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How I Fall

How I Fall

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by Anne Eliot
Impossible because she's Ellen Foster. The beautiful, smart, and possibly fragile photography-girl. You're Cam Campbell. The guy who plays football 24/7 with no life. But what if during junior year, you decide to finally try for her phone number-until this glitter-crazed new girl ruins your plan. Worse, the girl is Irish,


Impossible because she's Ellen Foster. The beautiful, smart, and possibly fragile photography-girl. You're Cam Campbell. The guy who plays football 24/7 with no life. But what if during junior year, you decide to finally try for her phone number-until this glitter-crazed new girl ruins your plan. Worse, the girl is Irish, awkward, and insists you and Ellen should become best friends-with her! Only, you don't want to be friends with a human tornado, and you think Ellen might need to stay a crush. This is because after one interaction you've discovered Ellen Foster really is fragile. Your problems and secrets are too big for anyone to understand.

But what if the three of you wind up assigned to a group photography project, where rumors are already circling about the new girl being ridiculous? You know she's nice but very alone, so you convince your crush to help protect the new girl. Suddenly, working on the project makes hanging out, texting, talking-and even high school-seem fun and completely normal when it's anything but normal.

What if you kiss Ellen Foster and it's perfect enough to make you believe in things you shouldn't. You tell her secrets and share your dreams. You make the kinds of promises and create plans to be together that might be impossible to keep when you're only sixteen and your parents control your entire future,

Editorial Description:
How I Fall, is the first book in the two-book, bestselling, high school romance series that ends with: How I Fly. Though they can be read as stand-alone stories, it is recommended that readers read this book first. The series is about friendship, boyfriends, taking risks and first love. There's a photographer heroine who has left-sided cerebral palsy (hemiparesis) that makes her weak on one side and she falls often; all while she's falling deeply in love with football jock, Cam Campbell. He's a guy who also dreams to be a photographer like Ellen Foster. But his football life and his parents are out of control. Above all, he's had a crush on Ellen Foster forever. But because Cam and Ellen are really young to be so in love, and because they both face huge life issues, there's always been a question hanging between them: Are they meant to be?

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Butterfly Books, LLC
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.83(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Meet the Author

Anne Eliot writes young adult fiction for middle school and high school teens and for any who are young at heart. She's the author of How I Fall and How I Fly (a series), as well as a bestselling author of two other stand alone, sweet teen romances: Almost, and Unmaking Hunter Kennedy. She loves writing about friendships and first kisses and teens with issues like PTSD, depression, and now CP/hemiparesis as well as how high school teens face heavy burdens of societal and parental pressures these days. She loves writing about teens who live outside the ordinary, but who live well despite what cards they were dealt. She's also devoted to stories with sweet first kisses and first loves.

Anne resides in Colorado with a very patient husband, kids she adores (near and far) who are growing up too fast, and a trouble making Chihuahua named, Pico DeGuy. She is addicted to cheese and crackers, Tim Hortons coffee and can also be found often dreaming on Tumblr: anneeliot.tumblr.com, tweeting @yaromance, or goofing off on Facebook/AnneEliotAuthor.

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How I Fall 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
otakutwins More than 1 year ago
Do you ever just want to read a realistic fiction book and enjoy it even though you absolutely love fantasy? Do you ever want to open a promising looking book about high school students and be entertained and filled with hope instead of doom and despair? How about, do you want to read a romantic story that’s clean, nice and really truly wonderful? Please, my friends, look no further for this post will help you down that path to a new bright future. How I Fall will give you that hope in life once again. How I Fall was different from the typical realistic fiction genre, instead of clicky girls gossiping about each other, high school parties and a trouble-maker teen, this book brought something different to the table. And I’m not talking about chicken people! Nope, I’m talking about some good ‘ol roast beef. This beef brings in a nice, hopeful main character who has immense hopes when it comes to photography and low hopes when it comes to friends. Ellen Foster is this nice roast beef (is it weird comparing her to food?) and the reason why she has low hopes for friends is because she has something known as CP. I’ve never heard of CP before reading this book so I learned something as well. CP is Cerebral Palsy, according to Webmd.com, it is a “broad term used to describe chronic disorders that impair control of movement…” Okay as much as I like Ellen all the other characters were just as good and wonderful. I KNOW!!! More than one awesome sauce character!!!!!! My next favorite character was Laura from Ireland, commonly called by Cam (another main character) Ireland. She’s so cute! It might sound weird but she’s just so charming and all the other characters think so too. She’s hopeful, filled with happiness as colorful as the rainbow and believes in a simple thing known as fate. Laura loves sparkles too which makes me like her even better! Cam is the main guy character, and one of the points of views the story is told from other than Ellens. He’s a nice guy who’s in football but his mind is elsewhere. He’s not a jerk, doesn’t gossip or beat people up, he’s kind and caring. Seriously I don’t think I’ve ever read a realistic fiction book with greater characters. If you want to read a book with great characters without knowing about the plot, then just pick this book up right now!!!! Okay. Done with the characters, on to the plot. I’ve never been one for realistic fiction books, if you couldn’t tell…Yet this book was so refreshing it was like jumping into a nice cold pool in the middle of a hot summer. Refreshing. New. Hopeful, three words I’d use to describe it and all it’s wonder. Ellen is assigned with Cam, Laura and sort of Partick (her friend another somewhat big main character) for a photo contest were she can win a scholarship. It’s been her dream, photography makes her happy, seeing things take new from through a lens opens her eyes. But love is in the air, yes love, and will a certain someone fall in love with that other certain someone? Was it Fate that actually brought them together? Will happiness come their way or a shattering thing known as sorrow? To find out the answers of these questions, please, just read How I Fall by Anne Eliot. My final thoughts, AMAZING!
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
Ellen is a high school junior with mild cerebral palsy, who has been working hard to walk without a cane. Her one true passion is photography, and she plans to win the scholarship to the Western Ontario Arts School summer program. Ellen's best friend is Patrick, who has just made it onto the school football team. They have been friends since grade seven, when they both started high school as outcasts. Cam, the school's star quarterback, has had a crush on Ellen since grade eight. Turns out Ellen has a long-standing crush on him, too. Only they have never spoken. Now Cam has joined the photography class and is trying to come up with a way to finally talk to Ellen. Then fate intervenes in the form of Irish girl Laura London. But how will Ellen react when she's forced to work on a major photography assignment with Cam and Laura when she's so used to working on her own? The story is told from the alternating viewpoints of Ellen and Cam, with cute asides from Ellen in her parts (see italicized portions in the excerpt above). I enjoyed the style of writing, however, the narrative is very slow and repetitive and there was a bit too much explaining going on. In addition, the relationship between Ellen and Cam is frustrating, to say the least. They both like each other, but are afraid of saying anything. Even as they seem to be getting closer, neither of them is willing to admit their feelings to the other. The climactic scene towards the end of the book is very unrealistic and over-the-top, as are the reactions of Cam's parents. Irish girl Laura provides comic relief, but her character is a bit of a stereotype. When Ellen and Cam finally do get together, their relationship is very sweet, and I did enjoy those parts. This story is full of teenage angst, bullying, domestic violence, family dramas, abusive parents, and physical pain. These aspects are balanced out by a sweet first love and great friendships. Be warned, this book ends with no resolution, and the story concludes in "How I Fly". I received this book in return for an honest review.
ThisGirlReadsAlot More than 1 year ago
Anne has a knack for writing unconventional, realistic young adult romances that are always sweet and never erotic. With so many novels bordering on erotica, it's nice to read a book where the writing is all about love and not sex. (There's nothing wrong with sex but it's nice to do without it sometimes) In How I Fall, Ellen---a sweet, and sassy teenaged girl with Cerebral Palsy has a crush on the school's dreamy-eyed quarterback. Better yet, he has a crush on her too. In the real world they crush on each other from afar, and only in the privacy of their own minds. Until a crazy, glitter bearing Irish girl comes along and brings them all together, Cam, Ellen, Laura--the crazed glitter girl, and Ellen's overprotective brother/best friend. Their relationship is doomed before it begins. Cam's overprotective, and overzealous parents don't want him dating. They want him to focus on football--and getting his diploma. Ellen is content with admiring Cam from afar and staying way, way in the background but Laura not only rains glitter but she refuses to stand idly by while two young people so obviously in love are kept apart. The most charming thing about this novel is Laura. Her presence is unexpected at first but she quickly charms her way through the pages of this book--sporting a tiger beanie and glittery hippie clothes. While I enjoyed the other characters I enjoyed the moments with Laura's characters most because she was just so strange and utterly unashamed about it. The MC... Ellen, although battling with a life-altering disease stands strong and doesn't let her CP control her life. Her character is very inspirational and I can imagine that there are many girls out there that had been waiting for a story just like this one. Cam... Cam was charming obviously, and I loved how rebellious he was. He refused to let high school judgements and overbearing parents deter him from being with the one girl no one expects him to be with. Who says a girl with CP can't have love. Readers will enjoy this realistic, romantic story with its quirky and amusing writing. Unfortunately it leaves with an open-ended ending and if you don't like to wait for sequels--well you have with this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm adding this review because I think the blurb does a pretty bad job of selling this book. I was so close to not buying HOW I FALL based on the blurb, but I read a review that laid out the plot much more clearly, and I’m glad I gave it a chance. It’s a really great story. So, here’s what the book is really about: Cam’s had a crush on Ellen since eighth grade—four years and he still hasn’t worked up the nerve to talk to her. To him, she’s perfect: a beautiful, talented photographer. To her, he’s popular, untouchable Cam. Quarterback of the football team. The guy every girl wants. A guy who would never be interested in someone like her, someone with Cerebral Palsy. When an Irish exchange student tumbles into their lives—literally knocking Ellen to the ground and immediately declaring Ellen and Cam her best friends—the two are thrown together for the first time ever. Cam sees it as his opportunity to finally talk to the girl of his dreams. And Ellen learns there’s more to Cam than football. But getting together isn’t as easy as “I like you, you like me.” Because the rest of the school doesn’t accept that their star quarterback could like someone like Ellen. And Cam’s parents are absolutely against him dating a cripple. Yep, I used the word cripple. It’s an awful way of talking about a person with Cerebral Palsy (CP), but it’s also the way Cam’s dad and mom refer to Ellen on multiple occasions. That, or “that handicapped girl.” They’re the main antagonists here, controlling their son like a puppet and spouting some pretty horrible things about Ellen and Ellen’s best friend, Patrick, who lives in a trailer park.  The story never feels melodramatic, though. I think it easily could have come off as Lifetime Movie of the Week, but Eliot sidesteps that by creating a plot that feels very natural. I think the biggest reason I enjoyed this so much was because of the characters. Ellen is strong and resilient despite a body that often fails her. She doesn’t grumble or complain, but we see that CP does affect her. She’s often proud or embarrassed, but even more so determined and joyful. Through her POV we see the lengths she goes to in order to appear as “normal” as possible, hiding her bad hand or covertly holding herself up when her weak leg fails her. Which brings me to the next point: Eliot has clearly done her research into CP. I’m not extremely familiar with the condition, but to my inexpert eyes it felt like Eliot really understands CP. Yes, we learn a bit about it—facts and such—during the book, but really standout were the ways CP affected Ellen’s life.  Also well done was Irish exchange student Laura, who was aptly compared to Luna Lovegood by Ellen. She’s comfortable in her skin, not afraid of what others think of her, and a little goofy and kooky but in the best way possible. And then there’s Cam. The book is told from both his and Ellen’s POVs, and I’m glad for that. I loved being inside Cam’s head. He doesn’t have the charmed life Ellen imagines before they become friends, and I really felt for what he had to deal with at home. Cam was so very refreshing. Cam is popular, yes. Girls love him, yes, though he’s clueless about it. But more than that, he’s loyal. He’s loved Ellen since eighth grade and doesn’t hook up with girls just because he can. He also isn’t ashamed to be seen with her, or afraid of what his friends will think. Another bonus: He’s not cocky. He’s shy and nervous around her and just as insecure when with her as she is with him. It was such a breath of fresh air. I really, really loved reading his POV chapters for this reason. Because of that, I was 100 percent behind the romance between Ellen and Cam. It’s not insta-love since they’ve had crushes on one another for a while. And it’s not based solely on the fact that they each find each other attractive. There’s that, of course, but they share a love of photography. Plus, their personalities are very similar—both a bit awkward and unsure—that I completely believed they could love one another. But be warned: this is part of a series of at least one other book. HOW I FALL ends on a cliffhanger. I will definitely be picking up HOW I FLY as soon as it releases. 
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
Ellen likes Cam. Cam Likes Ellen. And then comes Hurricane Laura. Cam has been waiting for a morning like this to happen for a long time. Today is the day that he plans to make his intentions for Ellen known. All was going well until this pixie dust wearing whirlwind comes crashing into his life and about ruins it all. Or does it? In fact, Laura may very well be the most perfect distraction ever to ignite his plan. And if a few new friendships come to fruition...so be it! ** I’ve decided Laura’s the closest thing to a living comet I’ll ever meet. Everyone’s always staring at her because she’s extra bright and obviously from a faraway place so they can’t look away. I know I can’t. She’s lucky, too. Instead of how it is when people stare at me because I walk funny or tumble and fall, they’re simply captivated. ** I took my time with this one, but it was one I couldn't wait to get back to after having to step away from it. It called to me. I constantly wondered what these amazing kids were up to. Oh yes, after just starting the book, I was quickly smitten with them all. Cam and Ellen are absolutely adorable. And Laura was a breath of fresh air to the YA literary world (couldn't get enough of her). Not to forget Patrick...I loved his fierce love for his best friend, Ellen. Put these 4 together and you have one power packed friendship and awesomely awesome characters you won't soon forget. ** “I want to kiss you. Like this. Now. If that’s okay.” Just as the wind scatters more golden leaves down over our heads she nods and whispers, “So do I, if that’s okay?” ** Readers who know Eliot's previous work knows that she likes to weave a tragic tale with heart swooning romance! She likes to give us readers a strong female lead, but one that has heart and soul too. A lead we can relate to no matter what she is dealing with. And HOW I FALL is no different. This story is absolutely fabulous and stole my heart from start to finish. Cannot wait to get my hands on HOW I FLY. YES!! The story continues on. 5 Beautiful and Heart Stirring Stars!