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Even If I Fall



by
Abigail Johnson

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCo
Imprint
Print
ISBN
9781335541550
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Mild Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Violence: Mild Violence
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JLG Category

PG High Plus

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. Brooke’s 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 Calvin’s 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 it’s like. Her brother, alive but gone; his brother, dead but everywhere. Soon, they’re 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 she’s willing to live with—her family’s or Heath’s. Because she can’t heal one without hurting the other.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Mild Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Violence: Mild Violence

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

384

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

5.6: points 13

Lexile

860L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Feb 2019

Book Genres


Topics

Family life. Small towns. Interpersonal relations. Murders. Trauma. Friendship. Ice skating. Texas.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

School Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

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

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

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

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