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The Fall by James Preller
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Aug 05, 2015

really liked it

This book - short but big impact. THE FALL by James Preller talks about a nationwide problem - bullying in high school and it's effects on human beings. Told in the interesting perspective of a teenage boys journal, THE FALL brings forth an irksome feeling long after the words end.

RELEASE DATE: September 2015

PUBLISHER: Feiwel and Friends

DISCLAIMER: Novel sent via NetGallery in exchange for a honest review

SYNOPSIS: Through his journal a boy deals with the death of a classmate, who committed suicide as a result of bullying. The summer before school starts, Sam's friend and classmate Morgan Mallen kills herself. Morgan had been bullied. Maybe she kissed the wrong boy. Or said the wrong thing. What about that selfie that made the rounds? Morgan was this, and Morgan was that. But who really knows what happened? As Sam explores the events leading up to the tragedy, he must face a difficult and life-changing question: Why did he keep his friendship with Morgan a secret? And could he have done something—anything—to prevent her final actions?

REVIEW: This novel is short - I read it in 1 hour, tops. Don't kid yourself though - there's a lot of power in these words.

Sam (Sam, I am) is a normal teenage boy, attending high school and trying to fit into the popular crowd. Being popular means making Morgan, a fellow teenaged high-schooler's, life a living hell. Sam is not immune from partaking in bullying Morgan - both on her social media feeds and in person - but he finds himself in a private kinship with the girl. When Morgan throws herself off the water tower in town, Sam is both shocked and racked with guilt. Told through the perspective of a journal, you get first hand insight into Sam's world and just where Morgan fit in.

What I enjoyed the most is the fact that the novel is written like a teenage boy's journal. "Chapters" are less than 2 to 3 pages long (most of the time), and each chapter has a header. Some chapters are a mere stringing of words together. It's written in the flow in which a teenager would write a journal, and with the anguish that comes with those teenage years. It's a different perspective and outcome on this type of story, and one that I enjoyed reading.

The voice of Sam is brilliant - both saddened and guilt-ridden over Morgan's death, he really pours his soul into the journal. He also brings up a lot of hard hitting issues that are extremely relevant today: how culpable are you to words you've said online? How much strength do those words have? Is there a line between joking around and serious harm? Sam goes through all these questions in his journal, in a way that is reflective of who he is as a character (after all, he is a flawed narrator).

I would recommend this novel be used in high school settings - it tackles all the major issues known today and really showcases the sting of words and the after effects of suicide. A great, and very deep and dark, read.
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Cas Is it Young Adult??

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