Falling Behind

Falling Behind

by Dee Avila

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ISBN-13: 9781490962023
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/26/2013
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Dee Avila lives in a very small rural town in Central California and is a mother to four, let's be honest, crazy kids, unless they're with someone else of course then they're on their best behavior. Dee's been writing for years. After losing her mom in 2010 she decided that life was too short not to do what you love. She told her husband that she was going to write a book. After four months and lots of late nights that first completed manuscript is locked tight away in a drawer. Spending some time with a high school friend that summer she decided she needed to write a different type of story.
Dee loves people watching. Be careful if you're around her she takes everything down in her ever present IPhone notes.
You can follow Dee Avila and check out her upcoming projects at the links below:
Facebook - www.facebook.com/authordeeavila
Twitter - @deeavilabooks

Falling Behind is loosely based off personal experiences, in hopes to save someone else.
Below is a list of links for help with abuse.
SafePlace www.safeplace.org
Fight For Zero fightforzero.org
A great blog on relationships is Love is Respect blog www.loveisrespect.org
This is a site where teens can talk to teens about anything. Just talking to someone can help a person in an abusive relationship realize they need to get out and start over. Teen Line www.teenlineonline.org

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Falling Behind 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
KendraAnn More than 1 year ago
Falling Behind by Dee Avila was a very good read and deals with a lot of heavy topics. Reese is a sophomore in high school and best friends with Candice and Titus. It’s always been the three of them, but this school year brings lots of changes. Reese has always had feelings for Titus, but she doesn’t know that he has had the same feelings for her. Candice made Titus promise not to date Reese this year and he hates it when Reese starts dating Josh who is very controlling of her.  No matter what, Titus will be there for Reese and she definitely needs him this year. As I said, this book deals with a lot of heavy topics….sex, drugs, rape, abuse, and death and I think the author handled them very well for her young adult readers. I give Falling Behind 4.5 stars. ~Kendra with For the Love of Books
SarahJD82 More than 1 year ago
Reese wanted to start her sophomore year by telling her best guy friend, Titus (Ty), that she wants to be more than just best friends.  Until Josh shows up on the first day and sweeps her off of her feet.  When he start changing and becoming more moody, controlling, and demanding she isn't sure how not to be with him.  When he starts taking little pieces of her she knows she can't just walk away. Titus knows that he wants to be more that just best friends with Reese.  There are only two problems; he told their other best friend, Candice, that he wouldn't ask Reese out, and she has a super possessive boyfriend.  Which would probably be okay but he is sure that both girls are in unhealthy relationships.  He just doesn't know how to protect them without seeming like he is being too intrusive. Together Reese and Ty begin to notice that their friend is in serious trouble.  When they alert the adults in their life all she does is pull away farther.  One fateful night changes everything for all three of them.  There is no way that they will make it out the same, or that they will all make it out at all. I have mixed feelings as I write this review.  I really loved the story.  And it was well told.  The ending though...  Titus was really quite fabulous, maybe even too good to be true.  I knew from the very beginning of the book that he was deeply in love with Reese.  He wasn't perfect, he was a high school boy, with teenage boy faults.  But he was one of those truly selfless characters who would have done anything for those who he loved.  He was quite adorable.  Maybe a little young for me, being that he was half my age! ;) Reese was pretty broken from the second that I met her.  Not as broken as she would come to be, but enough that she was not operating well.  The farther into the story we got the more she fell apart.  When the worst of the worst happens, there is a good chance that she'll never recover. The plot of this book was pretty great.  It deals with a lot of the dirty underbelly that we generally associate only with adults, but is definitely happening within the confines of high school as well.  I think that it was pretty tastefully addressed, at that.  This could have very easily went into the land of taboo and dirty but it didn't. There were a few things that I would clean up a little bit, but all in all I was pretty happy with the story telling in Falling Behind.  I hated how it ended, there it is.  I hated it!  It was a huge cliffhanger and I really felt like it stopped, not just before the story was over, but before the scene was over.  ARGH!!  I must know what happens!! I would recommend this book to most of my friends, unless they were sensitive to the issues contained within.  If I had daughters I would make them read this so that they would know that bad things can happen to anyone.  As it is, I hope that, when my sons are older (my oldest is 8), I remember this book and have them read it so that they will know what to look for, in order keep their friends safe from this type of treatment.