Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Review: The Art of Falling by Jenny Kaczorowski

Title: The Art of Falling
Author: Jenny Kaczorowski
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Genre: Young Adult
Source: Publisher via netgalley widget
Publication Date: 19th December 2013

Tell Me About It
For seventeen-year-old Bria Hale, image is everything. She’s a militant vegan with purple hair, Doc Martens and a permanent scowl. Kissing captain of the football team Ben Harris? Definitely not part of that image.

Now with each secret kiss, she’s falling deeper for the boy every girl at Oceanside High is crushing on. Throw in a few forbidden bacon cheeseburgers and she’s facing one major identity crisis.

Ignoring Ben should be easy, but when a flashy display of artistic spirit lands her in close quarters after hours with the boy she’s too cool to like, she can’t keep pretending those kisses meant nothing. With her reputation and her heart on a collision course, Bria must either be true to herself or to the persona she’s spent all of high school creating.

My Thoughts
I got an email from Bloomsbury informing me about Bloomsbury Spark and also offering some books up for review. After taking a quick look at the book available I knew I wanted to read The Art of Falling, not only did the synopsis draw me in, but also the amazingly gorgeous cover.

I made a start on The Art of Falling pretty quickly due to being caught up on my eBook reviews, and less than two pages in I already love Bria. She is such an enigma, portraying a different exterior to what's on the inside, and we get to see a few glimpses of this interior quite early on in the book, she is confusing but likeable. Getting glimpses into her past also helps make that connection to Ben and the history between this duo. Bria is an artist, a dancer, a musician, and lives with Dad who is also in the music business. Her best friend Abby is also Ben's sister.

Raphael, a new kid in school, is in art with Bria, we know immediately how he feels about Bria, and she also knows how he feels but is torn between her feelings for Ben that she is scared to act on, but also how she feels about Raphael, not the same as Ben but it can be real, it can be something everyone can know about and not some secret like she thinks it will be with Ben. I wasn't too sure about Raphael, but I soon grew to like him and his personality. He definitely knows he wants Bria and doesn't take no for an answer. When his reasoning is revealed it made me mad at him, but sad for Bria. I mentally cheered her on for making a stand, but also for not being the bad guy, for doing the right thing.
The characters in the The Art of Falling play an important role in Bria's story, both the good parts and the bad, but they also help her stop and take a look inside herself, helping her figure out what she really wants from life, both from her future and her relationships.

From the moment I started The Art of Falling I really could not put it down, the characters are realistic and the plot also feels realistic. It feels like an actual, real place and the events that are happening right in front of you, like you can open your front door and enter their world. It deals with every day life, loss of family, friendship, love, school and none of it feels forced or rushed, even the friendship between Ben and Bria seems real. The Art of Falling was a refreshing change to the books I have been reading lately and I would definitely read more from Jenny Kaczorowski in the future.

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