Abuse · YA

Falling For You by Lisa Schroeder

ffuRae’s always dreamed of dating a guy like Nathan. He’s nothing like her abusive stepfather—in other words, he’s sweet.  But the closer they get, the more Nathan wants of her time, of her love, of her…and the less she wants to give.

As Rae’s affection for Nathan turns to fear, she leans on her friend Leo for support. With Leo, she feels lighter, happier.  And possessive Nathan becomes jealous.

Then a tragedy lands Rae in the ICU. Now, hovering between life and death, Rae must find the light amid the darkness…and the strength to fight for life and the love she deserves.

Source:  borrowed from library

Bonus:  2013 YA Contemporary Challenge

Story Breakdown:

Rae is juggling school, friends, work, and a not so perfect home life.  Feeling a bit like she is just “there” she meets Nathan.  Right away their relationship is not a stable one and we watch as Rae’s story alternates between flashbacks starting when she first met Nathan, her poetry used as a release for her emotions, and her current thoughts while she is in the hospital after some sort of attack.

Favorite Quotes:

Maybe, just maybe, a reader would feel a little less alone in the world.

Character Highlights:

Rae – This girl has had a hard life.  But I guess when all you see are damaged and unhealthy relationships you don’t have much to go on and you become insecure on many different levels.

Nathan – Very possessive to start.  IMO a grade A douche but none the less a broken guy and what girl doesn’t have some part of her that wants to fix that?  It’s the mothering instinct and its hard to break.

Overall Thoughts:

I’ve really stepped up on my reading of contemporaries but I’ve noticed that I tend to pick books with “issues”.  It hurts to read so many books as of late which I know mirror so many real lives.  Women choosing the safety of a terrible marriage to bad men than their children’s happiness and safety themselves.  Those sort of negative situations really affect the way kids grow up and handle things for themselves.  There was also quite a bit of poetry used in this book.  I’m not a fan of it but I do see the purpose it played in the story.  Though there are tough moments to read and it is a tragic story, ultimately it was a happy ending.  If you like books with life lessons and realistic situations then this is a definite for your TBR list.


3 thoughts on “Falling For You by Lisa Schroeder

  1. Contemporary with Big Issues. They tend to clump together for me too. I like the depth tackling big issues can provide, but they can kind of get to you. I have to make sure I break them up with some fantasy or humor books.

  2. I’ve been devouring contemporary lately too but yeah it’s nice to break up the tough realistic stories with something humorous or paranormal. I loved Leo in this book!

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