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Reggie and Delilah's Year of Falling



by
Elise Bryant

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Balzer + Bray
ISBN
9780063212992
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Marijuana Use , Language: Strong Language
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Young Adults

From the NAACP Image Award–nominated author of Happily Ever Afters comes a dual POV rom-com about Reggie and Delilah, who fall in love through missed connections and chance meetings on holidays over the course of a year.

Delilah always keeps her messy, gooey insides hidden behind a wall of shrugs and yeah, whatevers. She goes with the flow—which is how she ends up singing in her friends’ punk band as a favor, even though she’d prefer to hide at the merch table.

Reggie is a D&D Dungeon Master and self-declared Blerd. He spends his free time leading quests and writing essays critiquing the game under a pseudonym, keeping it all under wraps from his disapproving family.

These two, who have practically nothing in common, meet for the first time on New Year’s Eve. And then again on Valentine’s Day. And then again on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s almost like the universe is pushing them together for a reason.

Delilah wishes she were more like Reggie—open about what she likes and who she is, even if it’s not cool. Except . . . it’s all a front. Reggie is just role-playing someone confident. The kind of guy who could be with a girl like Delilah.

As their holiday meetings continue, the two begin to fall for each other. But what happens once they realize they’ve each fallen for a version of the other that doesn’t really exist?

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Marijuana Use , Language: Strong Language

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

400

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2023

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction, Romance

Topics

High schools. Friendship. Missed connections. Punk bands. Nerds. Geeks. Dungeons and Dragons. Anxiety. Black Americans. Social media. Holidays. Coming of age. Self-confidence and self-esteem. Point of view. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Library Journal

Gr 8 Up—It's New Year's Eve and Delilah's inability to disappoint her cool friends at her new private school means she's the front woman in a punk band and about to sing in front of people for the very first time. Enter Reggie, a self-conscious Dungeons & Dragons nerd whose anonymous online essays about race in D&D have been gaining traction. Their meet-cute would have gone perfectly if it weren't for Delilah's unresolved crush on a guy in her new band. And thus begins the year of falling. Reggie and Delilah's paths cross on Valentine's Day, then St. Patrick's Day, until they're sure the universe is trying to tell them something. As the year progresses, they start inventing holidays as an excuse to hang out as they slowly grow closer. Delilah finally starts gaining the confidence she needs to finally do her own thing, but Reggie, who has faked total self-assurance, still has things to hide. Told through dual narration, this sweet, will-they-or-won't-they romance has refreshingly authentic depth. It leaves room for Reggie and Delilah to grow, mess up, and explore their relationships with friends, family, and each other. While the secondary characters are a bit flat, Reggie and Delilah shine. Delilah is biracial (Black and white) and Reggie is Black. VERDICT Recommended for all collections. Hand to fans of Brandy Colbert's Little & Lion or Kristina Forest's Zyla & Kai.—Katie Patterson

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Library Journal

Gr 8 Up—It's New Year's Eve and Delilah's inability to disappoint her cool friends at her new private school means she's the front woman in a punk band and about to sing in front of people for the very first time. Enter Reggie, a self-conscious Dungeons & Dragons nerd whose anonymous online essays about race in D&D have been gaining traction. Their meet-cute would have gone perfectly if it weren't for Delilah's unresolved crush on a guy in her new band. And thus begins the year of falling. Reggie and Delilah's paths cross on Valentine's Day, then St. Patrick's Day, until they're sure the universe is trying to tell them something. As the year progresses, they start inventing holidays as an excuse to hang out as they slowly grow closer. Delilah finally starts gaining the confidence she needs to finally do her own thing, but Reggie, who has faked total self-assurance, still has things to hide. Told through dual narration, this sweet, will-they-or-won't-they romance has refreshingly authentic depth. It leaves room for Reggie and Delilah to grow, mess up, and explore their relationships with friends, family, and each other. While the secondary characters are a bit flat, Reggie and Delilah shine. Delilah is biracial (Black and white) and Reggie is Black. VERDICT Recommended for all collections. Hand to fans of Brandy Colbert's Little & Lion or Kristina Forest's Zyla & Kai.—Katie Patterson

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