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How I Fall

(How I Fall #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  456 ratings  ·  104 reviews
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
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 be it!

I’ve decided Laura’s
Jul 03, 2015 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 this.
Lenore Kosinski

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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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
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.

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May 25, 2014 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
Jun 26, 2014 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
Jess at Such a Novel Idea
Jun 03, 2014 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
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
May 25, 2014 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
Laura Wells
May 25, 2014 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
Jul 28, 2014 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 Durrett
Jul 11, 2014 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
Lisa Anthony
Jun 23, 2014 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
Jun 03, 2014 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
Jul 03, 2014 rated it liked it
so the last straw was when she said "I'd literally died."
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 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.
Oct 25, 2014 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 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
Joood Hooligan
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
So, there's feels and frustration in abundance.  Also, this is a series and it doesn't exactly end on a cliffhanger, but it ends in a way in which my life is pretty much ruined until I get paid in a couple days so I can buy the blasted audiobook and finish the series.  I am wallowing here.

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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 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
Chloe Tear
Jun 30, 2014 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
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
Danielle Sibarium
Jul 05, 2014 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
Eva • All Books Considered
May 26, 2014 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
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 17, 2014 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
Jun 06, 2014 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
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
This is the first book I have read by the author Anne Eliot and I can honestly say that this is hands-down my absolute favorite book that I've read this year. Ms. Eliot writes beautifully and allows the reader to become completely immersed in the story. Both Ellen's and Cam's voices are realistic and intelligent and Anne's writing helps to bring life to the characters and make them seem more realistic and relatable, placing me into the world of a teenage girl that suffers with CP, which allowed ...more
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Anne Eliot lives in the high mountains of Colorado and loves to shovel snow.

While growing up, Anne hid her own anxieties by hiding and reading book after book. She developed an addiction libraries, to first love, first kisses and her favorite: the happy-ever-after story. This is what she writes today. Now she's a mom of two, and happily married to her own first love.

Anne Eliot’s first YA book, A

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