I received the following book from The Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Lessons in Falling by Diana Gallagher
Published by Spencer Hill Press on February 7th, 2017
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher via Netgalley
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When Savannah Gregory blows out her knee - and her shot at a gymnastics scholarship - she decides she's done with the sport forever. Without gymnastics, she has more time for her best friend, Cassie. She's content to let her fun, impulsive best friend plan a memorable senior year.
That is, until Cassie tries to kill herself.
Savannah wants to understand what happened, but Cassie refuses to talk about it and for the first time, Savannah has to find her own way. The only person she can turn to is Marcos, the boy who saved Cassie's life. Being with him makes her see who she could be and what she really wants: gymnastics.
But Cassie doesn't approve of Marcos or of Savannah going back to gymnastics, and the tighter she tries to hold on to Savannah, the farther it pulls them apart. Without Cassie to call the shots, Savannah discovers how capable she is on her own - and that maybe her best friend's been holding her back all along.
I love when YA fiction takes a realistic approach to handling real teen issues and this one does just that. I feel that, when bringing these subjects to light, it can really make conversing about these topics easier to handle because teens don’t have to feel so alone. This book wasn’t a sad, depressing read – not at all. It was a wonderfully written, with fun characters you love to read along with. Like with real life, these “real life” issues are carefully woven throughout and cover topics such as teen suicide attempts, illegal immigration, and the aftermath that all of these things unleash on the family and friends of those affected. Savannah is not perfect, but she was just like any teen at your local high school. She struggles with what she wants to do with her future and whether or not she’s willing to make it happen if it means losing a friend, if this “friend” was ever a true friend to begin with.
If you’re looking for a great read then this book is one I definitely recommend. Though it deals with the topics I mentioned, it never comes across as preachy and it truly felt like just another element to the story. I LOVED the gymnastics talk spread throughout, I’ve not seen a lot of books focusing on this sport so it was a fun change. Perfect for a teen’s summer reading list!
Parents, because of what this book deals with I do recommend reading before your younger teens just to make sure you feel they are ready for the subject matter without discussing it with you beforehand, as I’m sure you know – all young teens are different in terms of what they can handle.