Tallulah Falls
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Tallulah Falls

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by Christine Fletcher
     
 

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When Tallulah Addy sets out on an impulsive cross-country trip to rescue her best friend, she doesn't anticipate getting stranded in rural Tennessee without a dime. Nor does she guess that rescuing a dog will land her a job in the local veterinarian's office. But there, under the wary eye of ornery Dr. Poteet, Tallulah works harder than ever before, tending to

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When Tallulah Addy sets out on an impulsive cross-country trip to rescue her best friend, she doesn't anticipate getting stranded in rural Tennessee without a dime. Nor does she guess that rescuing a dog will land her a job in the local veterinarian's office. But there, under the wary eye of ornery Dr. Poteet, Tallulah works harder than ever before, tending to animals of all shapes and sizes—and unexpectedly, to wounds long-buried in herself. Tallulah swears she'll leave the first chance she gets, yet when given the choice, it may prove harder to keep the promise to her friend than to say good-bye to the strangers who have become her new family.

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“This story of a screw-up teen, 17-year-old "Tallulah," grabs the reader and doesn't let go. …It's an involving, nuanced character study that keeps the reader interested throughout. Honest and realistic--a winner.” —Kirkus Reviews

“First-time author Fletcher is a vet, and the compelling scenes of caring for the animals feel entirely authentic and never sentimental. …[T]eens, particularly those who love animals, will relate to the lonely outsider who finds compassionate attention from an unlikely source.” —Booklist

“Most teens will relate to Tallulah–she's imperfect, stubborn, mouthy, and searching for truth and acceptance. They'll also understand from her descriptions and memories of Maeve why she is so devoted to the young woman and so devastated when she becomes cold and sarcastic. The supporting characters get their due as well, particularly Poteet, shrewd, insightful, and more compassionate than he lets on to be. The action moves at a breakneck pace as Talullah changes from an impulsive, difficult teen to a thoughtful young woman with direction.” —School Library Journal

“Tallulah feels alone and small, but discovers she is neither - an empowering theme in a book that has everything: a heroine surviving an incredible journey (both external and within); characters so real they walk off the page; and a brisk yet thoughtful plot, brightened with flashes of humor. The Tennessee setting is vividly realized and is an essential story element. The author is brilliant at descriptions. A singer's voice rasps "as though sorrow were sandpaper" while too-short coveralls give Tallulah a Super Atomic Wedgie. In addition, the reader gets a fascinating glimpse at the inside workings of a vet's office. This is an excellent read from first-time novelist Christine Fletcher that will leave her audience anxiously awaiting her next book.” —Teenreads.com

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-Tallulah's 21-year-old friend Maeve is exciting, exhilarating, and lives life to the fullest. She is also bipolar, which she says is simply a label given by people "who don't like it when they see other people moving differently throughout the world." After having yet another fight with her mother, Tallulah gets a frantic phone call from Maeve saying she has left Oregon for Florida and needs her notebooks. The 17-year-old decides to deliver them; she runs away from home with a sort-of boyfriend but is stranded in rural Tennessee when he robs her and leaves her in a motel. With no money, she has no choice but to accept a temporary job offer at Dr. Poteet's vet clinic, helping out with the animals, living with Poteet's receptionist, carrying on a flirtation with one of the other workers, and making frantic phone calls to Florida, where she gets only an answering machine. When Maeve finally arrives, Tallulah learns the truth about her friend and the seriousness of her disorder. Most teens will relate to Tallulah-she's imperfect, stubborn, mouthy, and searching for truth and acceptance. They'll also understand from her descriptions and memories of Maeve why she is so devoted to the young woman and so devastated when she becomes cold and sarcastic. The supporting characters get their due as well, particularly Poteet, shrewd, insightful, and more compassionate than he lets on to be. The action moves at a breakneck pace as Talullah changes from an impulsive, difficult teen to a thoughtful young woman with direction.-Lisa Prolman, Greenfield Public Library, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This story of a screw-up teen, 17-year-old "Tallulah," grabs the reader and doesn't let go. Tallulah attaches herself to Maeve, a 24-year-old free spirit who suddenly takes off for Florida, then calls Tallulah asking for notebooks she has left behind. Tallulah simply leaves with a boy she recently met, who robs and strands her in a tiny town in Tennessee. Stumbling through the dark, Tallulah finds an injured dog and gets a lift to the local veterinarian's office. The grumpy vet gives her a temporary job while Tallulah waits for Maeve to rescue her. Maeve, however, may not be a reliable friend. While dealing with the life-and-death issues that exist in a vet's office, Tallulah finds that she may not be a useless as she had thought. It's an involving, nuanced character study that keeps the reader interested throughout. Honest and realistic-a winner. (Fiction. YA)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599900957
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
05/28/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
4.96(w) x 8.15(h) x 1.08(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Christine Fletcher grew up in California. After receiving her veterinary degree from the University of California, she lived for three years in the Great Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee. She writes, teaches, and practices veterinary medicine in Portland. Tallulah Falls is her first novel.

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Tallulah Falls 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Perennial screw-up Tallulah might not be the well-behaved little daughter that her mom would like her to be, but nobody can say that she isn't a loyal friend. When she receives a cry for help from her bipolar best friend Maeve, Tallulah immediately leaves behind her family in Portland and takes off across the country to save her. But on her way to Florida, Tallulah finds herself needing some saving. She's stuck in some small town in Tennessee all because her ex-boyfriend robbed her and just up and left in the middle of their road trip.

Tallulah is wandering aimlessly down the highway, wondering how in the world she is supposed to find her way to Florida. When she stumbles upon a dying dog under a highway underpass, she feels compelled to save it, if only because that's what Maeve would want her to do. After bringing the poor dog to the local vet and begging Dr. Poteet to save the dog, Tallulah somehow ends up with a job assisting the vet.

Tallulah knows nothing about animals, but she's a quick learner and manages to earn her keep at the veterinary office. At the same time, she can't wait for Maeve to come and rescue her. In between phone calls to Florida and saving horses and human babies, Tallulah realizes that she's beginning to grow fond of the odd collection of people that work at Dr. Poteet's office. Maeve does return, but it's not exactly the return that Tallulah was expecting. The ending brings several surprises that will keep you hooked until the last page!

Christine Fletcher does a remarkable job in her first young adult novel, incorporating her experiences as a veterinarian. Animal lovers will particularly enjoy the several scenes focusing on Tallulah's connection with the animals she is working with. TALLULAH FALLS is a very touching story and Tallulah is an easy character for teenagers to identify with; she's brave, stubborn, and just trying to find herself.
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at first i thought this book was very good but as i kept reading it just dragged on and i didnt like the ending i think she should have stayed she had a better life with the vet bu she ruinrd the whole thing i just got mad at the book for what happened
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is literally my favorite book. i am one picky reader, i didn't even like the twilight series, but i can honestly say this was an AMAZING read. thank you ms. fletcher and i wish there were more writers like you. are you planning on making a second book?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Christine did an amazing job. i absolutely loved the book, but was disapointed with the ending. i'm hoping Christine will make a second book and have kyle and tallulah end up together. i was hoping she would write a book based on tallulah's adventure finding her father like her and kyle had planned. WHY'D YOU MAKE TALLULAH AND KYLE DO THAT TO EACHOTHER???? i'd have given this book a 5 star except for the whole kyle thing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very close to one of the worst that I have ever read. The main character, Tallulah is very selfish and self-centered. Nothing seems to make her happy or go the way you want or expect for her. I found the ending particarly disapointing and unsatisfing. It seems that Tallulah's goals aren't reached and she hasn't changed that much or become more caring or grateful. I liked the plot, the ending was awful though and the main character was hard to relate to. Also, Christine Flecter's idea of how people in the south talk and act is severly lacking in truth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Tallulah Falls' is the story of Tallulah Addy and her spur of the moment trip cross country to help her friend Maeve, whom she knows is in terrible trouble. Tallulah first meets Maeve at a motorcycle convention and is immediately drawn to the charasmatic, free spirited girl. Maeve confides in Tallulah that she is bipolar, and that she has plans to change the world, which she dutifully records in her private notebooks. One day Maeve just up and disappears and a few days later Tallulah receives an email from her stating that she needs her help. She says she's in Orlando and needs Tallulah to bring her notebooks. No questions asked, Tallulah leaves her home in Oregon and sets out to save her friend. Tallulah encounters a lot of difficulty that she didn't anticipate. For starters, the guy she was travelling with just up and stranded her in the middle of nowhere, but not before he took all her money from her. Homeless, vehicless, and broke, Tallulah is forced to take a job as a vet tech, in which she not only learns a lot about vetinary science, but about human nature, and most importantly, about herself. The story is sad, uplifting, real and raw. It's geared for young adults, eighth grade and up, and the feelings that Tallulah struggles with are ones that most young women will find themselves relating to.