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In the summer of 1973, fifteen-year-old Joe Beck lives in a small Canadian city near the U.S. border where he watches dark-suited politicians lie on TV during something called Watergate. So when his best friend Brian goes missing, Joe has a hard time believing that adults ever tell the truth.

Joe learns that Brian left town with his father after Brian's mother ended up in
Published May 16th 2017 by Blue Moon Publishers
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The time is 1973 and Nixon is in the middle of the scandal of his life, Watergate, just south of the border in the good old USA. A drug called LDS has become big with the younger segment of the population. 15 years old, Joe Beck has just lost his best friend, Brian, who was taken out of class and never seen from. He learns Brian is now on the run with his dad after his mom ended up in the hospital. Using a tape recorder and struggling with the l
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This was such an interesting look at a time period where distrust and secrecy ran rampant. Craig Terlson did an amazing job immersing us in the world of a fifteen-year-old boy who senses he's being lied to and can't quite prove how. I absolutely loved the voice. It felt so authentic to both the time period and the way boys this age act and think. Joe alternates from trying to fit into his detective shoes to being scared and unsure for the fate of his best friend. The relationships in this book w ...more
Joy Clark
So apparently I'm the first to give this one a not-so-stellar review on Goodreads. There were just too many things that I didn't like. First - while I get that this is a YA book - the dialogue is so simple and unnatural. Yes, it's written for a younger audience, and thus many of the nuances of adult fiction are missing, but it was TOO juvenile in places. Second, while I won't go into details (because spoilers), this is another narrative that feeds into the idea of mental illness = violence. Thir ...more
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A terrific read. Glad I stumbled across it!
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is probably the most non-conforming coming of age book I have ever read. Sure Joe had to deal with drugs and alcohol, but it was the adults around him that were having the problems, not him. Instead of being the one keeping secrets and lying, Joe had to deal with secrets and lies from the politicians (Nixon / Watergate) down to his own parents. Additionally, he had to survive the kidnapping and drugging of his best friend. How Joe handles this all is through a series of recordings made on h ...more
Theresa Therrien
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
On the Prairies, fall is not a gentle and lingering season, but a brief one that abruptly plunges the countryside into the dark chill of winter all at once. Craig Terlson’s FALL IN ONE DAY is named for the phenomenon and his main character, Joe experiences a similarly swift transition from childhood. FALL IN ONE DAY is a novel about the loss of faith and trust. Joe learns that people in positions of authority – parents and even the president of the United States – lie. He learns they can be unst ...more
William Jensen
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fall in One Day is one of those coming-of-age novels that is not only poignant about the pains and sorrows of growing up, but it is also gripping and thrilling the whole way through. The premise is that in the fall of 1973, Joe Beck’s best friend disappears--to be more accurate the best friend is kidnapped by his own father, a man with deep seeded mental issues wrapped in mystery. As Joe tries to deal emotionally with the trauma of the kidnapping, he finds himself shoved onto a journey of crime, fr ...more
Elizabeth Mathis
In the summer of 1973, fifteen-year-old Joe Beck lives in a small Canadian city near the U.S. border where he watches dark-suited politicians lie on TV during something called Watergate. So when his best friend Brian goes missing, Joe has a hard time believing that adults ever tell the truth.

Joe learns that Brian left town with his father after Brian's mother ended up in the hospital. He listens to the news reports for information, but nothing is being said. Eventually, Joe launches his own in
Ally Camble
May 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
(NOTE: The same day I published the below review, Craig Terlson contacted me to confirm that, indeed, my e-galley lacked the formatting that is in the published, hard copy version of his book. The font changes! This makes it way less confusing for me. While I still don't like Joe recording parts of his story, being able to tell when he's thinking and talking makes me way more open to the reading further. And maybe I should get over it? Because using tapes is a pretty clever way of replacing the ...more
May 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, kindle, arc
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

This is a hard one for me. If you know who I usually read books you’ll know this took me a lot longer than usual to read, and it wasn’t because I was too busy. In fact, I had every intention of finishing the book before the publication day but I just was not holding my interest. Yet it was good enough that I didn’t want to give up on it totally and slide it over to the DNF cate
Fall in One Day gives an insight on the side effects of the treatment of alcoholism. The Watergate scandal takes centre stage on the news and little else is reported. The story highlights true friendship between two teenage boys at a time of crisis and the complexity of mental health.

Joe is fifteen years old and lives with his parents and his older brother, Karl. Brian is his best friend. Joe suspects that something is not quite right in Brian's household and this is confirmed when Brian is sud
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
I read this novel between May 12th and June 11th, 2019 and gave it two stars. There are several reasons that explain both the rating and the time it took me to read it. On one hand, I had a hard time figuring out the generalities of the story. I didn't understand whether it would be all told in the past or if we were getting flashbacks and flash-forwards. The perspective thing was also tough; I didn't know who the narrator was and what their role in the story was until I was already advanced in ...more
Sarah Monsma
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Joe Beck’s best friend, Brian, has disappeared with his father in a mysterious incident. Strangely, in Joe’s small town on the Canadian prairies in 1973 the only thing on the news is the Watergate trials in the states. The news says nothing about fifteen-year-old Brian’s disappearance and there’s little evidence that the adults are actually working to find him. Amid this background of untrustworthy adults, Joe’s uncertain what to do. But when he gets a call from his missing friend, Joe becomes d ...more
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, netgalley
Set in the 1970s, in the midst of the Watergate scandal, Joe’s best friend Brian goes missing. Is it considered kidnapping if the kid is taken by his father? Joe isn’t sure, but he’s determined to find out where Brian is and what happened.

The book is written very well, with a great storyline constantly moving forward, even when Joe is looking back. Brian’s story, and all that he has been through is often a part of life that is not talked about, especially in the 70s. The brilliance o
Amber Neufeld
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Fall In One Day” reads like a piece of Canadiana - its familiar small town nostalgia weaves in and out of the story, giving readers a comfortable context to be whisked away with its turns. Terlson pulls us into Joe Beck’s world, no matter what age we are. This story is robust, full of colourful character dialogue, evocative 70’s pop culture references, and twisting excitement that I couldn’t stop thinking about. Even though we have access to Joe’s first-person thoughts, Terlson is able to keep ...more
Braden Siemens
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Terlson’s “Fall In One Day” is a book full of both theological significance and narrative complexity. Providing peculiar insight into the estranged and isolated rural ethos of the Canadian prairies only scratches the surface of the books overarching meaning. Terlson describes in great detail not only the symptomatic and psychosomatic responses to LSD, but also the psychedelic matrix that all humans exist in, from the drunk cheating politician to the fundamentalist children preaching hell-fire. W ...more
Laura Newsholme
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a really good snapshot of the early 1970s through the eyes of a young boy, Joe. The narrative manages to take in Watergate, kidnapping, alcoholism, divorce, Vietnam and LSD while still feeling like a story about a small town in Canada. The writing is really accessible - we are told the events through Joe's voice and so the tone is conversational. The story is really compelling and the characters are very well drawn. I think that the author has managed to capture the feelings of disassoci ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Joe, is fifteen years old watching tv and discovering that politicians do lie, at least this time in 1973. It's Watergate. He wonders if any adults can be trusted to tell the truth. His best friend Brian has disappeared. Brian is on the road with his father. Brian occasionally calls Joe telling him where he think he is. Joe with his brother Karl and stoner friend Dennis help him look for Brian. Will they find him?

This is a coming-of-age novel. It discusses who can and can't be truste
Susan Angela Wallace
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fall in one day by Craig Terlson.
In the summer of 1973, fifteen-year-old Joe Beck lives in a small Canadian city near the U.S. border where he watches dark-suited politicians lie on TV during something called Watergate. So when his best friend Brian goes missing, Joe has a hard time believing that adults ever tell the truth.

Joe learns that Brian left town with his father after Brian's mother ended up in the hospital. He listens to the news reports for information, but nothing is being said. Ev
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fall in One Day hooked me in the first few pages and pulled me straight through to the unexpected but satisfying final chapters. This book was one that I both wanted to savour for its spare and beautiful descriptions, and wanted to devour for its suspenseful plot. Set in a small Canadian prairie town in the 1970s, the story chronicles the mysterious disappearance of a young boy, and the small circle of friends and family affected by his disappearance. Somehow Terlson manages to weave these small ...more
May 03, 2017 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars for this book. Terlson has a great ear for dialogue. This author has done a fine job of employing interior dialogue, conversation between characters and the use of transcription to forward his
narrative. The exploits into chemically altered states demonstrate the loosened connections within the brain and bring into question the use of LSD in any increment to treat mental illness as this treatment format has returned in small amount to practice. A tip of the hat goes to S.E. Hint
Pamela Scott
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I was given an ARC of this book by the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.

I thought Fall In One Day was great. Joe’s got a great voice and he narrated the story really well. I really enjoyed the elements of mystery that are woven through the storyline. Why did Brian’s dad take him? Where to? Why did he hurt Brian’s mother? Does Brian really want to be found? Will Joe be able to make something of the meagre clues left behind? I thought Joe’s search for Brian, aided by his brother
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Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Read in one day. Fall in One Day keeps the reader riveted to the pages. This suspense-filled book amazingly weaves the tangled events of small town Canada (a boy and his missing friend) with major historical events of the 20th century from early institutionalised  days of LSD to Vietnam and Watergate. Through it all we are left questioning the truth: reality clashes with history which clashes with psychiatry and even a little spirituality...or are they all the same? Terlson poses some complex an ...more
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Soubhag Sudhy
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Apr 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Premise: it's Canada in 1973 and Joe's best friend Brian has gone missing, along with his strange father, who has put Brian's mother in the hospital. Amid news reports of the Watergate scandal, hippies and many references to Steely Dan, Joe is determined to find out what happened o his friend.
Thoughts: I received an e-ARC of this book via NetGalley, having requested it because I was on the hunt for some obscure and unusual YA. Fall in One Day delivers in both respects; I'm really keen to f
Elaine Mullane
Apr 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, young-adult
A short and concise but ambitious YA novel that takes on major historical events from the 20th century, including the bizarre Watergate scandal, Vietnam and 1970s prescribed use of LSD, while also focusing on the investigation by a small-town 15-year-old boy as he searches for clues to the whereabouts of his missing best friend.

Utilising a simple narrative and a well executed pace, Craig Terlson allows us to follow Joe Beck in his quest to find his friend, Brian, who has mysteriously disappeared from
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