Wednesday, December 18, 2013

ARC Review: The Art of Falling by Jenny Kaczorowski

Title: The Art of Falling
Author: Jenny Kaczorowski
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 19, 2013
Source: Bloomsbury via NetGalley

Goodreads rating: 4.33 out of 5.00 (12+ ratings)

For seventeen-year-old Bria Hale, image is everything. She’s a militant vegan with purple hair, Doc Martens and a permanent scowl. Kissing captain of the football team Ben Harris? Definitely not part of that image.

Now with each secret kiss, she’s falling deeper for the boy every girl at Oceanside High is crushing on. Throw in a few forbidden bacon cheeseburgers and she’s facing one major identity crisis.

Ignoring Ben should be easy, but when a flashy display of artistic spirit lands her in close quarters after hours with the boy she’s too cool to like, she can’t keep pretending those kisses meant nothing. With her reputation and her heart on a collision course, Bria must either be true to herself or to the persona she’s spent all of high school creating.

Review by Nara

I have to say, this book was certainly a lot less fluffy than I thought it would be. I mean, I suppose it is still a fairly fluffy book, but it definitely wasn't at the fluffiness level of say, The Distance Between Us or Meant to Be or similar such books. It was still quite enjoyable though, with a cute romance and interesting characters.

I guess the romance perhaps wasn't quite as convincing as I would have liked it to be. Possibly this is because the two characters (rather unexpectedly) were actually already in love at the very start of the book. Surprisingly, instead of the whole coincidental meeting leads to attraction leads to relationship cliche that I was expecting, our love interest is actually a childhood friend of our main character. And their first kiss is in the first chapter, within the first couple of pages. That being said though, by the end of the book, I had definitely been swept away by their romance- it was pretty cute :3

Despite the blurb putting quite a large focus on the concept of Bria choosing between being true to herself or to the persona she's spent high school creating, I feel there really wasn't THAT much focus on that in the book. Certainly, the conflict was there, but as the reader, I didn't feel that Bria's biggest issue was her identity crisis. A lot more focus was put on the fact that Ben was Bria's best friend's brother, and what that meant for her relationship with her best friend. I was also a bit confused as to the significance of her having been in a car accident. She says she doesn't like showing her scar to people, but I honestly can't remember whether this was a particularly large trauma or whether she only shows it to Ben or something. #bookamnesia

Probably the only really big flaw was that, seriously, I really didn't appreciate the character of Rafael. He really served no purpose except to cause more conflict between Ben and Bria. I mean, fair enough, you have to include such characters in a contemporary to prevent the plot from being too boring, but Raf just seemed excessively superficial.
While overall the plot was fairly predictable, I feel like The Art of Falling was still an enjoyable read that I'd recommend to lovers of cute and slightly angsty contemporary romance.

Liked it

Overall: 7/10
Plot: 3/5
Writing: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Cover: 2/5


  1. This is the second review I've read for this book but I think I'll let this one pass due to the flaws that you've said and Mel was also annoyed that there wasn't a lot of happenings in this book. But I think this is still interesting because it's so rare to read a book where the romance is already developed and all the author needs to do is to maintain it while ensuring that things wouldn't get too boring.

    Lovely review, Nara.

    1. Yeah, I do have to agree that not much happened overall. It was just a lot of angst haha. Still, not a bad read overall if you can overlook a few flaws :)
      I suppose because the romance is already there, the author had to put in angst and a rival and all that, because otherwise it'd be boring!
      Thanks Charlotte :D

  2. It is weird that the couple were in love before the story started. I do like the cover though.

    1. I know! I was really surprised when I found that out.
      I like the colours of the cover, but overall don't really like it that much haha.

  3. Thanks for stopping by and telling me about the Bloomsbury Spark books -- for some reason I wasn't sure if they were novellas or full length. Sorry you didn't love this one, but there are a few more to try :)
    Jen @ YA Romantics

    1. no problem! I think they're all full length, but just ebooks :)
      I did still like this one, but I just felt there was something missing. The Sound of Us is really good though (another Bloomsbury Spark ebook)

  4. Lovely review Nara, sounds like a fluffy read and I enjoy friendship romances, at least there isn't insta love. Sounds kind of ho hum though.

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    1. Definitely no instalove! So surprising that they were already in love at the start of the book. It's just so rare to come across books like that. Yeah, it was good, but nothing amazing or overly fresh :)

  5. This actually does sound really appealing! I've been really enjoying contemporary this year. I am going to add this to my tbr!

    1. It's not bad! I mean, a little bit angsty and cliched, but still a good read overall :)

  6. Nice review about the characters