Mark spent ...more
Josh and his mom once lived in their car, but he had his mom then, his loving, gentle mother who believed in him and tried so hard to give him a good life. Now Josh is all alone, and he's numb to everything but death.
Mark, a veteran who served in Afghanistan, finds Josh ...more
Once again, Eli Easton delivered a sweet, sweet tale that warmed my heart. 'Falling Down' is a heartfelt story about finding hope and love and second chances at life, fantastically written and sucked me in from the start. I’m a big fan of this author and after reading the blurb I was more than curious to find out how these two characters’ journey to happiness would unfold.
"That's the way I want you. Like I would crawl over hot coals to get to you. Like nothing would ever stop me from...more
*Trigger warnings: PTSD, suicidal thoughts, depression*
Falling Down is about a 18-year old man at the end of his rope. Josh is heartbroken, homeless, and sees no way out of his depression other than death. But he decides to make one last trip in order to honor his mother and visit a place that they dreamed of seeing together.
Josh was a rough character for me to ...more
For this book to be about a suicidal, homeless 18 year old and a 24 year old ex-Marine recovering from PTSD, while hiding in the closet from his entire family, this was much more upbeat (for the most part) than what I expected.
When Josh's mother died suddenly, he could have stayed with his step-father, but that meant lying about his sexuality, so he left. He'd been homeless for a while and decided to go see the fall leave in New England, then curl up in the snow and end it all.
Mark had always f ...more
One is not going to get anything less from Easton other than good writing and strong feels.
Josh has had it rough in his short 18 years of life, and he’s basically given up. He doesn’t want to feel or hope or want because that will inevitably bring disappointment, and Josh has definitely had quite enough.
Mark has his own baggage as well, especially from his time served in the military. He’s got a protective and caring side to him but at the same time, he’s scared of letting others down ...more
I just didn't like Josh. There, I said it. I don't know exacly why, I think it was little things here and there. For starters, I side-eyed the vegan thing so hard. You 're vegan, that's awesome. But dude! You 've been homeless for the past three months, you 're skin and bones, you 're starving, your hands are shaking, you 're looking at bread like it's the most ...more
Josh Rivers is a young man who thinks he has nothing left to live for. The only person who ever really loved him, his mother, is dead and Josh is just so tired. Tired of fighting, tired of being alone, tired of being. So he makes one last promise to himself and his mother and heads north to see the leaves change. She always wanted to go, ...more
I'm so sorry, but I’m just not feeling it.
Eli Easton is always hit or miss for me. And this just couldn't keep my attention. I felt no connection to either Mark or Josh, so I decided to throw in the towel.
(And I'm still surprised at the fact that Eli Easton decided to make Josh vegan. Seriously dude, you're homeless for god's sake, how on earth do you have the luxury to be picky??)
Sorry to leave my buddy readers Els, Wendy and Karlijn hanging.
Easton tiene libros que son absolutamente meh para mi, y otros que se ganaron un trocito de mi corazón lector como Superhero o Mating Michael, este se acerca más a lo segundo que a lo primero. Una historia de amor en un entorno muy melancólico, como es el otoño, en la que se tocan temas duros, pensamientos y sentimientos con mucho peso, y que nos ...more
The apathy Josh wore like a shroud crept back in, numbing his heart.
Mark is twenty-four and struggling a bit after leaving the active Marines. He's very closeted and, with the exception of a hook-up friends-with-benefits, he's ...more
I have to admit even I think this one's a case of it's me. I was all set to love this story. It had the makings of one that would take me apart and then put me back together again and I'm truthfully not sure why it didn't happen that way.
Josh tugged at my heartstrings and I felt for him. Losing his mom so suddenly and unexpectedly. Not really having anyone who seemed to care enough to see how much this affected him. Seriously I have to admit I was at a los ...more
Falling Down by Eli Easton is a gorgeous melancholy story of hope and love. The story starts with 18 years old Josh who has decided to end his life. He travels toNew England where he and his mom spoke of visiting one day. He figures that letting go in the snow will be a peaceful way to go. It's by chance that he ends up at the bridge near 24 years old, Mark. Something about Josh calls to Mark, and the two begin a tenuous friendship that blossoms into more.
What I loved:
-Josh. Like, Mark, I was ...more
Review: Holy crap, that hurt. My poor heart!
Trigger warnings: PTSD, suicidal thoughts, depression
Homeless and orphaned at barely 18, Josh has only one goal - get to New England for the Fall to watch the leaves change color, in honor of his mom, whom he lost, a trip that was something he and his mother had hoped to do, and then curl up and let the harsh climate take him. He spends much of his last funds on a bus ticket to get to ...more
* Josh, 18, and his Mom had been homeless for awhile,
and he just had his mother die. He's in a bad mental state, while he plans to go north to see the fall leaves in her honor, and then lay down when the snow starts to fall, he's had enough, and no one cares.
As luck would have it, he's broke, tired, cold, and depressed, when he finds a bridge he can use for shelter. In the morning he wakes up with a warm sleepin ...more
Mark was in the Marine Corps ...more
The story is about Josh who is homeless and heading to New England to see the leaves turning red as he always wanted to do with his mother when she was still alive. Now he only has her ashes with him and he is determined to just lie down and die, once winter has arrived.
Mark is an ex-Marine who hated his deployment in Afghanistan and is not ready to tel ...more
This story is a touch sad. You feel for Josh... he's just tired and still hurting so much from his mom passing away... He's giving up on a life that has been tough and sometimes cruel. Even if someone else would be jaded under the same circumstances, he is not. He is such a gentle and old soul and he finds another one in Mark.
Mark is a young vet who enlisted to pro ...more
Well, I'm sticking with 4 stars for this one. Michael Stellman's narration was good as per usual but the production of the audio left quite a lot to be desired. Long pauses in chapters, and the sound quality was pretty meh...lots of hissing and also on my copy, some of the words repeated, as in 'heebie jeebies'...we got 'bies' repeated, as well as other stuff. All of which I think should have been taken care of in post production.
4.25 stars from me. Beautifully written as per ...more
This is one of those stories where you look back and think, "nothing really happened", but I still enjoyed every minute. They live thei ...more
Man oh man this book was heartbreaking
I can always count on Eli Easton to give me a happy go-lucky story with an even happier ending. While we did get a HEA in Falling Down, it was quite a road for Mark and Josh to get there.
Josh is homeless and determined to die. He has made peace with his decision and almost looks forward to that day so he can reunite with his mother. The bridge he chooses to die under just so happens to be next to the cabin where Mark is staying. On one fateful night, they f ...more
This book bookended putting me through the wringer, with a nice slow-build love story in the middle. Josh goes from desperation to almost immediate salvation, even though he can't trust it at first or give up on his plan to end it all. Mark also has his share of troubles, trying to be himself while hiding away from the family that expects him to be something else.
I loved that Eli Easton took the time needed so we could see Josh and Mark build their relationship from wary strangers to t ...more
Josh is a homeless young guy. Just turned 18 with no one and nowhere to go. He had a very close relationship with his mum and thus decided to head to Hampshire, the place she long to go, but didn't manage to. Josh is a ver ...more
Falling Down is a lovely audio, a nice listen, and it's a great story. Probably not one I should have listened to during a week where a woman who was like a mother to me died, but something about Michael Stellman's steady pace coupled with his beautiful, emotion-filled performance soothed me. Listening to this, I was comforted. I am just so thankful because this helped me get through a truly awful week.
Michael Stellman is one of the few voice actors I listen to who doesn't do character voices, b ...more
As an addicted reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast sto ...more