May 2, 2016

Book Review: The Fragile Fall by Kristy Love

Title: The Fragile Fall 
Author: Kristy Love

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Synopsis:  I’ve destroyed everything in my life and now I’m left with nothing. 

Alone and scared. 
Broken and shattered. 
But I’ve found a way to deal with it. 
Instead of all the pain being on the inside, I make the outside ache too. Anything to make it easier to breathe. 
Until one beautiful morning when I look outside and see her. 

She tries to help me… 
But I’m lost. 

And I’m not sure I can ever be found.

Review:
I really wanted to like this book. It had all of the elements there to make it a real gut-wrenching, heartbreaking story, but it just never came together. The majority of the book was written in a "telling instead of showing" way. Instead of the author letting the reader experience what was going on and making a real connection to the characters, it was more like reading a to-do list. "They did this, and this, and then they did this." Check, check, check. Unfortunately, this caused me to really lose interest in the story and the characters.

I also had a hard time with how immature the characters came across. I get that this was technically a YA romance (although there was a lot of cussing, and some fairly explicit sexual content), but I just wanted to pull my hair out at times. Most of the angst in the story came from the character's lack of ability to just talk to each other. If Jax would have just talked to Ryanne and Will about how he felt about their relationship, or if Will had just talked to Ryanne about what he heard her and Jax talking about at prom, or ......... the list goes on. Instead, every single time one of the main characters experienced something that was a little bit upsetting, there were tears, and running away, and a general over the top reaction. In my opinion the characters were old enough to have a little common sense (Ryanne was 20, Jax and Will were 17 going on 18), and they were definitely old enough to be able to handle their reactions and emotions a little better.

My last sticking point with this book was that I felt like it never really found it's "identity." I felt like the author was aiming for a YA book, but wasn't quite sure if it was YA or New Adult. The making out and hook-up sessions were kept strictly PG-13 for the majority of the book, but then jumped straight into full out variations of sex. Also, 90% of the dialogue was clean and innocent, but then seemingly out of the blue the characters would drop two or three unneeded f-bombs into the sentence. It almost seemed like the author wasn't sure how to make her characters seem older, so she thought making them cuss would do the trick. I may be way off base, but it just felt forced and unnatural to me.

Overall, the story had bones, but not enough meat to make it substantial enough to sink my teeth into. Unfortunately, I have to categorize this read as a close call disappointment.

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