Even if I Fall By Abigail Johnson
Book/Novel Author: Abigail Johnson
Book/Novel Title: Even if I Fall
**Brooke and Heath should never have become friends, let alone fallen in love**
A year ago, Brooke Covington lost everything when her beloved older brother, Jason, confessed to the murder of his best friend, Calvin. Brooke and her family became social pariahs, broken and unable to console one another. Brookes only solace remains the ice-skating rink where she works, but she no longer lets herself dream about a future skating professionally.
When Brooke encounters Calvins younger brother, Heath, on the side of the road and offers him a ride, everything changes. She needs someone to talk to and so does Heath. No one else understands what its like. Her brother, alive but gone; his brother, dead but everywhere. Soon, theyre meeting in secret, despite knowing that both families would be horrified if they found out. In the place of his anger and her guilt, something frighteningly tender begins to develop, drawing them ever closer together.
But when a new secret comes out about the murder, Brooke has to choose whose pain shes willing to live withher familys or Heaths. Because she cant heal one without hurting the other. **
### From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-The author’s latest follows Brooke, a girl who in dealing with the aftermath of her brother Jason’s murder conviction, finds herself turning to Heath-the boy whose brother was murdered. Since the trial, Brooke’s family has been isolated, harassed, and judged by everyone in her small Texas town. Her father spends all day in the basement, her mother is pretending everything is fine, and her younger sister has shut down. Without anyone to talk to, Brooke is silently grappling with the loss of her friends, in-person school, her missed opportunity to skate professionally, and most importantly, her big brother Jason. After a happenstance meeting, she begins to bond with Heath. She feels something is off about the details of that fateful night. Brooke confronts her feelings and family, and risks losing Heath, to find out the truth about the night her brother ruined their lives. The book starts off slowly, laying lots of groundwork and presenting character descriptions. Halfway through, the focus of the book shifts from Brooke’s present-day to the page-turning account of the murder itself. Overall, Johnson manages to deliver book that feels authentic and realistic with a satisfying ending. VERDICT A good choice for where contemporary fiction and thrillers laced with romance circulate well. Recommended for general purchase.-Elizabeth Portillo, Easton Public Library, CT?(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
“A thoughtful novel about loving someone, even in the face of their faults.” -Mindy McGinnis, author of The Female of the Species
“Abigail Johnson deftly weaves together emotional and romantic turmoil into an unforgettable read about loss, dreams, and redemption.” -Jeff Zentner, William C. Morris award-winning author of The Serpent King
“Even If I Fall is a twisty tale about the complexity of family, love, and friendship. Told with truth and heart, it’s impossible to put down…or get the characters out of your head.”-Elizabeth Eulberg, author of Better Off Friends
“A moving, captivating story about the bonds of family and the restorative power of love.” -Tamara Ireland Stone, New York Times bestselling author of Little Do We Know
“Beautifully told, this heartbreaking story about family betrayals and secrets will have readers easily caught up in this tale.” -RT Book Reviews on The First to Know
“A smart, heartfelt tale that’s more than its nifty high concept.” -Kirkus Reviews on The First to Know
“If I Fix You is a heartrending story about life not being what you hoped for…and being okay anyway.”-#1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike
“I know readers are going to LOVE this book as much as I did. A feisty and strong heroine to root for, and a love interest who is dreamy and complicated in all the right ways. What a fabulous debut by a great new writer to watch!”
-Cammie McGovern, author of A Step Toward Falling, on If I Fix You