Friday, January 30, 2015
Book Rec: NO PLACE TO FALL by Jaye Robin Brown
Amber Vaughn is a good girl. She sings solos at church, babysits her nephew after school, and spends every Friday night hanging out at her best friend Devon’s house. It’s only when Amber goes exploring in the woods near her home, singing camp songs with the hikers she meets on the Appalachian Trail, that she feels free—and when the bigger world feels just a little bit more in reach.
When Amber learns about an audition at the North Carolina School of the Arts, she decides that her dream—to sing on bigger stages—could also be her ticket to a new life. Devon’s older (and unavailable) brother, Will, helps Amber prepare for her one chance to try out for the hypercompetitive arts school. But the more time Will and Amber spend together, the more complicated their relationship becomes . . . and Amber starts to wonder if she’s such a good girl, after all.
Then, in an afternoon, the bottom drops out of her family’s world—and Amber is faced with an impossible choice between her promise as an artist and the people she loves. Amber always thought she knew what a good girl would do. But between “right” and “wrong,” there’s a whole world of possibilities.
Love. Love, love, love, love, love!
I'm a huge fan of character-driven novels and this one certainly didn't disappoint! The voice jumped out at me from page one and never let go. The writing was excellent and clean. The southern charm, twang, and location felt authentic and real, as did the story. And don't even get me started on Will! *sigh*
All in all, just a great story. My heart ached for the main character, Amber, throughout and I was constantly on the edge of my seat, worried for her, while at the same time flying through the pages, dying to know how it would all turn out. And not just for Amber. There were so many great characters to love (Devon! Mama! Sean! C.A!) that I was invested in each of them and their intertwined storylines.
It's interesting how few YA novels I've read that are set in small towns in the south. It was refreshing.
I can't wait to read more by this fabulous author, who gets major bonus points for mentioning both Boone AND Appalachian State, my alma mater. Well done.
My only complaint? Now I miss the characters.
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New Interview and Giveaway next week!
Until then...peace, love, and lots and lots of books!