and her brother is locked away having pled guilty. Why? What happened? Jason and Cal were best friends! Part of her feels that there’s something missing- she can’t let it go. What could have happened to come to that point? The rest of her family is broken- her father hides in his workshop, her sister never talks and doesn’t leave the house, her mother runs from the issue- literally….. and Brooke? She has to be the one to keep everything together. Not just going with Mom to visit Jason, but accepting the disdain of the town that used to accept her, the hatred shown her at work… the stares. She used to live for ice skating, wanting nothing more to make a career of it, but that was before. How can she leave now? The worst part? She can’t even talk to anyone about these things- her family is too vulnerable and her only friend has no idea any of this ever even happened.
Then she runs into Cal’s brother Heath- and he might get it. He lost his brother, the town sees him and his family differently. It’s wrong, the two should hate each other- her brother killed his! And yet… through their pain, a friendship blossoms- maybe something more if they are strong enough to grab hold. But when Brooke learns something about that night- something important- will her loyalty to her family keep her quiet, or will she help the broken boy she has grown to care for?
I felt like this book was really well done. Brooke’s an interesting character, with her pain, loyalty and anger. I loved watching her, even as I hated some of the things she did. I hated some of the things she did to her best friend Maggie, though I could see her line of thought. I felt for her and her family. These characters are well developed and interesting, the subject of the book done with care and finesse. So often books like this either feel too heavy. or so light as to be farcical. This one, to me, was just right. You need a bit of warmth, a bit of levity, but you can’t detract from the story. You need to feel for the characters- and I did. For me, this is a four star book.
On the adult content scale, there’s language and violence. It’s not over the top and actually very well done. While I disagree with Amazon who has marked this for ages 12+, it’s definitely geared toward teens. Fifteen definitely, younger at parents discretion. I give it a three.
I was lucky enough to receive an eARC of this book from Netgalley and Harlequin Teen/ Inkyard Press in exchange for an honest review. My thanks!
The book comes out 1-8-19, who’s ready?
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