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How I Fall (How I Fall #1)

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3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  426 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
*WHAT IF YOU HAD AN IMPOSSIBLE CRUSH?*
Impossible because she’s Ellen Foster. The beautiful, smart, and possibly fragile photography-girl. You’re Cam Campbell. The guy who plays football 24/7 with no life. But what if during junior year, you decide to finally try for her phone number—until this glitter-crazed new girl ruins your plan. Worse, the girl is Irish, awkward, and
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Paperback, 379 pages
Published June 15th 2014 by Butterfly Books, LLC
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Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
Ellen likes Cam. Cam Likes Ellen. And then comes Hurricane Laura.

Cam has been waiting for a morning like this to happen for a long time. Today is the day that he plans to make his intentions for Ellen known. All was going well until this pixie dust wearing whirlwind comes crashing into his life and about ruins it all. Or does it? In fact, Laura may very well be the most perfect distraction ever to ignite his plan. And if a few new friendships come to fruition...so be it!

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I’ve decided Laura’s
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Jen
Jul 03, 2015 Jen rated it did not like it
I can't believe this got such high ratings!! From constantly reminding the reader that the MC, like, just barely has CP, to the magical Irish girl who leaves glitter in her wake, to the guys who sound NOTHING (!!!!!) like guys and who text like old people...what...is this.
Lenore Kosinski
https://celebrityreaders.wordpress.co...

ON REREAD: Probably would round down to 4 instead of up to 5. The things I noted in the review below bothered me a bit more this time around. But I'm going to leave it on here b/c I could be just in a mood.

4.5 stars -- this book had me mega grinning from practically the first page. Honestly, there was so much to love about the characters, and it was just one of those sweet ya romances....well, that is until they ran into conflict and my heart was ripped ou
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Sheridan
***Check out my full review at http://iturnthepages.blogspot.com/201...***

Where do I begin?

This book is by FAR one of the best books I have ever read. This book tops every single realistic fiction book I have ever laid my eyes on. For a book to do that, it has to be absolutely amazing.

The book follows the story of a teenager named Ellen Foster. She is attending high school in Canada, loves Tim Hortons, and really wants to win the distinguished WOA photo contest. She has her plans set in place; s
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Ella Janine
I struggled really hard at the beginning(which made me think maybe YA contemporary and me don't match) but as I read on, it was very hard to stop. It gets better towards the ending and I look forward to reading the next book.

Read my full review.
Mitsy
Jun 26, 2014 Mitsy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone

Cam is 16, tall, gorgeous, smart, popular, sweet, adorable, and the high school quarterback. Cam's dad was a former football player and is in control of Cam's future. I love Cam! :)

Ellen is the town's "disabled" girl. Yes, she has cerebral palsy. Except now, finally, she can walk without a cane. Well, sort of. She falls. Yet, she never, ever, complains or cries. Ever. She also works hard at her physical therapy - every single day. Ellen finds joy in photography and, of course, her pictures are g
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Kayla
May 25, 2014 Kayla rated it it was amazing
How I Fall is a beautiful tale of the heart-fluttering first kisses of a boy who thought he wasn’t good enough for her and a girl who thought she wasn’t good enough for him. Yay for group school projects bringing people together!

The story truly melted my heart! Ellen & Cam will stick with you long after you’ve finished the last page because they’re both beautiful individuals despite the struggles they deal with every day. It’s so easy to love their characters. And I loved Ellen's internal m
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Jess at Such a Novel Idea
Jun 03, 2014 Jess at Such a Novel Idea rated it really liked it

This review originally appeared at Such a Novel Idea.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way.

A few years ago, before I even started blogging, I was obsessed with finding new books to read. I had Goodreads, but I still didn’t quite have a grasp on things like I do now. But one day I happened across a book in the Kindle Lending Library and I knew it was one I had to pick up. That book, Almost by Anne Elliot, remains one of my favo
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Inah (The Bibliophile Confessions)
I don't even know how and where to start describing this book. It's absolutely brilliant and I think that beautiful wouldn't even suffice. I love how Anne Eliot created her characters. They're very real and easy to relate to.

This is my first time reading an Anne Eliot novel and I am so happy because I was given an opportunity to read this book. I came across this book earlier this month on Goodreads because I was looking for new book recs. I have been wanting to read this since I saw it because
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Jazmen This Girl Reads A lot
May 25, 2014 Jazmen This Girl Reads A lot rated it really liked it
Anne has a knack for writing unconventional, realistic young adult romances that are always sweet and never erotic. With so many novels bordering on erotica, it's nice to read a book where the writing is all about love and not sex. (There's nothing wrong with sex but it's nice to do without it sometimes)

In How I Fall, Ellen---a sweet, and sassy teenaged girl with Cerebral Palsy has a crush on the school's dreamy-eyed quarterback. Better yet, he has a crush on her too. In the real world they crus
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Laura Wells
May 25, 2014 Laura Wells rated it it was amazing
What can I say? I've been through every emotion I have whilst reading How I Fall. I smiled, laughed out loud and cried before I was completely heartbroken, then ended up hopeful. I've been put through the ringer!

This book is refreshing. Anne has taken a topic I (and other readers may not) know anything about and opened my eyes to the challenges some people can face, - whether they be physical or emotional, - in a wonderfully written love story.

Ellen and Cam have been crushing on each other fore
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Angie
Jul 28, 2014 Angie rated it really liked it
Shelves: cliffhangers
Anne recently released How I Fall. She's on my auto buy list, so I quickly added it to my large TBR pile, where it safely landed on top. I started How I Fall thinking I would read a little here and there throughout the day as I was productively getting things accomplished around the house. I found that I couldn't put it down and therefore blame Anne for my untouched to-do list. This story, like Anne's previous books, is a YA. Ellen is 16 and has battled Cerebral Palsy her whole life. She is stro ...more
Ash Ketchum
Jul 11, 2014 Ash Ketchum rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-have-won
So romance novels normally are not my first pick in genre, but I did enjoy the book enough to read it cover to cover (which says a lot for a teen romance).
My favorite character was Ellen because of her personality and the way she lives with CP but does not take on an attitude of a victim or a weakling, rather one of the strongest characters in the book. However, I really liked the parts of the book written from the perspective of Cam because I love the way he describes Ellen. My favorite scene
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Lisa Anthony
Jun 23, 2014 Lisa Anthony rated it it was amazing

This book is a true labor of love written and dedicated to a real life sweet girl with a special condition. It is about teens, high school drama, secret crushes and first kisses. Ellen is this sweet, shy, fragile girl with cerebral palsy who is trying to keep a float at just walking so she doesn't keep failing. Camden is a popular guy who is always in the limelight as a star football player. Patrick is Ellen's only friend and also a football player. Laura is a quirky Irish exchange student who i
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Lana
Jun 03, 2014 Lana rated it it was amazing
Fantastic Young Adult Romance! Combine an unlikely heroine who happens to have CP with a troubled quarterback who dislikes the plan his father insists he follow and add in a dose of attraction, and the result is a deeply moving YA story with lots of twists and turns. Thoroughly enjoyed this read and the sweet first kisses that go along with it. Brings back memories of first crushes and first kisses. Eliot handles the subject matter with such grace. The story is well written and delivers on multi ...more
Noe
Jul 03, 2014 Noe rated it liked it
so the last straw was when she said "I'd literally died."
seriously.
no.
you didn't.
you literally didn't.
so sappy. so dramatic. it was a bit much. #puppylovetodamax
the CP perspective was interesting though.
2.5 stars.
but on the bright side, yay! made my book challenge right at the end! :D cheeee 2014
Fairy Tale Junkie
Sep 27, 2014 Fairy Tale Junkie rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-love
Oh no, a cliffy I did not expect.
When is the next one coming up?

Anyway, I really like the story line and the supporting characters, namely Laura and Patrick, are just amazingly sweet and awesomely hilarious people.

Hate Cam's parents so much though.

Here's to hoping the next book comes up pretty soon.
Samantha
Oct 25, 2014 Samantha rated it it was amazing
I love this story! I cannot wait for how I fly! I want to know what happens, where the story goes. This is my 3rd book of Anne's I read and I just cannot wait for how I fly!!!
JJ -
Jun 18, 2014 JJ - rated it it was amazing
5 Reasons for 5 stars:

1. Sweet, innocent, forbidden, young, and true: 5 adjectives that describe the LOVE in this book. It makes your heart flutter just a little bit doesn’t it? Knowing what that combination of adjectives can hold for the person reading this LOVE story? How it can both lift you and crush you? How it’ll make you laugh, cry, lose your breath, sigh in utter happiness, and never want to put the book down until you’ve read every single last word of it. 5 adjectives that led me to fal
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Suzanne
Jul 15, 2014 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, ya, rave-reviews
Ellen and Cam are 16-year old high school sophomores. Ellen has a mild case of Cerebral Palsy and works hard to overcome the physical walls that keep her from being like the other kids. She has admired superstar football player Cam for many years. Little does she know he has also secretly been crushing on her as well. Pushed together for a photography project, the two inevitably expose their feelings for one another.

I was was eating up Anne Elliot’s story of young love. There are so many likeab
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Linnéa
This is the second of Anne Eliot's novels that I read. And wow, just wow. This book truly just grabbed me with a hook to the heart and started tugging. I guess that some of my initial love for the book comes from me currently working with people who, like Ellen, have CP (and other physical or mental disabilities). I actually started to check this book out when I was at work. I took a quick 5 minute break to regain my focus and spent it looking at the cover and reading the copyright-pages and so ...more
Angela Covarrubias
Feb 08, 2015 Angela Covarrubias rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
How I Fall is the first book I have read by Anne Elliot, and it was a real treat. Young Adult books are not my usual read, but I do enjoy some of them. It all depends on the blurb on the back.

How I Fall is about a 16 year old girl, Ellen, who has Cerebral Palsy, and how she deals with all that goes along with that, high school, friends and first love. Ellen, is not your typical teenager. She tries to be, but sometime her CP gets in the way. She is constantly tripping and falling down, thanks to
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Chloe Tear
Jun 30, 2014 Chloe Tear rated it it was amazing
How I FallA uniquely, truthful, normal amazing love story...

The truth can hurt, but it's so insightful. This is truly a love story
which should be read by all. We all have a crush on that one special
person, right? And you think they are way out of your league? Well
anything is possible. Especially when Ellen and Cam feel the same way
about each other and their love for photography pulls them closer with
help from their crazy friends. Is the whole thing fate?...
This book illustrates the insight and
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Haley
This book wasn't just your traditional high school love, it was so much more than that. It was the scary truth of falling in love with someone who is so different than you imagine, but somehow, it makes perfect sense. How I Fall was able to shed light on the easy and hard parts of falling in love, all while keeping it upbeat and heartwarming.

I so wanted to scream at Cam in the beginning when I learned that he has had a crush on Ellen for all these years. I know its hard to talk to your crush and
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Danielle Sibarium
Jul 05, 2014 Danielle Sibarium rated it it was amazing
How I fall is an incredibly sweet story of love, courage, persistence and character. Although Ellen Foster is afflicted with Cerebral Palsy, she doesn’t use it as an excuse to give up or maintain the status quo. She gives life her all working hard to do simple things that most of us take for granted, like walking.
Most of Ellen’s classmates were mean and cold hearted. They didn’t acknowledge her unless it was to complain or make a disparaging remarks about her. Even most of the adults she encoun
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Joanne
Cam is in love with Ellen, he has been for years. He has a plan to approach her oh so casually and insert himself into her world, but that all goes awry when a whirlwind (aka new girl Laura) knocks Ellen off her feet. Literally. While Cam initially curses his bad luck, he actually starts to find that Laura may in fact be the answer to his prayers!
Laura is oblivious to the chaos she causes and I loved her for it! She made me laugh so many times and reminded me of someone from a film although I wo
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Eva • All Books Considered
May 26, 2014 Eva • All Books Considered rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Originally posted at my blog, All Books Considered

How I Fall is definitely the first book I've read in which one of the characters has cerebral palsy, and although this condition certainly affects the story, the book is about so much more. The book is not only an education into the condition of CP, and an excellent portrayal of living and succeeding with this condition, but it is also exemplary in dealing with so many important YA themes such as first love, insecurity, and the future/reality a
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Keva
Jun 17, 2014 Keva rated it it was amazing
I always love Anne Eliot for incorporating real life problems into her stories with the cutest dorkiest and coolest characters in them. I felt the story line of the long lasting secret crush between Cam and Ellen to be so adorable. Knowing from experience that a secret crush is one of those things that is occupies your dreams with a bunch of giggles and smiles--haven't you ever just sat in class and been caught smiling because you were staring at your crush? I NEED to read the end and it better ...more
Martha
Jun 06, 2014 Martha rated it it was amazing
Anne Eliot how could you!!! You can’t just leave it like that…we need the 2nd one like now, like right, right now! WOW…and I thought Gray Porter had it rough! This was a wonderful story – that hasn’t ended yet – about dealing with what life gives you. Ellen is the perfect example of the line, when life gives you lemon; you squeeze them back in their face! I love the line “can two trapped people help each other, or will they simply bring each other more heart ache?” Talk about wrapping up the sto ...more
Becca Huerta
Jun 17, 2014 Becca Huerta rated it it was amazing
I love this book. Beyond love if that's even possible. Anne Eliot handles such a hard subject like CP with elegance but this book is more than just a girl with CP. It's about a girl who is dealing with high school, falling in love, having friends, and having drama but she also has cerebral palsy. This book isn't about highlighting but more about how this girl loves and lives with CP. Reading this book, I have come to love the characters and their struggles. Ellen isn't the only one struggling, C ...more
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Anne Eliot writes sweet, first-love stories. She was raised in the mountains of Colorado, but says she really learned about life, love and friendships from summers spent with her large, Italian immigrant family in Ontario, Canada.

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