Saturday, 27 May 2017

Review - Lessons in Falling by Diana Gallagher

Title: Lessons in Falling
Author: Diana Gallagher
Pages: 340
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release date: 7th February 2017

Blurb from Goodreads: 

LESSON ONE: Playing it safe beats taking chances.

After an injury ends Savannah’s dream of a college gymnastics scholarship, she quits
despite her parents’ protests. She won’t risk breaking her body—and heart—again.

LESSON TWO: Catch your best friend when she falls—or regret it forever.

Rules are meant to be broken, according to Savannah’s best friend, Cassie—and it’s more fun to break them together. But when Cassie attempts suicide, Savannah’s left wondering how well she really knows her.

LESSON THREE: Leaping forward, not knowing where you’ll land, is the hardest of all.

Falling for Marcos wasn’t part of the plan. Not only did he save Cassie’s life, he also believes Savannah can still achieve her dreams. Except Cassie thinks Marcos and gymnastics will only break Savannah’s heart.

As Savannah tumbles and twists through toxic friendships and crushing parental expectations, she realizes you never know who will be there when you fall.


My Review:
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Spencer Hill Press and NetGalley*

After one injury too many, Savannah quit gymnastics, much to the disappointment of her parents.
When Sav's best friend, Cassie, attempts suicide, Sav wonders just how well she knows Cassie.
Sav grows closer to Marcos, the guy that found Cassie, and who believes that Sav can still achieve her gymnastics dreams and that Cassie is no good for her.
Will Sav give up gymnastics for good?
Is Cassie the friend that Sav thinks she is?

As someone that finds gymnasts inspirational and thinks that they're amazing, I was intrigued to read a book with one as the main character.
I really liked Savannah - she was smart, determined and a good person. She had gone through a rough time with all her injuries so I could see why she didn't want to continue with gymnastics and risk another injury.
Apart from Sav, Emery and Marcos were the other characters that stood out for me. They were the kind of people that you would want to be friends with.
I had mixed feelings about Cassie - at times I liked her but at others she annoyed me.
The plot was interesting and made me want to read on, but I wasn't gripped.
I thought that the author handled the topics of racism and friendships well and realistically.
I liked the writing style for the most part, but there were moments when I wasn't sure who Sav was talking to or about (which may have been because of the formatting. I'm not sure).

Overall this was an enjoyable read.