No Place To Fall by Jaye Robin Brown
Release Date: December 9, 2014
Age Group: Young Adult
Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: I really liked the Southern Twang of this one, or the atmosphere.
We are introduced to Amber who lives with her mama and daddy! Her sister, brother in law and nephew are also right nearby! Amber goes to school, goes to church, and hangs out with her best friend Devon. Devon is gay so no romance there. But he does have a pretty smoking older brother named Will.
Amber wants to get into an art school. She doesn’t think her parents will go for it but she tries anyway. She is a wonderful singer and she sings here and there throughout the novel.
I really liked the romance between Will and Amber. Just something about it made me enjoy it a lot. Things happened and they sure wasn't perfect at first but I liked the way it ended up.
Amber definitely wasn't a perfect character. She makes mistakes, pretty big mistakes. But she also has a good heart. She buys another friend a guitar even though she didn’t get the money the perfect way. But, big heart here!
I really liked the Southernness to this one! I felt like I was right there with Amber experiencing living out in the country, being able to hike places, etc.
No Place To Fall was a pretty neat contemporary debut and I enjoyed it!
Overall: I loved Amber and Will! This one was a bit slow in places but I still enjoyed it quite a bit. It was sweet and honest! I could see Amber really experiencing the things she did and overcoming them! Loved the romance!
Cover: Love it! Probably one of the neatest covers this year! Its adorable!
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