Sunday, 13 May 2012

Book Review: Falling Fast by Sophie McKenzie

Title: Falling Fast
Author: Sophie McKenzie
Pages: 247
Publisher: Simon&Schuster UK
Tagline: 'This is life, not a rehearsal.'

" When River auditions for a part in an interschool performance of Romeo and Juliet, she finds herself smitten by Flynn, the boy playing Romeo. But Flynn comes from a damaged family—is he even capable of giving River what she wants? The path of true love never did run smooth . . . " (Summary from Goodreads)

 For me, this was one of those 'meh' kind of books. You know - you finish reading it and you're like, 'meh, that was alright - didn't love it, didn't hate it.' And you don't really have much to say about it. 'Alright' is pretty much the word I'd use to describe Falling Fast. At best it was a fairly cute, light romance that might be enjoyable if you were just looking for a quick, easy read. I mean, I didn't hate the story - I just didn't particularly like it.

The main characters of River and Flynn I found slightly irritating. I found their relationship a little irritating too. Flynn was prone to sudden, unpredictable mood swings, angry and rude. Whilst I do sometimes like the 'bad boy' type in books (take Alex from Perfect Chemistry for example), Flynn was just annoying. Granted, he had a difficult life, but still! As for River, she laid eyes on Flynn and practically fell head over heels in love with him then and there. And then when Flynn was being all moody and pushy she was still crazily in love with him. And she had a tendency to overreact sometimes. I know this was meant to be a story about true love and how 'the path of true love never runs smooth' blah blah blah, so it was meant to be a bumpy ride and probably an attempt at showing the gritty, realistic side of love but it didn't really feel very realistic to me.

Despite the fact that I love much of Sophie McKenzie's work, this was definitely not one of her best, and I for one did not fall in love with this particular love story.


  1. I TOTALLY agree with you! I love Sophie McKenzie's books but this one just didn't work for me :( It did feel quite unrealistic and I didn't really warm to Flynn or River, I think they lacked depth in characterisation

  2. I know exactly what you mean about a "meh" book. I unfortunately read them far too often. I haven't ever read any of McKenzie's book but if I ever do it won't be this one.

  3. Oh no! I really like Sophie McKenzie's books, and i was looking forward to reading it! I will probably read it anyways, but its disappointing that it doesn't sound up to par with her other books. Thanks for the review.



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