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Magan: Falling For You by Lisa Schroeder

Falling For You by Lisa Schroeder
Publication Date: January 1, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 355
Target audience: Young adult
Keywords: abuse, stalker ex-boyfriends, hospitalization, bad home life
Format read: ARC from Simon & Schuester at ALA (Thank you!)

Summary: Over a six month period, we see Rae’s life unravel as her step-father loses his job and becomes more abusive and her relationship with Nathan ends and he becomes more possessive.

If you think back to your high school days, was there ever a time when it seemed everyone around you had a boyfriend but you? That’s kind of how Rae feels. She’s not sure she’s relationship material because she’s super picky. Then one magical day, a new boy (Nathan) appears at her school and he’s immediately interested — blatantly staring at her, making sure she knows he’s interested.

While Rae would like to take things a bit slower, her best friends encourage her to take the risk and go for it with Nathan. What her friends don’t know is how badly Rae wants to be loved, how dire her home life is, and how easy it is for her to fall under Nathan’s spell. Her mom is married to a scumbag of a guy because he promised her a better life (that, unfortunately, will likely never come to fruition). He gets fired from his low-paying job and forces Rae to relinquish nearly all of her wages from her job at the floral shop to “help the family stay afloat” (aka: hand over money for his alcoholic ways).

Nathan quickly begins pressuring Rae for more than just make-out sessions. She would rather build a relationship on something more than the physical. When their relationship falls apart, she feels free of Nathan’s constant watchful eye. She finds solace in her job and her newfound friendship with Leo, the boy who works at the coffee bistro next door (…and is easygoing and happy, makes silly movies, and takes Rae on unexpected adventures). Nathan begins showing up in random places, stalking her, and becomes more possessive and threatening.

Falling For You begins in present day where we see that Rae is in the hospital, not doing very well. The exact details of what happened to her are unknown, but we rewind six months to the beginning of Rae’s relationship with Nathan and her step-dad’s downward spiral. The big question is What happened to Rae? There’s lots of speculation on behalf of the reader, but the real heart of the story is seeing Rae’s life, both the highs and the lows, unfold.

For those of you that loved The Day Before (written entirely in verse), don’t fret. Schroeder incorporates poetry through Rae’s personal diary entries and her anonymous submissions to the school’s newspaper. Through the poetry, we’re opened up to a side of Rae that she shares with no one — she is raw and honest, holding nothing back. This was a lovely incorporation that opened my eyes to how necessary writing is for some people as an outlet when they feel they’re all alone in the world.

Full of charming imagery with awesome I-want-to-know-you-in-real-life-characters (I dare you not to love her boss and co-workers!), Schroeder’s Falling For You will make you want to open up your guest bedroom for Rae to give her a safe, loving place to live. You’ll be eager to get to the end of the story to find out what happened to her, but hesitant to finish the story because you won’t want to leave Leo behind.

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January 22, 2013 - 4:39 pm

Magan - Christina — I love what you said about Rae! It’s so true! She’s a strong girl. She’ll be just fine! 🙂

January 22, 2013 - 11:13 am

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - I love this! I do wish I had been able to help Rae somehow. But she’ll be okay, because she’s resourceful and has such a strong spirit. And Leo is utterly wonderful as well. I felt so bad for him how she never noticed him before, despite his gorgeous hair. :-p

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January 5, 2013 - 7:57 pm

Magan - Alexa, you *have* to read it! It’s a great one! 🙂
Lori, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Looking forward to reading your review!
Mands, it’s definitely emotionally intense. Protective is a GREAT word to describe how I felt.

January 5, 2013 - 7:55 pm

Magan - Anna, I <3 Lisa Schroeder too. 🙂
Cynthia, I completely agree with you. I hope you love FFY when you get to read it!
Asheley, GO GET IT! ASAP!
Aneeqah, it's true. There's so much goodness wrapped up into this book. Friendships, family, and dating relationships. A lot to be taken away from this one!
Candace, I'm so glad you enjoyed it, too! That always makes me so happy to know when someone else loves a book like I did!
Lisa, they make me uncomfortable too. They really do, but for some reason I'm always drawn to them.
Rachel, I love how you said you'd read it no matter what everyone else thought. I think that's so important to do; sometimes a lot of negative or positive reviews can greatly affect what I choose to read next & I wish that weren't true.
Brittany, GO GET IT! SOON! Read it!

January 4, 2013 - 6:19 pm

Anna - I <3 Lisa Schroeder

January 3, 2013 - 1:40 pm

Cynthia - I looooove Lisa Schroeder. She’s an amazing writer that doesn’t get the attention she deserves. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

January 3, 2013 - 10:24 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - AAH Magan! This book is at the VERY TOP of my I-Wanna-Read-This right now list! I must, ASAP!

January 2, 2013 - 4:03 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Wow, Magan, this sounds totally and utterly intense and emotional. The situation Rae is in seems so realistic, unfortunately. I think it’s great that the author is targeting stalking and overly protective boyfriends, which is definitely an issue today in the world. The characters seem so deep and layered, and the mystery so intriguing. Even though I haven’t read too many reviews of this one, I’m convinced I must absolutely pick this book up!

Fantastic review Magan! <3

January 2, 2013 - 1:04 pm

Candace - I LOVED this book SO much! I love all of Lisa’s books but she still managed to blow me away. I loved that Rae was not one who really denied her feelings. Initially she blew off her bad feeling about Nathan but once she knew he wasn’t right she didn’t let him push her around. She was just such an amazing person.
Wonderful review!

January 2, 2013 - 11:49 am

Lisa [is busy nerding] - Books like this make my skin crawl…but I know I need to read them because this is what humanity is all about. Hurt and pain that also has elements of hope and love are REAL stories, yo.

I need to learn not to shy away from them because they are intense. This sounds like a really well done book that I need to read, no matter how much I cringe!

January 2, 2013 - 11:24 am

Rachel - I’m so happy you liked this book! I would probably read it no matter what others thought about it, but it definitely helps to know that it’s a good one 🙂

January 2, 2013 - 10:59 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - oooh your review makes me want to read this one even more!! Can’t wait to get my hands on it 🙂

January 2, 2013 - 10:47 am

Alexa Y. - This sounds SO intense. I’m curious about Rae’s story, and I definitely want to read this and find out what happened to her. It seems like she’s got a lot on her plate, but (hopefully) she finds her “good” ending.

January 2, 2013 - 6:52 am

Lori - I really need to go write my review for this one. I enjoyed it too!

January 2, 2013 - 3:13 am

VeganYANerds - Magan, this sounds amazingly good (and emotionally intense!) I have only read a few reviews at this stage but I am convinced I need to read this, I already feel protective of Rae, too!

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