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Falling by Doug Wilhelm
Doug Wilhelm
Farrar Straus Giroux
Release Date:Mar-20-2007

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Age Level
young adult

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Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  KMeng
Falling starts you off very strongly with Matt Shaw, the high school's best basketball player, walking down the street listening to music. The reader finds out very quickly that at Matt's house there are 'losers' that come for his brother Neal. Lately Neal has been rude to Matt and he keeps to himself a lot. Katie, a girl with four main best friends called the Trust, meets Matt on an online chatroom. They find out who they actually are and begin to hang out. When Matt tells Katie his secret, and Matt's neighbor tells one of her friends Matt's secret, the whole school finds out. Matt blames it on Katie, but it really isn't her fault at all. Will they end up happily together or just a mess?

Falling was a very well written book. It had very realistic characters and a good plot. However, I think the story could have had more tiny details. It gave enough information for the reader, but maybe if it had a little more it could be even better. The vocabulary was perfect for a young adult level. The book leaves you hanging in the end, but not so much that you don't understand it. I know that if there is a sequel I will want to read it.

In this book there is some mild swearing at times. It also talks about drugs throughout it.

Reviewer Age:13

Reviewer City, State and Country: Carlisle, Pennsylvania United States


Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  ROrn
Matt Shaw is a high school freshmen in trouble. He and his brother used to be best friends, now they never see each other. Katie Henoch is an average girl with her best friends. But that close little circle is falling apart. Katie and Matt's lives cross in an online chat room. Everything starts falling apart.

This was a truly inspirational story with a lot of surprises. It was a ittle corny at first, but it got better. The struggle between Matt and his brother is exciting. The story is also a little sad. The ending is pretty much a happy one.

There is some emotions and drug related problems.

Reviewer Age:13

Reviewer City, State and Country: Shippensburg, Pa

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