How to Fall

How to Fall

eBook - 2014
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When sixteen-year-old Jess Tennant's mother takes her to spend the summer in the tiny English town where she grew up, people look at Jess as if they have seen a ghost due to her resemblance to her cousin Freya, who died shortly before Jess arrived and to whom Jess feels a strange connection.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Griffin,, 2014
ISBN: 9781466836259
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda
Additional Contributors: 3M Cloud Library

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this book by Irish author Jane Casey, is the first in the Jess Tennant series. When fifteen-year-old Freya drowns, everyone assumes she's killed herself, but no-one knows why. Her cousin, Jess Tennant, thinks she was murdered - and is determined to uncover the truth.


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JCLAmandaW Jan 18, 2017

This book isn't one of my favorites as far as storyline goes, but the voice given to the main character is pretty unique and refreshing. Jess is a strong character with a clear view of her role as a female in social and societal norms and she bucks them regularly in an honest way. I really enjoy seeing characters like this is YA literature.

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Kelsey1
Sep 04, 2016

'How to Fall' is a pretty solid mystery with some likable, funny characters and nice atmosphere. The writing itself (though falling into the usual YA cliches) is very witty and keeps the story flowing at a good pace, filled with personality, and the little town has some charm that's really enjoyable to read about.
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However...I found the hand-holding narration kind of annoying by about halfway through and a little too obvious for even preteen/teen readers. The so-called "suspicious" actions from the supporting cast are nothing out-of-character for a town of people who are recovering from the recent death of a friend, but Jess is determined to tell us how strange this all is and jump to ridiculous conclusions, when nothing out of the ordinary happens for a good bulk of the novel. This can probably be excused by Jess's incessant nosiness, but it just makes her come off as obnoxious, rude, and dramatic, kick-starting a plot that had no reason to start at all. A determined and abrasive character is fine, but she goes sniffing for clues that don't exist and we're expected to believe that she can read all their devious plots in one shifty glance.
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So personally I'd advise not going into it expecting a very complicated plot where you're expected to help Jess along - she's got it solved pretty well very early on. But it's a light, quick-paced summer read that still manages to be a page-turner and crack a few smirks at the snappy narration.

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