Falling Together

Falling Together

by Marisa de los Santos


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ISBN-13: 9780061670886
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 346,083
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Marisa de los Santos is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning poet with a PhD in literature and creative writing. She lives in Wilmington, Delaware, with her family.


Wilmington, Delaware

Date of Birth:

August 12, 1966

Place of Birth:

Baltimore, Maryland


Un. of Virginia, BA in Eng; Sarah Lawrence College, MFA in Poetry; Un. of Houston, Ph.D. in Eng. and Creative Writing

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Falling Together 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 124 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Will, Cat and Pen became friends over Beowulf at college. They remained BFFs throughout their undergraduate years, but their friendship ended when Cat married her long term boyfriend Jason; who Will and Pen loathed. As they graduated, the trio agreed to never contact one another ever again. Six years later, Cat emails her two former BFFs pleading with them to attend the college reunion so they can see one another. Unable to resist, Pen accompanied by her five years old daughter Augusta and Will go to the reunion to see Cat. Both are stunned with what awaits them at the reunion and beyond. This is a terrific character study that deftly changes into an engaging mystery. The cast is extremely well developed and not just the lead trio as the support players bring plenty of oomph to the plot. Readers will want to travel with the three protagonists on a journey of awakening even though the walk down the Yellowbrick Road is too long and straightforward; as the trio and fans learn not all that glitters is gold and some that does not glitter is golden. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this because I loved Marisa's other books. I am up to page 190 and I just can't go any further. There is no depth to the characters and there has been no direction in the story. Sorry Marisa, but you haven't grabbed me, you have put me into napville.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
It's been six years since Pen Calloway watched her best friends walk out of her life. And through the birth of her daughter, the death of her father, and the vicissitudes of single motherhood, she has never stopped missing them. Pen, Cat and Will met on their first day of college and formed what seemed like a magical and lifelong bond, only to see their friendship break apart amid the realities of adulthood. When, after years of silence, Cat - the bewitching, charismatic center of their group - emails Pen and Will with an urgent request to meet at their college reunion, they can't refuse. But instead of a happy reconciliation, what awaits is a collision of past and present that sends Pen and Will, with Pen's five-year-old daughter and Cat's hostile husband in tow, on a journey across the world. With her trademark wit, vivid prose, and a gift for creating authentic, captivating characters, Marissa de los Santos returns with an emotionally resonant novel about our deepest human connections. As Pen and Will struggle to uncover the truth about Cat, they find more than they bargained for: startling truths about who they were before and who they are now. They must confront the reasons their friendship fell apart and discover how - and if - it can ever fall back together. I received Falling Together by Marissa de los Santos compliments of Harper Collins for my honest review. It's my first novel by this author and though I tried to get into the story, it just seemed like it was all over the place for me. The plot basically involves three people who formed a friendship in college and when life got in the way, they went their own separate ways. Now when a mystery email shows up, they decide to reunite but a twist appears when the email isn't what it appears. For me, the storyline was a bit confusing perhaps while the author was trying to establish the characters in the story and make them believable and for me, they just weren't. However that being said, perhaps the book will speak volumes for other readers, and for that reason I rate this book a 2 out of 5 stars. It just didn't have enough in it to make you want to keep reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice description of ccollege aged friendships followed by growing up and into real deal love Last few chapters were very moving
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book kept me interested, but I think it was about 100 pages too long. Good character development, unique story line, just too long.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
This needs MUCH editing. Falls short of ther other books!!
emilyfan76 More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in the book. I found it predictable. The only surprising element to the book was the overseas trip. Probably won't mre reading this one again.
lmmk More than 1 year ago
Great read. I loved the flow of conversation btwn the characters.
Jessica Sparbeck More than 1 year ago
I love the way she uses words. Beautifully written and very thoughtful.
indygo88 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I was pleasantly surprised by de los Santos' previous two novels, and so was rather anxious to see what this third novel had in store. Whereas her previous two had some recurring characters, this was a brand new storyline with new characters. I'm torn because I feel like I want to compare this one with the others (better or worse), but ultimately I'm rating this one a 4-star, as I did the previous two. This is basically the story of 3 people (one male, two female) who become best friends during college, then drift apart following a somewhat mysterious/questionable episode, which is gradually unfolded to the reader. My favorite thing about de los Santo's writing is her characterizations. Although her characters have their flaws, they're very likeable -- often to the point of making me want to know them as a real person & sometimes forgetting that they're not. And in that respect, this novel did not disappoint. I absolutely adored the banter between the two major characters, Pen & Will. If I had to single out what I didn't like about this novel, it would be that sometimes the prose was a bit confusing & almost awkward at times, making me have to go back and re-read a paragraph or two. Though she writes well, sometimes de los Santos is too wordy, and the sentences are a bit lengthier than necessary.I'm not sure if this is a stand-alone novel or if there are in plans in store for a pseudo series, but I'd look forward to following the future adventures of Penn, Will, & Cat.
l-mo on LibraryThing 5 months ago
After reading de los Santos' other books, I was excited to win this as an Early Review copy. I found this time though, that I had a hard time getting into it. Once I hit page 50 or so, I felt that it really picked up steam and I began to fall for the characters and get involved in their lives. It is a bit predictable, as most in this genre are, and it lost its tempo near the end, but all in all it's a decent read.
nbmars on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book is built upon a theme I generally eschew for being too predictable: friends getting together at a school reunion after not having seen each other for (in this case) six years, and then evincing fairly foreseeable reactions to one another. [On the other hand, I love the movie "Romy And Michele's High School Reunion," but (a) it's a satire; and (b) who can resist the combination of Mira Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow and Janeane Garofalo?] Marisa de los Santos is also someone it is hard to resist: she is a writer who excels in chronicling changes over the course of relationships. Nevertheless, even while I love her writing, I didn¿t love this book as much as her previous two.Pen (Penelope), Cat (Catalina) and Will (William) had met the first week of their first year at college, and became immediate soul mates. But after years of constant and close companionship, something happened to cause them not to see or contact each other since. Suddenly, Pen gets an email from Cat asking to meet her at their ten-year reunion, saying she needs her. Pen can't resist going; she has never stopped caring for her friends, and her life has been at loose ends ever since they parted.Pen is now a single mom, living with her daughter Augusta at her older brother Jamie¿s house. Jamie agrees to watch Augusta, and Pen goes off to the reunion meet her fate, for she knows that¿s what it will be.Discussion: I¿m not so sure if making enigmatic much of what happened among the three friends was a useful plot device for de los Santos; I didn¿t see any of the withheld information as significant enough to merit the mystery treatment. Rather, it seemed to me like a recipe for disappointment, because she was setting us up as if for something big that turned out to be rather mundane.On the positive side, de los Santos's writing is always a treat. The dialogue is clever and snappy (although sometimes so much so that the reader may be forgiven for suspecting that Pen, Cat, and Will traveled around with homunculi scriptwriters hidden in their pockets). The descriptive prose as well is vibrant and evocative, like this passage revealing Pen¿s reaction to Augusta¿s shimmery go-go girl outfit when Pen picks her up from a weekend with Augusta¿s father:"Pen could imagine her before-kids self being utterly disapproving of this, the little girl in makeup and grown-up clothes thing, the pre-pre-pre-tween fascination with fabulousness. But seeing it in action, she found it didn¿t bother her. Little girls were magpies and butterflies, gaga for everything shiny, in sheer, giggly, joyful love with transformation. Pen looked at Augusta, so at home in her body, so convinced of her own gorgeousness. Keep it up, honey, she thought. Hang on to it with both hands.¿Evaluation: As you may perhaps agree after reading that passage quoted above, it's hard not to love Marisa de los Santos, even in her less stellar efforts.
voracious on LibraryThing 5 months ago
"Falling Together" is about a trio of friends who meet in college and quickly become indivisible and exclusive in regards to others not in their triangle. Pen, Will and Cat finish each other's sentences, love and accept eachother's quirks, and become inexorably entwined into eachother's lives. When Cat falls in love with Jason, the triangle is fractured, and Cat abandons Will and Pen, as she believes she must to be with Jason. Subsequently, Will and Pen do not know how to continue in their relationship without Cat, and they too, ultimately end their relationship.Years later, when both Will and Pen receive contact from Cat requesting them to meet her at the Class Reunion, both struggle with their feelings of hopefulness and apprehension about being reunited as a trio. This novel is charming, heartwarming, and well-written, with Marisa de los Santos' wonderful style of prose and metaphor sprinkled throughout. This trademark style of breathtaking analogy is really the best part of the book, as her turns of phrase shuttle the reader into the scene in a multisensory way. There were times where I wanted to pluck the words from the page and save them in a jar to savor and re-read later. The story was however, a little long in the dialogue and short in the action. There were times when Will and Pen had overanalyzed their relationship with Cat to the point that I felt exhausted. I desperately wanted the story to move on, and when it did, I was happy to keep going. In general, though, I thought the story was good, the characters were solid and multifaceted, and the dialogue was quick, intelligent and hilarious. I was sorry to see the story end, as I wanted to remain friends with Pen and Willl. Perhaps they will return for another visit in another book?
julierenee13 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
While I have loved Marisa de los Santos's earlier books, this one was not one of my favorites. I felt the book could have been shorter or more could have happened faster. I can't really recommend this one.
ethel55 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Cat, Pen and Will were inseparable once they met in college. Now, Cat's married and in order to give her relationship a chance without the other two, all three have been living separate lives. Cat's mysterious disappearance reunites Pen and Will as they search with Cat's husband Jason for answers. Pen and Will are hurtling to an obvious conclusion, at least to the reader and while the journey to Cat is interesting, it seemed unfulfilling. This was my first Marisa de lost Santos novel and I guess I wanted to like it more.
writestuff on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Pen, Cat and Will all met in college and almost instantaneously became best friends. But, then, their friendship fell apart. Now, six years later, both Will and Pen receive a mysterious email from Cat asking them to come to their tenth year college reunion because she ¿needs¿ them. Anxious, but eager to see Cat, they make the trip. Within moments of reuniting, Pen and Will resume their old friendship filled with warmth and conversation and something else which neither of them have yet acknowledged. But Cat is not at the reunion and instead her childish, somewhat hostile husband, Jason, confronts the two friends. Before they know it, both Pen and Will (with Jason in tow) find themselves on a search for their old friend, uncovering secrets, and discovering who they have become in the years between college and now.Marisa de los Santos creates characters that are warm, flawed, and oh so real. It is one reason why I have loved her books. Falling Together is no exception. Pen, still reeling from her father¿s death and raising her daughter alone, holds onto the fantasy that she, Will and Cat will be able to recapture their old friendships. Will, now a children¿s author, regrets having left Pen behind all those years ago. And Cat, perhaps the most mysterious of the characters, has plunged ahead with her life and found independence.The writing in this novel is witty and vivid. de los Santos was educated as a poet, and her prose often resonates with lyricism and beautiful description.The themes of friendship, love, and human connection are strong in the novel. Those readers who enjoyed the character interactions in de los Santos¿s previous novels, will not be disappointed with the unspooling relationships in Falling Together. I found myself caught up in the lives of Pen and Will, Jason and Cat ¿ I wanted to see them find happiness and friendship. I really did not want to see their stories end.Marisa de los Santos has written a book full of heart and joy, and also laughter.Recommended to those readers who have enjoyed this author¿s previous books, and for readers who love women¿s fiction.
bearette24 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
What a great book! It's about 3 college friends, Cat, Pen and Will. Pen and Will embark on a journey with Cat's husband to find her. It's truly more about the journey than the destination, with Marisa de los Santos' lovely, poetic writing and warm, familiar characters.
dgmlrhodes on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is the second book that I have read by Marisa de los Santos. The first was her debut, Love Walked In. While I really enjoyed Love Walked In, I think her skills have grown even better with this, her third book! The book is about Will, Cat, and Pen. Three college friends who have not seen each other in quite some time after Cat decides that they can no longer be friends. When Will and Pen receive a message that Cat needs help, they rush to be with her.There are surprises along the way and the story is an enjoyable one. I love the way the the author puts words together and I kept re-reading passages and marking them throughout the book. There are so many neat descriptive phrases throughout. The characters are all likeable and fully developed. Without giving away the story, there were some parts that left me feeling a little off balance at the end, but that is what made the story good.Reader received an Advanced Readers edition from Library Thing Early Reviewers program.
Jenners26 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Book OverviewPen, Will and Cat meet during their first year of college and are immediately drawn to each other after ¿meeting cute/terrifying/hostile¿ (according to Cat, Pen and Will respectively). Forming a close-knit triad who finish each other¿s sentences and know each other inside and out, the three are as close as friends can be. Until one day, they part ways abruptly and painfully.Although Pen (short for Penelope) has moved on with her life¿becoming a single mother to her beloved 5-year-old daughter Augusta¿she¿s always felt the lack of Will and Cat in her life, especially after the sudden death of her father, which has left her devastated and lost. So when, out of the blue, Pen receives a somewhat cryptic and desperate e-mail from Cat asking her to come to the upcoming college reunion, Pen realizes she¿s been waiting for this ¿summons¿ ever since they parted. Little does she know that Will has received a similar e-mail. When the two arrive at the reunion, the mystery of what is going on with Cat deepens and becomes more complex¿leading Pen and Will to reexamine their past, present and future as they try to help their friend and figure out how and if they can fit into each other¿s lives again.My ThoughtsThe second I saw that Marisa de los Santos had a new novel coming out (the official release date is October 4), I immediately began plotting how I could get my hands on it. (Lucky for me, I was able to score an ARC through Amazon Vine.) I fell in love with de los Santos¿s effervescent writing and lovable characters in her first two books, Love Walked In and Belong To Me. Those books were utterly delightful, involving, touching and funny. The main character in those books, Cornelia Brown, felt like my long-lost best friend. I loved her immediately and instantly got caught up in the stories that surrounded her family and friends.This new novel, de los Santo¿s third, doesn¿t involve Cornelia Brown, and I was a bit disappointed when I discovered that. (I was hoping to visit with her again!!!) Still, de los Santos wrote so charmingly in her first books that I fully expected to be drawn into this book just as easily. I¿m so sorry to say that wasn¿t the case. Although Falling Together isn¿t a bad book by any means, it wasn¿t as delightful and fun and involving as her first two books. In fact, it took me almost a week to read it, when I clearly remember gobbling up the previous two books in just a day or two.When trying to figure out why I didn¿t fall for this book, I realized that there were two main problems. First, Pen (the primary narrator) just didn¿t have the sparkle, humor and pizazz that Cornelia did. Listening to her tell her story just wasn¿t engrossing. Admittedly, we¿re meeting Pen at a low point in her life. Reeling from her father¿s death and involved in a rather bizarre relationship with Augusta¿s father, Pen is a bit of a downer. Although I sympathized with her, I also got annoyed at her passivity and inability to recognize what seemed blindingly obvious to everyone around her.Second, the ¿Cornelia¿ character of the book¿the one you want to be girlfriends with¿is Cat, who we barely get to know except via Pen¿s memories and flashbacks. In fact, the entire book is really about Pen and Will¿s quest to find Cat, who is built up into this almost larger than life person (despite her diminutive size). But hearing about such a character without really getting to know them is distancing. It¿s like hearing your good friend rave about another friend but, never having met the person yourself, you don¿t fall under their spell.Still, as I said before, the book isn¿t without its charms. The writing is sometimes so graceful and lovely that you want to write the passages down and make them into a poster. Yet, in the end, I found myself just liking the book¿not loving it. Perhaps because of my delight in the first two books, I was destined to be disappointed with this one. However, I encourage you to give de los Santos a chance. S
vtlucania on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Falling Together did not disappoint me. So far, I will give Ms. de los Santos kudos for telling stories that are believable. It is possibel and most likey has happenbed ot many people the reunion of someone who has been out of their lives so long but once they have reentered the picture life becomes "sweeter." Readers forget real people have problems they have to work through. People have to growup and realize what is important to them. This is the case of Will, Pen and Cat the reason for the story. The story also shows peopel can change and those who were once despised can become friends. Life is that way, the unexpected can lead to shifts soem good and others not so much. Interestingly, I found the guys in this story the characters I like the best: Jamie and Will but now that I think about it, I felt that way with de los Santos' "Belong to Me and Loved Walked In." I am sure if you are into psychoanaysis this means something but it simply means to me these characters were more likeable to me. If you are a person who want the story to grab you fromt he first word without the nuances, this may not be the book for you. If you can't let yourself believe in love that transcends time, this is may not be the book for you. If you want a story with real life issues, give "Falling Together" a chance.
ceh0017 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I think I felt reversed with Marisa books. Love Walked In and Belong to me were good, but I really enjoyed Falling Together the most. I felt like I was a part of the story and was sad when the book ended because I wanted more time with the characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes her writing. This was a fairly quick read that captured my attention with the mystery of finding Cat.
ForSix on LibraryThing 5 months ago
There were a few things about this novel I found a touch troubling. I think our author could have brought them together in a different way. The premise seemed a bit unrealistic. The friendship was believable but the way it ended wasn¿t. I will never understand why people do what they do. Friends will be your friends as long as you allow them to be, they accept you, support you, and will tease the holy heck out of you. They are supposed to, it¿s their job. To end a friendship because you can¿t handle the truth is dumb. Plain and simple. The fact these three ended a great friendship because one wanted to be married and the other two couldn¿t handle the fact that other feelings existed between them is idiotic. To bring them together to search for Cat with Cat¿s sometimes-likeable husband was, for lack of a better word, odd. Made no sense to me, especially how they came together at the college reunion. And that¿s where we began, not the greatest start.To steal a line from the novel, I have no idea why Pen though Cat ¿hung the moon.¿ There was nothing redeeming in Cat that would make me travel halfway around the word to make sure she was okay. I found her to be mean, egotistical. She was a woman who would rip apart a friendship for her own selfish gain. And it wasn¿t just the friendship that suffered, it was her marriage as well. There are things I absolutely agree with Julie about: Our disdain for Cat. What a ¿beyotch.¿ The lack of any real conflict in the novel between Pen and Will that wasn¿t forced. The journey that was sometimes a bit tedious, tiresome. The only thing that made the search bearable for me was Pen. As I told Julie, I heart Pen. She was one of the most authentic characters I have read in a long time. She was funny, smart. Flawed? Absolutely. Truth be told, I didn¿t like her initially. Through the first few chapters, I thought she was a slightly pathetic, sanctimonious, needy woman who was wallowing in the bad choices she made. As I kept reading, I saw a transformation in her. I saw that she was someone who held steadfast to an idea of family, she didn¿t want to let anyone go. She was a keeper and guarded what she had ferociously. I loved the connection she had with her brother, mom and daughter. I loved how vulnerable she was when discussing her father. I found most of her actions natural, real. I thought that Pen and Will had great chemistry together. It wasn¿t rip your bodice type chemistry, it was I¿m in love with my best friend type. I thought they fit together beautifully. In the final chapters, there is some forced tension between them. It seemed thrown in to add conflict to the novel. It was completely unnecessary. There are two reasons I enjoyed this novel as much as I did. The first is Pen. The second is about how family and togetherness this novel embodies. I come from a large Portuguese family. I have a brother and sister, but almost as many aunts, uncles and cousins as there are stars on a clear night. I love being part of something that is so big and wondrous. I love having a place where I belong, where everyone is loud and crazy and funny. It¿s an incredible thing. This novel reminded me of that.The main difference I found in this novel from Ms. de los Santos¿ other novel is that where her first novels started strong and finished weak, this novel started weak and finished strong. I am a fan her work and recommend her novel Love Walked In as well.
smallwonder56 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
"Falling Together", a novel about three college friends who part ways after school and are brought together again years later under contrived circumstances was not my favorite book by Marisa de los Santos. Her lyric, fluid writing was there, but without enough of a realistic plot to bring it all together. What sort of person decides, at graduation, that the three close friends in their group should go their separate ways after graduation? Someone in another review described them as "melodramatic" and that's what I got out of it, too. "Contrived" was another word that came to mind. I'd expect that sort of decision making from a 13 or 14 year old. And all the "adventures" that brought them together again seemed contrived to me, as well. I'll definitely read de los Santos' next book because her writing is often exquisite, but I'll be hoping for more substance the next time.
JulieC0802 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I had heard nothing but good things about Ms. de los Santos' books so when I saw this one through LT ER, I requested it.While the book was good it wasn't really what I expected. I kept waiting for something to really happen during the course of the book and until the last 20 pages nothing really did. That's not saying that the plot wasn't moving forward , it was but at a very slow pace. I still wonder what it was about Cat that made Pen and Will feel that they couldn't be friends without her. For me that was never really resolved.
coolmama on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I LOVED the first two of Marisa's books -but this one totally fell flat to me.It took AGES to get into the story, and there was so so so so much hype (way too much) leading up to the great reason for the break-up of these three friends, it was a total let down once the reason was revealed. The book was way way way too long, and for the first 9/10 I was bored silly, but the last 15 pages reminded me of the "old" Marisa and why I like her books so much.This was the story of three friends: Pen, Will and Cat who were inseperable during their college years, but six years ago decided to disband their friendship (this part made no sense to me at all). Current Day: Will and Pen receive an email from Cat which begs for their help and hopes to see them at the upcoming reunion. Mystery and detective story ensues........