Falling for You by Lisa Schroeder
Hardcover, 355 pages
Expected publication: Jan. 1st, 2013 by Simon Pulse
This review will also be posted at Candace's Book Blog.Rae'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.
This book was absolutely incredible. It was such a perfect mix of light and dark and while the dark may sometimes get hard to read, it's mixed with so much light happy moments that the book never feels dark. It just feels beautiful. Because Rae is such a beautiful person inside. She deals with so much, but she gives so much.
Rae lives with her mother and stepfather. Her mother ignores her most of the time and is more focused on keeping her husband happy. The stepfather is an evil conniving man that you just want to throttle. Straight away we see that Rae isn't happy at home, she has to make dinner every night for her stepfather and he's always a jerk about it, but things get progressively worse as the story continues. At this time she meets Nathan, a new kid. He's very good looking and her friends push her to go out with him and she does. Straight away we see that she feels with her gut that something is wrong, that he's not as perfect as he appears, but she likes having someone and having her own boyfriend. But as he becomes a stalker and a jealous jerk she realizes he's really not right for her. This relationship was portrayed very well. Nathan is someone we don't necessarily like, but we do feel sorry for him. He doesn't have the best life either even though he has money and a mother and father. But he's very selfish and only wants to talk about his own problems. The whole time I was screaming at Rae to tell him that she has problems too! Why is it always about him? As Rae is dodging him and trying to survive her declining home life she starts getting to know Leo, an old friend, a bit better and starts to realize what a true friend is and what a good boyfriend would really be like.
Rae works at a flower shop with two incredible people that we can't help but fall in love with. This job is her retreat where she gets to get away from everything. Then these notes start showing up with money enclosed asking for flowers to be delivered to certain people anonymously. So when Rae goes to deliver these flowers she sees that these people need her. They need someone to talk to, or to help, just to be there. And she's such a selfless person that she spends time with them, even helps financially in one case even though she has nothing herself. Rae also writes poetry and starts so many others writing poetry that she starts a sort of poetry revolution. She sees she's not the only one hurting, that people should learn to share their true feelings and what they are going through so that people can lean on each other ran than keeping it all to themselves. Rae is such a wonderful character, I may even say she's going in my all time most favorite characters ever. She deals with so much but she goes out and helps others instead of dwelling on her own problems and situation.
Through the book we know that something happens that sends her to the ICU but we don't know what it is. I found myself guessing at what happened to put her there and is she okay? I was desperate for answers and I cruised through the book in a matter of hours only setting the book down a couple times. The entire book had me fully captivated. I wanted that happy ending for Rae because she deserved it so, so much.
After each of Lisa Schroeder's books that I read I always say, that's my favorite. Well, I'm saying it again, that's my favorite. But you know what? I bet if I reread I would say each of the others is my favorite and so let's just say this ~ Lisa Schroeder is an amazing writer that puts such incredible emotion in her books and nails it on the head every single time, and ALL her books are my favorite. Another thing to note is that this is her first YA book that is not in verse. That's right, this book is not in verse. But there is some of Rae's poetry in it, and Lisa's gorgeous writing is still there. It's an incredibly powerful book and will certainly encourage you to be a better person and to always remember to pay it forward and do random acts of kindness.
Disclosure: I received this book as a gift from the author but all opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.
Candace is a wife and mother to two. She’s blogged at Candace’s Book Blog since November 2008. She enjoys a variety of genres including anything and everything young adult, some adult urban fantasy, a little bit of adult paranormal romance, some historical fiction and reads lots of childrens books. You can find her on her blog at http://www.candacesbookblog.com, twitter @candacemom2two and on goodreads.