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The Fear of Falling (Toxic Love #1)

by Mercedes G. Torres

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When last was I hooked on page one? I can tell you exactly: it was yesterday, when I opened Mercedes Torres' Fear of Falling. This is an excellent short novel which I found completely riveting. The story is told in the breathless and completely genuine voice of alive-right-now seventeen year old Anna Tate, how human hearts crack, bleed and cling - and how they find others who care and reach out even in the confusing jungle of this world to someone who was messed up in the first place. Anna is not a strong female character, but she is gut-wrenchingly real. The people in her world are people you know. I cannot spoil the story for you, but I finished the book emotionally wrung out and feeling extremely satisfied and somewhat frustrated at the same time. Torres does not fall into the sympathy trap, but neither does that prevent her from generating startling amounts of empathy for Anna in the reader, even as Anna is behaving like a complete idiot, just as we all do from time to time. The world feels real, and the relationships, good and bad, feel real too. Not only is this a wonderfully readable story, it is also a significant book, because it demonstrates (some of) how and why we break one another's hearts, even without meaning to. And how good love can be when it's real.

My only negative observations are these: I thought the boys were rather too good-looking, but perhaps if I were a girl they would be a sort of literary eye-candy. And I wonder whether the occasional grammatical slips, general shortage of punctuation and rare typos are Anna Tate, Torres' creation (and most of this therefore done deliberately in creating her startlingly authentic voice), or whether this is simply Torres herself. However, I am still rating this work a full five stars, because these little things are completely unimportant in relation to the achievement which this book is. Do yourself a favour and go get a copy now! ( )
  DavidR1958 | Jul 4, 2017 |
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