Saturday, February 6, 2016

Book Talk: Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder

Falling Into You
By Jasinda Wilder
Published by Jasinda Wilder (March 14, 2013)

 " Nell Hawthorne is in love with her life-long best friend, Kyle Calloway. Their young love is invincible and life is full of promise; then one night Kyle dies suddenly in a tragic accident and Nell is forever changed. She meets Kyle's older brother Colton for the first time at the funeral. They both struggle to move on with life as best they can. Years later, they meet again in New York City, and Colton realizes that Nell has never really gotten over Kyle's death. She seems to be harboring a deeply rooted pain, a heavy weight of guilt and regret. He knows he shouldn't get involved, but he can't help himself. Trust doesn't come easily for either of them, and they both have demons. Together, they learn the purpose of pain and the meaning of healing, and the importance of forgiveness."


I'll just start off this Book Talk by saying that I'm not going to be reading New Adult books for a very long time, if ever again. Truly, if you have read one NA book, you have read them all. The formula and basic story is exactly the same for each one I have ever read.

The first part of the book tells the story of how Nell and Kyle basically grew up together, becoming the very best of friends. Then high school happens, and their relationship takes an irreversible turn. This portion of the book was really good, and it was sweet to watch these two characters trying to navigate first love together. Just when I was becoming attached to these two young lovers, a tragic accident happens and Kyle dies. (This is not a spoiler as it is mentioned in the blurb.) After that, the whole book started to feel rushed and just too unbelievable.

Enter Colt, Kyle's older brother, who Nell meets at the funeral. The funeral! I really dislike this scene and became a little pissed off at Nell to be honest. Colt was a terrific character though, and it was interesting to learn about him as the book went on. I felt that he was multidimensional and complex. I couldn't help but like him, and I wish the author hadn't forced him to say so many sappy and cheesy things as his relationship with Nell progressed. Nell and Colt together were two messed up souls, and their love story could have been so much better if the author had taken her time in building their relationship at a slower pace.

Let me say at this point that the sex in most of NA books is very graphic and descriptive. This book was no exception, and I felt like I was reading erotica at times. I have come to my own conclusion that New Adult is simply an equal mix of Young Adult and Erotica. But that discussion is best left to a different blog post!

Overall, I liked this book and would recommend it to anyone who is addicted to the NA genre. For myself, I am ready to move away from this genre all together and find more original books to read.  I gave this one 3/5 stars. 


2 comments:

  1. LOL! I feel exactly the same way about NA books. I agree...NA is YA mixed with Erotica. I've read a couple, however, I'd rather pick up something else to read.

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    1. Me too, Julie! Thanks for stopping by!

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