Tallulah Falls

Tallulah Falls

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When Tallulah Addy sets out on an impulsive cross-country trip to rescue her best friend, she doesn't anticipate getting stranded in rural Tennessee without a dime. Nor does she guess that rescuing a dog will land her a job in the local veterinarian's office. But there, under the wary eye of ornery Dr. Poteet, Tallulah works harder than ever before, tending to animals of all shapes and sizes--and unexpectedly, to wounds long-buried in herself. Tallulah swears she'll leave the first chance she gets, yet when given the choice, it may prove harder to keep the promise to her friend than to say good-bye to the strangers who have become her new family.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 372 pages
  • 127 x 195.6 x 30.5mm | 294.84g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1599900955
  • 9781599900957
  • 1,859,544

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"This story of a screw-up teen, 17-year-old "Tallulah," grabs the reader and doesn't let go. It's an involving, nuanced character study that keeps the reader interested throughout. Honest and realistic--a winner."--"Kirkus Reviews" "First-time author Fletcher is a vet, and the compelling scenes of caring for the animals feel entirely authentic and never sentimental. [T]eens, particularly those who love animals, will relate to the lonely outsider who finds compassionate attention from an unlikely source." --"Booklist" "Most teens will relate to Tallulah-she's imperfect, stubborn, mouthy, and searching for truth and acceptance. They'll also understand from her descriptions and memories of Maeve why she is so devoted to the young woman and so devastated when she becomes cold and sarcastic. The supporting characters get their due as well, particularly Poteet, shrewd, insightful, and more compassionate than he lets on to be. The action moves at a breakneck pace as Talullah changes fromshow more

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237 ratings
3.43 out of 5 stars
5 19% (45)
4 29% (68)
3 34% (81)
2 13% (31)
1 5% (12)

Our customer reviews

Perennial screw-up Tallulah might not be the well-behaved little daughter that her mom would like her to be, but nobody can say that she isn\'t a loyal friend. When she receives a cry for help from her bi-polar best friend Maeve, Tallulah immediately leaves behind her family in Portland and takes off across the country to save her. But on her way to Florida, Tallulah finds herself needing some saving. She\'s stuck in some small town in Tennessee all because her ex-boyfriend robbed her and just up and left in the middle of their road trip. Tallulah is wandering aimlessly down the highway, wondering how in the world she is supposed to find her way to Florida. When she stumbles upon a dying dog under a highway underpass, she feels compelled to save it, if only because that\'s what Maeve would want her to do. After bringing the poor dog to the local vet and begging Dr. Poteet to save the dog, Tallulah somehow ends up with a job assisting the vet. Tallulah knows nothing about animals, but she\'s a quick learner and manages to earn her keep at the veterinary office. At the same time, she can\'t wait for Maeve to come and rescue her. In between phone calls to Florida and saving horses and human babies, Tallulah realizes that she\'s beginning to grow fond of the odd collection of people that work at Dr. Poteet\'s office. Maeve does return, but it\'s not exactly the return that Tallulah was expecting. The ending brings several surprises that will keep you hooked until the last page! Christine Fletcher does a remarkable job in her first young adult novel, incorporating her experiences as a veterinarian. Animal lovers will particularly enjoy the several scenes focusing on Tallulah\'s connection with the animals she is working with. TALLULAH FALLS is a very touching story and Tallulah is an easy character for teenagers to identify with; she\'s brave, stubborn, and just trying to find herself.show more
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