Never Fall Down

Never Fall Down

by Patricia McCormick
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Never Fall Down: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book yesterday and it was incredible. Not only did it teach me about something I have never heard of before, it also made me appreciate the life I have been given. It is such a well told story and you feel like you know the characters. She is such an amazing author and this young man tells an incredibly moving story. All together it is an amazing and powerful book that will change your outlook on life. Easily 5 Stars.
MariahElizabeth More than 1 year ago
This book is by far the best book I have ever read. I could not put it down. I won't spoil the story for you, but I would recommend this to anyone- teenagers, pre teens, adults, everyone- in a heartbeat! You will not be disappointed by this inspirational recap about the life of Arn Chorn-Pond. Please read this book. Everyone.
Mattie604 More than 1 year ago
I agree with all the other reviewers- this book was simply amazing! I could not put it down at all. I thought this book would be just another boring survival story, but the author writes fabulously, and the character's story is inspiring. Before I read this book, the only evacuations of certain races/ethnic groups/social classes I knew of was of the Cherokee Indians, the Jews, and the Gypsies. I had no clue what the Khmer Rouge was, but I found them to be even more terrifying than the Nazi. In this book, a young boy named Arn's life was forever changed when his family was evacuated from their home in Cambodia due to the Khmer Rouge, a Communist party that attempted to enforce social equality by getting rid of everyone's belongings and killing upper-class people. Other things the Khmer Rouge did was kill people, even babies, with axes, kill their own members, rape the women of the community, and basically kill anyone for anything. Arn himself lost his mother, two of his sisters, and his baby brother. He was raped, threatened, forced to bury dead bodies of campers, to abandon his dying little sister, and to join the Khmer Rouge army, where he witnessed a woman cut in half, a girl having her leg blown off by a bomb, and much more. As time went on, Arn changed from a innocent young boy into a confused, heartless monster. He accepted his sister's death, broke out in violent fights, killed people, and killed monkeys. There was definitely a loss of innocence. Two things that affected me about this book was 1: it was a true story about someone named Arn Chorn-Pond, and two, that this was allowed to happen. Usually the U.S. finds a way to get involved in this kind of stuff (Holocaust, Vietnam War, Berlin Wall, etc). I'm wondering if it was because were unaware, didn't know how to find these prisoner camps, or just didn't care.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has to be the best book I've read! I love how Patricia McCormick wrote the story how the main character would actually talk. This book was VERY descriptive, leaving it possible to picture everything that this little boy goes through. Never Fall Down definitely shows how cruel people can be and some parts were even hard to read, but it all falls together in the end. -Destiny
-BNB- More than 1 year ago
Through the eyes and memories of an older child/adolescent, we gain a view of daily life in Cambodia decades ago and grippingly, into the unfolding drama of that life taken over by the Khmer Rouge. The author hypes nothing. Rather, retaining an immigrant's pattern of broken, spoken English which adds a sense a validity throughout, she allows the character to walk us through the drama. We encounter each situation, each decision with Arn, without the benefit of anything more than he would have known. Progressing from childhood to young adulthood is always complicated, but navigating that passage within in this tumult grabs both the heart and imagination. Most surprising to this reviewer were his encounters with western culture. I teach many newly-immigrated adolescents. All of them came to my mind as I pondered how difficult the transition may have been for them. I have not stopped recommending this book since I purchased it a few months ago.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When the genocide was in the news and I wondered why we went to war in Vietnam but did not stop the Kmer rouge. I still have no answer and no answer as to why but my faith in the ability of ordinary humans to love and even triumph in the face of such astounding adversity has been restored. Written with the voice of Arn this book whispers to your heart. At the end you will understand what it means to have a tiger growling in your chest. I challenge you to read this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful story. Very sad, very raw, and very important.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poignant and based on a true story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading all the reviews on this book, I had to read it. I knew the story was told by a little boy however what i didnt realize is that the book would be written in 3 word sentances and broken english. It at times makes it hard to read. I still plan on finishing the book because it is an amazing story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unforgettable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book!!!!!!!!!!! I nevr thought i would like this genra until i gave it a chance great book i recomend to anyone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Difficult book to read because of the content but a book that is hard to put down. I must have been to young to realize what was happening in Cambodia, I was concerned about our service men and women getting home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A disturbing yet important account of life in Cambodia
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shocking, graphic, and a statement about the resiliant human spirit.
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Immediately ordered another book by this author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the story of a boy trying to survive horrendous circumstances. It was interesting how he changed from victim to victimizer in order to survive, and even more interesting aware he was of what was happening. I liked the style choices made by the author to keep an authentic voice for the boy.
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Sue5 More than 1 year ago
139 pages of a child surviving the Cambodian "Killing Fields". I couldn't put this down.
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NanaDi_WI More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down once I started reading it. What an incredibly triumphant story of a once-innocent child caught in the confusing and ever-changing web of war and what he did to survive. Heartbreaking, horrific and inspiring only scratch the surface when describing this journey. One can't help but do some serious soul-searching about what in life truly matters after reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was good, but was slow in spots. I liked reading about other cultures.