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Falling for You

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,533 Ratings  ·  349 Reviews
Affection turns to obsession—and love means both devastation and redemption—in this gripping novel from the author of I Heart You, You Haunt Me.

Rae’s always dreamed of dating a guy like Nathan. He’s nothing like her abusive stepfather—in other words, he’s sweet. But the closer they get, the more Nathan wants of her time, of her love, of her…and the less she wants to give.

ebook, 368 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Simon Pulse
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Dec 28, 2014 Lisa added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
So... I wrote this book! And here are some things I want you to know about it.

It is a book with strong themes of darkness and light. While Rae has a sad home life, she has a bright and happy job working at a flower shop with people she adores. The flower shop, Full Bloom, is her safe place and I hope you come to enjoy the flower shop as much as Rae does.

Rae is a poet, and fills up journals with thoughts that help her cope with the feelings she has about her step-dad and her mom. Soon, school mat
Jul 10, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

FallIng for You by Lisa Schroeder --

I am so in love. This made my heart ache, I don't know where to begin on this review. This story hits you where it counts, a lot of this is so true today and everyone is too scared to come forward. Rae is by far the strongest girl I have read about and I want to just hug her.

Rae is the definition of a hero. She keeps all her pain bottled up, and hides that part of her life from everyone else. I don't know how she does it but she stays strong, and when she nee
Falling For You was the first book that I read in 2013 and like I said earlier..It was a good way to start a year.

I love Lisa Schroeder. I've read almost all her books and The Day before and I heart you , you haunt me are books I totally adore and are also two of my many books that highlight my book shelf.
Her books are all in verse form and the beauty of it all lies in the fact that she can break our hearts a thousand times and swoon us off our feet by throwing poetry at us. WE ALL LOVE LISA SCH
Kelly Hager
Jan 01, 2013 Kelly Hager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have waited for what seems like FOREVER for this book. I read The Day Before (Lisa Schroeder's most recent book before this one) in 2011 and then read everything else she'd written almost immediately thereafter and then was heartbroken to learn that there wouldn't be a new release until 2013. As in I would have to wait over a year. And if you know anything about me at all, you know that I do NOT do well with waiting.

But oh, this was so worth the wait. Like all of her books, this book will comp
Dec 09, 2014 Ariana marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Oh, that cover.. I simply can't wait to read this!
It looks movie alike ;))
Jan 06, 2013 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult

Falling For You was Lisa Schroeder's first full length book and I was so psyched because I've been a huge fan ever since Chasing Brooklyn, that it was an instant favorite. Lisa Schroeder is best known with her heartfelt, very poetic YA verse novels, so coming from her I certainly didn't want to pass everything she writes.

Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this one as much as I did her other works. I think she's better off with verse novels, in my humble opinion.

The story line was not strong, and the
Krystle Lopez
Feb 21, 2013 Krystle Lopez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to dislike this book because it started off slow and I felt like the writing was not up to par to other books I read. I kept reading it because even though it was slow, I felt like I could relate to the main character Rae. She is a 17 year old girl who has a weak minded mother who lets her be emotionally and physically abused by her overbearing loser stepdad. She is a writer inspired by her grandmother who passed away from cancer. Truly, this book connected to me on a level I did not wa ...more
Mary (BookHounds)

Rae's father left when she was a baby and her mother has moved on and in with Dean, a man Rae is not fond of. The only thing she really knows about her father is that he was a fan of Nirvana and that leads to her love of the Foo Fighters whose songs carry her through the worst of days. She works at a job she adores, assisting at Full Bloom, the only flower shop in her small town. She has a close circle of friends and never fails to go out of her way to be kind, even
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
Mar 21, 2013 Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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There is no need to mention that I failed big time here. I should as other people first do some reviews for her previous books but well this is something I guess. But firstly I guess that most of you know that other books by Lisa Schroeder are in verse.

If you are using an excuse "I don't like books/stories written in verse" for not reading her books my friends you will have to change your way of thinking or I'll do it for you. No kidding, but I can be really
Jan 05, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally published on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.
I hadn't had many people in my life who made me feel special. You know what happens after awhile? You start to wonder if you matter.
I mean, really and truly matter.
And the more time that goes by, the harder it is to believe that you do.

Lisa Schroeder has quickly become one the select few authors whose books I love to revisit. The Day Before, her 2011 novel in verse is one of my all-time favorites reads and I often pull it from the
**May contain spoilers. (Although you could probably predict them.)**

Lisa Schroeder is seriously one of my favorite authors. Ever.

Unlike her other books, this is not one written in verse. A poem comes up every few chapters as a glimpse into the MC’s poetry journal. I never actually realized it wasn't in verse until I stated reading. It was shocking, really. To see periods, sentences, WOAH.

I’m not sure whether I liked this more or less than the others I've read. Lisa Schroeder is a mastermind whe
Feb 05, 2013 Angie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Originally reviewed here @ Angieville

A couple of years ago I stumbled across a new-to-me book by new-to-me author Lisa Schroeder. I cracked open Chasing Brooklyn with what you might describe as less than high expectations, with the result that I was utterly blindsided by the reality. I am a decided fan of well-executed novels in verse. Have been for awhile now. And this was just such a one--an expertly crafted study of grief and its aftermath, on survivors reaching out to each other. I read it i
Marty :}
Feb 04, 2016 Marty :} rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cover-lust, ya

I loved the book so far, I hadn't really expected the end, I rooted for Rae and Leo from the start, but sincerly I thought that she may end up alone. I disliked Nathan and I thought it was something up with him since he appeared. (view spoiler)
Kimberly Sabatini
Dec 31, 2012 Kimberly Sabatini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg-ya
Ha! Snuck this one in just before it's launch day. But now I'm angry because I stayed up way too late the night before New Years Eve reading by book light. I just couldn't put it down! I have to say I LOVE how this story unfolds. I wasn't sure about the ending right up until the end, which kept me flipping those pages LOL! I loved Rae and how she had these strengths in addition to her weaknesses. Yay for girl power! And a poetry revolution--we all need a poetry revolution. And don't forget the f ...more
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
Wow. This is one powerful and emotional book. I really connected with Rae and appreciated how she always used poetry as her healthy outlet for the negatives that were going on in her life. She was strong, and caring to a fault, which led her to more relationship troubles on top of her unstable home with her stepfather and unavailable mom.
On the theme of healthy outlets, I also like how it featured Leo's methods as well with the videos. I read so much about unhealthy outlets like drinking, eati
Vanessa Booke
Jul 07, 2012 Vanessa Booke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lisa Schroeder's Falling For You is an amazing story mixed with both heart-wrenching and heart-warming moments. Her characters are deep, flawed, relateable and yet real for readers. This is my first time reading Schroeder's work and I can honestly say I loved this story and I felt like the problems Rae faced with her relationship with not only her boyfriend but her mother and stepfather were spot on for many teens. One of the things I didn't entirely like was I felt at the end of the book the re ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Falling For You is a book the encompasses light, love, life, darkness, pain, and this incredible will to keep going. I like to blame this on my freshman year English teacher who always had us talk about the light and dark themes that we found in the books we read, and movies we watch (which has stayed with me since then), but I loved the way Lisa developed and showed the light and dark themes that are at the heart of this story. It's not just with Rae's home life, and her life at work and school ...more
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Jan 17, 2013 Angela M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I have been highly anticipating reading Falling For You. Lisa Schroeder is one of my favorite authors. All of her books go on my auto-preorder list. When she announced Falling For You as her first Young Adult book not written in verse I could not wait to read it and see how well she took it on. I loved that while Falling For You is not written in verse, you can still fell Lisa's lyrical style of writing through-out. Her writing always flows so smoot
Apr 30, 2012 Brandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: High School and up
Rae, the main character in the story, comes from a not so happy home life. Her father skipped out on her mother before she was born, her step father is emotionally abusive, and her mother stopped being loving after Rae's grandmother passed. Rae meets the new boy in school and they become an item however, it turns out that he has issues of his own and begins to scare Rae with his jealousy & possessive ways.

The story begins 6 months prior to Rae ending up in the hospital from an accident; the
I love Lisa Schroeder. She is on my auto-buy list of favourite authors.I bought this without realising it is her debut non-verse (regular prose with some poems scattered throughout) book. I also saw mixed reviews before beginning. I am SO happy to say I am on the LOVE side.

What a completely heart-felt little book this is. My heart broke and I was full of hope and well wishes for our the lovely Rae. I got swept into this story and even shed a tear or two :) Also, Schroeder's prose is just gorgeo
Jan 02, 2013 Mel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where light shines, darkness disappears

I really liked this story. I read it this afternoon. Rae was a really like able character, at first I wanted to give her a little shake to keep her focused but she came right during the story. I liked what she had to say through her poetry. I liked the way she tried so hard to be a "normal" teenager, even with the troubles she had at home and the stuff with Nathan. I cried for her too.

Aside from Dean and Nathan, all the characters were so lovely, didn't ma
Wow Rae really was one of the strongest characters I've read about in a while, in the face of such a shitty home life and then shitty relationship she constantly tried to stay positive & see the good in life.
I think this story shows how important even having one person in your life who is a positive influence growing up (in this case her grandmother) can make such a huge difference in your life.

I'm not usually a fan of poetry but it fit really well here & got across her feelings perfectl
Oct 23, 2014 Vicki rated it really liked it
Wow, Rae and Nathan are a young couple whose relationship was just a mess and not easy to read about! I was scared that Rae would (view spoiler)

The book had rays of sunshine and hope but it was so sad in parts. I loved Rae's good-hearted nature and her thoughtfulness for others. Leo also had my heart because he was amazingly kind and did some of the most beautiful acts of love I'
3.5 stars. So many little details to love about this book... Especially just the simple fact of being kind to one another. Engaging and great characters. I rate below a 4 because whoa so much happens to the main character. Loved the poetry inserts.
Mar 02, 2014 Sory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
MUY gratamente sorprendida.

Reconozco que el principio no me gustó NADA. Ni siquiera era digno de ser editado como libro y eso me hizo pensar que en algún momento tenía que mejorar. Me sentía todo el tiempo muy perdida, todo carecía de sentido, muy acelerado, muchos clichés, saltos de momentos, trazos breves... La composición de los capítulos tampoco ayuda. Es de esos libros que cuando comienzan tan mal piensas: O va a ser horrible o mejora mucho. Y es la segunda opción en este caso.

Rae tiene un
Now the cover is absolutely misleading and I dislike it. This book is far from gumdrops and rainbows-- this is the story of a girl is a screwed up family (mom has eyes only for the step-dad who is a loser low-life who threatens and physically abuses) and generally her own way to do things. But then, she is somewhat pressured into dating the new guy at school who turns out to be a total psycho who physically hurts her because he loves her so much. You can see right from their "first date" that he ...more
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Jan 04, 2013 Lena ♫ ♪ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, 2013-release
FALLING FOR YOU is a compelling, haunting and suspenseful novel that will undoubtedly keep you up way past your bedtime. If anyone asked me what book I was looking forward to the most in 2013, this would definitely be on the list and for very good reasons. Only Lisa Schroeder can create such a dark world yet shed light to it, break your heart then fix it, and terrify you yet still leave you feeling safe.

The story starts off with Rae in the hospital. Since the story is told through her point of
Falling for you, by Lisa Schroeder was a great read, and a super quick read also. This book brought out mixed emotions within me. The story begins in the present where Rae is in the hospital in critical care, and we don't know how she got there or why. We also don't know if she will survive whatever happened to her. As Rae is thinking, she takes us back in time as she relives memories from her past, and the events that took place to lead her to her current situation. Rae has experienced deep sad ...more
Emily Benoit
Oh my god. This book was absolutely amazing. No words can describe the emotion I felt while reading this book. Rae's character was simply beautiful. I have always aspired to have an attitude similar to Rae's. This book was so heartbreaking, and was just FILLED with so many plot twists. The ending was definitely beyond shocking.

No words can describe this book. Just amazing.
The messages behind this book are so, so true.

If anything, what I took from this book was this:
"The road to happiness is pav
Hannah (The Irish Banana Review)
Lisa Schroeder is one of those authors you just know about. Before this I had never read one of her books. All I knew is people whose opinions I value were crazy obsessed with reading this and that was enough to pique my interest. Now I see what all the hype was about. Falling For You is a book that I will never forget.

Rae is a strong, but fractured, girl. She hasn’t had an easy life. She’s relatively on her own—hiding her painful family issues from her friends and putting on a brave front for t
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Lisa Schroeder is the author of more than a dozen books for kids and teens. Her latest young adult novel is ALL WE HAVE IS NOW, and the latest novel for 8-12 year olds is THE GIRL IN THE TOWER. She lives in Oregon where she spends her time reading, writing, baking yummy treats, and hiking with her family.

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