Thursday, 19 December 2013
Review: The Art of Falling by Jane Kaczorowski
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Released: December 19th, 2013
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.
The Art of Falling is a well written, realistic snapshot of teenage life and a great start to the Bloomsbury Spark imprint. It's a quick, enjoyable read that will appeal to readers of contemporary YA fiction, fans of purple hair and romance. Sounds good? Make sure you've got an eReader handy as Spark books are currently only available in eBook format!
Bria, full name Cambria (I wholly approve of this name and I think my favourite band, Coheed and Cambria, would too) is a bit of an antisocial person with an attitude. She absolutely does not want to like Ben Harris, her best friend's brother, but what can you do? Soon she's meeting him in secret and realising that jocks have feelings too and high school labels aren't everything. I liked Bria but didn't love her, unfortunately. She has a good voice that rings true, and even though I didn't quite click with her I think other readers will! Her relationships throughout the story are realistic, especially when it comes to the new arty guy on the scene. She faces some difficult decisions, all while repainting school murals and thinking about graduation. Talk about multi-tasking!
I enjoyed The Art of Falling and think it will do well with its intended YA audience. Bria's story is easy to relate to and she's a pretty decent role model, even if she does have a tendency to change her mind on a regular basis! I'm really excited about this book and the others that make up Bloomsbury Spark's launch list, and I hope they all do well. For a couple of pounds, you can't really go wrong!