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How to Fall (Jess Tennant #1)

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Sixteen-year-old Jess Tennant has never met any of her relatives, until her mom suddenly drags her out of London to spend the summer in the tiny English town where her family's from. Her mom's decision is surprising, but even more surprising is the town's reaction to Jess. Everywhere she goes, people look at her like they've seen a ghost. In a way, they have—she looks just ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 31st 2013)
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Mum laughed. “You wish it was more complicated than it is because you love secrets.”

“That’s not true.”

“Of course it is. You look for them everywhere.”
The best word I can use to sum up this amateur detective novel is "unsuccessful."

In order for a detective novel to feel realistic, there has to be an incentive, a remarkable motive that drives the would-be-detective (amateur or not) to seek the answer and to right a wrong. There was no purpose in this book's "mystery" than a girls' overactive ima
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Liz Barnsley
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Freya is found drowned – but was it suicide or murder? Her cousin, Jess Tennant, is determined to uncover the truth. But asking questions may prove deadly – anyone could be a suspect and everyone is hiding something…



So, Jane Casey, Author of the wonderful Maeve Kerrigan (or in my fangirl state the Derwent series) of books dips her toes into the wonderful world of YA for the first time with what is set to become another fantabulous series this time starring Jess Tennant..teenage girl, reader (of
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Jo
Aug 09, 2014 rated it liked it
A quick, enjoyable read. I was glad to discover that there is another book planned because not everything was wrapped up. I felt the main characters voice was strong, funny and unique. I wish we could have seen Freya and gotten to know her before her death. Maybe by like a pen pal relationship or something.
Hayal Perest
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Kitap Freya’nın ölümü ve Freya’nın kuzeni Jess ile annesinin Freya’nın yaşadığı kasabaya gitmesiyle başlıyor. Jess ile Freya ikiz olabilecek kadar birbirlerine çok benziyor. (Bu durum bana çok saçma gelse de) Jess, kasabaya adımını attığı anda herkes dönüp dönüp ona bakıyor. Çünkü ölen birini karşılarında görmüş gibi hissediyorlar. Jess bu durumdan rahatsız haliyle. Jess ile Freya’nın ailesi her ne kadar akraba olsalar da birbirleri ile görüşmemişler. Uzun zamandan sonra kasabaya dönünce Jess ta ...more
Teenytorch
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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{Thank you St. Martin’s Griffin and Netgalley for providing this in return for an honest review}

I really, really, really wanted to like this book, but unfortunately I just could not get past all the problems I had with it. The idea for this book is really interesting and I even really liked the sub-plot as well, however, it was poorly executed. This book did not evoke any emotions at all, I was not rooting for the main character, and I did not even want to finish this book. The only thing that k
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Marie the Librarian
I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. It was fun, exciting, fast paced and just generally good. I liked it a lot, even though Jess seems like she is waaaay older than 16! But I think I need to read the next two books.
Melissa (Book Outlet)
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, mystery
3.5/5 stars.
SJH (A Dream of Books)
'How to Fall' is a young adult crime thriller, described as 'Mean Girls with murder'. The story shows what happens when female rivalry goes too far. I'm a big fan of intricately plotted and exciting crime thrillers but there seem to be so few around which are written specifically for a YA audience. Jane Casey, normally an author of adult books, has transitioned smoothly to a younger readership and has delivered a truly gripping story.

Jess arrives with her mother in the small town of Port Sentin
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Liviania
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jess moves, with her mother, back to her mother's childhood town. It's a real two-horse town, and Jess doesn't just stick out because she's new, but because she looks just like her cousin who died last summer. No one knows if Freya fell, jumped, or was pushed. But Jess becomes determined to find out.

HOW TO FALL is filled with suspicious characters. Freya's former best friends, former romantic rivals, and former suitors are all potential murderers. (If, that is, someone murdered her.) But even as
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ExlibrisLisa
3,5 Sterne.
Zwischendrin mal ein paar Längen und Übertreibungen, trotzdem eine gewisse Grundspannung. Mal ein Jugendbuch wo die Liebesgeschichte nicht allzu sehr im Fokus steht. Bin sehr gespannt auf Teil 2!
Gina
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
** 4 STARS! **

"You didn't know her before, though. She used to be so happy. Now it's as if the light's gone out."

***

From beginning to end I was intrigued by this book. I couldn't put it down to save my life.
It wasn't spectacular or something but by all means it was good! I also wouldn't really call it a thriller, more like a mystery drama or sth.
Jess and her mother go back to her mother's hometown for the summer, after like 18 years. Going there to rekindle bonds with her family. Jess's co
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Jazz
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodreads
I recieved this book for free from Goodreads. Not usually a genre I read, but this story was amazing, full of twists and turns, really kept you on edge. Truly recommend.
Dearbhla
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'You didn't know her before, though. She used to be so happy. Now it's as if the light's gone out'
Plum-crazy
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
I got this book as I've enjoyed others by this author but it wasn't until I picked it up to read it that I found out it was aimed at the YA market - well, so what? It didn't matter at all, in fact I enjoyed this much more than a lot of the "adult" crime novels I read last year.

In brief, Jess & her mother rent a cottage for the summer in her mother's home town where Jess's cousin Freya had committed suicide by falling from a cliff....or did she? Jess believes that it was murder & undertak
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Book Madness (Elif Tazegül)
Diğer Jane Casey kitaplarına göre çok vasattı. Keşke bu tarz bir kitaba hiç girmeseydi. Sevmedim.
Autumn
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Im really just terrible at thrillers. The build up freaks me out I start to get anxious. Im really weird that way. But for some reason I love to freak myself out. I dont read thrillers often probably because I would be a nervous wreck and unable to function in society. Lucky for me I read this really quickly.

How to fall starts off with the tragic death of Freya. Well its a fade to black death but that doesnt make it any less tragic. After the fade to black we meet Jess Tennant, Freya's long los
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Carrie Ardoin
I'd guess it would be a little eerie for a teenaged girl who is basically the doppelganger of her dead cousin to visit the town where said cousin lived...for both the girl and the town's locals. This is just the situation Jess Tennant finds herself in, however, when she and her recently divorced mother decide to spend the summer away from London. They are going to stay in Port Sentinel, where Jess' mom, aunt, and cousins are from--including her cousin Freya, who passed away in the last year.

Whil
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Ms. Yingling
Jun 19, 2014 rated it liked it
After a bitter divorce, Jess' mother decides to return to the town of her childhood for a vacation and to visit with her twin sister whom she has not seen in many years. Unfortunately, Jess' cousin, Freya, died the previous summer in a fall off a cliff that may or may not have been accidental.The big problem? Jess looks freakishly like her dead cousin, which makes her entrance into the teen society of the small town turned tourist haven a bit awkward. She meets Freya's friends Will and Darcy, wh ...more
Sara Hassoun
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Book Review 5:
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The book How To Fall by Jane Casey is a mystery novel. I can't say that is the most successful novel I've ever read because it's not. There is a mystery but there isn't. The main character Jess constantly is putting herself in dangerous situations even when she recognizes her stupidity she ignores it. She was about to be pushed off a cliff but she is never the one who gives in first. No matter what the situation she has to say something snappy back. If in a life or death situ
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Hannah
I would like to thank the publisher through NetGalley for my review copy of How to Fall.
How to Fall is the first in a young adult mystery series by author Jane Casey, and in my opinion, it is her most compelling and enjoyable novel yet. The novel follows our spunky heroine Jess, a teenager living in London who takes a summer trip to visit her relatives in rural Devon. Jess and her mother have been estranged from this part of the family for many years, but after the recent death of Jess's cousin,
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Nic
Apr 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: this-is-thriller
Another thriller that was okay to read on the bike at the gym, but probably wouldn't otherwise have inspired me to make the effort to suspend my incredulity. I kind of like the British flavor of the writing, and some bits are genuinely witty. (One I like: ". . . the painkillers aren't doing it. Killing the pain, I mean. At best, they're annoying it. Calling it names. Talking behind its back. Low-level stuff.")

But protagonist Jess makes so many groanworthy bad decisions that I can't go higher tha
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A Book Vacation
Aug 02, 2014 rated it liked it
To see my full review:

http://abookvacation.com/2014/08/26/a...

This novel is actually about two separate things: How Freya died, and the truth about Dan Henderson. However, only one aspect is actually answered in the novel, which left me a bit frustrated since the mystery surrounding the police officer is definitely a key point in novel, even though it does not really relate to what happened to Freya.

Jess Tennant has an uncanny resemblance to her deceased cousin, Freya, a person she never met due
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☕ Kimberly
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
How to Fall  begins when Jess Tennant finds she, and her Mum will be spending the summer in her mother’s hometown. She will meet cousins and an Aunt she has never met. On the drive, she discovers her cousin who looks disturbingly like her died last summer when she fell from a cliff. Intrigued Jess sets out to learn about her cousin Freya and the mystery surrounding her death.

I loved Jess, she is well rounded, doesn't accept bullshit and when she caught her boyfriend in London cheating on her, he
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
3.5 Stars!

This book has been described as an unputdownable YA thriller and I have to say, that is probably a pretty accurate description of it.

I quickly found myself immersed in the world that Casey had created. One filled with the death of a young girl and the mystery surrounding it, all set in a small town in England.

This really was a great read, whether or not it could be called a thriller, is debatable however but, what it was, was a really good mystery that was pretty suspenseful at times
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Katya
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5

All of my goodreads friends know that I'm obsessed with Jane Casey's "Maeve Kerrigan" series, so I wish I was more into this book. I read it super quickly and enjoyed it, but I feel like the main question--was Freya's death an accident, a murder or a suicide?--was answered in the prologue (from Frey's POV: she's at the edge of a cliff, and then "something touched her shoulder. She stepped away from it without thinking. The world tilted and swung, the moon spinning in the sky, the waves rushin
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Maggie61
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the first book of Jane Casey's that I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it, would give it a 4.5.
When Jess moves back to her mom's hometown, it is after the mysterious death of Freya, the cousin she had never met, but looks exactly like.
She instantly becomes the target of mean girl Natasha, as Freya was, and Jess Starts to believe there was more to Freya's fall from the cliff. Was it suicide? An accident? Or murder? Of course this novel must also contain teenage romance angst. Ryan lik
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Ingo
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast read, YA-Teen-Thriller. Very good characters, both good ones and bad ones, some are in between (not simply black and white).
Jess Tennant, the heroine is very likeable, stubborn, intelligent and has a good sense of doing the morally right thing or telling other people that.
A nice twist in the solving of the case.
A decision by her mother near the end of the book hints at the next book.
Unputdownable page turner, although I guess some may differ or will not see it.
As with her more adult Maeve K
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Alicia
Jan 30, 2015 rated it liked it
http://wordnerdy.blogspot.com/2015/01...

Soooo this is a YA mystery about a teenage girl who goes with her mom to her mom's small hometown for the first time ever (her mother left under mildly mysterious circumstances), a year after one of her cousins died, also mysteriously. She, of course, looks EXACTLY like her dead cousin (their moms /are/ identical twins) and gets very curious about how she died, uncovering all sorts of unsavory details and teen drama. There is a super creepy adult male (I a
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Sandra
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Note: I read this as a free e-ARC from Netgalley. As I have enjoyed Jane Casey's adult mysteries, I was curious about how her stories would convey as YA. She did not disappoint. How to Fall is a great straight mystery. No dystopia, no fantasy or supernatural, such a pleasant change of pace from so much current YA. Jess and her mother are on holiday in her mother's home town. Little did Jess know she looks exactly like her cousin Freyja who died just the year before. Once over the shock of meetin ...more
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