Even if I Fall

Abigail Johnson
Even if I Fall
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Publisher
Inkyard Press
Release Date
January 2019
ISBN
9781335541550
Genre
Contemporary Romance, Young Adult Romance

SUMMARY
Brooke and Heath should never have become friends, let alone fallen in love

A year ago, Brooke Covington lost everything when her beloved older brother, Jason, confessed to the murder of his best friend, Calvin. Brooke and her family became social pariahs, broken and unable to console one another. Brooke's only solace remains the ice-skating rink where she works, but she no longer lets herself dream about a future skating professionally.

When Brooke encounters Calvin's younger brother, Heath, on the side of the road and offers him a ride, everything changes. She needs someone to talk to…and so does Heath. No one else understands what it's like. Her brother, alive but gone; his brother, dead but everywhere. Soon, they're meeting in secret, despite knowing that both families would be horrified if they found out. In the place of his anger and her guilt, something frighteningly tender begins to develop, drawing them ever closer together.

But when a new secret comes out about the murder, Brooke has to choose whose pain she's willing to live with—her family's or Heath's. Because she can't heal one without hurting the other.

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Dec 12, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
48 people found the following review helpful
I am seriously blown away with EVEN IF I FALL. Even as I was captivated to this page-turning book, a part of me didn't want to read too fast because I didn't want it to end so soon. Abigail Johnson tackled a difficult subject and she imbued her main characters with the maturity needed to bear and cope with the experience. Tragedy could make a person grow up fast, but while the characters could descend into whining or endless wrath, Heath and Brooke decided to overcome their anger/guilt to understand the other and forge something that heals them both and also their families.

I was mainly drawn to this book due to the potential angst and conflict--Brooke's brother confessed to killing Heath's brother. How are Brooke and Heath going to deal with each other? I find it interesting that their meet-ups were conscious, deliberate decisions on each of their parts--a need to talk with someone about their respective brothers and that fateful night without barriers. Their feelings and family situations were realistically drawn--though I've never thought in detail before of how murder affected both families' daily living in its aftermath. I also feel so much for Brooke--for her guilt towards Heath, her inability to reconcile the loving brother she knew with the killer he'd become, her heartache over her broken family and the responsibility she put on her own shoulders to mend them.

If I could give this book 10 stars, I would. Brilliant and full of raw emotions, EVEN IF I FALL is a compelling read suitable for mature teens and beyond.
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