Title: The Moment We Fell
Author: Kelli Warner
Publication Date: June 25th, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Paige Bryant’s dreams of becoming a professional ballet dancer died along with her mother. Drowning in grief and plagued by guilt, Paige is blindsided by a provision in her mother’s will that sends her to live with the father she never knew. Forced to start over in a new town and at a new school where she's now the principal's daughter, Paige is convinced that her life can’t possibly get more complicated—until fate throws her into the path of the only boy her guardian tells her is off-limits.
Despite two years on the straight and narrow, Cade Matthews can’t escape his time as a juvenile delinquent. With his dad behind bars, Cade’s feelings of anger and betrayal are as relentless as the rumors he’s trying to outrun. The only person not listening to the gossip is the new girl with her own set of troubles, including a father who will never give Cade a fair shake.
As Paige tries to adjust to her new life and an uncertain future, a set of unopened journals reveals a dark family secret. When tensions rise to a boiling point, can Paige and Cade make peace with the past before it destroys them?
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own!*
The Moment We Fell is a touching story, full of loss and change that depicts the lives of two completely different characters. But, as we all know, opposites do attract more often than not and can either collide or fit in together like a puzzle. The story follows Paige, a dancer whose mother dies and she's forced leave the life she knew behind, in order to live with her estranged father. She gives up dancing in the process and her life is turned even more upside down when she meets Cade. He's basically the bad boy your parents warned you to stay away from and that is exactly what Paige's father does. She's the principal's daughter and he's a juvenile delinquent whose life hasn't been that easy. They both had to deal with grief and let go of the past in order to move towards a better future!
I really enjoyed how the author dealt with the topic at hand and did not focus too much on the romance between the two main characters. It was truly a breath of fresh air that I'd like to experience more when reading Young Adult novels! It was really easy for me to get through the story itself and actually relate to it. The writing wasn't one of the novel's strongest points in my opinion, but it was still delightful to read. The novel was pretty well structured, after all, which is why I didn't mind the minor misfortunes I encountered throughout it.
The characters were well written, which made them easy to relate to and sympathize with. I could really feel Paige's anguish and Cade's frustration while reading. Their relationship wasn't all rainbows and butterflies and, even though the author could've explored it to its full potential by delving a little deeper in its development, I really liked how it progressed. Both of them tried to work through their problems better than any adult would've had the courage to and deal with the things they'd lost in the process. Their development throughout the novel wasn't extraordinary, but it was definitely enough. The secondary characters were also an integral part of the story, even though we didn't get such a huge glimpse of where they came from.
Would I recommend The Moment We Fell? Probably, yes! Especially if you're a fan of novels that deal with grief and follow characters that have to adapt to it through change. It wasn't the best novel I've ever read, nor was I impressed by it, but I definitely enjoyed how quick and light it was to read! It was a truly heartbreaking story and I feel like it depicted the struggles of feeling like an outsider in a, seemingly, familiar place, pretty well! The characters were likable and easy to connect to, which always makes it easier for me, as a reader, to have a nice reading experience and follow their journey without feeling left out. I feel like the novel would be a great summer read so, now is the time for you to pick it up, if you're thinking about giving it a try!
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