Review

No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown - Mini No Spoiler Review | Don't trust synopses kids

July 11, 2015

Title: No Place To Fall
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Standalone Novels
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: December 9th 2014
Format Read: Hardcover
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Amber Vaughn is a good girl. She sings solos at church, babysits her nephew after school, and spends every Friday night hanging out at her best friend Devon’s house. It’s only when Amber goes exploring in the woods near her home, singing camp songs with the hikers she meets on the Appalachian Trail, that she feels free—and when the bigger world feels just a little bit more in reach.
When Amber learns about an audition at the North Carolina School of the Arts, she decides that her dream—to sing on bigger stages—could also be her ticket to a new life. Devon’s older (and unavailable) brother, Will, helps Amber prepare for her one chance to try out for the hypercompetitive arts school. But the more time Will and Amber spend together, the more complicated their relationship becomes . . . and Amber starts to wonder if she’s such a good girl, after all.
Then, in an afternoon, the bottom drops out of her family’s world—and Amber is faced with an impossible choice between her promise as an artist and the people she loves. Amber always thought she knew what a good girl would do. But between “right” and “wrong,” there’s a whole world of possibilities.

This book was okay at first. The writing was not horrible, the characters were bearable but I did have a huge problem with two things that became more clear as the book went on: the plot and the romance. The plot felt empty during all of parts in the book and the plot didn't really follow the "singing competition" like mentioned in the synopsis but focused on the incredibly boring and eye-roll worthy romance. It was such a cliche forbidden romance and I despised it. I was so excited to read all about this amazing singing competition and how she survives it and if there is drama but all I got is crappy romance and empty plot.

The thing I liked the most about this book was the plot twist somewhere near the end. It was definitely the thing that kept me from DNF'ing. Not because of the twist being mind-blowing, but because of what happened to the character. I know it's not something to be happy about, but after all those boring pages, I felt that Amy deserved it for being such a bad character. I gave it two extra stars just because of that. (Yes, I was going to give this 0 stars)

Overall, this book wasn't the best book I've read, or close. I think if you love contemporary romance, (especially note the romance part) you can give this a try.

Please let me know you thoughts in the comments down below. 
-Rekha


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