Lessons in Falling

Lessons in Falling

by Diana Gallagher


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LESSONONE: Playing it safe beats taking chances.

After an injury ends Savannah’s dream of a college gymnastics scholarship,

she quits. Despite her parents’ protests, she won’t risk breaking her body—

and heart—again.

LESSONTWO: Catch your best friend when she falls—or regret it forever.

Rules are meant to be broken, according to Savannah’s best friend, Cassie—

and it’s more fun to break them together. But when Cassie attempts

suicide, Savannah’s left wondering how well she really knows her.

LESSONTHREE: Learning to leap forward, not knowing where you’ll land is the hardest lesson of all.

Fallingfor Marcos wasn’t part of the plan. Not only did he save Cassie’s

life, he also believes Savannah can still achieve her dreams. Except Cassie

thinks Marcos and gymnastics will only break Savannah’s heart.

As Savannah tumbles and twists through toxic friendships and crushing

parental expectations, she realizes you never know who will be there when


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633920378
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Pages: 338
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Though Diana Gallagher be but little, she is fierce. She’s also a gymnastics coach and judge, former collegiate gymnast, and writing professor. She holds an MFA from Stony Brook University and her work has appeared in The Southampton Review, International Gymnast, and on a candy cigarette box for SmokeLong Quarterly. To learn more, visit her website at dianagallagher.blogspot.com.

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Lessons in Falling 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars. Savannah is a sixteen year-old former gymnastics champion who's still recovering from the knee injury she suffered six months ago. She's had surgery and physical therapy, and can't imagine going back to gymnastics because she can't be perfect. She lives in a small coastal New York town that's having a social crisis over the large number of immigrant Mexicans and DREAMers who've taken up residence in this locale. Savannah's always been sheltered by her family--her father's a teacher at her high school, an d her best friend, Cassie--who's loud and audacious. Cassie stayed at Savannah's bedside as she recovered from injuries and surgeries, and shes' struggling hard, but Savannah's too caught up in her own misery to really notice, until Cassie attempts suicide. Then, Savannah starts to question all their interactions, Cassie's newer friendships with kids from the migrant community, and why Savannah can't just get past her paralyzing fears. Part of this is re-envisioning her life, and letting in new people, like Marcos, who help Savannah see that sometimes the relationships we hold dearest aren't the most healthy. For me, this was an okay read. I liked the parts where Savannah challenged herself to get back on the pommel horse and rehab completely. She had more friends in her life than she'd first let on, and Cassie was a good-ish friend, I thought. She struggled, sure, but her affection and compassion were unquestioned. Savannah seemed way more self-centered than I was comfortable with, and Marcos urged her to be even more so. I wasn't really upset about that, because it is important to find one's own path, but Savannah's actions came off as callous and borderline negligent. I do understand that some friendships are co-dependent and unhealthy, I get that, but the manner of Savannah's reckoning and reconciliation were awkward and unkind. Considering how attentive Cassie had been to her, Savannah's own actions felt mean by comparison. The subplot of anti-immigrant sentiment and violence was odd, and Savannah's interaction on this front was, uh, nutso? That's probably not a clinical term, but how she behaved was beyond rational and the resolution of that crisis was entirely too convenient. I also had an issue with elements of the timeline. Savannah's family life was weird, and her brother's experience in the military was intimated to be far longer than the actual year that it would have been, if a reader (like me) did the math. There's a little bit of romance, and lotta bit of rehab--both physical and emotional--with Savannah finding her true path back to her old life. This time she has some new pals, a boyfriend and a college plan. It's got heartwarming moments, even if Savannah reads as analytical and cold. I received a review copy via NetGalley.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Spencer Hill Press and NetGalley.) This was a contemporary story about a gymnast and her strained relationship with her best friend. I felt quite sorry for Savannah in this because of the way her best friend Cassie treated her. Savannah looked to Cassie as her best friend, whilst Cassie seemed to always be putting her down and focusing her attention on her other friend instead. The storyline in this was about Savannah going back to gymnastics after a knee injury, wondering about which college she would go to and whether she could get a scholarship, and worrying about Cassie, especially after Cassie’s attempted suicide. I did find the story quite dull though, even with the attempted suicide, and I didn’t like the relationship between Savannah and Cassie all that much, as Cassie came across as quite self-centred and unsupportive of Savannah. The ending to this was okay, and I was pleased that Savannah had got her future at college worked out. 6 out of 10
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Thanks to NetGalley and Spencer Hill Press for the opportunity to read and review Lessons in Falling by Diana Gallagher! A wonderful story of finding what you are capable of and figuring out what you truly want in life AND giving everything you have to accomplish both. Savannah is recovering from a gymnastic injury and trying to figure out how to deal with life without gymnastics. Her life gets fuller and she has to decide on her priorities compared to the people around her. The surrounding characters grew on me and the author's writing made them feel realistic and the struggles of these characters were dimensional, just like real life. I love this book; 5 stars for a must read realistic fiction!
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
Lessons in Falling is a coming of age tale of that kind of gets you right in the heart.  Savannah is a gymnast but after an injury, she’s really questioning if she wants to continue on. She’s been doing it her whole life so in all honesty its a part of her. I loved that she was a gymnast. You don’t see very many stories with that background. Throughout this book, there are a ton of ups and downs. From her friend Cassie to the new boy in her life Marcos.  This is Diana Gallagher’s debut into the book world. I think she did a fantastic job with the story. I enjoyed it and I think this is a YA that anyone could really fall into. The only thing for me is that I didn’t get that emotional connection with the characters. And that is a huge thing for me.  Overall, I give this Four Boundless Stars