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Fall from Grace

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  208 ratings  ·  58 reviews
"I need you to steal something for me."

Grace always has a plan. There's her plan to get famous, her plan to get rich, and—above all—her plan to have fun.

Sawyer has plenty of plans, too. Plans made for him by his mother, his father, his girlfriend. Maybe they aren't his plans, but they are plans.

When Sawyer meets Grace, he wonders if he should come up with a few plans himse
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by HarperTeen
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Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was a Giveaway that I won a few years back. The lead character was boring, placid and non-participatory in his own life. When he finally decides to take a risk, he remains a pathetic loser and completely betrays someone he considers a good friend. Though the ending had an interesting twist, it was not good enough to make me ever recommend this book.
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: tbr-bookshelf
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Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: not-graphic, life, ya
"You're not having fun?"

He was. A different kind of fun. Not Xbox fun or birthday fun or sex fun. More like hands up, first car in the roller coaster, busted-safety-bar fun. Only better than that.
Sawyer is a passenger in his life. His parents and girlfriend are the drivers, making nearly all of his decisions for him: what classes to take, where to go to college, what career to pursue, what to do for fun, and who to associate with, just for starters. He doesn't mind his passive role, since it's n
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
3.5 stars

Funny thing about this book. When I first picked it up a couple months ago I put it back down, because I just couldn't get into it. Now that I've gotten into a bit of a contemp kick I picked it back up again and surprisingly ended up enjoying it. For me this was a book that had a bit of a rough start, but it's one that progresses beautifully not just with the story line, but with the characters as well as it goes on. For me, this a book that just gets its. It's a story about teens who a
Feb 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, ya-books
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Ryaan Basheer
Sep 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Fall from Grace is a novel about self discovery and a young man just trying to find out what he wants to do with his life. The main character, Sawyer, seems to have his whole life already planned out for him by his parents and his girlfriend regardless of what he actually wants. This changes when he meets Grace. Grace slowly pulls Sawyer into her plans of becoming famous and Sawyer goes along with it for a chance to do something that he's in control of for a change. The book has many memorable m ...more
Dramatically Bookish (ReviewsMayVary)
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: roctbf15
This was the first book I read by CB, as part of Rochester Teen Book Festival 2015 Challenge. I was pleasantly surprised. I remember thinking it was clever.
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Ever read a book where your reading about this great character, have really high hope that they get a happy ending and get to turn they're life around, and then realize that the whole story wasn't even about them... I just did.
Kim Nelson
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Realistic language with real world references but the story was too short and the characters didn't feel real or overly developed. The ending was rushed.
Kaitlyn rodriguez
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
a uniquely written story. it leaves you wanting so much more.
There is so much room for your own imagination to shape the ending.
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Whew! Another good story by Benoit. You really never know what to expect with his writing. Sawyer meets Grace at a school function and she gets him to do things for her. Stealing a paper, then assisting her with stealing a painting. What will happen? Will his girlfriend Zoe find out? What about his parents?
May 17, 2012 rated it it was ok

**While I've tried to remain as spoiler free as possible in this review, and I don't go into any specifics, I have very strong thoughts and opinions, that when expressed may allude to certain book details**

THREE WORDS: Flat. Unlikable Characters.

MY REVIEW: I love a good coming of age contemporary and based on the synopsis, Charles Benoit’s Fall From Grace seemed like my kind of story. It was, but it wasn’t. It has all the potential to be a great, witty and even provocative contemp., but unfortun
Alison (AlisonCanRead)
Fall From Grace goes into the category of books that I appreciate more than I like. The themes of self-discovery and rebellion from expectations are what stand out most from this novel - more than the plot itself. The characters are intriguing but achieve the real feat of all being unlikable. Usually we have a hero, some sidekicks, and some villains. But I don't even like the good guys. But the book comes very close to redeeming itself at the end.

Sawyer is a wuss. He lets his parents and his gi
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
Fall from Grace sounded like my kind of book. I'm a big fan of books about a main character figuring out what he wants to do, as opposed to what others expect him to do. Grace sounded like a very fun character, so I was definitely looking forward to reading about Sawyer and Grace together. And then there's the art-theft/compromising-your-values aspect, another storyline I usually enjoy - reminded me a little of Pretty Crooked, which I thought was very cute and fun. But sadly, Fall from Grace end ...more
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Toss Up between 3.5 and 4 stars.

I'm still reeling from the ending of this book.

When I read the blurb for the first time I thought that it would be a book about art theft (like Heist Society ) but I was wrong.This book is about Sawyer and his life .Even though I was a little disappointed that this book wasn't a novel in which the characters were criminals ,I really liked this book.

This book basically deals with Sawyer and his issues.Sawyer is a bit of a pushover and his parents have basically pla
I read this book within my library club because we had recently read Looking for Alaska by John Green, and noticed many similarities. Both books contain a mysterious female character that intrigues the main character which cause them to go off of the tracks a little. Obviously, that is where Fall From Grace stops being like Looking for Alaska, but I began to have problems with Fall From Grace towards the end of the novel.

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Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on my blog

Fall From Grace by Charles Benoit was totally different than what I expected it to be, but in a really good way. I always love reading books with male protagonists, but Fall From Grace was the first time I really connected with a male protagonist.

I loved Sawyer to bits. He was such a typical guy in certain ways – especially all the comments about his hot girlfriend, Zoe, but he was also really struggling with his own ide
Reading Teen
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from this book.
As you can tell from reading my review of Charles Benoit's first novel, YOU, I was not impressed.
So I was pleasantly surprised when I got about a quarter though Fall From Grace I decided that I absolutely loved it.
I love love love it whenever I can tell when an author is improving his writing and creativity.
Fall From Grace easily made it to my top comtempary books.
Grace is definitely my favorite character (of course).
The entire time I was
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Although this novel was not what I was expecting and I found the summery to be a little bit misleading, I was swept up in the story and felt totally involved in their world. Yes, there is art theft, but Fall from Grace is nothing like Heist Society or another book of that nature. This beautiful contemporary is very character driven and relatable.

What I really enjoyed was how Grace and Sawyer were used as contrasts; Grace being wild and the sole decider of what she does, while Sawyer is more res
Apr 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Fall from Grace is a quick and easy read, waiting to jump into the hand of a young reader, where mystery, a male lead, and a hint of confused emotions is their theme of choice. With a private high school setting, Sawyer, our main character has it all. Two great parents who are pushing him harder and harder each day towards their dream of a certain Ivy league college. A beautiful and popular girlfriend who lacks personality, a dream job at the best eatery in town, and a mysterious girl named Grac ...more
May 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Fall from Grace is a quick and easy read, waiting to jump into the hand of a young reader, where mystery, a male lead, and a hint of confused emotions is their theme of choice. With a private high school setting, Sawyer, our main character has it all. Two great parents who are pushing him harder and harder each day towards their dream of a certain Ivy league college. A beautiful and popular girlfriend who lacks personality, a dream job at the best eatery in town, and a mysterious girl named Grac ...more
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I had the incredible opportunity to read an ARC (Advanced Readers Copy, which is a copy of a book which has not been published yet been fully edited0 of Fall from Grace. So, please keep in mind, the copy of this book that I read, may not be the same as you have or will read, because mine was not fully edited.

This is a very quick enjoyable read, until you reach the end. In fact, the majority of the book reminded me of a John Green book (which is one of my highest praises) but once I finished it,
Zachary Hansen
Mar 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Fall From Grace is a book about a high school student named Sawyer who meets Grace at a Model U.N. competition. At the competition she talks him into stealing and giving her a copy of his country's treaty, which Sawyer agrees to. Following this encounter, he and Grace strike up a relationship that becomes the central plot point of this book. Prior to their meeting, Sawyer's life has been pretty much under the control of his pushy parents and his dominant girlfriend, Chloe. However, Grace has a p ...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
I love a character who is so different, you can't help but get caught up in them. This book is just that.

Have you ever had a time in your life where your parents, friends, signficant other ruled everything you do? Got tired of it? Yeah, that Sawyer. Everything is laid out for him all he has to do is follow the rules and stay out of trouble. Sawyer feeling indfferent about the desicions in his life, find another friend who just so helps him find who he is. I loved Sawyer. He is the type of charac
Oct 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Gail Giles
Sawyer's life has been all planned out by his parents: attend their alma mater, become an insurance actuary, and ever do anything interesting...ever. And he has complacently followed their plan for years, dating Zoe because they like her, working at the ice cream store owned by a family friend, taking all honors classes...until he meets Grace.

Grace is different from anyone he has ever met. She breaks the rules, and she makes him want to break them too. It starts harmlessly enough, helping her s
Aurora Dimitre
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was incredible.

I read You a while ago, and I loved that one, but I loved this one even more, if possible. Most of it was because of the main character, who I connected to almost immediately. I can't even be mad at him for what he did at the end because it's the same exact thing I would've done.

The characters are really what I look at in a book, and these characters did not disappoint. Sawyer was, as I mentioned, extremely relatable and his existence was somehow heartwrenching at the sa
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was the best book I've read in a really long time. Packed with action and a female character that wasn't just there to fill in for some purpose when needed, I really enjoyed the book. It was intense and not shy about topics and feelings that aren't usually openly portrayed in books. It was refreshing to read such an open book. I was so mad with the ending though! I wished it had turned out differently, but I knew Sawyer did the right thing by him. I was happy with Grace's outcome, extremely ...more
Apr 08, 2012 rated it liked it
I read this book within 2 or 3 days. It was very interesting story about a boy who goes to high school. There was 2 girls in his life - One of the girls is his girlfriend while the another was just A girl. Even though I finished it in short time, I was able to put it down to take breaks when some books I cannot at all. It does have certain part that really drawn you in and become part of the story.
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Meghan
Cover Story: What?
BFF Charm: No Way
Swoonworthy Scale: 1
Talky Talk: Phoning It In
Bonus Factor: Ice Cream
Anti-Bonus Factors: Cardboard Parents, Manic Pixie Dream Girl, Cheating
Relationship Status: Restraining Order

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Apr 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
A fast read targeted @ the middle-school level reader! I enjoyed the story as it was written in the male perspective. I found the views of typical female adolescent behaviors and their effect on the boy to be educational. I would recommend this book to fellow staff @ school to be utilized in the classroom; also to students, to be an enjoyable read!Thank you Goodreads/First Reads for this free addition to my personal library!
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When he's not traveling around the globe in the search of exotic, tax-deductible settings for his mysteries, Charles Benoit spends his days pumping out subliminal-laced advertising.
Nominated for an Edgar and a Barry, Relative Danger won the Franklin award and was the darling of fans and critics alike. Out of Order (2006) is set in modern India while Noble Lies (September 2007) takes place in Thai