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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for The Art of Falling

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    See more reviews at YA Midnight Reads Mini review: Thank you Bloomsbury Australia for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this 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 d See more reviews at YA Midnight Reads Mini review: Thank you Bloomsbury Australia for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this 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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)

    This review, and others like it, can be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue. Although I called this book a good palate cleanser in my initial thoughts on Goodreads, I have to admit it wasn't nearly as fluffy as I'd imagined it would be based on that summary.  Yes, it's about a girl falling for a guy she probably shouldn't, but it's also about that same girl figuring out if she wants to let the world see who she really is or if she's going to let everyone keep on believing she's the girl she's always p This review, and others like it, can be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue. Although I called this book a good palate cleanser in my initial thoughts on Goodreads, I have to admit it wasn't nearly as fluffy as I'd imagined it would be based on that summary.  Yes, it's about a girl falling for a guy she probably shouldn't, but it's also about that same girl figuring out if she wants to let the world see who she really is or if she's going to let everyone keep on believing she's the girl she's always portrayed herself to be. In high school, image is everything...or so it seems when you're that young.  Really, it's more important to be who you are or to try to be the person you want to be.  As the end of her high school career grows near, Bria is having a bit of an identity crisis.  It starts with sneaking a little meat into her vegan diet every once in awhile and escalates when hottie Ben Harris -- her best friend's slightly older brother, no less -- kisses her on the beach. Bria was a realistic teenage girl, though maybe a bit naïve if she really thought she could keep up her carefully concocted façade for much longer.  Her friends seemed to be part of that persona, being artsy and creative people, too, but the friendships seemed genuine despite that.  Bria has a promising future as an artist, but she secretly really loves math and helps her father with the accounting for his business.  I liked that she was kind of like two sides of the same coin, and the only person who ever truly saw both sides at the same time was Ben. It's actually because of her quasi-relationship with Ben that she overcomes some of the labels she's put on herself, that she takes a look at what she really wants versus what everyone expects from her.  This puts her on a path to self-discovery that most young adults undertake at this point in their lives, and I enjoyed how realistically her story was handled, that her path was not without its bumps. There's another guy in the picture, though I wouldn't call this a true love triangle.  Bria essentially hangs out with Raf to occupy her mind while she figures out her feelings for Ben.  But it's pretty obvious where her heart lies, especially since she's pretty much always had a mad crush on her best friend's brother.  She just doesn't want to jeopardize her friendship with either of them in order to pursue something more. Katie Flahive did a fabulous job of making Bria sound every bit the typical somewhat angsty teenager going through an identity crisis.  She maintained an air of snarkiness while also allowing Bria to sound vulnerable at the same time.  I enjoyed this audiobook and the narrator's presentation and found that it was over much too quickly.  I'll definitely be on the lookout for more YA audiobooks narrated by Katie Flahive. And I'm also looking forward to more novels from Jenny Kaczorowski.  This book only just popped up on my radar, but as soon as I read the premise, I knew it would be a great listen-in-one-day kind of story.  The writing was crisp and fresh, and I can't wait to read more from this debut author. GIF it to me straight: I totally got a Ten Things I Hate About You vibe from this...and I'm totally okay with that.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Denise Hallauer

    Review can also be found on my blog. This has to be one of the best YA Contemporary romances that I have ever read, even better than some adult ones. This isn’t just a story about a boy and a girl who fall in love and how they work through some problems. It is also a book about friend ship. Something I’ve often seen in contemporary romances is friends taking the backseat to the couple in a story and that’s never say well with me. I love that Jenny Kaczorowski did do that with her book. We see a Review can also be found on my blog. This has to be one of the best YA Contemporary romances that I have ever read, even better than some adult ones. This isn’t just a story about a boy and a girl who fall in love and how they work through some problems. It is also a book about friend ship. Something I’ve often seen in contemporary romances is friends taking the backseat to the couple in a story and that’s never say well with me. I love that Jenny Kaczorowski did do that with her book. We see a lot of Bria’s two best friends, Abby and Delores, and we show close she is to them. They add a lot to the story and to Bria’s character that without them it would have been lacking. We don’t see a lot of Ben’s friends but the story, while in third person, stays with Bria so we only see them as they come into contact with her. In a way the story is more just about Bria, who is awesome and badass, who just happens to fall in love and finds out it’s not all roses. I love Bria, I started liking her early on in the book and she just gets better as the story goes on. She is an artist with purple hair, the hair is slightly clichéd but as you read you find out that it is partly part of the persona she has built for herself and it’s partly in remembrance of her mother. Bria is kind, caring, and a little too kind and naive at times. But she’s got this snark to her and doesn’t really care what people think of her. I’ll admit I was a little scared when I read she was a vegan, but thankfully she isn’t the type that tries to force everyone around her into her beliefs. She did have one very justified rant but that was really it. I’m a little torn on Ben, he has some really awesome moments but he had some really jerky ones and he didn’t end up fully redeeming himself in my eyes. But his actions were pretty spot on with a teen boy and how he’d deal with the teasing from teammates and friends. It would be interesting to see a book about Bria and Ben in a few years. To see how they’ve changed and grown. I also wouldn’t mind knowing what happens with Abby and Delores and would love to see them in their own books. Okay Kaczorowski could write stories all the way into adulthood about these characters and I would read them. This story was really well written, enjoyable and I found it hard to put down. I was a little nervous to read it because I have talked to the author quite a bit on twitter but man this book is so amazing. Jenny Kaczorowski sure knows how to write interesting and real characters who can pull you into their lives and make you become emotionally invested in them. One line that really stood out to me and it felt liked it knocked the breath out of me was: “I am art. I can’t not sketch. It’s a compulsion, not a passion.”

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (lifeinlit)

    Audiobook Review: As soon as I started this book, I had a weird craving to dye my hair purple. Yes, purple. After reading the synopsis I was under the impression that this was going to be a fun, fluffy story, but it turned out to be a much more serious read. Bria is your typical teenage girl that ends up falling for the wrong guy, and this guy just happens to be her best friend’s brother. Ouch. On top of that, Bria is suffering from a typical teenage identity crisis. After losing her mother to a c Audiobook Review: As soon as I started this book, I had a weird craving to dye my hair purple. Yes, purple. After reading the synopsis I was under the impression that this was going to be a fun, fluffy story, but it turned out to be a much more serious read. Bria is your typical teenage girl that ends up falling for the wrong guy, and this guy just happens to be her best friend’s brother. Ouch. On top of that, Bria is suffering from a typical teenage identity crisis. After losing her mother to a car crash at a young age, Bria is trying to live up to the person others thinks she is, rather than who she feels she is inside. I could really appreciate Bria’s insecurities and somewhat antisocial behavior. On top of that, she was a bit sarcastic, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I do love the occasional sarcastic, angsty, even bratty characters from time to time. (I guess you can tell what kind of teenager I was years ago… ) This was a very quick read, and seemed to fly by as an audiobook. This is the first audio I’ve encountered narrated by Katie Flahive. She did a wonderful job of portraying Bria’s teenage angst and insecurities. One of my biggest pet peeves with audios is when the author doesn’t sound the character’s age. I was happy to see right from the beginning that Katie was the perfect choice for Bria. A very realistic teenage story told in a way that I could easily relate to. This is the only book by Jenny Kaczorowski that I’m aware of, but I’m hopeful that we will see more from her in the near future. Find this review and others like it at Lost in Literature!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Valerie Cole

    A fantastic debut from Jenny Kaczorowski! Bria is a fierce protagonist, trying to find herself in a mess of combat boots, vegan diet, and purple hair dye after her mother's tragic death. The Art of Falling packs a lot of heart and humor. A fantastic debut from Jenny Kaczorowski! Bria is a fierce protagonist, trying to find herself in a mess of combat boots, vegan diet, and purple hair dye after her mother's tragic death. The Art of Falling packs a lot of heart and humor.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Judith Tewes

    Once upon a time an artsy girl and a football star fell in love. It wasn't pretty. But, oh my, their story will have you tumbling down after them. Once upon a time an artsy girl and a football star fell in love. It wasn't pretty. But, oh my, their story will have you tumbling down after them.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ginger at GReadsBooks

    Original review posted at ---> GReads! THE ART OF FALLING may come across as a light, feel good young adult contemporary, but underneath that dazzling cover is a story that's sure to win over any reader's heart. Bria is the artsy type, always having a paint brush to tie back her hair, and crusty paint under her finger nails to prove it. Her and her two best friends, Abby and Dolores, have steered clear of the high school cliques, especially the popular jocks. But there's one jock who has always c Original review posted at ---> GReads! THE ART OF FALLING may come across as a light, feel good young adult contemporary, but underneath that dazzling cover is a story that's sure to win over any reader's heart. Bria is the artsy type, always having a paint brush to tie back her hair, and crusty paint under her finger nails to prove it. Her and her two best friends, Abby and Dolores, have steered clear of the high school cliques, especially the popular jocks. But there's one jock who has always caught Bria's eye and he happens to be Abby's brother, Ben. The best friend's brother is off limits. It's a rule she knows and tries to abide by, but what happens when the only person who truly gets you is the one you can't have? Bria is going through an identity crisis. She's been labeled as the dark, artsy girl. The one who clashes with the cool kids. After losing her mom in a tragic car accident when she was a kid, she's been clinging to this persona of who she think she's supposed to be. But the closer she gets to Ben and the more her feelings for him begin to surface, it's causing her to question who she is and who she wants to be. This novel portrays what a lot of teenagers go through in high school: Labels. It's easy to put a label on someone and assume that's their role. It's hard to go against your label and worry what others may think of you. I understood Bria's want to discover who she was, by shedding the layers that were imposed on her, and truly identifying herself. It was interesting to witness the relationship between her and Ben, the soft moments where the two of them could be free of the labels and just be two teenagers, falling for the other. THE ART OF FALLING gives an honest look at self discovery during those delicate teen years, and how easy it can be to succumb to the stereotypes, yet how brave it is to rise above them.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katie (Kitkatscanread)

    I really did enjoy this book! This is a story about Bria and Ben. Ben is Abby's brother. Bria and Ben kiss. But they can't be together for many reasons. Ben is a popular jock. He's also Abby's brother. Abby is Bria's best friend. Best friends don't date their friend's brothers, do they? Bria finds it hard to keep away from Ben. She tries distracting herself. But try as she might, she just can't keep away from Ben. And Ben can't stay away from Bria. They know they want each other, but refuse to accept it. Th I really did enjoy this book! This is a story about Bria and Ben. Ben is Abby's brother. Bria and Ben kiss. But they can't be together for many reasons. Ben is a popular jock. He's also Abby's brother. Abby is Bria's best friend. Best friends don't date their friend's brothers, do they? Bria finds it hard to keep away from Ben. She tries distracting herself. But try as she might, she just can't keep away from Ben. And Ben can't stay away from Bria. They know they want each other, but refuse to accept it. This is a story about love, friendship and being true to yourself. I loved the characters in this book. I felt like I was going on a massive journey and like I was in the book. Really recommend if you are into contemporary romances. A fresh new story that will go far! Full review: http://kitkat1242.blogspot.co.uk/2013...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jen McConnel

    I loved this charming story, and Bria and Ben are two characters it's easy to root for (even when they aren't sure what they want). Slip into a sweet story of missed chances, friendship, and loving somebody you shouldn't. I loved this charming story, and Bria and Ben are two characters it's easy to root for (even when they aren't sure what they want). Slip into a sweet story of missed chances, friendship, and loving somebody you shouldn't.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Daphne (Illumicrate)

    3.5 stars. The Art of Falling portrays teens in a wonderfully realistic way. With characters to love and kisses to make you swoon, it's like watching your favourite teen movie. Contemporary lovers will adore this debut. 3.5 stars. The Art of Falling portrays teens in a wonderfully realistic way. With characters to love and kisses to make you swoon, it's like watching your favourite teen movie. Contemporary lovers will adore this debut.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    *4.5 stars* I got an email from Bloomsbury informing me about Bloomsbury Spark and also offering some books up for review. After taking a quick look at the book available I knew I wanted to read The Art of Falling, not only did the synopsis draw me in, but also the amazingly gorgeous cover. I made a start on The Art of Falling pretty quickly due to being caught up on my eBook reviews, and less than two pages in I already love Bria. She is such an enigma, portraying a different exterior to what's o *4.5 stars* I got an email from Bloomsbury informing me about Bloomsbury Spark and also offering some books up for review. After taking a quick look at the book available I knew I wanted to read The Art of Falling, not only did the synopsis draw me in, but also the amazingly gorgeous cover. I made a start on The Art of Falling pretty quickly due to being caught up on my eBook reviews, and less than two pages in I already love Bria. She is such an enigma, portraying a different exterior to what's on the inside, and we get to see a few glimpses of this interior quite early on in the book, she is confusing but likeable. Getting glimpses into her past also helps make that connection to Ben and the history between this duo. Bria is an artist, a dancer, a musician, and lives with Dad who is also in the music business. Her best friend Abby is also Ben's sister. Raphael, a new kid in school, is in art with Bria, we know immediately how he feels about Bria, and she also knows how he feels but is torn between her feelings for Ben that she is scared to act on, but also how she feels about Raphael, not the same as Ben but it can be real, it can be something everyone can know about and not some secret like she thinks it will be with Ben. I wasn't too sure about Raphael, but I soon grew to like him and his personality. He definitely knows he wants Bria and doesn't take no for an answer. When his reasoning is revealed it made me mad at him, but sad for Bria. I mentally cheered her on for making a stand, but also for not being the bad guy, for doing the right thing. The characters in the The Art of Falling play an important role in Bria's story, both the good parts and the bad, but they also help her stop and take a look inside herself, helping her figure out what she really wants from life, both from her future and her relationships. From the moment I started The Art of Falling I really could not put it down, the characters are realistic and the plot also feels realistic. It feels like an actual, real place and the events that are happening right in front of you, like you can open your front door and enter their world. It deals with every day life, loss of family, friendship, love, school and none of it feels forced or rushed, even the friendship between Ben and Bria seems real. The Art of Falling was a refreshing change to the books I have been reading lately and I would definitely read more from Jenny Kaczorowski in the future.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nara

    I have to say, this book was certainly a lot less fluffy than I thought it would be. I mean, I suppose it is still a fairly fluffy book, but it definitely wasn't at the fluffiness level of say, The Distance Between Us or Meant to Be or similar such books. It was still quite enjoyable though, with a cute romance and interesting characters. I guess the romance perhaps wasn't quite as convincing as I would have liked it to be. Possibly this is because the two characters (rather unexpectedly) were ac I have to say, this book was certainly a lot less fluffy than I thought it would be. I mean, I suppose it is still a fairly fluffy book, but it definitely wasn't at the fluffiness level of say, The Distance Between Us or Meant to Be or similar such books. It was still quite enjoyable though, with a cute romance and interesting characters. I guess the romance perhaps wasn't quite as convincing as I would have liked it to be. Possibly this is because the two characters (rather unexpectedly) were actually already in love at the very start of the book. Surprisingly, instead of the whole coincidental meeting leads to attraction leads to relationship cliche that I was expecting, our love interest is actually a childhood friend of our main character. And their first kiss is in the first chapter, within the first couple of pages. That being said though, by the end of the book, I had definitely been swept away by their romance- it was pretty cute :3 Despite the blurb putting quite a large focus on the concept of Bria choosing between being true to herself or to the persona she's spent high school creating, I feel there really wasn't THAT much focus on that in the book. Certainly, the conflict was there, but as the reader, I didn't feel that Bria's biggest issue was her identity crisis. A lot more focus was put on the fact that Ben was Bria's best friend's brother, and what that meant for her relationship with her best friend. I was also a bit confused as to the significance of her having been in a car accident. She says she doesn't like showing her scar to people, but I honestly can't remember whether this was a particularly large trauma or whether she only shows it to Ben or something. #bookamnesia Probably the only really big flaw was that, seriously, I really didn't appreciate the character of Rafael. He really served no purpose except to cause more conflict between Ben and Bria. I mean, fair enough, you have to include such characters in a contemporary to prevent the plot from being too boring, but Raf just seemed excessively superficial. While overall the plot was fairly predictable, I feel like The Art of Falling was still an enjoyable read that I'd recommend to lovers of cute and slightly angsty contemporary romance.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jenny / Wondrous Reads

    The Art of Falling is a well written, realistic snapshot of teenage life and a great start to the Bloomsbury Spark imprint. It's a quick, enjoyable read that will appeal to readers of contemporary YA fiction, fans of purple hair and romance. Sounds good? Make sure you've got an eReader handy as Spark books are currently only available in eBook format! Bria, full name Cambria (I wholly approve of this name and I think my favourite band, Coheed and Cambria, would too) is a bit of an antisocial pers The Art of Falling is a well written, realistic snapshot of teenage life and a great start to the Bloomsbury Spark imprint. It's a quick, enjoyable read that will appeal to readers of contemporary YA fiction, fans of purple hair and romance. Sounds good? Make sure you've got an eReader handy as Spark books are currently only available in eBook format! Bria, full name Cambria (I wholly approve of this name and I think my favourite band, Coheed and Cambria, would too) is a bit of an antisocial person with an attitude. She absolutely does not want to like Ben Harris, her best friend's brother, but what can you do? Soon she's meeting him in secret and realising that jocks have feelings too and high school labels aren't everything. I liked Bria but didn't love her, unfortunately. She has a good voice that rings true, and even though I didn't quite click with her I think other readers will! Her relationships throughout the story are realistic, especially when it comes to the new arty guy on the scene. She faces some difficult decisions, all while repainting school murals and thinking about graduation. Talk about multi-tasking! I enjoyed The Art of Falling and think it will do well with its intended YA audience. Bria's story is easy to relate to and she's a pretty decent role model, even if she does have a tendency to change her mind on a regular basis! I'm really excited about this book and the others that make up Bloomsbury Spark's launch list, and I hope they all do well. For a couple of pounds, you can't really go wrong!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Luna

    The Art of Falling is one of the first titles that Bloomsbury Spark are releasing. Bloomsbury kindly sent me a list with all of them and while I easily could have picked more, I made myself choose one. The Art of Falling won because the blurb promised me a fun read with interesting characters and Jenny Kaczorowski delivered just that. I’m always a little apprehensive about calling a book “nice” because it sounds like I couldn’t think of anything better to say but nice books are great. When I sat The Art of Falling is one of the first titles that Bloomsbury Spark are releasing. Bloomsbury kindly sent me a list with all of them and while I easily could have picked more, I made myself choose one. The Art of Falling won because the blurb promised me a fun read with interesting characters and Jenny Kaczorowski delivered just that. I’m always a little apprehensive about calling a book “nice” because it sounds like I couldn’t think of anything better to say but nice books are great. When I sat down to read The Art of Falling I wanted nice, the fact that Bria is so easy to adore was an added bonus. Jenny Kaczorowski writing is easy to follow and before I knew it I was halfway through the book. The characters and story are convincing, my favourite was Abby (Bria’s best friend) and I liked Ben. He’s wasn’t over the top wonderful, which normally results in putting me rolling my eyes and not buying the relationship. I wanted Bria and him to end up together. If all of Bloomsbury Spark’s books are like The Art of Falling they have a winning formula.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Soo I was totally won over by the fact the main character has PURPLE HAIR – I totally want it :) The Art of Falling deals with a lot of issues within the narrative relevant to the majority of teenagers today. Inspection of the ubiquitous high school cliques and how they pigeon-hole people as well as justifying segregation is the main focus of the plot crossing the romance between an art geek and a jock. The portrayal of how image and popularity are important at this stage of life, on both sides no Soo I was totally won over by the fact the main character has PURPLE HAIR – I totally want it :) The Art of Falling deals with a lot of issues within the narrative relevant to the majority of teenagers today. Inspection of the ubiquitous high school cliques and how they pigeon-hole people as well as justifying segregation is the main focus of the plot crossing the romance between an art geek and a jock. The portrayal of how image and popularity are important at this stage of life, on both sides not just the jock as you would suspect. However, the act of maintaining the image you have created can place extra pressure on an already stressful time of life. Even creating barriers to real feelings and emotions. Tragedy, identity, family, friendship, grief, romance and the pressure to decide your future at such a young age all play a part within the narrative ensuring a very fast paced plot. Engaging characters you can’t help but fall for ;)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alice Kaltman

    Bravo Jenny Kaczorowski! The Art of Falling is a teen-steamy romance that maintains credibility throughout. While I'm sure Kaczorowski will get endless kudos for her portrayal of teen love, I want to do a special shout out for her fabulous, and authentic characters. Bria is pitch perfect in her arty defensiveness, Ben is fantabulous as the reluctant sports star. Together they're a SoCal Romeo and Juliet, with a cast of equally believable secondary characters. I particularly LOVED Dolores, a soli Bravo Jenny Kaczorowski! The Art of Falling is a teen-steamy romance that maintains credibility throughout. While I'm sure Kaczorowski will get endless kudos for her portrayal of teen love, I want to do a special shout out for her fabulous, and authentic characters. Bria is pitch perfect in her arty defensiveness, Ben is fantabulous as the reluctant sports star. Together they're a SoCal Romeo and Juliet, with a cast of equally believable secondary characters. I particularly LOVED Dolores, a solid sidekick and the voice of reason. Without revealing too much I gotta say: YAY for the Viper Room! Kaczorowski's descriptions of suburban LA, especially her poetic renderings of natural beauty are also masterful. All in all, a great read by a truly talented writer.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Elle Beauregard

    The Art of Falling was a sweet, smooth and quick read. It struck a great balance of drama, humor and romance while staying natural and believable. This story, just by virtue of the setting/characters/topics, could have turned into a trite mess, but Kaczorowski does a great job of off-setting cliche with unique elements to keep the story fresh and current. I liked the way both main characters got to "win" while staying true to themselves. Neither had to change for the sake of the other, nor did t The Art of Falling was a sweet, smooth and quick read. It struck a great balance of drama, humor and romance while staying natural and believable. This story, just by virtue of the setting/characters/topics, could have turned into a trite mess, but Kaczorowski does a great job of off-setting cliche with unique elements to keep the story fresh and current. I liked the way both main characters got to "win" while staying true to themselves. Neither had to change for the sake of the other, nor did they have to sacrifice what they truly wanted (which in and of itself rises above common cliches of this genre.) Definitely satisfying in the romance department. A great beach read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kristine Asselin

    I absolutely LOVED Jenny Kaczorowski's debut. THE ART OF FALLING is everything you look for in a good contemporary Young Adult romance. Complicated main character, adorably hot boys, and a great cast of characters. Not to mention an awesome cover! If you like YA contemporary romance, you're going to LOVE this book! So happy for Jenny! I absolutely LOVED Jenny Kaczorowski's debut. THE ART OF FALLING is everything you look for in a good contemporary Young Adult romance. Complicated main character, adorably hot boys, and a great cast of characters. Not to mention an awesome cover! If you like YA contemporary romance, you're going to LOVE this book! So happy for Jenny!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Christine Duval

    I didn't even have time to mark this as "Currently Reading," I finished it so fast! I loved this book! Loved Bria. Loved Ben. An unlikely couple, seemingly cemented by their respective personas: star quarterback and artsy non-conformist, Jenny Kaczorowski has created an endearing love story that's fiercely honest and beautifully penned. Can't wait to read more from this rising star! I didn't even have time to mark this as "Currently Reading," I finished it so fast! I loved this book! Loved Bria. Loved Ben. An unlikely couple, seemingly cemented by their respective personas: star quarterback and artsy non-conformist, Jenny Kaczorowski has created an endearing love story that's fiercely honest and beautifully penned. Can't wait to read more from this rising star!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marissa

    If you're looking for a short YA read, well then you'll get your fix with this book. Keep in mind that it is a YA so if you're expecting extreme maturity from these characters than move along because this book isn't for you. If you're looking for a short YA read, well then you'll get your fix with this book. Keep in mind that it is a YA so if you're expecting extreme maturity from these characters than move along because this book isn't for you.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    So many editing errors that I had to double check and make sure it wasn't self published. Somewhat generic story, cute quick read with so many stereotypes. I am no grammar nazi but it is hard for me to get into a story in which I am constantly noticing spelling errors or misplaced words. So many editing errors that I had to double check and make sure it wasn't self published. Somewhat generic story, cute quick read with so many stereotypes. I am no grammar nazi but it is hard for me to get into a story in which I am constantly noticing spelling errors or misplaced words.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Beth Summer

    beautiful writing and an incredible story. Besides loving the romance and love triangle (yes I actually LOVE love triangles), I love a good friendship story, and Bria, Abby, and Dolores did not disappoint. Great read and can't wait for the next book! beautiful writing and an incredible story. Besides loving the romance and love triangle (yes I actually LOVE love triangles), I love a good friendship story, and Bria, Abby, and Dolores did not disappoint. Great read and can't wait for the next book!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hay

    Love this book. Just what I needed! Light, quick, satisfying read with a unique premise and great writing to back it up. Loved it!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Fida Islaih

    I finished the book ugly crying. I can't believe all that Ben & Bria went through. I hate and love it! Ahh! Thank you! I finished the book ugly crying. I can't believe all that Ben & Bria went through. I hate and love it! Ahh! Thank you!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Moon Love

    4.5 stars! Full review to come soon!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mandie Baxter

    I can't handle the cuteness!!! Loved everything about this book. I can't handle the cuteness!!! Loved everything about this book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dee

    So, I have been looking for a very specific YA romance novel for some time now. In a dream, I was reading a secret romance novel in which both the hero and the heroine believe the other is ashamed of their relationship. I woke up before finishing it, and have been searching for something similar to read since. Well, this is as close as it comes to that particular plot. I loved both the characters and the plot, and especially the subverted artistic kid trope - where everyone is subtly pressuring So, I have been looking for a very specific YA romance novel for some time now. In a dream, I was reading a secret romance novel in which both the hero and the heroine believe the other is ashamed of their relationship. I woke up before finishing it, and have been searching for something similar to read since. Well, this is as close as it comes to that particular plot. I loved both the characters and the plot, and especially the subverted artistic kid trope - where everyone is subtly pressuring Brie to study art at university, but she is in fact a closet accountant. I have knocked the rating one star down because of the third person narration. Normally I have nothing against it, but this novel just felt like it should have been first person.

  28. 5 out of 5

    SynergyQuest

    5.5 stars An enjoyable, appropriately lite romance with lots of heart. First love is so simply honest, but also turbulent with emotion, second guessing, so many urges and sometimes conflicting viewpoints. This book deals with it all and shows that if you do it right, your heart wins in the end.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jessi

    Okay so I don't usually rate books, but I really feel the need to write one about The Art of Falling. This book had a lot of potential to be different, and interesting. The plot is a hook that I've never really seen before. Don't get me wrong, I liked Bria, and Ben, and Rafael as characters, but I think there's a lot missing from the story. I was so disappointed to read that it was all just fluffy romance. It really could have been a great story about exploring fluid identity and breaking high sc Okay so I don't usually rate books, but I really feel the need to write one about The Art of Falling. This book had a lot of potential to be different, and interesting. The plot is a hook that I've never really seen before. Don't get me wrong, I liked Bria, and Ben, and Rafael as characters, but I think there's a lot missing from the story. I was so disappointed to read that it was all just fluffy romance. It really could have been a great story about exploring fluid identity and breaking high school stereotypes through the romance. Who we are in high school changes a lot. I sure as hell remember going through a lot of phases. Alas, the non-romance plot was far too short. Other errors I caught include typos, and formatting issues in the beginning of the book (no closing quotes). So that doesn't look too great, either. There were certain unexplained quirks that really could have showed more depth if Bria's POV was in first. I know first is so overdone in YA contemporary, but honestly, there's a reason why it works. If you want fluffy, easy to read, turn off your brain romance, then this is your book. Nothing wrong with fluffy romance, sometimes you mindless reading is nice, but this could have been a very good story, and I think the mark was missed and I didn't care enough about the plot to keep reading.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    This was a lovely story about two teens finding their way to each other. I really liked the main characters. They had well defined personalities that at first seemed cliché but really weren't. They were deep characters that made you like them and want to root for their team. It's a super fast read and it really fits high school relationships pretty much spot on. The one thing I disliked is the pattern of these new adult romance's lately that have kids that all come from broken homes with parents This was a lovely story about two teens finding their way to each other. I really liked the main characters. They had well defined personalities that at first seemed cliché but really weren't. They were deep characters that made you like them and want to root for their team. It's a super fast read and it really fits high school relationships pretty much spot on. The one thing I disliked is the pattern of these new adult romance's lately that have kids that all come from broken homes with parents who can't parent, don't care or just don't exist. It seems like an easy plot device to get around the difficulty that is being a teenager with parents. Nevertheless, really liked the characters. The kissing scenes brought me back to high school with some mini-swoonage. I'll read it again in a few years for a nice pick me up after I have forgotten all about it.

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