FALLING INTO YOU
Author: Jasinda Wilder
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Jasinda Wilder
Release Date: March 14, 2013
Recommended Reading: AGE+ 18
Explicit language, Sexual Situations etc.
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OVERALL THOUGHTS: About three words in I knew I was hooked. Stay up until three in the morning, wake up and resume reading until it the very last syllable, hooked. Jasinda’s deeply emotional writing and dynamic characters grab you, knock you down, pick you up, hit you in the face and give you a long hot wet kiss before saying the end. Now there were a couple of aspects I could do without; however, overall I really, really, really liked this book. So, if quality writing with detailed, steamy romance is your thing, you’d be a fool not to fall into this one.
[note color=”#eeecf3″]SYNOPSIS: Nell Hawthorne is in love with her life-long best friend, Kyle Calloway. Their young love is invincible and life is full of promise; then one night Kyle dies suddenly in a tragic accident and Nell is forever changed. She meets Kyle’s older brother Colton for the first time at the funeral. They both struggle to move on with life as best they can. Years later, they meet again in New York City, and Colton realizes that Nell has never really gotten over Kyle’s death. She seems to be harboring a deeply rooted pain, a heavy weight of guilt and regret. He knows he shouldn’t get involved, but he can’t help himself. Trust doesn’t come easily for either of them, and they both have demons. Together, they learn the purpose of pain and the meaning of healing, and the importance of forgiveness.[/note]
THE LOWDOWN: I want to start by discussing the characters in this book, because they are essentially what drove this story. The narrative elements didn’t flip storytelling on it’s head, but the way Jasinda drafted her protagonists, giving them such clear and honest voices, there really isn’t anywhere else to begin.
Take Nell, the young girl who falls in love with a boy she was destined to spend her life with. The boy next door who adored her and cherished her in that fairytale way most women wait their whole lives to experience. She isn’t scarred by pain or scorned by love lost… she is simply an innocent teen whose life I was thrust into so I could experience those important “firsts” alongside her.
Kyle, her knight, is a star in high school, a boy with a bright future armed with girl every guy covets. He knows he has a good thing, so he proposes marriage. Then tragedy strikes, cutting my heart and flipping the switch on the “good life” this book did such a magnificent job depicting.
Flash forward 2 years and Nell is lost, drunk and living a dark existence filled with painful reminders of what once was… and what will never be. I touched her her pain because the writer made sure I would. She made me walk a mile in her shoes. This juxtaposition between the old and the new Nell; her light and dark; innocent and corrupted, was really where I connected. Very few YA/NA writers depict this kind of narrative change with such spot on success.
The story, as I mentioned before, was deep and dealt with some very tough, yet real issues without beating around the bush or making light of some dusky subjects. Drinking, sex (descriptive and raw), cutting, gangs, learning disabilities and loss are just a few of the subtexts within this story. They are powerful without being preachy.
But with the great comes some missteps. There weren’t many, but the one that hit me a little too hard was the over expository musical scenes. I found them slightly boring and in excess. A strum of a guitar and a ballad that plays the heartstrings of the girl you seek is one thing, but pages of musical numbers can be distracting. I understand the purpose of the music that weaves in and out of the story and it worked to bond the protagonists, but it ended up putting me on the outs, especially in a book where the pacing was so spot on.
FINAL WORD: If you don’t beg, borrow, or sit for an unreasonable amount of time in your B&N reading this while that not so cute book seller guy gives you the stink-eye, you are missing out on a really great New Adult experience.
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