Review: How to Fall

Aug •  18 •  2014

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: How to FallHow to Fall by Jane Casey
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on August 18, 2014
Genres: Young Adult-Mystery
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Netgalley
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Sixteen-year-old Jess Tennant has never met any of her relatives, until her mom suddenly drags her out of London to spend the summer in the tiny English town where her family’s from. Her mom’s decision is surprising, but even more surprising is the town’s reaction to Jess. Everywhere she goes, people look at her like they’ve seen a ghost. In a way, they have—she looks just like her cousin Freya, who died shortly before Jess came to town. Jess immediately feels a strange connection to Freya, whom she never got to meet alive. But the more Jess learns about the secrets Freya was keeping while she was alive, the more suspicious Freya’s death starts to look. One thing is for sure: this will be anything but the safe, boring summer in the country Jess was expecting.

Jane Casey is a new author for me to have stumbled upon and after reading How to Fall, I am glad that I did. This was a mystery ya book to get me out of the reading slump that I had been facing for quite some time. A perfect read for those loving mystery.

This story follows a young girl Jess who just happens to resemble her recently deceased cousin. However, things are fishy and ideas of whether she killed herself or was she pushed start to rise for Jess. She sets out to solve these questions but one starts to think if there are people who want this answer to be revealed or will they do what they want to stop it.

Jess is a character that I was able to connect with and me loving the fact that she was a reader and overall very persistent when she came to finding things out made me love her more. I also found myself loving Darcy even though I felt she wasn’t there all the time. And of course where would a book go if you didn’t have those couple of characters that you just absolutely hated. I am talking about Natasha and Dan. Once you read you will understand why.

Jane Casey connects all the dots when writing a YA novel and does it with excellence. There are the typical things that one would expect for a book but the connection between the chapters, the characters, and the overall plot is what really grabs the reader.

Overall this book was a good read, like I said to pull me out of that phase. I look forward to reading more from this author and I am looking for the next book in the series.

I give this book 4 bites!





  1. Jenny
    Aug 18, 2014

    Why isn’t this one familiar to me Chayse? It sounds like something I would really enjoy, and I’m definitely in the mood for a mystery. It’s been a while since I’ve read one:)

  2. Jen @ YA Romantics
    Aug 18, 2014

    I’d never heard of this one either until I was putting together my new review post for next week. Glad you enjoyed it!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  3. Giselle
    Aug 18, 2014

    Jess and her determination/persistence sounds like my kind of MC! And characters you love to hate are always fun! I have this one on my TBR and am looking forward to reading it, too! Glad you liked it, Chayse!

  4. Love it when a book gets you out of a reading slump. This one looks good!