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Book Review: Falling Fast by Sophie McKenzie

Falling Fast
Title: Falling Fast
Author: Sophie McKenzie
Series: Standalone
Pages: 247
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date of Publication: 1st March 2012
Source: Publisher*
Synopsis from Goodreads: When River auditions for a part in an interschool performance of Romeo and Juliet, she finds herself smitten by Flynn, the boy playing Romeo. But Flynn comes from a damaged family—is he even capable of giving River what she wants? The path of true love never did run smooth ...

This is real life, not a rehearsal...

My Thoughts:
Falling Fast is the third book by Sophie McKenzie that I have read, and while it wasn't my favourite, I did enjoy it. It was a very quick, cute read, perfect for fans of super sweet romances that you can get lost in for a couple of hours (because that's only how long it takes) and then come back into the real world feeling all warm and squishy inside :)

River wants to be in love. She wants to find a guy and be perfectly happy. When she meets Flynn, she thinks she found the one for her. But does he feel the same?

There's nothing remarkable or amazing about the plot, but I feel that with a story like this one, there doesn't need to be. I enjoyed it without having the numerous plot twists, without the exciting action scenes, without the fast paced, page turning drama. It was a great book that I could wind down with after a long and boring day at school, that I could read without having to think too much.

River was okay. I liked her, I guess, but I definitely didn't love her. She could be a little annoying at times, sometimes a bit whiny, but I think everyone's like that sometimes so I can forgive her ;P She was nice and understanding, and she didn't make a big deal of things that other people perhaps would have. She obviously loved Flynn, and she never let the things he tells her about his life get in the way of that (you'll know what I mean when you read it, I hope!).

Which brings me on to Flynn. For the most part, I couldn't stand him. It wasn't until the end that I began to like him a little bit, but for the first three quarters of the book, all I could think was why on earth is River wasting her time with this boy? He's a jerk. I mean, sure, I can (sort of) understand why he was the way he was, because of his difficult upbringing and home life, but River was only ever nice to him, and he just messed her around. And (this is my last point, I promise!) the way he was using his drama teacher to get him into a good uni/college? Not cool.

So while I don't think that Falling Fast is by any means an incredible read, it is enjoyable and worth reading if you're looking for a good, calm, relaxing story to end a long day or week with. If you're a fan of YA romance/chick-lit, this would be great for you but I think if you're looking for a romance that is deep and meaningful, this will fall a little flat.

Other reviews of Falling Fast:
Book Passion For Life - gave it 4 stars
Overflowing Library - gave it 3 stars
BelleBooks - gave it 4 stars


  1. Wait, the boy's a jerk? Hmm... I think I'd still quite like to read this though :) Even if the girl's name puts me off a *tiny* bit ;) Thanks for the honest review!

    1. Haha yeah I thought he was really annoying... :( Not many people did though, so you might not ;P And yeah, River... ;S Thanks!

  2. I enjoyed this but wasn't keen on either of the characters - which is normally a deal breaker for me. Keen to read more by Sophie McKenzie!

  3. I didn't like Flynn. I actually liked him less as the book went on. I still enjoyed the book overall though. Great review :)

  4. I was really looking forward to this books because I really like Sophie McKenzie, but hmmm... jerky boy? I will still check it out though :) Thanks for the great review :)

  5. I've never read a Sophie Mckenzie book but I quite liked the sound of this one... I might still give it a go even though you didn't love it, I'll let you know! :)


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