Even If I Fall, written by Abigail Johnson, is written well for a YA story, but had some flow concerns. Starting out with an odd scene with the main character and a friend driving a new car, which looking back was relevant, but oddly placed within the book. The author didn’t reveal names for the characters for a while and it was difficult to be drawn in to the book as a result. The scenes were choppy for the first 25% of the book, but did start to make sense after that. It took away from the story, in my opinion.
The story was about a family member who committed murder, which may be relevant for many teens. This book addresses the bullying and survivor guilt. The characters were moderately well developed, but most were unlikeable.
The story within the book, Even If I Fall, is heartbreakingly beautiful and compelling. Overall I didn't love the book but I did like it. I don’t often read YA books, but on occasion, I enjoy them. This was one that I did enjoy and would recommend to young people.
Thank you to #NetGalley and the publisher for a free e copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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