Friday, September 25, 2015

It's not you: It's me: The Fall by James Preller

The Fall by James Preller
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?
As he did in Bystander, James Preller takes an issue that faces every student and school in the country, and makes it personal, accessible, and real.

Publishes in US: September 22nd 2015 by Feiwel and Friend
Genre: ya cointemp
Source: macmillan via netgalley
Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC (advanced review copy). I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being free.
Series? no

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Author stalk away: ~site

     I have done this several times on my blog. Books that just don't work for me. I know my reading style pretty well, and I can tell whether I will like the book or not accurately about 80-90% of the time. If I finish a book, then there are aspects of that book that I enjoyed. I never talk about the author in a negative way, I only say what doesn't work for me. Normally if I finish a book, I give it at least 3 stars, meaning that I liked it.

   Stopped at 7%

   I really wanted to read and like The Fall, because bullying is such an important and powerful topic, and when there is suicide as a result, it gets my attention even more. But I am not usually one to read books that are written in alternate formats besides first or third person narrative. I wanted to try because it sounds like a book for me, but the journal didn't end up working out.

    That isn't to say that the writing is poor or the characters are poorly constructed, it's personal on my end.

Positive Reviews:
Kathy Martin
Ashley from ChicToronto
Brandy Danner

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Do you keep a journal?

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