Friday, December 12, 2014

ARC Review: No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown

Series: No (Standalone)
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Book Length: 368 pages
Publication Date: December 9, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Goodreads
Amber Vaughn is a good girl. She sings solos at church, babysits her nephew after school, and spends every Friday night hanging out at her best friend Devon’s house. It’s only when Amber goes exploring in the woods near her home, singing camp songs with the hikers she meets on the Appalachian Trail, that she feels free—and when the bigger world feels just a little bit more in reach.

When Amber learns about an audition at the North Carolina School of the Arts, she decides that her dream—to sing on bigger stages—could also be her ticket to a new life. Devon’s older (and unavailable) brother, Will, helps Amber prepare for her one chance to try out for the hypercompetitive arts school. But the more time Will and Amber spend together, the more complicated their relationship becomes . . . and Amber starts to wonder if she’s such a good girl, after all.

Then, in an afternoon, the bottom drops out of her family’s world—and Amber is faced with an impossible choice between her promise as an artist and the people she loves. Amber always thought she knew what a good girl would do. But between “right” and “wrong,” there’s a whole world of possibilities.

I think that the main thing I LOVED about this book was the country feel to it. I don't think that there are a lot of books out there that actually feel very "countryish" and it was very realistic. And let's not forget that gorgeous cover!! It's so beautiful that I was staring at it for 5 minutes straight at my print ARC copy's cover <3

The way that the characters talked were so country! I admit, I've never really ever heard anyone actually talk like that. But it's probably because I live in New York City and I haven't stepped a foot farther than New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, so I'm not the best person to ask about how people in North Carolina talk. But seeing that I never, ever heard a country accent, I found their accents so cute! I've always wanted to say "Howdy, y'all!" It seems so Western and cowboyish xD

The plot of this story was incredibly realistic! And the story isn't just about getting into a school and choosing between what's right and wrong like what the synopsis says. It's so much deeper than just that. The main character, Amber, has problems with how dysfunctional and wrecked her family is and she has boy problems, and a lot of other issues. I really like how this book addresses a lot of problems that real teenagers face, like drugs and things like that. I find it a problem that a lot of young adult contemporary books don't really talk about real problems that teens face. I find it very unrealistic, and the point of a contemporary novel is to be realistic

Amber was very likeable. She wasn't a whinier and she wasn't annoying. She had the right dreams that she wanted to achieve and she wanted to be more than what most people wanted to be in her town. And the thing I loved the most about her was that she dreamed big and tried to achieve it. She had a true singer's heart and I loved how she described the way she felt about music! Most of the time while I was reading this book, I kept forgetting that Amber wasn't a real person with a really big passion for music. She seemed like such a real person!

Will was amazing! He was so sweet and just such a nice person! I WANT HIM!! NOW!! And him and Amber together were so sweet and adorable! I loved how he helped her with the audition. It was such a nice and adorable thing to do :D

Overall, this book was a great YA debut book, and I would recommend it to people.