How We Fall

How We Fall

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Ever since Jackie moved to her uncle's sleepy farming town, she's been flirting way too much--and with her own cousin, Marcus.

Her friendship with him has turned into something she can't control, and he's the reason Jackie lost track of her best friend, Ellie, who left one knows where. Now Ellie has been missing for months, and the police, fearing the worst, are searching for her body. Swamped with guilt and the knowledge that acting on her love for Marcus would tear their families apart, Jackie pushes her cousin away. The plan is to fall out of love, and, just as she hoped he would, Marcus falls for the new girl in town. But something isn't right about this stranger, and Jackie's suspicions about the new girl's secrets only drive the wedge deeper between Jackie and Marcus--and deepens Jackie's despair.

Then Marcus is forced to pay the price for someone else's lies as the mystery around Ellie's disappearance starts to become horribly clear. Jackie has to face terrible choices. Can she leave her first love behind, and can she go on living with the fact that she failed her best friend?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 140 x 214 x 28mm | 506g
  • Holbrook, MA, United States
  • English
  • 1440581797
  • 9781440581793
  • 1,878,811

Review quote

"An unusual combination of romance and suspense.... This quest for identity, wrapped up in an intriguing mystery, hooks from the beginning." --Booklist

"Heartbreaking and well paced, this mystery novel challenges readers to look past preconceptions and get to the know characters.... Brauning's characters are well developed and their story engrossing. An intriguing thriller...this title will raise eyebrows and capture the interest of teens." --School Library Journal

"Debut novelist Brauning tells a touching story of young, star-crossed lovers caught in a drama they have tried hard to avoid.... A sweetly written mix of mystery and romantic turmoil." --Kirkus Reviews

"In this debut novel, Brauning gives readers both a mystery and a story of forbidden love.... Teen readers will...get caught up in the story and find the nontraditional romance intriguing." --VOYA Magazine
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About Kate Brauning

Kate Brauning is an author of young adult thrillers with a twist of the unusual.
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Rating details

660 ratings
3.64 out of 5 stars
5 26% (171)
4 32% (214)
3 26% (171)
2 11% (75)
1 4% (29)

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I don’t normally read contemporary. It’s not that I’ve had a bad experience, it’s more a fear that if there’s no vampire or angel or demon lurking in the shadows, the story won’t hold my attention. I’m happy to say, Brauning proved me wrong. HOW WE FALL was fast paced, full of tension, and had a romance that was both challenging and magical. Okay, let’s get straight to the whole cousin thing. I’m not going to lie – the idea of cousins getting it on was different. But Brauning wrote Jackie and Marcus’ story in such a compelling way, it had me rooting for them the entire story. Their romance was so real, so full of depth, I didn’t care that they were cousins. They were in love, so why should other people decide if they could, or couldn’t be together? All that mattered to me, was that they find a way. Adding to the romantic tension, Brauning threw in the disappearance of Jackie’s best friend, Ellie. It was dark and intriguing, full of twists, and did not disappoint. HOW WE FALL was a great debut for Brauning. She’s proved she’s the master of pace and tension, has a talent for layering in description, writes characters that readers will care about, and OH MY GOODNESS SHE CAN WRITE A KISSING SCENE. They were hot and addictive, and had me turning the pages for more. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of HOW WE FALL, but will be buying a copy when it’s released and plan to read it again!show more
by Renee Wynne
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