Book Review: Falling Into You

When I was younger I used to watch movies about these people who would go to college, work really hard, freak out about how they want this great job at some big publishing house. I’ve sure you’ve seen the same kind of movies in the 1980s and 1990s. All the good girls who stress out because they have to get into the best schools to get their dream job and work for years to get a job as an editor. Heck, even recently there are movies like that … Sandra Bullock was in one called The Proposal with Ryan Reynolds. The little girl from Gilmore Girls, Alexis Bledel was in a movie with that plot called Post Grad. Sarah Michelle Gellar was in one as well. I can’t remember the name of it for the life of me, but it was basically the same concept, a young girl trying to land her dream job at a big New York City publishing house as an editor, blah blah.

The point I’m trying to make with all of this is, that my entire life this is how I’ve always seen the entire book industry. It was for the rich and fancy and well educated. Girls went to Vassar and boys from Stanford published books and it was all so well to do.

I read somewhere that through the old system, that system I spoke of, the odds of being published for first-time authors was something ridiculous like 0.03%.
Today all of that has changed, thanks to the internet and the explosion of readily available indie publishing services, practically anyone can be a published author.

But just because you can publish a book, doesn’t mean it will be a success.  Hundreds of thousands of books are published every year in the US alone and a book has less than a 1% chance of being stocked in an average bookstore. For every available bookstore shelf space, there are 100 to 1,000 or more titles competing for that shelf space. The number of new books getting published skyrockets every year. There was an estimated 1 million new books published in the United States alone in 2013 while in 2010 that number was about 300,000.

So with this new world of ever-abundant new product, you take the good with the bad and most of the times, let’s be real, the books are bad. I hate to say it but about 90% of the books I read are really bad and some more so than others.

That’s why when you do find a gem you really are lucky. Jacinda Wilder is an indie author and her book is nothing short of amazing. It’s well written, had great editing, a good book cover. It had every element a book should have. But the best part and I can’t emphasize this enough … it was a great story.

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Nell Hawthorne is in love with her life-long best friend, Kyle Calloway. Their young love is invincible and life is full of promise; then one night Kyle dies suddenly in a tragic accident and Nell is forever changed. She meets Kyle’s older brother Colton for the first time at the funeral. They both struggle to move on with life as best they can. Years later, they meet again in New York City, and Colton realizes that Nell has never really gotten over Kyle’s death. She seems to be harboring a deeply rooted pain, a heavy weight of guilt and regret. He knows he shouldn’t get involved, but he can’t help himself. Trust doesn’t come easily for either of them, and they both have demons. Together, they learn the purpose of pain and the meaning of healing, and the importance of forgiveness.

This story was intense. It was happy and sadness and pure pleasure and joy, all rolled into one. There were times you wanted to smack the person and cry and then love them all at the same time. It’s hard to explain the pure roller coaster of emotions the author puts you through when reading this book. It’s all just so well written. Even though you know for a fact the one brother is going to die, because it tells you so in the description, still when it happens you are just like no way … oh my god!

I guess what I’m trying to say is, if you can only read one book this year, then you probably would be happy if you selected Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder. It will make you laugh and cry, your heart will race and you’ll be upset and overwhelmingly happy … all from this single book. She really knows how to draw you into their lives.

What more could you ask for in a book?

 

Book Review: Falling Into You

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