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The Art of Falling

(Oceanside High #1)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  383 ratings  ·  48 reviews
For seventeen-year-old Bria Hale, image is everything. She’s a militant vegan with purple hair, Doc Martens and a permanent scowl. Kissing captain of the football team Ben Harris? Definitely not part of that image.

Now with each secret kiss, she’s falling deeper for the boy every girl at Oceanside High is crushing on. Throw in a few forbidden bacon cheeseburgers and she’s
Published December 19th 2013 by Bloomsbury Spark
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Mini review:

Thank you Bloomsbury Australia for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.

I'm a little hesitant about posting my review of this book as I had to skim the middle of this novel and jump to the end. Clearly, I'm going to miss some things. The Art of Falling was a cute and fun read about two teens who fall into an unlikely romance. See, that's exactly the problem. There wasn't much else. There's a minor family d
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
This review, and others like it, can be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

Although I called this book a good palate cleanser in my initial thoughts on Goodreads, I have to admit it wasn't nearly as fluffy as I'd imagined it would be based on that summary.  Yes, it's about a girl falling for a guy she probably shouldn't, but it's also about that same girl figuring out if she wants to let the world see who she really is or if she's going to let everyone keep on believing she's the girl she's always p
Denise Hallauer
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review can also be found on my blog.

This has to be one of the best YA Contemporary romances that I have ever read, even better than some adult ones. This isn’t just a story about a boy and a girl who fall in love and how they work through some problems. It is also a book about friend ship. Something I’ve often seen in contemporary romances is friends taking the backseat to the couple in a story and that’s never say well with me. I love that Jenny Kaczorowski did do that with her book. We see a
Lisa (lifeinlit)
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Audiobook Review:

As soon as I started this book, I had a weird craving to dye my hair purple. Yes, purple. After reading the synopsis I was under the impression that this was going to be a fun, fluffy story, but it turned out to be a much more serious read.

Bria is your typical teenage girl that ends up falling for the wrong guy, and this guy just happens to be her best friend’s brother. Ouch. On top of that, Bria is suffering from a typical teenage identity crisis. After losing her mother to a c
Valerie Cole
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feels, grief
A fantastic debut from Jenny Kaczorowski! Bria is a fierce protagonist, trying to find herself in a mess of combat boots, vegan diet, and purple hair dye after her mother's tragic death. The Art of Falling packs a lot of heart and humor.
Judith Tewes
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Once upon a time an artsy girl and a football star fell in love. It wasn't pretty. But, oh my, their story will have you tumbling down after them.
Ginger at
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-read-2013
Original review posted at ---> GReads!

THE ART OF FALLING may come across as a light, feel good young adult contemporary, but underneath that dazzling cover is a story that's sure to win over any reader's heart. Bria is the artsy type, always having a paint brush to tie back her hair, and crusty paint under her finger nails to prove it. Her and her two best friends, Abby and Dolores, have steered clear of the high school cliques, especially the popular jocks. But there's one jock who has alway
Katie (Kitkatscanread)
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really did enjoy this book!

This is a story about Bria and Ben.
Ben is Abby's brother.
Bria and Ben kiss.
But they can't be together for many reasons.
Ben is a popular jock.
He's also Abby's brother.
Abby is Bria's best friend.
Best friends don't date their friend's brothers, do they?

Bria finds it hard to keep away from Ben.
She tries distracting herself.
But try as she might, she just can't keep away from Ben.
And Ben can't stay away from Bria.
They know they want each other, but refuse to accept it.

Jen McConnel
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this charming story, and Bria and Ben are two characters it's easy to root for (even when they aren't sure what they want). Slip into a sweet story of missed chances, friendship, and loving somebody you shouldn't.
Daphne (Illumicrate)
3.5 stars. The Art of Falling portrays teens in a wonderfully realistic way. With characters to love and kisses to make you swoon, it's like watching your favourite teen movie. Contemporary lovers will adore this debut.
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
*4.5 stars*

I got an email from Bloomsbury informing me about Bloomsbury Spark and also offering some books up for review. After taking a quick look at the book available I knew I wanted to read The Art of Falling, not only did the synopsis draw me in, but also the amazingly gorgeous cover.

I made a start on The Art of Falling pretty quickly due to being caught up on my eBook reviews, and less than two pages in I already love Bria. She is such an enigma, portraying a different exterior to what's o
I have to say, this book was certainly a lot less fluffy than I thought it would be. I mean, I suppose it is still a fairly fluffy book, but it definitely wasn't at the fluffiness level of say, The Distance Between Us or Meant to Be or similar such books. It was still quite enjoyable though, with a cute romance and interesting characters.

I guess the romance perhaps wasn't quite as convincing as I would have liked it to be. Possibly this is because the two characters (rather unexpectedly) were ac
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
The Art of Falling is a well written, realistic snapshot of teenage life and a great start to the Bloomsbury Spark imprint. It's a quick, enjoyable read that will appeal to readers of contemporary YA fiction, fans of purple hair and romance. Sounds good? Make sure you've got an eReader handy as Spark books are currently only available in eBook format!

Bria, full name Cambria (I wholly approve of this name and I think my favourite band, Coheed and Cambria, would too) is a bit of an antisocial pers
Nov 23, 2013 rated it liked it
The Art of Falling is one of the first titles that Bloomsbury Spark are releasing. Bloomsbury kindly sent me a list with all of them and while I easily could have picked more, I made myself choose one. The Art of Falling won because the blurb promised me a fun read with interesting characters and Jenny Kaczorowski delivered just that.

I’m always a little apprehensive about calling a book “nice” because it sounds like I couldn’t think of anything better to say but nice books are great. When I sat
Dec 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Soo I was totally won over by the fact the main character has PURPLE HAIR – I totally want it :)

The Art of Falling deals with a lot of issues within the narrative relevant to the majority of teenagers today. Inspection of the ubiquitous high school cliques and how they pigeon-hole people as well as justifying segregation is the main focus of the plot crossing the romance between an art geek and a jock.

The portrayal of how image and popularity are important at this stage of life, on both sides no
I originally requested this because the blurb mentions a militant vegan MC, but after reading 20% of this book I've realised she's not vegan, let alone militant. Bria describes cooking up some bacon and eating it in a sandwich while locked in her room, and how she justifies this because she can't be in control all the time. For me this shows a misconception about vegans, and I don't know why you'd choose to right about something you don't understand or care about. Most vegans choose to go vegan ...more
Alice Kaltman
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Bravo Jenny Kaczorowski! The Art of Falling is a teen-steamy romance that maintains credibility throughout. While I'm sure Kaczorowski will get endless kudos for her portrayal of teen love, I want to do a special shout out for her fabulous, and authentic characters. Bria is pitch perfect in her arty defensiveness, Ben is fantabulous as the reluctant sports star. Together they're a SoCal Romeo and Juliet, with a cast of equally believable secondary characters. I particularly LOVED Dolores, a soli ...more
Elle Beauregard
Jan 12, 2014 rated it liked it
The Art of Falling was a sweet, smooth and quick read. It struck a great balance of drama, humor and romance while staying natural and believable. This story, just by virtue of the setting/characters/topics, could have turned into a trite mess, but Kaczorowski does a great job of off-setting cliche with unique elements to keep the story fresh and current. I liked the way both main characters got to "win" while staying true to themselves. Neither had to change for the sake of the other, nor did t ...more
Christine Duval
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spark-books
I didn't even have time to mark this as "Currently Reading," I finished it so fast! I loved this book! Loved Bria. Loved Ben. An unlikely couple, seemingly cemented by their respective personas: star quarterback and artsy non-conformist, Jenny Kaczorowski has created an endearing love story that's fiercely honest and beautifully penned. Can't wait to read more from this rising star!
Kristine Asselin
I absolutely LOVED Jenny Kaczorowski's debut. THE ART OF FALLING is everything you look for in a good contemporary Young Adult romance. Complicated main character, adorably hot boys, and a great cast of characters. Not to mention an awesome cover! If you like YA contemporary romance, you're going to LOVE this book! So happy for Jenny!
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
So many editing errors that I had to double check and make sure it wasn't self published. Somewhat generic story, cute quick read with so many stereotypes. I am no grammar nazi but it is hard for me to get into a story in which I am constantly noticing spelling errors or misplaced words.
Jan 27, 2014 rated it liked it
If you're looking for a short YA read, well then you'll get your fix with this book. Keep in mind that it is a YA so if you're expecting extreme maturity from these characters than move along because this book isn't for you.
Beth Summer
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
beautiful writing and an incredible story. Besides loving the romance and love triangle (yes I actually LOVE love triangles), I love a good friendship story, and Bria, Abby, and Dolores did not disappoint. Great read and can't wait for the next book!
Love this book. Just what I needed! Light, quick, satisfying read with a unique premise and great writing to back it up. Loved it!
Mandie Baxter
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-book-owned
I can't handle the cuteness!!! Loved everything about this book.
Moon Love
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!

Full review to come soon!
Fida Islaih
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I finished the book ugly crying. I can't believe all that Ben & Bria went through. I hate and love it! Ahh! Thank you!
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
5.5 stars

An enjoyable, appropriately lite romance with lots of heart. First love is so simply honest, but also turbulent with emotion, second guessing, so many urges and sometimes conflicting viewpoints. This book deals with it all and shows that if you do it right, your heart wins in the end.
Dec 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Okay so I don't usually rate books, but I really feel the need to write one about The Art of Falling.

This book had a lot of potential to be different, and interesting. The plot is a hook that I've never really seen before. Don't get me wrong, I liked Bria, and Ben, and Rafael as characters, but I think there's a lot missing from the story.

I was so disappointed to read that it was all just fluffy romance. It really could have been a great story about exploring fluid identity and breaking high sc
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a lovely story about two teens finding their way to each other. I really liked the main characters. They had well defined personalities that at first seemed cliché but really weren't. They were deep characters that made you like them and want to root for their team. It's a super fast read and it really fits high school relationships pretty much spot on. The one thing I disliked is the pattern of these new adult romance's lately that have kids that all come from broken homes with parents ...more
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Raised in Avon, Ohio, the duct tape capital of the world, Jenny began her writing career as a featured columnist for her hometown newspaper. After earning a degree in photojournalism from Kent State University, she vowed to never spend another winter in Ohio and moved to Los Angeles, where there is far too much sunshine.
Amid working as a grant writer for Sound Art, a non-profit that teaches music

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