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How We Fall

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  649 ratings  ·  154 reviews
Ever since Jackie moved to her uncle's sleepy farming town, she's been flirting way too much--and with her own cousin, Marcus.

Her friendship with him has turned into something she can't control, and he's the reason Jackie lost track of her best friend, Ellie, who left one knows where. Now Ellie has been missing for months, and the police, fearing the worst, are se
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 3rd 2014 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published March 14th 2014)
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Anna (Enchanted by YA)
***I received the ARC eBook free as a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review***

I want to start off by saying that I can’t wait to read How We Fall again! Which I know sounds weird when I read it only a few hours ago… but it’s one of those reads that you speed though so quickly without realising to be left spinning when it’s all over which you can’t quite believe.

This book seemed to have a fairly simplistic storyline but looking back at the details, I can see how cleverly wo
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
This review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven

I would like to give this book 3.5/5. It wasn't really what I was expecting, and had certain factor that made me uncomfortable, but it was interesting, well written, and featured very likable characters. The blurb mentions Jackie's relationship with her cousin, Marcus, but it doesn't even touch on the true depth of their relationship. It's somewhat misleading. You have to be able to accept a relationship between first cousins to rea
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don’t normally read contemporary. It’s not that I’ve had a bad experience, it’s more a fear that if there’s no vampire or angel or demon lurking in the shadows, the story won’t hold my attention.

I’m happy to say, Brauning proved me wrong.

HOW WE FALL was fast paced, full of tension, and had a romance that was both challenging and magical. Okay, let’s get straight to the whole cousin thing. I’m not going to lie – the idea of cousins getting it on was different. But Brauning wrote Jackie and Marc
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was ok

This book wasn’t bad – it just wasn’t what I expected it to be.
When I requested this book from Edelweiss, I was expecting it to be an emotional journey of being in a forbidden relationship, with an added touch of mystery and suspense on the side. I did get... some of it, but not exactly what I was expecting. Like I said on my pre-review, everything was all over the place. I wish, it just focused more on
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
I had to sit down and spend a lot of time trying to create the perfect review for this book because I just couldn’t find words. I feel like I owe it to all of you to do this book review justice because usually I have such a hard time expressing my feelings towards a book and can’t really get my thoughts out to be understandable. So although this will still probably be confusing and rambly I’m sorry. And I would love to say thanks again to the author for giving me a copy for review and making
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: realistic-ya
This book is well written. It's a quick read--I couldn't put it down--and nicely paced. The characters are intense but real. They have layers. They're deep and smart and witty.
I finished this book two days ago, and I can't wait to read it again. I plan to buy an actual copy of the book after it comes out (I was lucky enough to obtain an e-arc.) This author is talented. I can't wait to read her next offering.
Michelle Wrona
*4.5 star rating*

*A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!*

How We Fall was one of those books that you see everywhere but you end up feeling like you don't have the right guts to pick it up at any moment of the day—but in the end, it was extremely satisfying, interesting, and special, more than any naked eye can see. Kate Brauning will certainly become the new Lauren Kate, or Suzanne Collins, in that matter.

At first, I saw this book a
As I was reading How We Fall, I was surprised that I was enjoying the book so much. After all, How We Fall is a book that deals with "kissing cousins." My curiosity got me Googling - and guess what? In Canada, it is legal to marry your cousin. The US however, is a different story. Our story takes place in small town Wisconsin, so these guys would be a no-no. They want to go to college in California - where cousins CAN get married. Anyhow, back to the book.

How We Fall is written from the point o
Leila Reads
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: take-it, edelweiss
As you know if you've read any of my reviews, I'm a sucker for something that hasn't been done before (or that has been done so rarely that I've never heard of it).  While cousins in love is not at all a new story, the fact that they are teenagers in the Midwest in 2014 is indeed a new story.  I can't remember having read anything that wasn't so old as to be in the public domain with this kind of premise.  So Kate had me right where she wanted me from the start.

I also love when a story takes pla
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Short and Sweet:
I loved this book! Swoony romance, murder mystery, and gah! Beautiful. *insert incoherent gushing*
To Elaborate...
I sat down with this book one morning, intending to just read for a while, and I spent the next 3 or so hours unable to put it down. It is exciting, intense, and completely captivating.

Going into this story, I expected to be challenged by the cousin romance, and I was in the best way. It is the perfect combination of taboo, heart-throb, and INSANE swoon that made me s
Sam Stinson
Mar 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
I picked up this book with the intention of reading an absolute trainwreck. With further inspection, this trainwreck was a lot worse than I thought it would be. "How We Fall" is the first book in a long time to make me absolutely speechlessly angry, although I do have to congratulate it for being the first book I've read in approximately a year.
Incest is not okay why would you ever do this?? It seemed like it was going to be fine for a while but then they just went back to each other??? There is
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

Actual Rating 3.5

I’d like to start off by saying that if you’re interested in this book because you loved Forbidden you might want to give it a pass. I don’t actually say this with any authority since I haven’t actually read the book but from the reviews I’ve read, I’d imagine that this book is nowhere near the same level as Forbidden. 

That said, I adored the book. It wasn’t mind blowing, it wasn’t AMAHZING but at the same time, it was an e
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, romance, contemporary
**Thank you to the lovely author, Kate Brauning, for allowing me the opportunity to read and review with an advance copy of this novel!**

Let me tell you a story.

More than several years ago, once I reached the age of most teen heroines, I fell out of love with young adult novels. Right at its pinnacle, right as bestsellers came bursting on the YA scene, I backed oh-so slowly out the door.

I couldn't keep reading stories about trivial love triangles and over-juiced teen angst and all kinds of par
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
I had been quite excited for this book for awhile, so I was so wonderfully pleased when it more than lived up to my expectations!

First of all, the cousin romance was so, so intriguing. Kate Brauning was not only able to make it seem realistic, but she made it relatable, which is really quite an accomplishment because I assume most of us have not actually been in love with our cousins. I rooted for Jackie and Marcus from basically page one: Hard on the family? Who cares!? Too taboo? Ignore the na
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THIS BOOK. My god, this book. I don't know how I'm supposed to feel about it. I don't know HOW I ACTUALLY feel about it. Except that I kinda loved it... And really, it's more of a 4.5 star than 4 star read, IMHO.

So, romance between cousins. It sounds icky, but I was still intrigued the minute I saw the synopsis. I think it's because it was different and edgy and I was eager to see what it would be like. What it was was incredible. I was comple
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It used to be Jackie, Marcus, and Ellie selling vegetables at the farm stand. But Ellie disappeared four months ago and Jackie and Marcus are in the most complicated relationship. One, because they are head over heels for each other, and two, because they are first cousins and live in the same house with their parents and Marcus’s multiple siblings. They have rules not to be too close and so they don’t get caught. But it feels impossible to keep away from each other.

Mystery surrounds them as Ell
I don't usually review books written by people I know, but I have a few thoughts about HOW WE FALL that I want to share with folks adding this book to their TBR list.

I dare you to try and put it down once you've started.

What makes HOW WE FALL stand out from other YA contemporary romances (I'd even say it straddles the line between YA and NA) isn't just that it's a thriller, too, or that it's a cousin romance—but that for a majority of the book, the two main characters aren't together.

It's so ref
Kate Brauning
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)

“Debut novelist Brauning tells a touching story of young, star-crossed lovers caught in a drama they have tried hard to avoid…A sweetly written mix of mystery and romantic turmoil.” — Kirkus Reviews.

“Heartbreaking and well-paced, this mystery novel challenges readers to look past preconceptions and get to the know characters, rather than focus on an uncomfortable taboo. Brauning’s characters are well developed and their story engrossing. An intriguing thriller… this title will raise eyebrows an
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Kate is a brilliant author. Her prose sings and her stories are tightly plotted and deeply emotional. Highly recommended!
Sean Schiebout
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An intruiging mystery/thriller with a complicated romantic component.
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Original review can be found at

3.5 stars

I received an advanced readers copy from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

I have to admit that this story took a bit to get use to. The idea of cousins in what is basically an incestuous relationship in not typically the type of relationship I like to read about. I kept thinking about my own cousins. No offence if any of them happen to read this but YUCK! Initially I thought th
{My Thoughts} – Jackie and Marcus are first cousins, their families live together and they are the same age. They are both seventeen and they both share a very deep secret that has the potential to hurt their families and disrupt their day to day lives.

Jackie and Marcus are the oldest two that are living home still and because of that, they have a lot of responsibility. They both have to help with childcare for the younger children in the house and they both have chores and other obligations. Ho
Noa Bash
Sep 24, 2014 rated it liked it
The Short:
This book was not bad at all. Having said that, it was not very good either. It was just kind of meh. The characters were not that good, the story was okay, and the murder aspect of it was just kind of random.

The Good:
The murder was fun. I had a good time reading about it. It was interesting and moderately suspenseful.
The romance was very well done. It was incestuous, but it was done in a way that no matter what I was rooting for them.
The old movie. The main character was obsessed wit
May 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015-reads
This book is not what it seems. I thought it was going to be a mystery about the disappearance of a girl's best friend, but it's mostly about the girl hooking up with her cousin. Seriously, in the first 100 pages, there are only a few brief references to the disappearance, which ordinarily would be a pretty big deal. Not in this story, though. The focus is heavily on the forbidden romance between the 2 cousins as they try to resolve their dilemma. The last 50 pages finally deal with the disappea ...more
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Thank you kate brauning for sending me an e-arc copy!

This book is a 3.5 for me overall....I was really excited when I started reading and how it was a mystery about a young girls death, but from there it started to get muddled. The relationship between the two main characters did not contain any development. The lack of the mystery was boring...(until the end) I mean, THE ENDING REDEEMED THIS BOOK!

But I did enjoy some of the twists..I don't wanna give anything away but the last 30 pages are grea
Jul 27, 2014 added it
Recommends it for: everyone
I received this novel as an arc from Edelweiss and I wasn't sure how I was going to respond to it, given the subject matter. I was shocked when I found myself completely engrossed by this story.The characters, their convoluted relationship and the secondary story, the mystery of a missing friend, kept me completely engaged from beginning to end. I just have to figure out how I am going to pitch this book to other people though. When I told my teenage daughter, she would love this book about two ...more
Brenda Drake
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This story was so intense, I couldn't put it down. It's heartbreaking and so beautifully written. The forbidden romance between cousins was done in such away that my heart ached for them. The mystery behind Jackie's friend's disappearance was suspenseful and had me sitting at the edge of my seat, turning pages to find out what had happened to her. The voice was great and Brauning writes multi-layered characters that I felt as if I truly knew each one of them. ...more
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-fiction
Okay, I'm gonna say it: this book was hot, and if this adorable couple wants to grow up and get cousin-married, I am all for it. Provided they get genetic counseling before they reproduce, that is.

Full review at
Diana Gallagher
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this! Sizzling taboo romance, sharp writing, and a suspenseful story that keeps you turning the pages -- the perfect combination!
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014, arc
Review to come, but this book was everything I'd hoped it should be and more! Now to take my blurry eyed self off to bed! ...more
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Kate Brauning is an author of young adult thrillers with a twist of the unusual, including How We Fall and the short story “Godzilla Girls.” As a child, she spent a lot of time in her local library, wandering the shelves and discovering all kinds of stories about all kinds of people. She grew up in the hills of Missouri on twenty acres with a big pear tree, cats, dogs, chickens, rabbits, and bottl ...more

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