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Falling For You

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  2,918 ratings  ·  388 reviews
Rae's always dreamed of dating a guy like Nathan. He’s nothing like her abusive stepfather—in other words, he’s sweet. But the closer they get, the more Nathan wants of her time, of her love, of her...and the less she wants to give.

As Rae’s affection for Nathan turns to fear, she leans on her friend Leo for support. With Leo, she feels lighter, happier. And possessive Nat
Hardcover, 355 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Simon Pulse
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Apr 27, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
So... I wrote this book! And here are some things I want you to know about it.

It is a book with strong themes of darkness and light. While Rae has a sad home life, she has a bright and happy job working at a flower shop with people she adores. The flower shop, Full Bloom, is her safe place and I hope you come to enjoy the flower shop as much as Rae does.

Rae is a poet, and fills up journals with thoughts that help her cope with the feelings she has about her step-dad and her mom. Soon, school mat
Aj the Ravenous Reader

3.5 stars

I could tell that Ms. Lisa Shcroeder is such a super kind and generous human being just by reading this book. It’s clear in the words she chose and the main character’s attributes. it’s pretty obvious that the very purpose of Falling for you is to inspire every reader who is in one way or another, experiencing more darkness than light in his/her life. I wouldn’t have realized all of these things had I judged the book by its tacky cover and title because really, if I did that, I probabl
Faseeh Ilahi
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
Rating: 4/5 🌟

The book basically follows a girl named Rayanna Lynch who has an abusive stepfather at her house. To deal with that abusive she hide away her feelings by writing poetry.

But then this new boy named Nathan comes in to the picture. And the moment Rae saw him, she knew that he is the one. But he turns out to be a creep, who is really possessive of her. So she basically breaks up with him.

But then she starts to fall for her best friends Leo, who worked at the coffee shop next door.

And a
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing

FallIng for You by Lisa Schroeder --

I am so in love. This made my heart ache, I don't know where to begin on this review. This story hits you where it counts, a lot of this is so true today and everyone is too scared to come forward. Rae is by far the strongest girl I have read about and I want to just hug her.

Rae is the definition of a hero. She keeps all her pain bottled up, and hides that part of her life from everyone else. I don't know how she does it but she stays strong, and when she nee
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
Schroeder never fails to amaze me with her words. So many emotions in this one.

Loved it! Full review to come.
Gray Cox
First off, I hate the cover. It doesn't fit the overall mood of the book at all. Secondly, this book was AMAZING. Rae is such a sweet but strong character, and she was just lovely and I liked her so much.

Leo was homeschooled and normal! FINALLYYYYY.

This book was a rae of hopeful sunshine on a stormy day, and I love it.

Content warnings:

-Some makeout scenes, although it focuses on Rae feeling pressured and saying no as well as her pulling away.

-Mild swearing (used sparely).
Nov 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Falling For You was the first book that I read in 2013 and like I said earlier..It was a good way to start a year.

I love Lisa Schroeder. I've read almost all her books and The Day before and I heart you , you haunt me are books I totally adore and are also two of my many books that highlight my book shelf.
Her books are all in verse form and the beauty of it all lies in the fact that she can break our hearts a thousand times and swoon us off our feet by throwing poetry at us. WE ALL LOVE LISA SCH
Apr 26, 2012 marked it as to-read
Oh, that cover.. ♥ I simply can't wait to read this!
It looks movie alike ;))
Kelly Hager
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have waited for what seems like FOREVER for this book. I read The Day Before (Lisa Schroeder's most recent book before this one) in 2011 and then read everything else she'd written almost immediately thereafter and then was heartbroken to learn that there wouldn't be a new release until 2013. As in I would have to wait over a year. And if you know anything about me at all, you know that I do NOT do well with waiting.

But oh, this was so worth the wait. Like all of her books, this book will comp
May 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult

Falling For You was Lisa Schroeder's first full length book and I was so psyched because I've been a huge fan ever since Chasing Brooklyn, that it was an instant favorite. Lisa Schroeder is best known with her heartfelt, very poetic YA verse novels, so coming from her I certainly didn't want to pass everything she writes.

Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this one as much as I did her other works. I think she's better off with verse novels, in my humble opinion.

The story line was not strong, and the
Krystle Lopez
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I wanted to dislike this book because it started off slow and I felt like the writing was not up to par to other books I read. I kept reading it because even though it was slow, I felt like I could relate to the main character Rae. She is a 17 year old girl who has a weak minded mother who lets her be emotionally and physically abused by her overbearing loser stepdad. She is a writer inspired by her grandmother who passed away from cancer. Truly, this book connected to me on a level I did not wa ...more
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This review was originally published on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.
I hadn't had many people in my life who made me feel special. You know what happens after awhile? You start to wonder if you matter.
I mean, really and truly matter.
And the more time that goes by, the harder it is to believe that you do.

Lisa Schroeder has quickly become one the select few authors whose books I love to revisit. The Day Before, her 2011 novel in verse is one of my all-time favorites reads and I often pull it from the
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
Originally reviewed here @ Angieville

A couple of years ago I stumbled across a new-to-me book by new-to-me author Lisa Schroeder. I cracked open Chasing Brooklyn with what you might describe as less than high expectations, with the result that I was utterly blindsided by the reality. I am a decided fan of well-executed novels in verse. Have been for awhile now. And this was just such a one--an expertly crafted study of grief and its aftermath, on survivors reaching out to each other. I read it i
**May contain spoilers. (Although you could probably predict them.)**

Lisa Schroeder is seriously one of my favorite authors. Ever.

Unlike her other books, this is not one written in verse. A poem comes up every few chapters as a glimpse into the MC’s poetry journal. I never actually realized it wasn't in verse until I stated reading. It was shocking, really. To see periods, sentences, WOAH.

I’m not sure whether I liked this more or less than the others I've read. Lisa Schroeder is a mastermind whe

Rae's father left when she was a baby and her mother has moved on and in with Dean, a man Rae is not fond of. The only thing she really knows about her father is that he was a fan of Nirvana and that leads to her love of the Foo Fighters whose songs carry her through the worst of days. She works at a job she adores, assisting at Full Bloom, the only flower shop in her small town. She has a close circle of friends and never fails to go out of her way to be kind, even
Tanja (Tanychy)
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tanja (Tanychy) by: read-along with Glass and Miss :)
Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

There is no need to mention that I failed big time here. I should as other people first do some reviews for her previous books but well this is something I guess. But firstly I guess that most of you know that other books by Lisa Schroeder are in verse.

If you are using an excuse "I don't like books/stories written in verse" for not reading her books my friends you will have to change your way of thinking or I'll do it for you. No kidding, but I can be really
Marta :}
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya

I loved the book so far, I hadn't really expected the end, I rooted for Rae and Leo from the start, but sincerly I thought that she may end up alone. I disliked Nathan and I thought it was something up with him since he appeared. (view spoiler)
Kimberly Sabatini
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-ya
Ha! Snuck this one in just before it's launch day. But now I'm angry because I stayed up way too late the night before New Years Eve reading by book light. I just couldn't put it down! I have to say I LOVE how this story unfolds. I wasn't sure about the ending right up until the end, which kept me flipping those pages LOL! I loved Rae and how she had these strengths in addition to her weaknesses. Yay for girl power! And a poetry revolution--we all need a poetry revolution. And don't forget the f ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Upon a recommendation from my niece, I decided to check out this book. When I read the inside jacket, I was a little concerned that it would be too hard for me to read because it says the stepdad is abusive. I'd just like to say that this book did not trigger me as other abuse type stories have. It's there, and it's told well, but it's not graphic enough to give me nightmares or anything like that.

The one criticism I have for this story is the lack of closure to the Nathan portion of the story.
Brandi Kosiner
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This is one powerful and emotional book. I really connected with Rae and appreciated how she always used poetry as her healthy outlet for the negatives that were going on in her life. She was strong, and caring to a fault, which led her to more relationship troubles on top of her unstable home with her stepfather and unavailable mom.
On the theme of healthy outlets, I also like how it featured Leo's methods as well with the videos. I read so much about unhealthy outlets like drinking, eati
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Falling For You is a book the encompasses light, love, life, darkness, pain, and this incredible will to keep going. I like to blame this on my freshman year English teacher who always had us talk about the light and dark themes that we found in the books we read, and movies we watch (which has stayed with me since then), but I loved the way Lisa developed and showed the light and dark themes that are at the heart of this story. It's not just with Rae's home life, and her life at work and school ...more
Angela  M
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I have been highly anticipating reading Falling For You. Lisa Schroeder is one of my favorite authors. All of her books go on my auto-preorder list. When she announced Falling For You as her first Young Adult book not written in verse I could not wait to read it and see how well she took it on. I loved that while Falling For You is not written in verse, you can still fell Lisa's lyrical style of writing through-out. Her writing always flows so smoot
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: High School and up
Rae, the main character in the story, comes from a not so happy home life. Her father skipped out on her mother before she was born, her step father is emotionally abusive, and her mother stopped being loving after Rae's grandmother passed. Rae meets the new boy in school and they become an item however, it turns out that he has issues of his own and begins to scare Rae with his jealousy & possessive ways.

The story begins 6 months prior to Rae ending up in the hospital from an accident; the acc
Vanessa Booke
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lisa Schroeder's Falling For You is an amazing story mixed with both heart-wrenching and heart-warming moments. Her characters are deep, flawed, relateable and yet real for readers. This is my first time reading Schroeder's work and I can honestly say I loved this story and I felt like the problems Rae faced with her relationship with not only her boyfriend but her mother and stepfather were spot on for many teens. One of the things I didn't entirely like was I felt at the end of the book the re ...more
I love Lisa Schroeder. She is on my auto-buy list of favourite authors.I bought this without realising it is her debut non-verse (regular prose with some poems scattered throughout) book. I also saw mixed reviews before beginning. I am SO happy to say I am on the LOVE side.

What a completely heart-felt little book this is. My heart broke and I was full of hope and well wishes for our the lovely Rae. I got swept into this story and even shed a tear or two :) Also, Schroeder's prose is just gorgeo
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Where light shines, darkness disappears

I really liked this story. I read it this afternoon. Rae was a really like able character, at first I wanted to give her a little shake to keep her focused but she came right during the story. I liked what she had to say through her poetry. I liked the way she tried so hard to be a "normal" teenager, even with the troubles she had at home and the stuff with Nathan. I cried for her too.

Aside from Dean and Nathan, all the characters were so lovely, didn't ma
Wow Rae really was one of the strongest characters I've read about in a while, in the face of such a shitty home life and then shitty relationship she constantly tried to stay positive & see the good in life.
I think this story shows how important even having one person in your life who is a positive influence growing up (in this case her grandmother) can make such a huge difference in your life.

I'm not usually a fan of poetry but it fit really well here & got across her feelings perfectly.

I real
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, Rae and Nathan are a young couple whose relationship was just a mess and not easy to read about! I was scared that Rae would (view spoiler)

The book had rays of sunshine and hope but it was so sad in parts. I loved Rae's good-hearted nature and her thoughtfulness for others. Leo also had my heart because he was amazingly kind and did some of the most beautiful acts of love I
Jun 21, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. So many little details to love about this book... Especially just the simple fact of being kind to one another. Engaging and great characters. I rate below a 4 because whoa so much happens to the main character. Loved the poetry inserts.
Jolie W
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rae likes the new boy, Nathan. Nathan likes her back, so they decide to go on a date that quickly progresses. rae has a bad home life, with an abusive step dad and a mom who doesn't do anything to help rae. the only place she is happy is at work at the flower shop. she also loves being with her caring friend Leo. the more Nathan tries to be with her the more she loses interest in Nathan, Leo and rae start to hang out and Nathan gets progressively abusive to rae. Nathan gets so clingy that its sc ...more
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Lisa Schroeder is the author of more than twenty books for kids and teens. Her latest novel is WISH ON ALL THE STARS, with Scholastic. She lives in Oregon where she spends her time reading, writing, baking yummy treats, and hiking with her family.

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