If you like Fall for Anything…

Because Fall for Anything is book that I would say is a grief-and-loss-YA type, here are some books I reccomend you:

Hold Still by Nina LaCour

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Caitlin can’t understand why Ingrid ended her life. It seems imppossible; she was Ingrid, after all, her best friend, her partner in crime, the girl who got so smitten with Jayson… And then she found her journal. With that and Taylor Riley, maybe Caitlin could go back and be the girl she was without Ingrid. Or not.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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It was summer in her grandfather’s island and they were the liars. What’s better than that? And then what she remembered next: she was found nearby the beach, her head was hit and she suffered head trauma. She couldn’t be a normal teen in her school who didn’t have random blackouts. She emailed all the Liars, but none of them answered her…until one summer she came back to the island. And she began to remember the fire.

Saving June by Hannah Harrington

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When June died in June, there were a lot of people she left. For starters, her sister, Harper, who had to deal with her depressed mom, and then Jake, the guy she tutored before he died. Together, those two got into a journey to cope with June’s death, and to fall in love.

~Tiffani Judith~

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If you like Before I Fall…

If you enjoy Before I Fall by Laura Oliver, here are some other books you surely will enjoy, too:

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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Clay found a stack of tapes sent to him. He freaked out – why not? They were from Hannah Baker, the girl who had just comitted suicide. And now he listens…trying to figure if he was the reason Hannah killed herself.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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Mia Hall had a perfect family. His little brother still let her call him Ted, while he insisted to everyone else that he was too old to be called that. She was accepted in Julliard. Her parents are getting along well with her boyfriend, who loves her and everything…is just good. Until she lost all of that. Will it be worth it to stay in this world?

Looking for Alaska by John Green

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It’s all about famous last words. Miles can remember every famous last words he ever read. Unforunately, when it comes to Alaska Young… he never thought they would occur that way. In a very unique set of timing, John Green brings soething different to you readers…

~Tiffani Judith~

Easy by Tammara Webber: A Review

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If I could give 6 out of 5 stars for a book, I wouldn’t hesitate for a split second to give it to this swoon-worthy book.

Personal Appeal of ‘LM’

Having the tendency to fall for brain guys and just broken up with one, Jacqueline Wallace immediately found a new interest in her life: Lucas, the supposedly knight in shining armor who saved her from rape.

But then there is this one very intriguing tutor, Landon Maxfield, who seems like the best boyfriend material. Though only contacted by email, anyone can see how smart and funny the guy is. (Girls would drool over smart talk, wouldn’t we?)

And…those two are the same person. His name is Landon Lucas Maxfield.

Hence the initials LM.

Broken and Beautiful

A lot of authors attempted this term to their characters, but instead most of them resulted in lame, spineless male specimen.

Some authors, though, such like E.L. James, successfully apply the ‘broken and beautiful’ rule. Look at Christian Grey. Compare it with Travis Maddox.

Okay, snap out of it. Now focus on Landon Lucas Maxfield.

Tammara Webber succeeds in portraying a guy with shady past, but oh…so beautiful. One is not in her right mind if she doesn’t swoon over this guy. No other guy can say ‘fuck it’ with the same effect Landon Lucas Maxfield has.

Forbidden Love

Again, what’s more appealing in romance if not a covert relationship between a student and her tutor? And a sexy, smart tutor named LM, for that one.

Easy is a thrilling, not cheesy, yet swoon-worthy story. I wouldn’t call it a story, though. It’s more an art than it is a story.

~Tiffani Judith~

Aside

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After knowing the side of Sky’s story from her point of view, now it’s Holder’s turn to tell his side of the story.

In the journey of grieving his sister’s death, accompanied by the infamous tattoo “HOPELESS”, Dean Holder starts it all with a journal he writes, in which all the pages in it are as though letters he wrote to Les, his sister. In them, he wrote about how he felt like he had failed Less just like how he had failed Hope, a girl from his childhood whose kidnapping he blamed on himself.

And then he met Sky, who is exactly who Hope could have been if she grew up.

But telling Sky the truth he suspects would mean losing her. Again.

Dean Holder tells their childhood memories, about the pinkie-promise and the sky. Losing Hope is not the least bit less wonderful than Hopeless, but one thing remains a wonder…

How can Dean Holder still be mysterious after his mystery is unraveled?

~Tiffani Judith~

Aside

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“I’m so glad that tonight’s not one of the nights that the doorknob turns.
It’s so quiet.
So quiet.
 
And then it’s not, because the doorknob turns.” – Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Everything else in Sky’s life seems normal:
Her adoptive mother is vegetarian (fairly normal), she lives in an anti-tech home (that sucks, but still not that abnormal), she is homeschooled, she bakes when her mother isn’t home, and she invites boys to her room. A lot.

But that is where the abnormality starts:
She doesn’t feel a thing when a boy touches her. Not even a tingling feeling when a boy kisses her.

At least that was how Sky lived her life before she met Holder.

“The feeling is so foreign; I’m not sure what it is. I can’t say what is so different about him that would prompt my first-ever normal biological response to another person.” – Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

All dimples and mysterious with his Hopeless tattoo, Dean Holder captivated the sarcastic Sky at the first sight. He acted like he knew her before. Like they were soulmates in the past and…that could have been true.

But Holder is not perfect, just like how Sky has been torn in the past the she couldn’t remember. Being with Holder, dealing with his mood swings, his nightmares, her own nightmares, she discovered the past her mind had blocked… The past that told Sky how the whole life she was living in had been a lie.

Told in Sky’s point of view, Colleen Hoover once again created a beautiful, emotional story that makes the readers want to scribble Sky’s and Dean’s name all over everywhere of this epic love story. (Personally, I hereby declare I am in an epic love affair with Hopeless by Colleen Hoover.)

~Tiffani Judith~

Confess: a novel by Colleen Hoover

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Remember how Colleen Hoover had Griffin Peterson sing the book soundtrack of Maybe Someday? Not so much different, now here are all the paintings painted after the confessions in Confess.

“Sometimes I wonder if being dead would be easier than being his mother.”
~anonymous confession~

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In Confess, this is the first of Owen’s paintings that Auburn saw in his studio. It was just an hour before the art show she was going to be hired for by him. In her mind, she thought of how beauty and shame were combined in this picture. True as her thoughts, that is exactly how the confession is supposed to be portrayed.

“I’ve never let anyone see me without makeup. My greatest fear is what I’ll look like at my funeral. I’m almost certain I’ll be cremated, because my insecurities run so deep, they’ll follow me into the afterlife. Thank you for that, Mother.”
~anonymous confession~

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Auburn saw this one right before she found out how Owen highlighted some certain confessions.

“You Don’t Exist, God. And If You Do, You Should Be Ashamed.”
~anonymous confession~

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When told in Owen’s point of view, he describes how this particular confession inspires him to paint his mother, who died along with his brother in a car wreck driven by Owen himself.

“Nothing but Blues”
~a non-confession title~

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Owen Mason Gentry only saw his father as the color blue. His father disappointed him, because he destroyed himself after the car wreck… And Owen himself couldn’t have done the same to his life, feeling sorry for himself forever. But there was one girl who saved him…

“I take a step back and I stare at the only piece I have left of her.”
~Owen Mason Gentry~

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This was the way he wanted to remember her for the one night they spent: not happy, even a little sad. An expression that showed she was going to miss him. That was Auburn: the girl who saved him without knowing it.

“I’ll love you forever. Even when I can’t.”
~Adam’s confession~

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When Owen’s life had been going down with his father in comatose and the rest of his family gone, he saw a girl who stopped the nurse from throwing away a box of painting kit the belonged to the girl’s dying boyfriend, Adam. Upon seeing this, Owen tried his first attempt in painting based on Adam’s last confession to the girl, Auburn.

“Tell me something about yourself that no one else knows. Something I can keep for myself.”- Adam’s regular request to Auburn

Adam asked him to send this painting to Auburn, and until the end, Auburn still believes that the painting was painted by Adam for her. Owen let her stay on that belief, because it’s not his confession to tell. But since then, the two of them – Adam and Auburn – had been his inspiration to create art out of confessions.

~Tiffani Judith~

Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers: A Review

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“A smile and a laugh. These things feel wrong in their rightness.”

You can believe, you can trust, but you never know what you’re falling for.

When your best friend and your almost-catatonic mom are not really there as much as you want for you at the same time when the person you hate the most is staying at your house, and when you can’t really get over the suicide your dad committed, you take whatever answer people offer you. Even if it is from a stranger called Culler Evans who claims to be your dad’s student.

And that is exactly what Eddie Reeves is doing as the world all around her seem to just not get her. She wants to understand why her dad did it. And while her only best friend, Milo, is dating a Marilyn-Monroe-wannabe, she can lie to herself that there are answers.

She can lie to herself that her dad really left something for her to figure out…while there is none.