Falling Away by Jasinda Wilder

Posted in Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ New Adult/ Reviews/ Young Adult 7th January 2015
Falling Away by Jasinda WilderFalling Away by Jasinda Wilder
Series: Falling, #4
on January 1st 1970
Pages: 400
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two-stars

My name is Benjamin Dorsey. You know my mom and dad's story. You know Kylie's parents' story. You even know Kylie's story.
You don't know mine, yet.
You don't know what a broken heart is until you've loved someone your whole life, only to have her slip through your fingers because you waited too long. That's heartbreak. That's regret. And how do you live with that? How do you go through the motions when she's there as a reminder of what you lost, of what you could have had but were too damn chicken to go after? I couldn't. So I left.
That's right, I ran away. I found myself across the continent, playing minor league football. I mean, at least I still had football, right?
Nope. That got taken away from me too. A career-ending injury left me down-and-out, scraping the bottom of the barrel, hating myself and hating life. And then I met Cheyenne Leveaux, my physical therapist, who became my one and only friend, the one bright light in the darkness of my messed up life.
But of course nothing is ever simple, or easy.
Tragedy struck, and the rug was swept out from under me yet again, and this time the guilt, the doubt, the secrets, and the old heartbreak may threaten my one chance at true happiness, my one shot at my own happily ever after.
Reading Order: Falling Into You, Falling Into Us, Falling Under, Falling Away

I found Jason’s and Becca’s story rather absorbing for one of the first NA/YA books I ever touched and Ben’s unrequited story tore at me enough for me to want his story.

Ben was admirable throughout the book, but I found myself disliking Echo intensely – having spent more than half the book as a self-absorbed slut (that’s her own words which I couldn’t agree with more) and the teenage angst ad substance/drug abuse rhetoric was just simply treading old ground in the NA genre. Ben could have done loads better and as much as I appreciate that best friends don’t always become lovers, I certainly would have preferred him with Kylie after all.

Call me unsympathetic but Echo isn’t a character I could even empathise with at all. Instead, give me her mother any day.

two-stars

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