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The Art of Falling For You

(Falling #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,992 ratings  ·  424 reviews
If looks could kill, I’d be a charred pile of ash on the sidewalk.

I need to know why she hates me.

Bay Bishop aka The New Girl is my new neighbor. In her glasses and stage crew black clothes she has a knack for fading into the background.

She’s probably the only one who rolls her eyes when I walk past instead of cheering on my last touchdown play. But before I can shove her
Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published March 11th 2021
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5 Stars!

... The art of football and music.

Finally, I've found another one of those few stories that takes place during high school that I ended up loving. No bullshit and stressful drama. No immature characters. No overly familiar plotline. This was much more original than what I thought it would be. The emotions on the surface were overwhelming, in a good way. I sensed sweetness, love, pleasure, pain, hatred, and all the other feelings that I can't put into words. I felt the main characters
Mar 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing

ugh I loved this from the friendship, the angst, tension and feels this book gave me EVERYTHING and I can't fucking wait for the next book. I hated the ending it was so painful and I felt so sorry for my boy Dare, they both fucked up but I hate how the book made it seem as if everything was Dare's fault but Bay literally sang about his deepest secret to the WHOLE damn school after he told her in confidence! She fully fucked up there and I'm really anno
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
21/03/21: reread this and still crying


Now that I’ve slightly calmed down from the high, let me say a few things about this book.

This book. I’m a 100% sure that this is my favourite book by Maya Hughes to date. I’ve enjoyed her books from Fulton U and so I had certain expectations of her writing style etc.

But wow...this one blew out of the water. I’m still reeling from the impact I felt when I hit 100%.

I started this book completely blind and so I’ll provide a bit of a summary in case you are to
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, this book took me by surprise, I was waiting for a sweet and cute romance like in Maya´s previous books, and even if this book is all of those things it's also very angsty, which made me love it even more.
I love how the sole focus of the book was introducing us to Dare and Bay and their relationship, I think it was a perfect way for readers to connect with the story, the characters and to understand them better, this way a second chance romance with time jump doesn't seem boring or wit
“I wish you could feel the way your songs make me feel. It’s like you’ve cracked open my chest and you’re holding my heart in your hands.”

Maya Hughes's new series is here!! The Art of Falling For You is the first installment of three, and Bay and Dare already own my heart, I just want to give them big hugs :(

Bay and Dare have been attending the same high school for the past three years and also happen to be neighbors, but despite living so close to each other, they never spoke or noticed eac
Melanie (mells_view)
Mar 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Art of Falling for You was a bittersweet read. While it was sweet watching two people who were going through some heavy things in life fall in love, it was also hard to watch them both struggle with their own individual damage and trying to navigate falling in love with someone they didn’t see coming. Dare is the popular football player who wants to get out of their town and make something of himself. Bay is the girl who lost her father and wants so badly to follow her dreams, but can’t alwa ...more
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The Art of Falling For You is the start to Bay and Dare's story and oh my word did I love them! The book follows them in High School when Dare first takes notice of Bay and see's her as more than just "The New Girl" that's been at school for three years already.

He was the typical jock around most people but with Bay Dare was more than that. He became vulnerable and shared things with her he hadn't shared with anyone else and Bay also opened up more around Dare. I lo
My Own Bookshelves
This is going to be the longest-winded get-to-point review I've written in a long time. Bear with me - it'll make sense.

Maya Hughes, in my opinion, writes accessible young adult/ new adult romance. Those who run in the same reading group circles know that I tend to shy away from the genre as a 'more' mature adult. I often find I cannot relate or maybe they remind me too much of the kids. LOL However, Maya has a storytelling voice that makes these characters accessible regardless of your age that
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Art of Falling For You is the first book in the brand-new trilogy Falling by Maya Hughes. This first book opens up to the love story between Dare and Bay, taking us to the past four years before the events in the present take place. At the beginning of the book, we are currently in the present when Dare and Bay meet each other surprisingly after four year of the events that took place in the past. Right before this, almost the entirety of the rest of the book is dedicated to Dare and Bay’s l ...more
Nadine Bookaholic
The way Maya wrote this book was FREAKIN' GENIUS! We all love second chances but wonder what happened that caused them to break up well, in this lovely piece of work we are give the back story and what a story it is!

This story grabbed me right away, A chance encounter and you could hear the heartbreak in just the way they said each others names to know they had some crazy past and then BOOM we are getting it. Maya takes us back four years and gives us the story of how Dare and Bay met, ultimatel
Mar 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
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me: yeah i love angsty books, that's really my thing yk BRING THE PAIN!!!!


"I’d been so worried about fixing him, but I should’ve been preparing to fix myself when he shattered me. Cruel. Violent. Vicious."

The Art of Falling For You is the first installment in a new Maya Hughes trilogy, bringing all the angst and feels of a high school first love that is very likely to break your hea
Rochelle | Rochelle Reads ♡
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
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I’m obsessed! The Art of Falling For You is the beginning of Maya Hughes’ newest series. Bittersweet and filled with intense emotions, this second chance romance is distinct in contrast to her usual humorous, wholesome romances we’re accustomed to, but the angst-ridden nature of this narrative will grab your heart and twist your soul just the same.

I’d been so worried about fixing him, but I should’ve been preparing to fix myself when he shattered me. Cruel. Violent. Vicious.

Without h
susana ♡
Feb 25, 2021 rated it liked it
arc kindly provided by maya hughes in exchange of an honest review

the first installment of this trilogy tells us how the love story started between dare and bay. bay has been ''the new girl'' for three years, but she can't shake the name. her only focus is being done with school, working on her music and simply survive until the moment she's off to california to follow her dad's steps. dare is part of the football team, he's popular and he'd never pay attention to the girl next door... until, on
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
*𝐎𝐧𝐞 𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐬!*

“𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙞𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙙 𝙙𝙚𝙚𝙥 𝙙𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙤 𝙢𝙮 𝙨𝙤𝙪𝙡 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙢𝙖𝙧𝙠 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙢𝙚 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙣 𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬𝙞𝙣𝙜?”

Maya Hughes has done it again, this is a book I wish I could read for the first time over and over again! After reading this story I actually had to give myself a day to process the masterpiece that I had just read. Maya has really out done herself with this book, I can’t imagine what’s waiting for us with the rest of the trilogy.
I went into this book with n
Jenny Lovez Bookz
Apr 18, 2021 rated it liked it
I didn't realize this book was YA. There was nothing really wrong with the story, but there just wasn't enough happening in my opinion and it was a tad immature and naive. This would've been a good read for my teenage daughter to enjoy, I wanted more out of it tho.

Im hoping book 2 is a little bit more mature since it's 4years later
☆ sana ☆
Mar 07, 2021 rated it liked it

“Your love was gift wrapped in barbed wire, and I was stupid enough to believe I could open it without getting nicked. I don’t know if the wounds will ever heal. You shredded me, Darren Keyton.”

I enjoyed this but the miscommunication in the middle of the book and the back and forth of Bay avoiding Dare or Dare avoiding Bay got a little frustrating and dragged on too long for my liking. I'm also not a big fan of the fight in the end and Dare losing his temper
maria t.
Mar 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arcs
[ARC provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review]
5/5 stars ✰✰✰✰✰

Tropes: sports romance, lowkey-slow burn, neighbours.

The Art of Falling For You is the first book of the Falling series written by Maya Hughes. Yes, that's right, Maya Hughes is back with a trilogy!

The Art of Falling For You tells the story of Dare & Bay, and it follows them while they are in high school. At the beginning of the book, we are given little glimpses of their current situation, just before returning 4 years
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
*arc provided for an honest review*

The Art of Falling For You is the first book of the Falling series!! I enjoyed the beginning of these character’s story and how it all began with them. The love and the loss. The happiness and the heartache.

I really liked the way Maya wrote this book. I honestly think it was a great start to a series. It introduced the main characters well and it made me want to know what happens after. Both character’s personalities might be different in certain aspects but I
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

When I started this book, I hadn't read the blurb so I went in completely blind. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, nor the amount of angst I should have prepared myself for.

TAOFFY is a sweet, angsty, slow burn romance between 'The New Girl' and Dare. After Dare hears Bay, TNG, singing for the first time, he finds himself absolutely and completely smitten with her, wondering how he never noticed her before.

Dare is a very broken, closed off and insecure character but once yo
Mar 04, 2021 rated it did not like it
I had to change my review because in the next the third book she decides to separate them for another 6 years. This trilogy isn’t safe and spans 10 years. I feel pretty frauded right now. I would not have read this series if I had known that.
 ☆。.:*maria meadows☆. 。.:*
“How could I keep her and let her go at the same time?”

The Art of Falling For You is Maya Hughes’s first book for her new series Falling. It is the first book of her new trilogy and the characters have already won me.

Bay and Dare go to the same high school, and this is their last year before college. They are more than ready to leave their hometown and start their new stage. However, when they start to know and falling for each other, they’ll want to spend more time together.

Maya’s new novel h
Beeg Panda
I had NO idea that this work was part of an instalment read
NO idea it would end on a cliffhanger
NO idea that this instalment is literally a big flashback
NO idea I’d have to wait 2 more books for their story to wrap up

I enjoyed it because I was unaware of ☝🏼and Dare is adorable.
By the time I realised what was happening I was at the last chapter

I’ll wait for spoilers for the next book because I’m not sure I like where this is going.
Both the Hxh made mistakes but it seems like only he’s the on
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing

Typically I am not the biggest fan of slow-burns, but this one is definitely an exception. Dare and Bay were so personal to me, and are probably going to end up being one of my favorite of Maya’s couples if it continues in this direction. Being able to see their relationship develop slowly but surely was amazing and I didn’t expect to love them as much as I did.

Bay was able to share something with Dare that she hadn’t shared with anyone in years. Se
Reviews from the Heart
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying, I have always been a fan of Maya Hughes' work. She is one of the very few authors that produces such profound work, so I gladly pick up her work without even reading a blurb; The Art of Falling For You for instance. I had no clue as what to expect, and I mean that in the literal sense. Heck, I didn't even know the characters names. What I did know? That this was the first book in a trilogy and to be brutally honest, I am not the trilogy girl. 99/100x I refuse to even read ...more
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"I wish you could feel the way your songs make me feel. It's like you've cracked open my chest and you're holding my heart in your hands."

Maya Hughes brings us another magnificent series! This is the first installment of the Falling trilogy about Dare and Bay.

Bay is the town's "new girl" and is unable to shake this nickname regardless of the fact that it's been three years since her move. It's senior year and she's just trying to survive, to get accepted into college, focus on her music, and get
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Ever since I read The Third Best Thing I've been waiting for this book and let me tell you, it was worth the wait.
I knew it would be the kind of book that warms your heart and then breaks it in a million pieces because of the second chance trope and it didn't disappoint me.
Bay and Dare's story is so beautiful, not only as a couple but also their individual stories and struggles. Both of them go through very difficult situations and they try to overcome them the best way they can, which does
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
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ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review

re-edited: march 3, 2021 — changed from 3.5 to a 4

★★★★ stars

The Art of Falling For You is the first installment of the Falling trilogy and tells the backstory of our characters as they embark on their last year of high school. Bay is known as the "The New Girl" despite being in the school for three years. She is a loving daughter and works at a music studio, hoping to one day follow in her father's footsteps. On the other hand, Dare is the com
Whoo Gives A Hoot
Mar 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
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The Art of Falling For You is the start of something beautiful and it is just the beginning of Bay and Dare's sure to be epic love story. Maya Hughes is a brilliant storyteller that manages to consume your soul and leave you swooning throughout every moment of the journey she takes you on. There is never a dull moment with her characters or storyline and I absolutely love getting lost in her words.

Bay and Dare's lives have not been easy and my he
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Can I just say that I loved Bay?
With that said, can I also say THAT OMG THOSE LAST TWO WORDS!? How did I not realize what I was reading sooner?
So, this book is the first of this trilogy and it gives the back story of our main characters, Bay and Dare. I went in completely blind and I got hooked right after I finished the first chapter. We get a glimpse of the present and then we are thrown right into their past and I really liked to see how their story started. Having this background story mak
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you love high school & sports romance books then this new series is for you.

It follows Bay (The New Girl) who likes to fade into the background and Dare the popular footballer.
Dare catches Bay singing one day and that’s the start of such a sweet love story but their time is running out until they graduate and move away to University.

This book was INCREDIBLE! I’m so excited to read the rest of the Falling series! Bay and Dare own my whole heart and I’m so excited to read more of their story
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