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"I need you to steal something for me."

Grace always has a plan. There's her plan to get famous, her plan to get rich, and—above all—her plan to have fun.

Sawyer has plenty of plans, too. Plans made for him by his mother, his father, his girlfriend. Maybe they aren't his plans, but they are plans.

When Sawyer meets Grace, he wonders if he should come up with a few plans himse...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by HarperTeen
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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
3.5 stars

Funny thing about this book. When I first picked it up a couple months ago I put it back down, because I just couldn't get into it. Now that I've gotten into a bit of a contemp kick I picked it back up again and surprisingly ended up enjoying it. For me this was a book that had a bit of a rough start, but it's one that progresses beautifully not just with the story line, but with the characters as well as it goes on. For me, this a book that just gets its. It's a story about teens who a...more
Margaux Carmel
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Ryaan Basheer
Fall from Grace is a novel about self discovery and a young man just trying to find out what he wants to do with his life. The main character, Sawyer, seems to have his whole life already planned out for him by his parents and his girlfriend regardless of what he actually wants. This changes when he meets Grace. Grace slowly pulls Sawyer into her plans of becoming famous and Sawyer goes along with it for a chance to do something that he's in control of for a change. The book has many memorable m...more
Hannah
May 07, 2012 Hannah rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Fall from Grace sounded like my kind of book. I'm a big fan of books about a main character figuring out what he wants to do, as opposed to what others expect him to do. Grace sounded like a very fun character, so I was definitely looking forward to reading about Sawyer and Grace together. And then there's the art-theft/compromising-your-values aspect, another storyline I usually enjoy - reminded me a little of Pretty Crooked, which I thought was very cute and fun. But sadly, Fall from Grace end...more
Kadbury(Young Readers)
Toss Up between 3.5 and 4 stars.

I'm still reeling from the ending of this book.


When I read the blurb for the first time I thought that it would be a book about art theft (like Heist Society ) but I was wrong.This book is about Sawyer and his life .Even though I was a little disappointed that this book wasn't a novel in which the characters were criminals ,I really liked this book.


This book basically deals with Sawyer and his issues.Sawyer is a bit of a pushover and his parents have basically pla...more
Britta
Although this novel was not what I was expecting and I found the summery to be a little bit misleading, I was swept up in the story and felt totally involved in their world. Yes, there is art theft, but Fall from Grace is nothing like Heist Society or another book of that nature. This beautiful contemporary is very character driven and relatable.


What I really enjoyed was how Grace and Sawyer were used as contrasts; Grace being wild and the sole decider of what she does, while Sawyer is more res...more
Deitre
Fall from Grace is a quick and easy read, waiting to jump into the hand of a young reader, where mystery, a male lead, and a hint of confused emotions is their theme of choice. With a private high school setting, Sawyer, our main character has it all. Two great parents who are pushing him harder and harder each day towards their dream of a certain Ivy league college. A beautiful and popular girlfriend who lacks personality, a dream job at the best eatery in town, and a mysterious girl named Grac...more
Once Upon
Fall from Grace is a quick and easy read, waiting to jump into the hand of a young reader, where mystery, a male lead, and a hint of confused emotions is their theme of choice. With a private high school setting, Sawyer, our main character has it all. Two great parents who are pushing him harder and harder each day towards their dream of a certain Ivy league college. A beautiful and popular girlfriend who lacks personality, a dream job at the best eatery in town, and a mysterious girl named Grac...more
Tara
Review originally posted on my blog http://hobbitsies.net/2012/05/fall-fr...

Fall From Grace by Charles Benoit was totally different than what I expected it to be, but in a really good way. I always love reading books with male protagonists, but Fall From Grace was the first time I really connected with a male protagonist.

I loved Sawyer to bits. He was such a typical guy in certain ways – especially all the comments about his hot girlfriend, Zoe, but he was also really struggling with his own ide...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
I love a character who is so different, you can't help but get caught up in them. This book is just that.




Have you ever had a time in your life where your parents, friends, signficant other ruled everything you do? Got tired of it? Yeah, that Sawyer. Everything is laid out for him all he has to do is follow the rules and stay out of trouble. Sawyer feeling indfferent about the desicions in his life, find another friend who just so helps him find who he is. I loved Sawyer. He is the type of charac...more
Reading Teen
To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from this book.
As you can tell from reading my review of Charles Benoit's first novel, YOU, I was not impressed.
So I was pleasantly surprised when I got about a quarter though Fall From Grace I decided that I absolutely loved it.
I love love love it whenever I can tell when an author is improving his writing and creativity.
Fall From Grace easily made it to my top comtempary books.
Grace is definitely my favorite character (of course).
The entire time I was...more
Maddie
I had the incredible opportunity to read an ARC (Advanced Readers Copy, which is a copy of a book which has not been published yet been fully edited0 of Fall from Grace. So, please keep in mind, the copy of this book that I read, may not be the same as you have or will read, because mine was not fully edited.

This is a very quick enjoyable read, until you reach the end. In fact, the majority of the book reminded me of a John Green book (which is one of my highest praises) but once I finished it,...more
Charlotte
I read this book within my library club because we had recently read Looking for Alaska by John Green, and noticed many similarities. Both books contain a mysterious female character that intrigues the main character which cause them to go off of the tracks a little. Obviously, that is where Fall From Grace stops being like Looking for Alaska, but I began to have problems with Fall From Grace towards the end of the novel.

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Zachary Hansen
Fall From Grace is a book about a high school student named Sawyer who meets Grace at a Model U.N. competition. At the competition she talks him into stealing and giving her a copy of his country's treaty, which Sawyer agrees to. Following this encounter, he and Grace strike up a relationship that becomes the central plot point of this book. Prior to their meeting, Sawyer's life has been pretty much under the control of his pushy parents and his dominant girlfriend, Chloe. However, Grace has a p...more
Aeicha

**While I've tried to remain as spoiler free as possible in this review, and I don't go into any specifics, I have very strong thoughts and opinions, that when expressed may allude to certain book details**

THREE WORDS: Flat. Unlikable Characters.

MY REVIEW: I love a good coming of age contemporary and based on the synopsis, Charles Benoit’s Fall From Grace seemed like my kind of story. It was, but it wasn’t. It has all the potential to be a great, witty and even provocative contemp., but unfortun...more
Alison (AlisonCanRead)
Fall From Grace goes into the category of books that I appreciate more than I like. The themes of self-discovery and rebellion from expectations are what stand out most from this novel - more than the plot itself. The characters are intriguing but achieve the real feat of all being unlikable. Usually we have a hero, some sidekicks, and some villains. But I don't even like the good guys. But the book comes very close to redeeming itself at the end.

Sawyer is a wuss. He lets his parents and his gi...more
Aurora Dimitre
This book was incredible.

I read You a while ago, and I loved that one, but I loved this one even more, if possible. Most of it was because of the main character, who I connected to almost immediately. I can't even be mad at him for what he did at the end because it's the same exact thing I would've done.

The characters are really what I look at in a book, and these characters did not disappoint. Sawyer was, as I mentioned, extremely relatable and his existence was somehow heartwrenching at the sa...more
Kate
Oct 19, 2012 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Gail Giles
Sawyer's life has been all planned out by his parents: attend their alma mater, become an insurance actuary, and ever do anything interesting...ever. And he has complacently followed their plan for years, dating Zoe because they like her, working at the ice cream store owned by a family friend, taking all honors classes...until he meets Grace.

Grace is different from anyone he has ever met. She breaks the rules, and she makes him want to break them too. It starts harmlessly enough, helping her s...more
Alyssa
This book just didn't do it for me. I read it halfway and stopped because I still had no interest in it whatsoever.

The whole art-theft thing was weird. I just didn't get the premise.

I went into it, thinking, oh cool, Model UN! (I'm in Youth in Government). I thought the plot would have something to do with that. And then no...just art theft and history and stuff I didn't like.

The reason I don't like this book is mostly personal problems, (in my opinion). I didn't like it though, and I wouldn't r...more
Amaya
This was the best book I've read in a really long time. Packed with action and a female character that wasn't just there to fill in for some purpose when needed, I really enjoyed the book. It was intense and not shy about topics and feelings that aren't usually openly portrayed in books. It was refreshing to read such an open book. I was so mad with the ending though! I wished it had turned out differently, but I knew Sawyer did the right thing by him. I was happy with Grace's outcome, extremely...more
Rachel
Grace loves planning things out. That is the best part of the theft. She has life plans too. Her life plans consist of getting her own reality show and stealing things. Sawyers plans are all made by his mother, father, and girlfriend. He never gets to decide things on his own. After meeting Grace he decides to make some plans. These plans consist of art theft, test cheating, and stealing an international treaty. Will these plans lead to anything good?
Lorraine
A fast read targeted @ the middle-school level reader! I enjoyed the story as it was written in the male perspective. I found the views of typical female adolescent behaviors and their effect on the boy to be educational. I would recommend this book to fellow staff @ school to be utilized in the classroom; also to students, to be an enjoyable read!Thank you Goodreads/First Reads for this free addition to my personal library!
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Meghan
Cover Story: What?
BFF Charm: No Way
Swoonworthy Scale: 1
Talky Talk: Phoning It In
Bonus Factor: Ice Cream
Anti-Bonus Factors: Cardboard Parents, Manic Pixie Dream Girl, Cheating
Relationship Status: Restraining Order

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Pedmy
2.5 stars.
A light read. It could've been really, really good. But it falls short with the characters, the scenes, and what could have been great moments. Despite all that I still enjoyed the novel until the last 40 or so pages. Then I just got frustrated and even disappointed. Still I love Grace even when I was done. She is an enigma that doesn't quite get answered. She doestrogen have alot of personality.
Jess
Very good book for older teens. The story moved quickly and kept the reader interested. I was completely shocked at the way the book ended, however the ending was closer to real life decisions that any of us would probably make versus how we "expect" the story to end. I will be passing this one on to my teenage son to read next. Thanks to the Goodreads "First Reads" book giveaways for the copy of this book!
Amanda
I read this book within 2 or 3 days. It was very interesting story about a boy who goes to high school. There was 2 girls in his life - One of the girls is his girlfriend while the another was just A girl. Even though I finished it in short time, I was able to put it down to take breaks when some books I cannot at all. It does have certain part that really drawn you in and become part of the story.
Meghan
May 21, 2012 Meghan rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
cover story: what?
bff charm: no way
swoonworthy scale: 1
talky talk: phoning it in
bonus factor: ice cream
anti-bonus factors: cardboard parents, manic pixie dream girl, cheating
relationship status: restraining order

Read my full review on Forever Young Adult!
http://foreveryoungadult.com/2012/05/...
Cathy Nelson
I love Benoit's style!! A great read, and definitely one I can sell to the guys who are orced to check out books for our high school English classes, but aren't necessarily readers. I read his previous YA work, You, and loved it too. Benoit knows teens well, and can really tap out novels for them.
Sue
teen book festival author - i started off enjoying the book quite a bit, but ended up being very disappointed in how the main character stays a drone after his big adventure. there wasn't enough explanation about grace's family - too vague. what a waste that sawyer didn't learn anything!
David
What Benoit was going for here isn't bad. The main themes revolve around thinking for one's self and not caring so much about everyone else's opinion, but the narrative is hampered by some painfully one-note characterization and heavy-handed writing.
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When he's not traveling around the globe in the search of exotic, tax-deductible settings for his mysteries, Charles Benoit spends his days pumping out subliminal-laced advertising.
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