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Tumble & Fall

2.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,217 ratings  ·  301 reviews
A novel about the end of days full of surprising beginnings
The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that's left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intert
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Nikki The story is about a few young characters and their different adventures while preparing for the end of the world... personally I do not like the back…moreThe story is about a few young characters and their different adventures while preparing for the end of the world... personally I do not like the back and forth between different story lines, I am hoping they somehow all connect in the end for a dramatic grand finale but so far, I find the build up very long.


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DNF--NO STARS. I stopped reading when the father bought his son a prostitute.

Because nothing paints a better picture of the apocalypse than buying your son a prostitute, right? Or abandoning your family for a boy you met mere days ago, but with whom you are deeply, madly, "YOU JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND IT, DAD!" in love...right?

Don't read this book. Please. Because if you do,

Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
The asteroid Persephone is on a collision course with Earth. In roughly 7 days, the earth, as we know it, might be gone. Giant ass asteroid + Earth. Let's face it, nothing good can come of this.

What might potentially happen to the earth, if it doesn't go kaboom? Well...
First: water. Massive tsunamis if an ocean took a direct hit, washing away entire coastlines. Then: fire. The displaced embers of Earth’s very core, falling chunks of flaming hail. And last but not least: ice. A frozen planet,
Mar 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc, ebook
Kat Kennedy
Tumble & Fall

Otherwise known as Tumble & BORE (sorry, I hadn’t seen anyone use that pun yet). Tumble & Fail: the most boring apocalyptic book ever. A gentler, kinder soul might say that it’s a character-driven novel exploring the way three teens face the oncoming apocalypse. That gentler and kinder soul would be wrong. The apocalypse is treated like background radiation. It keeps getting mentioned, but it’s hard to see what the hell it’s got to do with the book. Honestly, you could remove it and
Wendy Darling
Bleh. Third person, present tense. Three POVs.

Did not fall for this at all. Fall. Get it? Fall. Sadly, I've resorted to bad jokes to amuse myself.
Jun 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
Not what I was expecting, and quite frankly, I just don't get it.

After reading the summary, I looked at the cover and thought, "Hmmm, doesn't really look like a science fiction or dystopian." Well, it's not.

I spent the first part of the book really confused because I was introduced to three different point of views, and I kept wondering how they were all connected, aside from Zan dropping of groceries at Caden's place. Well, here's your warning - they weren't connected. They never do come togeth
Tumble & Fall is another book which I knew I had to immediately read after seeing the gorgeous cover. I guess it’s kind of my fault for not reading the blurb more carefully, but who is the couple on the cover meant to represent?, maybe I was expecting more romance from the story, the cover does seem to convey this is what the book would be about.

The three different pov’s we got from Caden, Sienna and Zan I didn’t mind. It was interesting learning about these three different individuals back sto
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars overall

Tumble & Fall is not the easiest book to read. In fact it was hard work at times to the point where I almost abandoned it. I am so glad I didn't listen to my instincts. I said I'd stick it out to 100 pages and it was worth the trudge. It was a beautiful, interesting, unassuming read that really captured my attention.

There are three POV's in this book, Sienna, Zan and Caden and all are in the 3rd person. This was overwhelming at first,
Pre-read: Having read reviews for this book, I can't help but think the idea of this novel sort of reminds me of this shortlived series on ABC Family:

I'm definitely reading this soon, but I'll admit I'm less excited about it as I was when it was first proposed.


Dude, are you kidding me?

I probably could just leave a statement like that, but I'll bite further. I read a lot of speculative fiction. Sometimes speculative fiction is a difficult genre
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
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There may be slight spoilers in this review.

"This is the way the world ends: Not with a bang but a whimper"
-T.S. Eliot

When will I ever learn not to judge a book by it's cover? Probably not in the future, but it's a lesson I need to learn pronto. Tumble & Fall has an extremely gorgeous cover and that's what drew me into reading this book. Sure, I loved the premise of an asteroid about to strike the Earth and people living the last mo
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Pages Read: 67

Okay, under ordinary circumstances, I wouldn't have DNFed this book and I honestly might have given it a 2.5 or so which isn't terrible, but I just can't right now. There are so many books I need to read which I will enjoy reading more.

The book is not, so far at least, as bad as I was expecting based on the early reviews, but I just do not care for any of the main characters, and I cannot remember who any of the myriad secondary characters actually are, which means it's both boring
L.B. Schulman
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I don't understand why so many good books get such low ratings on this site. YAs are treated the worst, and it saddens me as an author. I hope these ratings don't discourage readers who may think this sounds interesting. Give it a try.

I had a great experience reading this book. It's not a story where rockets are going off, and volcanoes erupt, and tsunamis roll in, nor did it ever promise to be that sort of book. It's not a high action look at asteroid drama. It's a mature, thoughtful, and well-
Aug 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, young-adult
After seeing so many low reviews and DNF's for this book, I went in with a lot of hesitation. The only other person who seemed to remotely enjoy this book was Dani from What Danielle Did Next and even she struggled a bit with it. I was even more nervous as, since I received this for an ARC tour, I only had a week to read it. When I read books that I'm not completely 100% into- I tend to take longer to read them- which makes sense, yeah? So, I was afraid with school and everything else in my week ...more
Brad Sells
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Tumble & Fall is an electric, dazzling read that shouldn't be missed. Not only is it one of the most original novels I've ever read, it's one of the most heartbreaking and tragically beautiful stories out there. Stunning!

I'm sure we've all read at least one post-apocalyptic book. But have you ever read a pre-apocalyptic novel? Where the characters knew that the end of the world is coming to an end and only have one week left to live? And frankly, how do you live your last week on earth? That's d
Sep 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
DNF I couldn't even get past the first three chapters. Ugh it has nothing to do with the end of the world. It mostly focuses on these three teenage kids and their relationship dramas. There's no tense, end of the world, "I'm dying" moments. Not worth putting up with anymore. I kept picking it up and then putting it back down immediately. Don't waste your time. ...more
Actual rating: 2.5

I’d been hearing little bits and pieces of this novel for a while now, and admittedly I was seen drooling over the cover more than once, so when I saw that the publisher had it up on NetGalley for review, I went ahead and requested it. I’m not sorry I read it, but there were a lot of things that could have been done far better than they were.

An asteroid named Persephone is set to make a collision with Earth in a week, by the start of the novel. Due to massive underfunding of
Jun 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Reviewed @ Enticed by Books

DNF at Page 79

     This is the first time I'm going to do this type of review on my blog because I thought if I'm promoting a book I finished, then why not let my opinions known about something I couldn't. It's all in fairness and honesty! Alright, Tumble & Fall did not work for me at all. It's biggest let down is the third person narrative in addition to 3 different POV's. I can handle three storylines, but the third person narrative killed this book in my opinion. It
Mar 03, 2013 marked it as to-read
The cover..so romantic. Squeeee...
I had to DNF..I just couldn't :-( ...more
Foiled again by a pretty cover. I wanted to like it, I really did. And man, did I try. But I was just bored. I have to agree with the majority of the reviews that I've read - for an end of the world scenario, these stories were blah. For the most part, nothing happens. People just do nothing and every once in awhile there's a mention of the world ending soon (an asteroid is headed toward earth in case you were wondering).

The story follows three teens during the last week on earth. There's Sienn
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-arc, bea13, arc, physical-arc
Nose Graze — Young Adult book reviews

3.5 stars

Tumble & Fall is such a tough book for me to review because there were so many things I loved about this book, but there were also some things I didn't like. I think it's going to be really hard for me to touch on everything, while still conveying how much I enjoyed the book!

Tumble & Fall follows three different plot lines/characters, which all converge at the end. We have Sienna: a girl who just got released from rehab for attempted suicide; Zan
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I started reading this book less than a week ago and I'm already finished with it! I picked this book up at the library, not knowing how much I would come to love it! This book is written in three different point of views but it is very clear throughout the entire story. I wish the beginning had more detail but once I got a little ways into the book I could figure out what was going on. I also wish the ending was more clear or had an epilogue to it because there were unanswered parts of the book ...more
Ashley (Loves Books)
**A version of this review will be posted to Ashley Loves Books at a later date.**

DNF Review
Stopped at page 200

Here’s the disclaimer: this was a touring ARC, so I was on a time limit for how long I could devote to this book, especially since it came in a big batch of other touring ARCs. Had I not been pressed for time, I probably would have pushed through and finished this – except I wouldn’t have felt any rush to do so. This is definitely one of those books I’d keep setting down every time anot
Jaime Arkin
3.5 stars...

What would you do if the world were ending? Who are the people you would spend time with, what would you be doing, how would you come to terms with the end of everything?

That is the story behind Tumble & Fall. It’s told from multiple perspectives, but all are aware of the end of days, and all chose to spend these last days in completely different ways.

One person goes on an scavenger hunt, of sorts, to find out if the person she thought she loved was truly the person she thought he
The reason I so desperately wanted Tumble & Fall is simple - the cover and, in part, the synopsis immediately made me think of Armageddon, and I freaking love that movie. Yes it's cheesy and cliched, but every time it comes on TV I watch it and get all sniffy at the end.

The book itself is not like Armageddon, apart from the fact an asteroid is heading towards earth, but I wasn't disappointed. Told through the risky medium of multiple-POV's, Alexandra Coutts has struck the perfect balance of bea
May 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-galley
TUMBLE AND FALL… It’s a very confusing start and with more than one story line to keep track off, it only got more confusing, that is till I settled into it. And perhaps I liked that aspect of it how the end of the world isn’t just about Romeo and Juliet. The end, apparently, does bring out the oddest of happenings, doesn’t it?

>There’s Caden and his family; Sienna and hers; then my personal favorite, Zan and her Leo.

They’ve all a past… and none of which were happy ones. But their present is di
Jen Ryland
An asteroid is on target to strike and destroy the world. And yes, the best scientific minds in the world are probably on the case. But this book isn't about that. It's about three ordinary teens and what they are doing in those last few days before impact. Sienna has just been released from rehab, Zan is mourning the death of her boyfriend Leo, and Caden is dealing with his alcoholic mom and wondering about his absentee dad.

As the meteor speeds toward earth, these three characters have unfinish
May 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review, ya
This is kind of a weird thing to feel guilty about, but in a tide of people who really strongly disliked, maybe even hated Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts, I feel so awkward admitting that hey I DID NOT HATE THIS BOOK. Like, what is wrong with me that I feel so different from the meh majority opinion. I do know that I have some pretty weird quirks or tendencies, so when something hits one of my quirks, I feel more of an affinity to it. For instance, Tumble & Fall opens with an epigraph that ar ...more
My first foray into this book started off pretty well. I thought it was interesting having all the different point of views about the world ending. I was wrong since some of the characters were particularly dull and lifeless. The only one that I was fairly interested in was Zan. She managed to have an ongoing need to find out what happened with her boyfriend.

There was also no mention of why and how the world was ending. I felt lost, so I made assumptions about it. There was a huge meteor going t
Akanksha❤ Søren♰
Feb 28, 2013 marked it as z-2013
The cover looks abso-freaking-lutely blown!!
The novel name is amazing too and the blurb looks promising~
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Alexandra Bullen Coutts has been a playwright, waitress, barista, gardener, script reader, yoga instructor and personal assistant. She grew up in Massachusetts, went to college in New York City, and lives most of the year full time on Martha’s Vineyard.

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