Break My Fall
I’m addicted to it. It’s how I feel alive. It’s the only thing that’s real any more.
And now I have to sit around and discuss it like it’s physics or calculus.
I can’t do it. I can’t pretend that it’s some sterile academic topic.
Violence isn’t sterile. It isn’t calm. It’s pulsing. It’s alive.
It’s my drug.
Until I met Abby, I never wanted anything beyond the next ...more
I am a huge fan of Jessica Scott’s books, you can feel the knowledge and authenticity of experience of the Armed Forces lifestyle and ethos, in every (ex) Service Personnel character that she gives you.
The same can certainly be said for Josh, this is a guy who is definitely struggling to integrate himself back into regular society, and day-to-day life, while suffering from severe bouts of anxiety, and mood-swings triggered by the littlest and ...more
Josh spent two tours abroad and he's come home broken, he's not coping with the stress and is drinking far too much which doesn't help his anger issues so he's often getting into bar fights. ...more
If you're reading Jessica Scott’s work for the first time and you like military themed books, you’ll find Falling for Me a very satisfying and enjoyable read. This novel and her previous work focus on Veterans coming back from the war, surviving the aftermath and finding love. Who could resist a second chance for our fallen heroes, right?
Josh is back in the US trying to live a “normal” life. He starts by going back to college but has been finding himself out of place. The war broke him
I liked that towards the end Josh got to see that he wasn't the ...more
Written in first person, Josh’s story is one of immeasurable pain and suffering, yet for all that, the underlying core of steel that runs through his blood keeps him from giving up, letting go.
When he meets Abby the attraction is immediate, but here too, Ms. Scott doesn’t take the easy road. Abby has a past to deal with herself and the odds at times seem insurmountable, but ...more
Abby is beautiful, amazing and also fights her own demons. She is in college and completely focused on her studies and future. She's been burned in the past by boyfriends and ...more
What I like most about Jessica Scott‘s stories, and especially here in Break My Fall, is the flaws in the characters. Josh and Abby both have some clear demons, and even though this story has a happy ending, it doesn’t mean their issues are gone. They’ve made some progress, and things are looking up, but in no way are they fully healed. I find it refreshing to see that their love isn’t the magical cure for all their problems.
Josh is nearing rock bottom. He’s having trouble fitting in at ...more
If you’re reading Jessica Scott’s work for the first time and you like military themed books, you’ll find Falling for Me a very satisfying and enjoyable read. This novel and her previous work focus on Veterans coming back from the war, surviving the aftermath and finding love. Who could resist a second chance for our fallen heroes, right?
Josh is back in the US trying to live a “normal” life. He starts by going back to college but has been finding himself out of place. The war broke him ...more
Break my Fall is Josh and Abby's story. ...more
Both Josh and Abby have some history of violence in their lives; Abby from her mom’s boyfriend and Josh from fighting in a war. I almost felt like their souls were lost and lucky enough to find one another. There was nothing easy about the relationship between Abby and Josh, but I ...more
Jessica Scott is an author I adore. Her writing sensitively explores the harsh realities of returning to "normal" life after serving overseas in wars. Can damaged, broken hearts and bodies find peace? Can they reconcile the killing done while serving as soldiers as necessary over the truths they've been raised to know that killing another man is not okay?
Break My Fall was another example of Scott's supreme ability to sift through such hard, devastating questions and issues. It was ...more
He meets Abby. The violence threatens their future before they even get started, can Abby overcome her fears from her past to help Josh defeat his problems so they have a shot at being happy ... Even if it means they have to do it apart?!
Really great buildup, but lacking in the end of Josh's story arc. I would have loved to see more of his healing, even if it was off page as Noah's was in Before I Fall. Otherwise I appreciated the truth and depth of feelings portrayed in Break My Fall, specifically as they related to the experience of war versus the perception of war.
Jessica Scott's writing style is purposely gritty and abrasive. But, because of the subject matter she's tackling in this series, you owe it to yourself, and our military community, to get up close and personal with the battles they face after their tour of duty ends. Josh has serious anger management issues and he lashes out at everyone and everything, branding himself a loner...until he meets Abby and recognizes an equally suffering kindred spirit. Their relationship is an emotional ...more
I really, really, really liked this book. It's the second in Jessica Scott's series. Let me tell you, these soldiers are truly remarkable men. They are screwed up....and know it. But they are trying to move on with their lives, and it definitely takes a strong woman to help them through. Josh, oh my. This boy has issues, but Abby is there to break his fall. Such a beautiful, yet heartbreaking story.
Due to the fact that I've read ...more
Break My Fall by Jessica Scott is the second book in the dynamic new adult, Falling Series. Unlike most new adult series, the Falling series features a unique cast of characters. These characters have experienced the trauma of war and are now trying to fit into society. They can't relate to their college peers, they no longer fit in their former life in the army, and are holding on by a thread. The only thing that keeps them glued together is their rag tag group that hangs together at the bar ...more
They characters didn't seem to have much going on, other than thinking about themselves and each other. Barely any outside interests, and very few friends (or other characters) in the book.
She's also written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View Regarding War, and IAVA. ...more