Saturday, November 12, 2011

Review: Falling Together by Melissa De Los Santos

Title: Falling Together
Author: Melissa De Los Santos
Publisher: William Morrow
Publish Date: October 1, 2011
Source: Library

Why You're Reading This Book:

  • You're looking for a friendship story.
What's the Story?:

From "What would you do if an old friend needed you, but it meant turning your new life upside down? Pen, Will, and Cat met during the first week of their first year of college and struck up a remarkable friendship, one that sustained them and shaped them for years - until it ended abruptly, and they went their separate ways. Now, six years later, Pen is the single mother of a five-year-old girl, living with her older brother in Philadelphia and trying to make peace with the sudden death of her father. Even though she feels deserted by Will and Cat, she has never stopped wanting them back in her life, so when she receives an email from a desperate-sounding Cat asking her to meet her at their upcoming college reunion, Pen goes. What happens there sends past and present colliding and sends Pen and her friends on a journey across the world, a journey that will change everything."

My Two Cents:

The premise of the book was intriguing; I always like a good friendship story. I've also liked Marisa de los Santos' previous books (Love Walked In and Belong to Me) so picking this one up from the library was a no brainer. Unfortunately, something didn't work for me. Okay, a couple somethings did not work for me. This book was really hard for me to rate (it was between a 2.5 and a 2 star rating).

Pen doesn't seemed to have moved on from missing her college friends. Cat decided that she, Pen, and Will needed to part ways with each other after they had been so close all throughout college. This was the first thing that didn't work for me. Why would you part ways with people you still care about. I agree that sometimes we grow out of our friendships but to cut off a friendship when it still seems healthy and positive just seems weird. Then there were two. Pen and Will parted ways after their mutual trust was broken (this seemed more realistic to me). Fast forward six years later and they're summoned to their college reunion by Cat's husband, who Pen and Will both hated in college because Cat has run off. This also seemed off to me. If Cat's husband had addresses for Pen and Will, why wouldn't he just call to tell them about Cat?

Through a series of events, Pen and Will find out that Cat has run off to a far off country so obviously, they jump on a plane to find an old friend that essentially and unceremoniously dumped them. Oh and Pen brings her five year old daughter with her because that's totally something a normal person would do instead of leaving her with her brother, who figures heavily into the story, or another family friend or her daughter's father.

I guess what it comes down to is that I didn't understand the motives of the various characters so this book didn't seem cohesive to me. I'd skip it!



  1. discouraging when a character's motivations don't ring true!

  2. Interesting... I like that you were able to pinpoint exactly what made this book not work for you. It does sound weird for a friend to declare that the friendship is over.

    I have de los Santos's two other novels, and I think I'll stick to those.

  3. I ended up giving this book to someone as I just didn't think I'd like it. Sorry it did not work for you either.

  4. I'm reviewing this one on my blog Monday. Like you I was disappointed, and also like you, I gave the book 2-1/2 stars. I guess it really wasn't just 'me'!

  5. Ah poo! I was hopeful for this one...still, glad to know it's one I should skip.

  6. @JP I loved both of those books so I think that made me even more disappointed about the whole thing.

  7. bummer, dude! this one has such a pretty cover so i was really hopeful for it. but seeing these comments and that it has a common theme of disappointment means i won't rush out for it either. but man, that cover is bright and pretty. bummer.

    thanks so much for an honest review. i totally trust your opinion!


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