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No Place to Fall

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  2,763 ratings  ·  295 reviews
Amber Vaughn is a good girl. She sings solos at church, babysits her nephew after school, and spends every Friday night hanging out at her best friend Devon’s house. It’s only when Amber goes exploring in the woods near her home, singing camp songs with the hikers she meets on the Appalachian Trail, that she feels free—and when the bigger world feels just a little bit more ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published December 9th 2014 by HarperTeen
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Jaye Yes! This is a stand-alone novel.
Jaye Well, I think 99% is pretty strong odds that all will be good! It is a contemporary novel, not a thriller or fantasy, so just in the general nature of…moreWell, I think 99% is pretty strong odds that all will be good! It is a contemporary novel, not a thriller or fantasy, so just in the general nature of the genre it won't be filled with explosions and car heists. But there is a fair amount of real life drama which hopefully will keep you turning the pages :).
Either way, I hope you give it a try!(less)

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Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, ebook
I was extremely bored while reading this. Even at 80% I felt like the book was going nowhere. The plot was dragging through the mud and the characters, while some are well-developed enough, were uninteresting and lacked any sort of compelling nature. It might be a good book to pick for when you just want a mindless read one boring Sunday, but otherwise I wouldn't expect to become especially enthralled with No Place to Fall.

When we meet our main character, Amber, she seems like this party girl wh
Lindsay Cummings
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book RUINED me. BEAUTIFUL writing, so lyrical and so honest. And this is coming from someone who doesn't really like contemporary novels. I am always hesitant to pick them up, because I enjoy fantasy, scifi, books that really push the limits of reality.

But then I opened it, and there was MUSIC. And the wilderness. And horrible, broken families, and love.

NO PLACE TO FALL turned a small town story into something really quite extraordinary. The writing style was fluid and gorgeous, reminding m
nidhi :)
Dec 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
this did not pass the capricorn vibe check 👎

theres something about reading books with white ppl’s problems that just doesn’t hit anymore for me. there’s something about having the only LGBTQ rep be the gay best friend that just doesn’t hit anymore for me. there’s something about the only POC rep be the stereotypical indian kid that just doesn’t hit anymore for me. there’s something about slut shaming your sister because of internalized misogyny and using religion to justify your actions that jus
Nov 25, 2012 added it
Shelves: could-not-finish
"But the more time Will and Amber spend together, the more complicated their relationship becomes . . . and Amber starts to wonder if she’s such a good girl, after all."

....WHAT does that mean?


I started reading this, but fewer than 20 pages in, and this line: "[H]e must be part Indian. Red dot, not feather."

Meant to showcase the main character's small town mentality, I got it, but sorry. You lost me right there, with that line. I don't need to read more.
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, debut-author, ya
2.5 stars.
Review originally posted at: Mostly YA Lit

Warning: this book has some sexual situations, drinking, drugs, and cursing. It's probably rated R - meaning that I would get it parent or teacher approved first if you're younger than 15. 

No Place to Fall is a book I really, really wanted to love. The concept appealed to me as a choir singer, and I love sweet romances. Unfortunately, it didn't quite live up to my expectations. Here's what worked and didn't work for me:

The Good: 

The characte
Paula M
Any book that mentions The Avett Brothers will be a pleasant read for me. Though its not the mind blowing read that I was expecting, No Other Place to Fall was still an enjoyable read.

I have a love hate relationship with Amber Plain and Small. I love how passionate she is when it comes to singing and how she fought for her dream but small things gets in the way when it comes to me completely adoring her as a main character. First is, she can be a harlot sometimes and stupid. She is so boy crazy
Paula Stokes
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I generally always give a book five stars when I read it in a single sitting, because I am easy distracted, but there's lots to love about this one.

The prose manages to be evocative without being weighed down with figurative language. The MC is sympathetic while still being realistically flawed. The whole thing felt a lot like a Sarah Dessen book to me, with a bit more country flavoring.

There were a few places where I thought it wasn't going to end the way I wanted it to end, but I should've jus
Kelsey Macke
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book... Jaye nailed the heart of a singer and the ache for more that so many dreamers know.

I'm so glad to know Jaye and grateful for the chance to experience this beautiful book. <3
May 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
This review also appears on YA Midnight Reads.

I’m afraid No Place to Fall ended up being… not my sort of book. I liked its original premise, but ultimately the book and I just ended up not working together. I think it’s a little bit of it’s-not-you-it’s-me and also a little bit it’s-also-a-bit-you. That’s not to say I’m entirely negative about No Place to Fall. In the end, I mostly felt “meh” about it.

One thing I liked: In No Place to Fall, out protagon
Beth  (YA Books Central)
"A girl...
A dream...
A choice..."

I am really beginning to like contemporary YA novels more and more. No Place To Fall is a debut YA novel that revolves around the life of a young girl named Amber who only wants on thing in live her dream and sing to the world.

Amber lives in a small town with her not-so-normal family. Her father cheats on her mother on a daily basis, her sister is married to a drug dealer, and Amber is just trying to live day by day. To escape her life she and her
Sarah Elizabeth
3.5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
16-year-old Amber has aspirations to travel the world, but until that’s possible she’s content to chat to hikers travelling through her small village. With her sister arrested, her father cheating on her mother, and boy problems to boot, Amber is just trying to keep everyone happy as best she can, even if it means doing the wrong thing to achieve that.
Can Amber real
The Twins Read
Jan 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nicole-s-shelf, earc
This review can originally be found at The Twins Read.

Nothing screams good girl like singing church solos, babysitting your nephew and staying out of trouble. At least that's what Amber's definition of good is supposed to be. Good girl Amber also has a dream to sing on bigger stages and become a superstar. When auditions for an art school are dangled in front of her face she grabs at this chance to a new life. But in the span of a few bad decisions, Amber's whole world comes crashing down and s
My thanks to HarperTeen & Edelweiss

Point of View: Single (Amber)
Writing: First Person | Present Tense
Setting: Sevenmile, Georgia
Genre: Young Adult | Realistic Fiction

The main problem I had with this book was the characters, especially the main character, Amber. She was just too depressing and a tad pathetic to read and I didn't feel connected to her character whatsoever.

The storyline was okay, generally. However, it was way too drag for my liking. The book started out somehow interesting,
I'm being a deadbeat about writing reviews right now, but I liked this one a lot, especially the cast of characters, the Appalachian setting, Amber's passion for singing, her mother's little evolution, and that on the whole this was considerably edgier than I'd expected it to be. a lot of things to "especially," but, you know, that's a good thing! ...more
Bethany Crandell
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
THIS book is why I love contemporary fiction! Real life situations told in an entertaining way with the perfect amount of sass, sarcasm, wit, tangled emotions and, oh yeah, hawt boys who reduce me to little more than a cougar.

A fun, endearing read that had me burning through the pages!
Sara Raasch
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: valentines
I have a feeling this book is going to be that kind of magically moving story that hooks you and never lets you go. Singing! Dreams! Family drama! Can't wait for this one :D ...more
Anatea Oroz
DNF at 32%

It's pointless for anybody to read this book.
May 15, 2014 rated it liked it
No Place to Fall is a book that I was really looking forward to, it sounded amazing and I adore that cover. Going into it, I was expecting to fall in love with these characters and this story. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. Now don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this book but there were just a few things that I had an issue with and those ended up being enough for me to drop the rating a little bit.

Amber has always been the good girl, she goes to church every Sunday, sings in the choir and spe
B.A. Wilson
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, ya
This book spoke to me in so many ways, from the unique way it connected with music to the small town setting that was a huge part of the charm of the story. I loved the flawed characters and how some of them learned and grew but others couldn't or didn't. They all tugged at my heart, even when I was frustrated with their choices, behaviors, or circumstances.

I liked being thrown into a world and being uncertain about where I wanted the story to go and how I wanted it to end up. It kept things in
A. Rolland
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So you know those books that make you late for work because you just have to read one more chapter? This was one of them. I love books that just seem effortless because the story flows so easily, and that’s exactly what Jaye Robin Brown has done in No Place to Fall.

Amber is aware (and often embarrassed) of her imperfections, she’s and a dreamer, and she questions things, and she makes mistakes… so basically she’s a teenager. She feels weighed down by her family issues and tests the waters to see
Vivi Barnes
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh Amber, Will, Devon, C.A.,'ve all stolen a piece of my heart! This book will shred your insides into a million pieces in the most beautiful way possible. Brown's captivating coming of age tale stars Amber Vaughn, a girl torn between what she wants, what her family expects, and what her friends need. The kindness she exhibits toward her friends--even doing something she knows is wrong to help one of her friends--really touched my heart. The characters are so real that you get investe ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
This book is amazing I mean simply amazing!

I have read lot's of books but this book both broke my heart and then mended it. I Loved Amber, Devon, and of course Will but the author did a great job showing what true friendships are and how a new first love can be both exciting and scary.

All Amber wants to do is sing and be a good girl and hang out with her best friend Devon. But she soon finds a different outlet and this is the outlet that changes her life.She will have to make choices and decisio
Samantha Verant
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to read an early copy of this book and I adored every page, every word, and every character, even the flawed. Jaye has managed to turn this former lover of the paranormal into a die-hard contemporary fiction fan. Jaye's writing is lyrical, her voice taking on a melody of its own. Amber reached into my heart and pulled at the strings. I can't wait to get my hands on the final version of No Place to Fall! Hey, there's a dreamer in all of us! ...more
Feb 12, 2015 rated it liked it
It was predictable but the style of writing and the character development was good so I liked it.
Michelle Wrona
This review could also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived check it out for more reviews!

This was a real special read. I find that most people are unable to discover something so unique and diverse compared to the regular usual concepts that everyone's used to in a contemporary-romance, but this book had it all. No Place to Fall was something that I had touched upon in at one sitting, falling in love with Brown's words and that every YA reader will have to read.

"I've never even heard him play, bu
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
At a Glance/The Cover:
Thank you so much to Katie @ Katie's Book Blogs for sending me this...along with a whole bunch of bookmarks. :)

I don't think the synopsis interested me much. But the cover looked good. Really good. And there was I decided to read it right away.

The Characters/My Opinion:
Amber Vaughn - At the beginning, I was really surprised at how this book turned out. Amber Vaughn? Good girl? Yeah, right. There was a whole bunch of talk about drug dealing and drinking. At one
Donna {Book Passion For Life}
No Place to Fall follows sixteen year old Amber Vaughan – a good girl who sings solos at her local church, always does her homework, and helps out her family with babysitting her baby nephew and also trying to keep her family together. But Amber’s one release is visiting the hikers that travel through the Appalachian Trails near her home and releasing all her pent up frustration by being a bit wild, making out with strange guys and getting drunk. She’d be mortified if anyone other than her best ...more
Jennifer Strand
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Original review posted at on 12/05/14:

I have very mixed feelings about this book. I'm not sure I've ever felt so torn about whether a book is pure genius or just...not. Let's start at the beginning, shall we?

I almost stopped reading this book at less than 50 pages in. The language went as far as offensive at one point and I wasn't sure I could keep going. I reminded myself that these are words these characters would use and it's set in a part of the country that I've
Jen Hawkins
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I am way behind on writing reviews, but I *HAD* to stop and write this one.

It has been a long time since I loved a book like I loved this one. I spent a lot of my formative years traipsing through the trails of western North Carolina, and Amber Vaughn was as alive to me as many of my friends from high school. Jaye Robin Brown created the most authentic sense of place and people. It didn't hurt that I recognized 90% of the songs Amber sang for her audition practices. I could hear the banjo playin
Natasha (books_n_dreams)
So my feelings for this book are kind of all over the place, even after sleeping on it and thinking about it. It's not that I didn't like the book, it's just not exactly what I thought it would be. The book was cute and I did like the main character, but at times the entire situation that was going on got a little confusing, meaning I had a hard time keeping up with each character and the point of them in the story. By the time I got 2/3s of the way done I did have it down, I was just upset that ...more
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Jaye Robin Brown, or JRo to her friends, has been many things in her life--jeweler, mediator, high school art teacher--but now writes full-time. She lives with her wife, dogs, cats, and horses in a sweet house in NC horse country where she hopes to live happily ever after. She is the author of NO PLACE TO FALL, WILL'S STORY, GEORGIA PEACHES AND OTHER FORBIDDEN FRUIT, THE MEANING OF BIRDS, and THE ...more

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