Sixteen-year-old Jess Tennant has never met any of her relatives, until her mom suddenly drags her out of London to spend theHow To Fall by Jane Casey
Sixteen-year-old Jess Tennant has never met any of her relatives, until her mom suddenly drags her out of London to spend the summer in the tiny English town where her family’s from. Her mom’s decision is surprising, but even more surprising is the town’s reaction to Jess. Everywhere she goes, people look at her like they’ve seen a ghost. In a way, they have—she looks just like her cousin Freya, who died shortly before Jess came to town.
Jess immediately feels a strange connection to Freya, whom she never got to meet alive. But the more Jess learns about the secrets Freya was keeping while she was alive, the more suspicious Freya’s death starts to look. One thing is for sure: this will be anything but the safe, boring summer in the country Jess was expecting.
Beloved author Jane Casey breaks new ground with How to Fall, a thrilling and insightfully written mystery.
I received this novel from NetGalley and read it in a day. I stopped to sleep, but not for long. As a mega fan of both YA and mystery, I felt the concept was too good to pass up and I wasn’t disappointed. I was immediately caught up in the language and description of the small English town where Jess and her mother arrive for the summer. Casey makes it clear from page one that something is amiss in this town and she kept me looking for answers to the very end. Jess was a lovable, strong willed character I easily connected with and rooted for. Her curiosity and determination to unearth the truth of what happened to Freya (a cousin she’d never met) was admirable. The pace Casey unravels the story is exciting. The foreshadowing is amazing. The touch of romance is wonderful. I’d gladly follow Jess on another adventure and I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
Thank you to Net Galley and St. Martin’s Griffin for the opportunity to discover another fun YA series and author.
I fell in love with Elston’s writing style in the opening paragraph. I loved her portayal of a teen in the worst situatioI’m so glad I read this book!
I fell in love with Elston’s writing style in the opening paragraph. I loved her portayal of a teen in the worst situation ever. Like EVER. She explored raw emotion and touchy subjects with grace, humor and beautiful words. I drifted into her well developed world and floated there for hours on end. I’ve never been to the locations in this book, but I felt immersed. Like I could see everything she described, smell the seafood and salty night air — until my RL called me back and I realized the sun went down while I was at Pearl’s enjoying pizza. Elston’s story is intense every page of the way. She kept me guessing until the end. And since I mentioned the end…I have major questions about that too! I won’t give her away, but I seriously hope there’s a sequel or some other materials coming that will explain a thing that now keeps me up at night wondering. Do you hear me Ashely? I neeeeed to know! *whispers* Call me. *stage wink*
The family dynamic was brutally complicated and heart-wrenchingly real. The high school was argh as high school’s always are. Friendships were tested. And the romance was completely wonderful. I think I fell in love with this boy a little myself. I won’t rehash the story because the blurb does a wonderful job and I fear I’d give something away. All you need to know, YA lovers, is this needs to be on your TBR list ASAP. It’s fabulous. Wrapped in fun. Iced with WTH!? I may never stop checking my rear view mirror. I’m just saying. Thank you Ashley Elston for an amazing escape, Netgalley and Hyperion for this amazing sneak peek!...more
I read this title in a day. I barely slept...except in church accidentally when I stayed up until dawn reading the night before. This is a really realI read this title in a day. I barely slept...except in church accidentally when I stayed up until dawn reading the night before. This is a really real book about people. The overall concept of a teen's parent letting them move in with another family is iffy, but it's a book. Do I think vampires sparkle? Sometimes you tell yourself "It's a BOOK" and go with it. SO, I did because I loved this MC from the first sentence. I continued to love her and then I loved every other character this author created. All of them, even the awful ones because they too were so real.
I laughed my way through the crazy antics and awkward situations that flew by me at warp speed. This girl gets into more trouble in one weekend at 16 than I did in 4 years of college and let me tell you....I had fun in college. This book deals with truth and emotion and the incredibly complex dynamic of friends/relationships/families etc in a way no one can deny. I was so captivated by this story that at one point I reached for my cappuccino and then stopped reading to look for it when I didn't feel it, only to realize I didn't have a cappuccino. The people in the story were having cappuccinos. I was not. LOL Now THAT has never happened to me.
This author hit a major home run. I laughed so hard I swiped tears. And I snorted. I related. I rooted. I am now recommending. This is fabulous. Made of awesome. Wrapped in fun. You need to read it. YA lovers simply must. I am now looking for everything I can find by Sarah Mlynowski. She's officially made my I-will-read-anything-you-write-including-postits-and-flash cards-pile.
Loved it. 95 stars or something. (I don't really have a scale but should).
Read a little here if you'd like: HarperTeen.com...more