Falling by Design
Publisher: self published
Date Published: March 12, 2014
Brooklynn Summers has a plan for her life: graduate from high school, get into a top fashion school, prove to her family that she’s not a failure. She wishes someone in her life understood her need to create because her parents sure don’t support her dreams, her sister hates her, and the deadlines are soon approaching.
Enter Grayson Banks.
There are a few things in life Brooklynn can’t stand: mismatched patterns, cheap polyester, and Grayson. No boy has ever publicly humiliated Brooklynn like Grayson has. When he suddenly moved away in eighth grade, Brooklynn happily wished him good riddance. But on the first day of senior year, Grayson comes back, with his piercing blue eyes and a smile that melts icebergs, he is not exactly the boy Brooklynn remembers. She quickly realizes that Grayson’s intentions have completely shifted, but she’s not sure if she can put their past behind her.
Grayson understands Brooklynn’s creative ambitions and he devises a plan to showcase her work to the world. When the two agree to work together, suddenly, there is more than just fabric paint that’s having a chemical reaction to its environment. Brooklynn cannot help but feel pulled into Grayson’s arms, but memories and misunderstandings surface, putting in danger whatever small comradeship these two childhood enemies have constructed.
Can Brooklynn overcome her own insecurities, finally making her dreams come true? Even a dream she didn’t know she had.
This is a story about a girl with big dreams and a boy who helps her achieve them.
So after saying that I don’t read that many self published books, I seem to have read two in a pretty short period of time. Oops. Anyway, picked this up after seeing a few recommendations about it but just couldn’t get past some of the issues I had with it.
What I Loved
1. Brooklyn, our main character, is an aspiring fashion designer. She’s dedicated, smart and determined to make it into a good fashion school to follow her dreams.
2. The love interest, Grayson, is actually a great guy. He takes care of his baby brother, volunteers and sticks around for all of Brooklyn’s indecisiveness.
3. I thought this was going to be a case of insta-love, and while there was some pretty unrealistic attraction in the beginning, the romance actually played out pretty slowly.
What Bugged Me
1. There’s nothing about this book that stands out. It’s a pretty straightforward girl sees boy again after a long period of time apart, boy used to be a giant jerk to her but now he loves her. Wow, talk about a run-on sentence. I kept reading it expecting something to happen, but at 90% in I realized, this was it. There’s not really any big conflict that drives the book forward. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of smaller things, but nothing that kept me hanging to see what happened. I pretty much already knew the ending before it happened.
2. The writing style. It’s not bad, but the writing is kind of stilted. Conversations don’t flow naturally, and there are some spelling/editing errors. A lot of what bugged me is the “show vs. tell” problem. A lot of the issues in the book that could have been demonstrated through the actions of the characters were just told to you. And that makes for a pretty dry book to read.
3. The conflicts in the story that Brooklyn addresses are repeated almost word for word throughout the story. Family drama makes up most of it, and you can predict the conversation before it happens. Also, a bigger opportunity for some action later in the book is kind of dropped in with no follow up.
4. Brooklyn is the most indecisive, wishy washy character ever. Grayson goes out of his way to do everything he possibly can to help her, make her trust him, etc. and she just continually pushes him away beyond all logical reasons. It drove me insane!
5. The story ties up neatly with a bow at the end. Conflicts magically resolved, no loose ends! It’s like a fairy tale. Except well, it’s not supposed to be.
6. Minor spoiler ahead —-> At the very end of the book, after pushing Grayson away forever, they kiss once and both immediately start exchanging “I love you’s.” Ugh. Could not have helped ruin the ending for me anymore.
So after writing all that, I realized I should downgrade my rating. I started writing this at a 3 but I’ve moved it to a 2.5. There were just too many things wrong that bugged me to no end.