Falling Fast – Sophie McKenzie

“I stared out of the minibus window. It was raining and the pavements were a glistening grey. The houses and sky above were a softer, paler grey. 
Grey. Dull. Boring. Like me. Like my life. 
Maybe today would change everything. 
Maybe”

When River’s school is given the opportunity to take part in a local boys school’s production of Romeo and Juliet, she jumps at the chance to be part of it. She dreams of falling into a love like the one they shared and she thinks this might be her chance. When she mets Flynn, aka Romeo, she knows he isn’t her dream guy, but there’s something about him. Flynn carries an intensity which River can’t seem to get over, and she knows she wants to share the intense love she has read about with Flynn himself. However with the amount of love stories River has read, she should know that the path of true love rarely runs smooth.

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This was, incredibly, my first Sophie McKenzie book. I’m not sure how I haven’t read any of the author’s work before as I have heard so many good things. To be honest, I was expecting a little more from Falling Fast due to all the hype, however I did very much enjoy it and can safely say that Falling Fast won’t be my last Sophie McKenzie book! 
I liked the story, I can image this kind of thing actually happening which is something I need from contemporary fiction. I related a lot to River and her friends from what I can remember from year 11 in school and I really enjoyed everything that River and her friends got up to. I really liked how the intensity from Flynn added a lot to the story, I just didn’t particularly like him or it much. 
Flynn was my major downside of this book, his anger and pushiness towards River bugged me, a lot. I understood why he was the way he was, but it was a bit too much for me to handle and I think if I had met anyone like that at 16 I would have kept as far away from him as possible. I loved River, though she was a little silly and naive at times, but I got over that pretty quickly. I liked the secondary characters and how they had their own stuff going on and actually didn’t mind Emmi’s views on sex either. I can imagine Emmi’s attitude is probably something which critics of this book would pick up on but she had her head screwed on and if that was what she was happy with then so be it. I have been in that mindset, although I was older than Emmi, and I don’t think it did me any harm.
What I think was probably the best part of this story though was the message it put across about communication and how you can’t really know anyone until you talk to them. You can’t know what they are feeling or thinking until you speak to them and it’s not right to put them in certain situations without talking to them first… however it also shows how easy it can be for people to lie, and sometimes you do need to have faith. 
I also liked River’s parents and their dynamic, I liked that although they were separated, they were still united when it came to their children and her father was there for her and understood her. Its a bit of a cliche for a teen girl to not get along with her mum but it connected me to River even more as I wasn’t overly close to my mum when I was a teen either, that’s something that was fixed later for me. 
I did enjoy Falling Fast… and to be honest I am happy I have Burning Bright waiting for me on my tbr. It was a great, quick read which had more serious issues than I thought it would. It was incredibly written and I am really looking forward to reading more by Sophie McKenzie.
Falling Fast was published by Simon & Schuster in March 2012. It was followed by Burning Bright in January 2013. My copy was won in a giveaway at The Overflowing Library

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  • I do like a Sophie McKenzie book. Flynn does calm down a bit as the series progresses. I liked the way this book shows girls that it is OK to say no. You don’t have to rush into sex. My girls are reading them at the moment.

  • I have this book on my Kindle, waiting to be read. I haven’t read anything by this author before but have heard it’s not as good as the others. I’ll probably try to read it soon.

    I’m sorry that you didn’t like Flynn. It really irritates me when I feel that way towards characters.

    Lovely review! 🙂

  • This was one of the first books by Sophie McKenzie books that I read as well and now I have a massive stack of her books to get through. Lots of people rave about her. I quite liked this one, I thought it was quite cute and very quick to read. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series!