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When It All Falls Down Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B01MTFFOG9
- Publisher : Tanya Chris Publishing (1 February 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 4146 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 176 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 362,829 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As far as this story is concerned, I <3 Charlie and Drew. The main theme is a young girl's accidental death which is why I haven't tagged it as light and fluffy. I suppose you could call it a Coming of Age story as Charlie was already out but Drew wasn't certain how he identified until he became better friends with Chaz. We have misunderstandings with old friends, parents on both sides who just want the best for their kids and even an epilogue which hints at a HEA for the two, so yes, I loved it. It was fresh, realistic and well written.
Content warnings include: sex on-page, trauma, getting sued; mentions of: fatal car accident, death of a child, minor pretending to be an adult to use hook-up apps
I'm not new to this author and really liked all previous books I read by her, and When It All Falls Down adds another glowing thumbs-up from me.
The overall thematic of the book wasn't easy, with Charlie being estranged from his friends after he came out, and popular Andrew suddenly standing around all on his own at school after he's involved in a fatal car accident that led to the death of a child. Both of these topics are relevant for the entire book, with the car accident's aftermath driving forward the plot around Charlie and Andrew's romance.
Despite what Charlie's personal story sounds like at first, the book has barely any homophobia, which I enjoyed. The reason he and his friends no longer talk to each other is not quite was I assumed at first. Still both I as a reader and Charlie as protagonist expected homophobia from various directions at various points in the book, which led to a certain tension but ultimately a pleasant surprise. Charlie as a protagonist worked very well for me. I liked his internal monologues and I related to him a lot, especially with how defensive he is. His defensiveness also translates to other people, making him loyal if he believes that loyalty returned (though if not...) and protective of those he loves. Maybe what he said and how he acted wasn't the most realistic in hindsight, but always believeable to me/never broke my suspension of disbelieve.
Andrew's storyline with the car accident was... harsh. There's several layers to it, but ultimately I found it was handled very well and extremely nuanced, though some of Charlie's internal monologue in the beginning is questionable ("Andrew the child-killer" and so on - Charlie never voices these thoughts and doesn't seriously believe them, and they stop pretty quickly.)
I saw some other reviewers mention how Andrew can be read as a-spec/demisexual and I quite like this take! It's not stated that way in the book though.
One of the layers to the accident story is that Andrew's family is rich, and another that he doesn't have the closest relationship with his parents, something blindingly obvious now that disaster has struck and they have no idea how to help him.
I enjoyed the family dynamics in this book a lot. There's Andrew and his parents who don't really know how to treat each other outside of scripted politeness, whereas Charlie's family seems messy at first glance but ultimately is very tightly knit. I especially enjoyed the interactions with Charlie's little brother, though his mother, stepfather and father all had great moments too.
I probably already said way more than enough: the biggest takeaway from this review is that I adored this book and recommend it to anyone who wants to read a nuanced YA romance that is more driven by an outside plot than internal relationship drama.
Two more things: I loved the above mention of lack of relationship drama. The conflict is driven by what happens with he accident, not personal drama or misunderstandings between Charlie and Andrew.
And one last thing I liked: Basically all the background characters at the school! I enjoyed what happened with both Charlie's and Andrew's friends once they became important to the plot.
Too many gay novels seem only a pretext to get to the make-out scenes equating sex with making love. This young couple truly care for one another’s well-being, a truer definition of love. As always I find vicarious sex scenes unnecessary and profanity crude and immature.
I cannot detail the plot better than the blurb, but what I can add is that I was not prepared to be mesmerized as much as I was. There is not much explicitness when it comes to the bedroom scenes, but what there is you will love because it's kindness and love which shows through.
I might wish for a sequel, but then again, there is almost no reason to follow these two wonderful young men as they fade into the sunset with grins. You will grin, too. Bravo!
Andrew and Charlie are two guys in their final year of school. They move in different peer groups and have little to do with one another until both find themselves isolated for very different reasons. The development of their relationship and the realisations they come to about friendship and loyalty make for a riveting, heartwarming and heart wrenching read. It is hard going at times but SO worth the journey.
I highly recommend this wonderful novel and look forward to checking out Tanya Chris' backlist.