In the Path of Falling Objects

In the Path of Falling Objects

by Andrew Smith
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Overview

In the Path of Falling Objects by Andrew Smith

Two brothers leave home looking for their father, and find themselves hitching a ride with a violent killer – here is a road trip from hell.

Jonah and his younger brother, Simon, are on their own. They set out to find what's left of their family, carrying between them ten dollars, a backpack full of dirty clothes, a notebook, and a stack of letters from their brother, who is serving a tour in Vietnam. And soon into their journey, they have a ride. With a man and a beautiful girl who may be in love with Jonah. Or Simon. Or both of them.

The man is crazy. The girl is desperate. This violent ride is only just beginning. And it will leave the brothers taking cover from hard truths about loyalty, love, and survival that crash into their lives.

One more thing: The brothers have a gun. They're going to need it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429954839
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: 09/29/2009
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,030,706
File size: 506 KB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Andrew Smith is the author of Ghost Medicine and The Marbury Lens, both of which were named American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults. In addition to writing, he teaches high school advanced placement classes and coaches rugby. He lives in Southern California with his family, in a rural location in the mountains.


Andrew Smith is the author of Ghost Medicine and The Marbury Lens, both of which were named American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults. He is also the author of In the Path of Falling Objects. Smith started writing for newspapers and radio. He then traveled around the world and from job to job, working in metal mills, as a longshoreman, in bars and liquor stores, in security and as a musician. Now, in addition to writing, he teaches high school advanced placement classes and coaches rugby. He lives in Southern California with his family, in a rural location in the mountains.

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In the Path of Falling Objects 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
tisanders More than 1 year ago
Abandoned by their mother, two teenaged brothers head to Arizona from Texas on foot to meet up with their father who is being released from prison and their brother who might soon return from Vietnam. Along the way, they are picked up by a hippie serial-killer named Mitch and a pregnant 16-year-old girl named Lilly. Jonah and Simon both admire the girl and Jonah even develops a relationship with her; however, Mitch's jealousy and odd behavior soon alarm the brothers and they realize they must escape or their lives could be in peril. Readers will be pulled in by the short, suspenseful chapters, the letters from older brother Matthew, and the fear for the characters' future and safety.
GracieGT2 More than 1 year ago
The cover of the book reads, "the road trip from hell" - and it couldn't be more correct. In the Path of Falling Objects is the story of brothers Jonah and Simon as they trek across New Mexico with the faint hope of finding their older brother Matthew, who has been serving in Vietnam, in Arizona. They hitch a ride from two seemingly harmless people: Mitch, a strange young man with the intriguing ability to automatically count things, and Lilly, the beautiful, pregnant teenager with him. What the two boys don't know is that by getting in the car, they are about to embark on a nightmarish journey that they may not return from. The book is a riveting, disturbing thrill ride that will keep you hanging on the edge of your seat until the shattering climax. Although it starts out slow, the moment they get in the car jolts you into a rush of danger, passion, mistrust, violence, jealousy, and a strange claustrophobic sense of being trapped. You become fully engrossed in Jonah's narrative: his frustration at his brother's stubborn petulance, his wariness of Mitch that quickly escalates into terror, his sad, hopeless longing to find his brother, his confusion about his growing feelings for Lilly and whether or not she loves him, too, and his constant desire to protect and look after Simon in the way only a brother can feel. Every other character is perfectly fleshed out as well: Simon, so eager to make his own way into the world he begins taking unnecessary risks; Lilly, a girl desperate for an abortion, trapped by circumstance, but who knows exactly how to manipulate people into getting what she needs; and Mitch, the sick, twisted driver of the vehicle who is mentally unstable and obsessed with Lilly. When she seems to fall for Jonah, the careful tension that Smith has kept up in the novel explodes into chaos that you just can't tear your eyes away from. Mitch makes a thoroughly petrifying villain because of his controlling and unpredictable nature; the passengers don't trust him, but have no other choice if they want to get where they need to be. By the time they realize what Mitch is capable of, it is too late. In the Path of Falling Objects is a completely engrossing, exhilarating, and chilling ride - one you won't soon forget.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made me a fan of Andrew Smith. I couldn't put it down! The pain experienced from being abandoned by their mother and their relationship as brothers is incredibly sad and well written. A must read!
Chancie More than 1 year ago
Unique, dark, and engaging. Really liked it! Not for the faint of heart, but very good. The characters feel a little unrealistic in that they change their morals way too fast, but otherwise, it was definitely a worthwhile read.
Perry-the-Ducktipus More than 1 year ago
This book was both suspenseful and a nice change from the fantasy books I tend to read. Andrew Smith wrote a very riveting story with deep rooted characters. I would recommend this book to any young adult- even adult would enjoy this book
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