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The Fall

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  578 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
The new school year at Florence University, nestled in the Pennsylvania countryside, dawns bright with the possibilities that only a fresh start can bring. For three students in particular, it will be a year unlike any other, one that will alter the courses of their lives forever.

There is Ian, the film buff trying to figure out his life—and how to catch the eye of the foo
Paperback, 328 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by AmazonEncore (first published December 15th 2010)
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Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
Maybe I am just getting old, but I found all three lead characters--seniors in college--to be insufferable! Here is what I'd like to say to them:

Haile (pronounced HAL-Lee, but her real name is Haven Libby *groan*) is running away from a perfectionist mother by ditching her studies at Juliard and enrolling in the rural Florence University: GET OVER YOURSELF!

Ian is a gay (but closeted--in 2012!) former high school football star that has now taken up tennis. He has also taken up being petulant: GE
Aug 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It was free. I'm glad of that. I feel like Mr. Quinn attempted to write a more literate, less salacious version of Bret Easton Ellis' "The Rules of Attraction." But if you're going to set such low standards, you aren't going to achieve very much, and he doesn't. I only kept reading the stupid thing because of my masochistic tendency to finish everything, and my genuine curiosity to find out if he could sustain the level of tedium he generates in the first few chapters. Sadly, he does. It's rathe ...more
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
The Fall is well written book that fails. It is good failure; the plot is well paced and keeps the reader interested. Quinn even shows some talent for writing the sort of incandescent scenes that stick out in the reader's mind a long while after the book is finished. But ultimately I'm left dwelling more on the book's flaws than on its successes.

I think much of whats wrong with the book can be traced to the author's reliance on contrived plot points to form the characters and move the action for
Jon O
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay, coming-out
The Fall: A Novel is a breath-taking book in several areas. Ryan Quinn is good with his words. I liked the part he described Haile's observation of a broken-hearted Jamie when Jamie realized that the relationship he was in, was as good as over. This was not the only part. I liked how the stories interlinked. The surprise with Casey's coins. The way Haile just walked away from Ian. It was memorising, the way Quinn did it.

The stories shared in this book felt so real. These are problems that any yo
Patrice Hoffman
I don't know where to begin with this book so... I'll begin by saying that I won this book through a Goodreads first-reads giveaway. I'm so happy I did. The author was nice enough to even sign the book. I thought that was so awesome because the only time I had a signed book was when I picked up a book at my favorite used bookstore, and it was signed to someone named "Pat" by the author. I felt like it was fate... I digress.

The author, Ryan Quinn, has found a way to transport me into every scene,
Paper Frontiers
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: coming-out gays, fans of drama and slight mystery

Review sampled from Paper Frontiers

Before I start the review I'd like to thank the author and Goodreads for hosting the giveaway.

The Fall is an emotional story packed with page-turning drama and characters depicted so realistically it seems like three autobiographies interwoven into one book. The gay theme of the story isn't so intense that straight readers will be turned away, but if you're homophobic then, obviously, don't read it.
The good news of The Fall is that the book is beautifully writt
May 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read this because I enjoy coming-of-age stories, it had good reviews at Amazon, and the Kindle edition was inexpensive.

The book is well-written, but I always had the feeling I was reading a first novel. At times it tried too hard to be literary. I admire the attempts to write with authority about college athletics, art, and classical music, but I kept wondering how much the author really understood about any of these topics. The idea that a major university could start its football
Surbhi Ahluwalia
May 03, 2012 rated it liked it
First of all I would like to thank the author for hosting a Giveaway on Goodreads and for sending me the advanced ereader copy.

The Fall by Ryan Quinn is story of three friends at University in Florence.

Haile wants to break free of her controlling mother and find out what she really wants from life and ability to make her own decisions.

Ian is a film buff who is struggling with being comfortable with who he is and who he thinks others expect him to be, his father is a leading football coach. Ian
Lauren Barth
Just an average coming-of-age story. The characters were easy to relate to so it made the story more real. Their lives and the scenarios they were involved in were normal situations for teenagers. I appreciated that there was a gay character in this book struggling with the coming out process because not many authors have the guts to do that. I was originally drawn to this book because of the art aspect. It focuses a lot on music as well as visual art, which I loved. However, I kept feeling like ...more
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The book alternates between different points of view of the three main characters. This keeps it moving at a very nice pace and although it may sound awkward, it isn’t and it’s very readable. If you only read a few pages at a time, this format provides perfect breaks.

The plot was unpredictable, yet engaging at first. Towards the middle it became more obvious as to the outcome, yet still provided some twists. Some of these twists were subtle, of which one was fairly major and I missed it and had
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked this book more than I should have. The writing is good, not great, and the storyline left me hanging and wanting more, but I can not deny I kept turning the pages, sacrificing sleep, and in some cases even work, in order to find out what happened next. The "college experience" these characters had is certainly much different than my own, but I found myself WANTING to have had some of those experiences.

I am very stingy with my highlights in a book, often not amassing more than 10 per boo
I was fortunate enough to read "The Fall" by Ryan Quinn because of the Goodreads giveaways. In addition to winning the novel, I received a signed copy by the author. I would like to thank Goodreads and Ryan Quinn for posting this as a giveaway.

College. The best years of our lives. However this is not always the case. Haile, Casey and Ian all attend Florence University located in the Pennsylvania countryside on their journey into young adulthood. Haile is an accomplished musician who left Jullia
May 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Haile is a world-famous violinist who has given up her violin to try to find a different musical path for her life--one she chooses, not one her mother chooses. Casey is a football player who could do a hell of a lot better than the empty-headed girl he's dating. He's been best friends since childhood with Ian, the son of a famous football coach, who has given up football for tennis and moved several thousand miles away from his family. He knows he's gay, but no one else does. At Florence Univer ...more
Tejas Janet
Apr 20, 2013 rated it liked it
My rating lines up with the consensus on Goodreads. Better than three stars but not up to four.

I like how the title evokes multiple appropriate meanings for the story told here: The fall being football season; the fall also having biblical and artistic referents; the fall can refer to a letting go or yielding that can't be prevented; and the fall could be a plunge or dive, occasionally experienced, into the depths of who we are.

The writing was pretty solid, a very good effort, but I felt the a
May 17, 2012 rated it liked it
It's not as well carefully written or as philosophical, for lack of a better word, as The Art of Fielding, which it resembles in many respects, but it does include more female characters and perspectives, and is perhaps more plausible in some ways. The use of the music terms, screenplay segments, and Facebook postings to open the chapters is a bit confusing and mechanical at the beginning but works better as the book progresses. The first-person narration generally works and is appropriate to th ...more
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
There are no words to describe just how amazing The Fall is. I was lucky enough to win a free copy of the novel via Goodreads and plan to recommend it to everyone I know.
Each character had a very unique voice and view point. This was enhanced by the was each section began. I could relate to all the major characters. Ian was by far my favorite. I guess that's because I have so much experience obsessing over people I don't know. I found myself so caught up with Ian and wanting the best for all th
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gay-themed
I found the Fall to be hard to care about at times. Right off the bat, the style was a bit hard to get into, how it didn't always clearly identify who was speaking, but I caught on. It was an interesting idea to try but I feel it failed. The plots, I guess, were of college kids leading interlaced lives, making friends, coming out, finding yourself against your parents' ideals...and those sort of worked. The story of the college professor and his secret lover was interesting until it was made not ...more
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtq
I really don't know how to rate this. I have a lot of issues with it, but I don't think it's /that/ bad.

My main problem isn't with the Big Thing that happened, but one of the characters ways of handling it. (view spoiler)
May 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
This book was awarded to me as a Goodreads giveaway. I had a terrible time getting into this book. I had left it by accident before vacation after having got through about 1/3 of the book. I started again at the beginning and got a bit further this time, however I was unable to finish it. There was little if any character development. I need strong character development. I was so confused through much of what I had read. The headings for "chapters"? Facebook postings? Letters to self? I really d ...more
Apr 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Overall it was a nice read. The character of Haile was very easy for me to identify with because with the exception of being a famous violinist, she is me. I was happy to see when Ian's father turned around but I would have thought Ian would know it at some point. I really like the three different ways to introduce each characters chapter, it was unique and engaging. I loved being able to see the same situation through many different pairs of eyes, because I know that in my own life I have often ...more
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
I've just finished this book and I'm not certain how I feel about it. The nods to music, film and Facebook were confusing and seemed out of place. I don't love first-person narratives. It ended too soon for me.

The characters aren't ones I'll take with me everywhere I go. They lacked something that would have made them fully three-dimensional. That said, the story was real, real in a way the books I've read lately haven't been. It was refreshing. It seemed like life, unfiltered by the lens of fic
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think for a book like this to really work for the reader he or she has to really connect with the characters, which just didn't happen for me.

there's nothing fundamentally wrong with the book. There aren't any obvious plot holes, the writing is fine, but for me it was just somewhat flat.

For me, Haile was sort of annoying throughout the book, Casey and Ian were pretty much uninteresting, and Ian was actually slightly annoying with his movies quotes at times.

So, unfortunately, it was just okay
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I totally fell for The Fall. Such beautiful writing, such engaging characters, and a nice little revenge plot that had me cheering. This view of the college lifestyle is one of the more realistic I have read. My only complaint is the awkwardness of Eva's dialogue. It bordered too closely to ebonics. But, there wasn't a focus on her as a developed character, so I will forgive that as a small mistake and still reward this engrossing novel its full five stars. It just goes to show that "rich people ...more
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
A fine piece of writing. It's a little bit smooth on the topics of college wraith (pun intended) but you keep wanting the caracters to grow on you, even the ones you don't like.

I'd come to this book after reading an article from the author about the 'gayness' of his book after it hit the top spot in Amazons gay and lesbian literature lists. I don't think is Gay literature even having a fair amount of homosexuality in it. I rather say is a book about being young and in love and all the confusion
I won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway and overall I think it was a nice read. The detail on the scenes, and everything throughout the book really, made it very easy to visualize everything that the author was trying to convey. And, the coming of age story of each of the characters made the characters very relatable. However, the one thing that I didn't really care for in the book was the way in which the author used to switch from on character to another and the general way that it was wr ...more
Ryan Ceresnak
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audio edition of this book. The three narrators for the three perspectives of the book was enjoyable, but at times the readers performances lacked the passion and poetry of Quinn's language. Overall I really enjoyed the story, though Casey's story lacked some depth for me to really be invested in his character, while I yearned to know more about Ian and Haile as i really connected with them. Additionally the mystery of the suicide and fire that Haile delves into left me wanting ...more
Aug 21, 2013 rated it liked it
This book described several characters at a fictional university. One student is a famous violinist fleeing from what she perceives as her failures, one a son of a famous football coach who can never live up to his fathers expectations and one a football player at the university. The book is a quick read and interesting but the story is somewhat predictable and some of the side stories seem to be unfinished.
Aug 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly involving read, light and not complex but spoke volumes to me about my university experience and the concerns regarding coming out. The characters may be a little simplistic but the art, music and cinema references connected with me. I also liked the conceit of starting Ian's sections in the style of a screenplay, haile's as the start of a music score and casey's as a Facebook update. Once again simple but effective.
Apr 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as a bookclub pick. And i thought it was a nice story. For a first novel i thought the author did a great job, i think there were a few missing words here and there, but i was able to get thru it without a problem.
I really fell in love with Ian and Haile as seperate characters and storylines. But i also liked the bond they had.
Overall it was a easy read, with some good life lessons.
Aug 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
unfortunately, i couldn't get past the first 10% of this book on my kindle. i found the characters inflated and uninteresting, the POV shifts jarring and unpredictable, and the prose bordering on purple. i really wanted to like this based on the summary, but i found myself skimming and skipping whole passages at 7% complete. there wasn't enough in that first 10% to make me want to stick with it. :(
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Ryan Quinn is the best-selling author of the novels The Good Traitor, End of Secrets, and The Fall.

A native of Alaska, Quinn was an NCAA DI Champion while on the University of Utah Ski team. He worked in book publishing for five years in New York City and now lives in Los Angeles where he writes and trains for marathons.
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“Nothing important in this world is measured by grades. Intelligence, character, integrity, success, happiness - do you want these things, or do you want to struggle with the arbitrary difference between an A minus and a B plus?” 0 likes
“But that's life. That's your education. A series of opportunities and missed opportunities. Exams and grades and blue books and blue balls and majors and minors and liberal arts and liberal minds. The scam of it is, no matter how much you paid or how far you traveled, everybody's receipt says pretty much the same damn thing. BA, MBA, JD, PhD, MA, BS.

BS. That's all it is, right?”
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