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Falling Together

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  10,939 ratings  ·  1,592 reviews
What would you do if an old friend needed you, but it meant turning your new life upside down? Pen, Will, and Cat met during the first week of their first year of college and struck up a remarkable friendship, one that sustained them and shaped them for years – until it ended abruptly, and they went their separate ways. Now, six years later, Pen is the single mother of a f ...more
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by William Morrow
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Tzivia Adler Nowhere in the book does it discuss how their relationship started.... that is kind of part of the "surprise" by the reunion when they "reveal" him to…moreNowhere in the book does it discuss how their relationship started.... that is kind of part of the "surprise" by the reunion when they "reveal" him to be the husband. But, there is the part where he wrote her a whole long sweet apology letter for leaving her like that. I guess we are supposed to infer that the letter touched her and made her give him a shot and fall in love with him.(less)
J Crossley I would give it PG-13. There are some adult situations. Pen gives birth, but it is not graphic. Cat has seizures, but it doesn't delve into medical is…moreI would give it PG-13. There are some adult situations. Pen gives birth, but it is not graphic. Cat has seizures, but it doesn't delve into medical issues. There are some MFs later in the book.

This book is mostly about relationships.(less)

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Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
I won this book from Goodreads and was excited since I rarely win anything. A new author to me with good reveiws from her two prevoius books, I couldn't wait to read it. I really wanted to like this book, and I tried to like this book. I feel bad that it just didn't happen for me. The author has a lovely command of language to the point of being poetic; however, as the book progressed its beauty turned tedious for me and I just wanted her to get to the point she was trying to make.

The story is
Sep 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Jenny by: ARC
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For a more diplomatic review, please see the post at Hyphen.

Falling Together has the elements to make a good novel: a talented writer who excels at parsing grief and unhappiness, a lesson about the value of living in the moment and appreciating what we have, and an important warning—unhappiness lurks everywhere and we shouldn’t let it get the best of us. But it ended up being too sincere and cheesy. There was a predictable happy fairytale ending where all the lose ends are tied up but the autho
Nov 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
I would like to dedicate this review to goodreads, the existence of which motivates me to finish unredeemable books so as to rip them mercilessly.

I picked this book up because I, unlike many others, was able to check my inner snob at the door and actually enjoy her previous books. Now don't get me wrong, they were shallow, silly and adolescent, but, like having ice cream for dinner, the experience was pleasant going down, even if it was sickly sweet and notsomething you'd want to brag about. So
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Falling Together is a love story of friendship. It is about three friends who are so close to each other that even when they are not together, they are together. Marisa de los Santos writes with a poets soul, bringing the reader into the lives of the characters with her beautiful descriptions of their lives and the world they live in.

I give this book five stars, up there with my favorite books of all time, because I love an author who can write so beautifully that your life is made better by re
Jessica Jeffers
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I'm not entirely sure why I decided I wanted to read this book - I was fairly lukewarm on Love Walked In, which I felt to be a cutesy story with no real depth and mediocre prose that was trying too hard. I just really wanted a quick, easy read and this is what I ended up with.

Pen, Cat, and Will meet their first week of college. Pen walks in as Cat is having a seizure in the bathroom, and Will happens to be in the hallway as Pen begins to panic. Once Cat recovers, the three are bonded for life..
Oh! It truly pains me to give this book a one. I hemmed and hawed over if it really deserved a one. I mean, it's like educated chick lit. Can't be that bad. There were some entertaining parts near the beginning I suppose. And it's not as if she is some no-talent hack. I mean, she has an MFA and a PhD for God's sake! And she is a very unique writer. I've read all of her books and I will say, I could pick a paragraph she writes out of a line-up. I don't know if that's always a good thing (seeing a ...more
Sep 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Original post at One More Page

I've always dubbed March as a special month because of my birthday, and I take advantage of that by meeting up with as many people that I can, especially those that I haven't seen in a while. It's always the best excuse IMHO: "It's my birthday, let's meet up!" Of course, I often ended up treating the people to coffee, dessert or sometimes even dinner because of that fact, but I never really minded that. In the past month alone, I've been out almost every weekend and
Apr 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Having really enjoyed Belong To Me and Love Walked In, I was a little disappointed in this book. It was enjoyable enough and an easy read, and I liked the emerging relationship with Jason (I always appreciate it when a “bad” character is ultimately shown to have some good qualities tucked away somewhere). I noticed that I was often getting lost in long, convoluted sentences. For example: “Maybe it was the food or the muted light or the ceiling fan’s slow, hypnotic paddling of the air or maybe it ...more
Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was her best novel yet and I've thoroughly enjoyed them all. I think she could write on any topic and I would still enjoy reading her due to the absolutely delicious use of language - witty, lush, eloquent, poetic. In this case, though, the subject matter is a timeless one viewed from several angles and showing how we humans so rarely know ourselves well.
Oct 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
Having loved de Los Santos' first two books, I was eager to read her third book. What a disappointment! A thin plot, a leading character (Pen) who is immature and self centered, unlikely events throughout the book,dialogues between adult characters that sound like high school hallway conversations and a 5 year old character with sleep difficulties (there is no reason to care about this)who speaks like a 10 year old. Worst of all, the beautiful use of language that was a hallmark of her first two ...more
Larry H
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The irony isn't lost on me that Marisa de los Santos' new book, Falling Together, centers around three once-inseparable college friends who come back into each other's lives several years later, because the return of Marisa de los Santos with a new novel felt a little like a reunion to me. Like her earlier novels, Love Walked In and Belong to Me, there's so much more to this book than meets the eye, and as I tore my way through it, I felt many of the same emotions her characters did.

Pen (short f
Jun 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Many of us had incredibly intense friendships when we were in college and felt that those friends would remain the most important people we knew beyond college - it didn't always work out that way. Pen, Cat and Will were an inseparable trio until a few years after college, when they separate. Cat goes off to get married to a man neither Pen nor Will like (or liked back in college), and Will and Penn discover that without Cat they don't quite know how to be friends.

Just before their 10th reunion,
Oct 20, 2011 rated it liked it
I looked forward to this SO MUCH. And now I feel deflated, a victim of my high expectations. The story: Will, Pen and Cat were the closest of trios in college, but after college they deliberately went their separate ways. Now Cat has contacted Pen and Will, summoning them to a college reunion, and it's time for the three to confront the feelings for each other that they have had all along.

Well. That's kind of it, really. A fairly lengthy novel with a fairly slim (but slow moving) plot line. Plus

I cannot say enough awesome things about her first 2 books. This book was a major major major disappointment. The characters were "meh", the plot was so tepid it WISHED it could be called lukewarm, the descriptions of the time spent in the Philippines were so extraneous and exhausting...

While I was interested enough to keep reading to see if it got better, I was NOT sad when I finally finished it, which is exactly the opposite of how I remember feeling when I finished her other 2 books.

I had h
Danie P.
Oct 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: adult-fiction
I loved Marisa's other books (Love walked in and Belong to me) but I just couldn't love a book in which the premise is utterly ridiculous.

Cat, Pen and Will are best friends. After college they decide to break off their friendship never to speak to each other because their friendship is so strong it alienates other people around them. Six years pass and "Cat" emails Will and Pen to please come to their class reunion because she needs them.

Pen and Will fall in love but when Will confesses that h
Jan 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe 3.5 stars. Going in, I didn't know or had forgotten the synopsis, so going off of the title, I thought it would be contemporary romance, but it was really a lot more than that. Parts were more like mystery, and overall it was really about the people who are important in your life, and keeping them in your life, whether they are physically there or not. Starting the book was a little odd, because I was half asleep and the author's storytelling style in the book can be confusing - a lot of s ...more
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
2.0 out of 5 stars - Romance and self-discovery, but a very long journey...

I have not read any previous novels by Marisa de los Santos so I had no expectation of this book purportedly about a strong and "magical" friendship tested by a separation. I read other reviews that praised this highly, so I was excited to read it but thoroughly disappointed when I did.

The main themes in the book center around the following: when you love someone, you have to go 'all in' -- and that there is always room
Diane S ☔
Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful feel good book. Cat, Pen and Will meet in college and form an intense friendship. Thinking that the level of their friendship can neither be maintained nor let any one else in they decide to go their separate ways. Will and Pen come together 8 years later when Cat's husband tells them Cat is missing. This book explores the friendships one forms, the meaning of family and how people are only gone when they are forgotten.
Three college friends. Friends and family. Friends who are your family. Insightful writing capturing deep emotions of loss, love, heartbreak and rejoicing.

Often when I read a description saying a book is about loss, friendship, love lost and found, I sort of roll my eyes and think.....oh, one of "those" books. This is one of those books but it really is about all those things and more. An excellent book about relationships and feelings - expressed so much better than I ever could.

de los Santos
Savi Malfitano
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Cat, Will and Pen. Friends till the end, or something along those lines. This is the story of three eccentrics who found one another while attending college, held on for dear life and then suddenly let go. Cat the uber cool chick with flowing skirts, bangle bracelets and a fierce love of all things kitsch. Will the typical man's man with a side sensitive enough to be bound to these two women for years. Pen (Penelope) the good girl with pristine hair, tall limbs and a love of her family that tran ...more
First of all, thank you to HarperCollins and GoodReads for this book. I had not ever read Marisa de los Santos and if this book had not come for free, I might not have ever picked up her books. That would have been a shame.

I am not sure why I had not read de los Santos. This book was my kind of book. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

Cat, Will and Pen met the first week of college and were inseparable for more than four years. Their friendship would color the rest of their lives. But six years ago, Cat
Oct 06, 2011 rated it liked it
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Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Will, Cat and Pen are the best of friends in college, secure in the fact that their threesome is perfect and complete. After graduation their lives begin to change and, largely due to Cat marrying a man Will and Pen don't like, the friendship ends. 10 years later Pen is struggling with single motherhood and the sudden death of her dad when she gets an urgent email from Cat requesting her presence at their 10 yr reunion. But when she and Will arrive they find Cat's belligerent and forlorn husband ...more
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves language, life, love
Another proof that Marisa de los Santos never disappoints! Positively the most grabbing book I have read in the last couple of years, and I am already itching for another one to come out (even though this one only launched last week). Marisa's gift of words is undeniable. She makes you see and feel what her characters see and feel, she makes you rejoice with them and mourn with them and laugh with them, she makes you believe in love and the beauty of the world all over again, especially if you'r ...more
S.J. Davis
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I don't want to spoil a single thing about the beauty of this book, but when it ended I missed Will, Pen, and Cat with all my heart. Every chapter is beautifully written with poetic charm.
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club-1
These people are so dumb it's hard to read about them. At the beginning I thought there would be a compelling reason they stopped being friends like they accidentally murdered someone and had to take it to the grave. The real reason is pretty stupid to have zero contact.

The writer is obviously talented, but I found the characters to be neurotic and unlikable. There were some good parts, but the bad outweighs the good.

It was just a little bit 'over the top' for me and the reactions of the chara
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Such a lovely book!

I really enjoyed my first Marisa de los Santos book, planning to read more. Vivid descriptions, lovely characters, and somehow it felt British to me although it isn't :)
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have to say that I had a hard time finding things that I liked about the characters in the beginning of the book. Young and in college they appeared to be in their own universe. But once you get past the first few chapters, I discovered that I liked Pen, the main character, and kept reading. The story involves the school reunion, a friend who disappears and the quest to find out what happened. I must admit that I loved the story and the ending. I hope future readers will enjoy it as well.
Aug 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cute, laugh-out-loud
I like the book. Thought it was cute. I laughed out loud several times. The only thing that kind of bothered me was that everyone could just drop what they are doing and travel. There were no complications, no time needed for passports, just pack up and leave. I get that it is fiction and was just something that bothered me.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Originally posted on A Reader of Fictions.

Under a misapprehension that Falling Together would deal with the same characters as Marisa de los Santos' prior books (because I fail to read blurbs most of the time), I read the one I hadn't yet gotten to, Belong to Me, last week. Now, Falling Together actually has nothing to do with the prior two, but I'm glad for the mistake, because I love Marisa's writing and who can regret an error that results in more joyous reading? While Falling Together did no
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Marisa de los Santos is the New York Times bestselling author of LOVE WALKED IN, BELONG TO ME, FALLING TOGETHER, THE PRECIOUS ONE, and her newest novel, which continues with characters from the first two, I'LL BE YOUR BLUE SKY.

Marisa has also co-authored, with her husband David Teague, two novels for middle grade readers: SAVING LUCAS BIGGS and CONNECT THE STARS.

Marisa and David live in Wilmingto

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