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Falling Fast

(Flynn #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,731 ratings  ·  179 reviews
This is life, not a rehearsal...
When River auditions for a part in an inter-school performance of Romeo and Juliet, she finds herself smitten by Flynn, the boy playing Romeo. River believes in romantic love, and she can't wait to experience it. But Flynn comes from a damaged family - is he even capable of giving River what she wants? The path of true love never did r
Paperback, 247 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Simon and Schuster
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Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
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Nov 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
I am struggling here to find something good about this book. I finished it? With difficulty but I managed.

The characters really pissed me off. I can't even explain how much. For a start, River is obsessed with Romeo and Juliet. And not just in a "thats my favourite story" way but in a "I want to be Juliet" way. Which is wrong on so many levels. I like Romeo and Juliet, I do. But only when you don't take it as a love story. Honestly I could talk for hours about how Shakespeare is deli
Okay, I read this book a while ago after a friend recommended it in English, and even though the blurb doesn't appeal to me, I decided to read it ironically since it's by an author I kind of enjoyed at the time (well, I've now read 4 of her books and I hated half of them), and it turns out, I hated this book even more than a normal cheesy romance.

Firstly, River spends the entire story moaning about how awful her life is because she isn't 'loved'. Her mum (who she often moans about, e
Bella (Cheezyfeet Books)
Falling Fast is the third book by Sophie McKenzie that I have read, and while it wasn't my favourite, I did enjoy it. It was a very quick, cute read, perfect for fans of super sweet romances that you can get lost in for a couple of hours (because that's only how long it takes) and then come back into the real world feeling all warm and squishy inside :)

River wants to be in love. She wants to find a guy and be perfectly happy. When she meets Flynn, she thinks she found the one for her. But does
Sep 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
Ew. This book was terrible- one of the worst reads ever...
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
I have to say that I'm glad that I didn't get my hopes up about this book.

River is a bit annoying and I don't like her. She asks too many questions for my liking and she is too obsessed with Flynn as the book carries on. I sometimes wonder if she actually loves fun or if she just wants to think that she is in love? Thats for you to decide if you read this book.

Flynn. Grrrr. Thats sums him up and I don't mean grrr in a good way. I really disliked him and thought he was WAY too
Aug 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Honestly, I just wanted to drop this book even before I was in the middle of it. But I have a thing to finish all books once I started reading it, so I kept reading. And it was just so..ugh!!!
I mean, really?
Sure, the characters were okayish, they weren't too bad. But really, River just saw him once, and boom! she is in looooove. After she sees him acting! Sure, he's a good actor, but is that really enough to make you fall in love with him?
It was all just instant love.
Because Flynn had alm
Jul 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: skimmed
Ugh, I read about 10% of the book before skimming to the end. Too much teen angst.
Emma (BelleBooks)
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Believe it or not Falling Fast is actually the first book I've read by Sophie McKenzie!
And for a British, YA book blogger thats strange to say, I've seen her books almost everywhere, but for some reason just haven't ever read any of them!

I wasn't entirely sure what to think when a review copy of Falling Fast showed up at my door, I am very picky when it comes to YA contemporary books, and it's not my usual go to genre. But I thought I would give it a go anyway.

Jul 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: average
Falling Fast was a quicky, semi-fluffy read. I will have to admit the thing the attracted me to it initially was its cover. And Chicklish's review "romantic and heart-wrenching" swayed me to pick it up and give it a go.
The two main characters, River and Flynn, are nothing unique. He - a brooding, intense boy from a poor family and She - a hopeless romantic. River is the exact type of character I know my sister Danny would loathe, dissolves into a pile of mush because of an undeniable attra
Aug 02, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I gave up on this one. He's an obnoxious arsehole and she's a walking cliche. Well written obnoxious arseholes and walking cliches, but still. I read the other goodreads reviews and kept seeing all these comments about how light and fluffy the book is. Well, if by light and fluffy you mean an insipid heroine mooning about while nothing much happens, then maybe they have a point.

Moody, angry guy gets angry while girlfriend with body issues makes excuses for him. I kept waiting for thi
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Victoria by: Jules
I couldn't really get into this book. I couldn't relate to the characters very well and didn't feel like I really got into the story. There was nothing wrong with it, I just didn't get sucked in like I usually do. Perhaps I just wasn't in the mood for this kind of story just now. It was ok, just not for me right now.
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: april-2012-reads
The guy here was just plain weird....yeah hot but weird. And the girl annoying with her quest to find true love. Bleh!
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this book because I could feel the emotions as I read on I mostly felt the jealousy and I got a few watered up eyes, I would recommend this book if your into romance.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this in the first year of Upper School (age 12/13) and so I can't really remember much about it. However, back then I was into romance books (which I am not anymore) and I was a very immature reader. Thus, I was not critical and I just read any book and went 'Yay'.

I am contemplating reading this series again in summer time to see what it is really like as it has had a lot of bad reviews. However, I don't really want to waste my time re-reading this when there are a lot of other books I w
Feb 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ninja-book-swap
FALLING FAST by Sophie McKenzie is the first book in a four book series focusing on the potential romance between River and Flynn. Shakespeare’s play ROMEO AND JULIET seems to play a large part in the first book – and potentially in the rest of the series. I got my copy of this book from Orli as part of my Valentine’s Day Ninja Book Swap gift.

FALLING FAST is, to be completely honest, not a book I would have picked to read. Contemporary and Romance books – whether aimed at young adult
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Falling Fast is a very surprising story that you wouldn't expect from a book with such a cute cover. When I picked this up I thought that it would be a light and fluffy read, I never thought that it would carry such hard-hitting situations. Sophie McKenzie has delivered a book that will make you grateful for what you have.

Falling Fast isn't a book about Romeo and Juliet meeting in a romantic place, it's a book which deals with an issue that many can relate to; money/>Falling/>Falling
Oh my Gosh!! I read this book in 2013 and I've been looking for it since I moved to the States. Definitely going to re-read and post a review soon.
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was a fun, fast read with a little bits of twists at times. I absolutely love Flynn. Although he can be moody and at times a little bit too extreme, he is still a typical Bryonic hero which I absolutely adore <3

However, I do get a little bit annoyed about Flynn getting TOO physical and sexually demanding of River's body sometimes, I mean, sure these touching and kissing scenes make me feel butterflies inside my stomach but I just think there's a need/explanation at the e
Dec 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Falling fast is a light and easy read. It follows the story of River and Flynn as their relationship develops after meeting when both take part in a school production of romeo and juilet

I found this to be fun and easy read and a nice contemporary romantic tale. Having only ever read Sophie's faster pace series this was a completely different offering for me than what I'd come to expect from her before. The characters were likable. The story was easy to follow and put quite simply it'
Donna {Book Passion For Life}
Falling Fast is a sweet, loveable and compelling read which is ideal for a lazy Sunday afternoon - especially if you’re looking for a quick and easy read. It follows the story of River and Flynn, who meet by starring in a school production of Romeo and Juliet and head into a whirlwind and emotional relationship.

With this being my first book by author Sophie McKenzie, I didn’t really know what to expect but I’m eager to try some of her other books now because Falling Fast really left me satisfied.
Arabelle Akinfe
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
The characters in this book are really weird which made the book sound weird too. First we have River and her obsession with the Romeo and Juliet story. Not even like 'that's my faveorite story' way but in the 'I want to be Juliet' way.

And then we have Flynn. Who seems to be some sort of shot at "mysterious bad boy". But what we really get is "abusive and possibly schizophrenic". One minute he is hitting the wall next to her head and she is genuinely frightened of him (newsflash: if you are fri
Zoë Ann
This is a really sweet romance. The book is quite short so makes a good light read to just curl up with for a couple of hours.

The book is based on River and Flynn who fall in love whilst doing a production of Romeo and Juliet. The book does relate things to Romeo and Juliet quite a bit; I actually found this rather amusing. The actually romance happens very quickly, hence the title Falling Fast.

River is a very basic character, likable and can be strong minded. Her ideas on love a
Michelle Caffrey
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: never-again

Falling Fast is very sweet. If you're into romance and you want something short and snappy, then it's a good choice.

Personally, however, I just didn't enjoy it. I thought the main characters were all . . . Well silly I guess. I found Emmi kind of annoying and I thought River came across as a little whiny. She tended to overreact to little things. Flynn just got on my nerves. I get that he's emotionally scarred from his past but seriously, the littlest most insignificant things would
This book was ok. It is a romance book. River meets Flynn when they are doing a school play of Romeo and Juliet. Flynn has a lot of secrets and gets angry very quickly. If River mentions money or his family he will get extremely angry but River can't help falling for him.

I really disliked the characters in this book, I didn't like Flynn as he got angry over silly things. His family isn't as well off as others, but that is no reason to get angry at other people. River, was also quite annoying as
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
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Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
I felt like the characters in this book were written to have flaws and therefore they all became so pronounced that I just found them annoying. River collapsing in hysterical tears in front of her friends sobbing about how much she loved Flynn was insane. None of their arguments got resolved, they just would stew for lke 2 hours and then see each other again and act normal. It was all very strange. And the ending - the setting up of the plan with Emmi took a couple of chapters, and then she went ...more
Laura's Book Addiction
Falling Fast is the first book I have read by Sophie McKenzie It is a quick read as it took me 3 1/2 hours while my husband was driving us back from holiday to read. The chacarters are likeable and relatable but not lovable in any way to me I didn't care what happened to them and as a parent too two little girls Flynn is my worst nightmare as a parent. I hated the way he behaved and wanted to scream at River for putting up with it. There is no doubt that McKenzie knows how to write a good YA nov ...more
Mar 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
I think that I would have liked this book if I read it when I was a bit younger, I felt really disappointed by this book but then again I should have been warned by the size 14 font. I thought that the characters were just horrid I really disliked River and thought that her love for literature was just so superficial! And as for Finn..well I get the whole tortured soul business but he was just plain horrid!! I get that he was angry about how poor he was and his drunk dad but again I felt that th ...more
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