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Fault Line: A Novel

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  488 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
Seventeen-year-old Becky Martin--smart, funny, ambitious--aspires to be a stand-up comic. While setting out to make her goal a reality, she meets Kip Costello, a rising star in the San Francisco comedy club scene. Where Becky once felt invisible around guys, she now basks in Kip's adoration. And what could be better than an attractive, intense boyfriend who cares about eve ...more
Published July 13th 2004 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published September 1st 2003)
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I read this book several years ago (I'm pretty sure I was a freshman in college, actually), but I chose to re-read it because, well, this is the kind of book I typically enjoy.

There were some great things about this book - the voice was fresh and light. She stood out from others, and she was easy to "get along with," which is difficult to read from. I liked the addition of the personal writing from Kip and her in their journal / notebooks (or, well, paper towels), because it's nice to get some p
Katherine Marple
Jan 12, 2013 Katherine Marple rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fault Line is about a 17 year old girl who is trying to make it through her senior year in high school, fill out college applications for her future, launch her stand up comedy career & figure out this relationship thing with the new-comer Kip. Kip is sensitive, handsome, passionate, observant of Becky's every detail. Kip is everything a teenaged girl thinks she wants in a boyfriend.

Five months into the relationship, he's editting her comedy skits (getting upset when she doesn't use his punc
Lee Ann
Nov 16, 2009 Lee Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book I choose to read was Fault Line by Janet Tashjian. I really enjoyed reading this book. I would definitely recommend this novel. The genre of this book is fiction. I choose this book because “teen relationship abuse” is a huge topic, and this novel does a great job of explaining it in such detail and imagery. This was a powerful novel to read, in some parts it made my eyes tear up.

Becky is a smart, funny, 17-year old girl. She is hard working and loves her jobs. She takes annotative o
Yvonne Lucas
I read "Fault Line", by Janet Tashjian because it looked like a book that would make me not want to stop reading, which ended up being the case. This book is about a 17 year old girl, named Becky, who has a dream of pursuing comedy, and then she meets a boy, named Kip, who is also a comedian. Abusing and disrespectful, Kip makes Becky's life very stressful by becoming controlling to the extreme. An example of this is when Becky spent a week with a man for comedy, and Kip got jealous and told her ...more
Feb 11, 2011 Morgan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was okay! It took me some time to read it but that is possibly because I didn't have much of a choice when it came to reading it! It is a good abuse story with a good ending though! But I did make some connection to it though because while reading it I found out that one one of my friends is in a situation similar to it! So in a way it helped me give her well-rounded advice! But it did seem to get off to a slow start! The ending was probably the best and most excited part of the book! ...more
Oct 25, 2007 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: realistic
A sometimes funny, tense, and poignant look at an abusive dating relationship, from the girl's point of view. She's planning to be a stand-up comic, and when she gets her chance to make her big break during a tour of clubs, her boyfriend--also a comic--begins to come unhinged in fits of unfounded jealousy. Interesting look at the life of young comics, with plenty of jokes sprinkled throughout, but mostly it's about how a girl gets entangled in this sort of relationship, and how she manages to ge ...more
Jan 28, 2008 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great book- I'd never read anything before on this subject and so this really opened to my eyes and made me feel as if even I might get in this situation. You see how hard it is to notice it unless you are on the outside- emotions get confused and everything seems mixed up. A wonderful read- I'd suggest it to anyone!
Beth O'Connell
I thought this look at relationship abuse (emotional and physical) was well done. I especially like how it shows both sides, not making excuses for anyone, but helping readers understand how someone might stay with an abuser even knowing what is happening. The author's agenda is obvious, but the book is balanced and well-written.
Feb 07, 2010 Bev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenagers/adults who work with teens
Young Adult book about two San Francisco teenagers who want to become professional stand-up comedians. So...funny. But also tragic because the storyline touches on date abuse/violence. Excellent. Anything by this author is good.
Be warned it is a strong book...talks of the dealings of abuse and other related stuff. So if you don't like heavy reading don't read it but if that sort of stuff is okay then it is well written and interesting.
Liz Chapman
Apr 10, 2013 Liz Chapman rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wish-list, ya
This book kind of took me by surprise, and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

I DID get a sense that the author has NEVER lived in the Bay Area...but that's a minor detail.
Alice Dang
Oct 21, 2016 Alice Dang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I liked about the book "Fault Line" was that it can relate to anyone whether or not they have experienced that same conflict as the main character has. Also the book is about something that catches your attention right away, making you want to keep on reading. What I also liked about the book was the fact that all the conflicts in the story was realistic and that none of it was made up. What I disliked about the book was the fact that the author made the first part of the story sorta boring ...more
Maxine Livingstone
I read this book around the time it came out. This is book that deals with teen dating violence and what can happen when someone stays quiet.

The overall message of this book is that violence doesn't only occur in a relationship among adults.
I loved this book. There are not that many YA books that deals with this type of relationship so when a book in YA with this subject matter does appear I have to read it. YA books dealing with teen dating violence is a way of bringing information to teenagers
Mersaydes Perez
I liked that this book was about what girls life can be when your in love, but in love with someone you don't really know. I didn't like the way the author made the first chapters really boring it didn't really catch my eye. I'd recommend to read this because it's kinda like everyday society.
Jocelyn Montalvo Cullum
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Jazka Marie
Oct 03, 2016 Jazka Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I feel like it was Becky's mom's and Abby's fault that Kip began to be abusive. From the very beginning Abby was not supportive by saying he would not ever call Becky and that it was his name Kip didn't sound well with Becky's. Becky had issues before she met Kip of feeling invisible. He noticed her and made her feel very special, but she her best friend and mother made it seem that it was a bad thing that he found her so interesting. It seems like he started to feel very insecure when ...more
Hannah Woller
Oct 23, 2015 Hannah Woller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenagers
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May 08, 2014 Inês rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um livro sobre a violência nos namoros de adolescentes. Um livro escrito com duas visões, a da vítima e a do agressor. Ouvi falar sobre ele no programa "Mundo das Mulheres" em que o assunto era este e fiquei com "a pulga atrás da orelha". Porque tenho 3 filhos, quis saber mais e comprei o livro. Assustou-me como mãe, saber que qualquer um dos meus filhos poderá passar por isto sem eu perceber. Tanto como vítima como como agressor, por mais absurdo que me possa parecer.
Todos deveriam ler este liv
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Aug 10, 2016 Rebekah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was interesting to see how the darker the girl's life became, the better she got at making people laugh. Not that the actual jokes were amazing but I think that it was eye-opening to realize that it's a very real concept that comedians draw humor from a very dark place.

As others have said, Fault Line is already a good book for young adults because of the way it tells the abuse story. I mean, we all like to joke about Twilight being the gold standard for an abusive relationship (and I guess th
Ashley dillon
Becky's smart and funny. But when she meets Kip, she becomes more than that. When shes with Kip shes feels like so much more and she loves it. When Kip starts to make her feel differently tho, shes confused and doesnt know what to do, until shes hit rock bottom.
I thought this book was pretty good. Not the best book ive ever read, specially dealing with abusive relationships. But all n all it was a good read. I couldnt really connect all that well with the main character, but at the same time tha
Dec 27, 2016 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult-ita
Seventeen-year-old Becky Martin never thought she'd be one of those girls. After all, she doesn't fit the profile. She has two loving parents, close friends who care about her, even a great gig as an amateur comic in the San Francisco comedy club scene. Becky has always considered herself too smart and too driven to ever become involved in an abusive relationship. But up-and-coming comic Kip Costello is impossible to resist. He's cute, hilarious, and worships stand-up as much as she does. Yet, a ...more
Katrina Knittle
I really enjoyed reading this. I would definitely recommend it to young adults or really anyone. This book topic is about teen relationship abuse. I think I have a soft spot for the genre as being able to relate to it in so many ways. Fault Line does a good job of grabbing you and making you sit there to feel the girls pain. The author does a decent job with describing and her writing style I liked a lot. When reading this have a box of tissues next to you. You may just need one. Especially if y ...more
Sandra McLeod
Aug 17, 2009 Sandra McLeod rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-novels
Becky Martin is a 17-year-old comedienne who believes she has found true love with fellow comedian Kip Costello. As Kip becomes increasingly more possessive and controlling, however, Becky finds herself enmeshed in an abusive relationship she has difficulty giving up. This novel is written with great sensitivity as both sides of the abusive relationship are explored, and all the characters are very believable. Recommended for young men as well as for young women.
Kitten Pies
this is a fiction book.
so why did it have to be so dull?
its misleading to say this book is about an abusive relationship..
its more about a relationship that could have been abusive if she hadn't left.
the characters aren't all that likeable and everything is quite cliche.
over all this was just a huge disappointment. i wanted to be shocked, appalled, disturbed, and angry! but instead i just said "that was it?"
Jan 06, 2011 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok I read this along time ago while I was still being homescholed. It was one of the first books I read upon geting my new library card and this book hooked me from start to finish. It was an intresting book that left me with a erie sence afterwords after seeing the abuse in it. And through the years It has most definatly stuck with me the most of alot of the books I have read. Im rereading it right now since I just hunted it down in my library.
Tiffany Paltauf
This book was alright!This story is about abuse but ends happy! The reason why I thought this book was alright was because it started off pretty slow, and I tend to lose interest quickly when reading. I would recommend this book to anybody who has dealt with an abusive relationship, whether that may be physical or verbal. But the end of this novel was definitely the best part, therefore that is why I found this book to be okay.
The voice was annoying to me at first--cliche narration for a YA novel--but the content was executed pretty well, and for that it is hard not to appreciate this book. It wasn't at all what I expected it would be, plot wise, and it turned out to be much better. I'd give it 3.5 stars if possible. Can't decide if I'll keep it for my classroom, so definitely not the best YA book around, but as far as didactic literature, not bad.
May 04, 2012 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, ya-abuse
This book is so addictive, I couldn't put it down once I started it. I loved the author's contemporary view on an old subject... Books about abuse come a dime a dozen but this one seemed fresh and more real for me. The MC is extremely likable and convincing, and I love that she is striving to become a comic, not a cheerleader or a nerd. Something new and refreshing. The book is a great read and was over too soon for my liking. I plan on reading more by this author.
Dec 08, 2009 Claire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've never been particularly sympathetic to the plight of victims of domestic abuse - I consider myself to be a strong woman, and I know (or mostly hope) that I would get out an abusive relationship - but this book made me feel for the narrator. She really couldn't find a way out. And her pain, although real and heartbreaking, was also beautifully illustrated.
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Janet Tashjian is a middle-grade and young adult novelist who’s been writing books for children for fifteen years. Her first novel Tru Confessions was made into a critically acclaimed Disney TV movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. The Gospel According to Larry is a cult favorite and Fault Line is taught in many middle and high schools. Her novels My Life As a Book, My Life As a Stuntboy, ...more
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