Aspen Quick has never really worried about how he's affecting people when he steals from them. But this summer he'll discover just how strong the Quick family magic is--and how far they'll go to keep their secrets safe. With a smart, arrogant protagonist, a sinister family tradition, and an ending you won't see coming, this is a fast-paced, twisty story about power, addiction, and deciding what kind of person you want to be, in a family that has the ability to control everything you are.
* "Fast-paced and unpredictable, the plot seamlessly balances a summer romance with well-crafted paranormal suspense. A fresh and substantive story about family, love, and deciding who you want to be in the world."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||12 Years|
About the Author
Lindsay Ribar lives in New York City, where she works in book publishing by day and writes YA novels by night. She is the author of The Art of Wishing, The Fourth Wish, and Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies. Lindsay attends far too many concerts, watches far too much nerdy TV, and consumes fanfiction like it's made out of chocolate. She is fond of wine, cheese, and really cool accents. Ask her about her Harry Potter tattoo.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is an adventure for ya brain!
Lindsay Ribar's latest is witty, weird, and utterly unpredictable. It's an exploration of questions involving family, choice, identity, forgiveness, and empathy, and its narrator, Aspen Quick, has a fresh, killer voice that begs to be read aloud. Ribar's writing is gorgeous and elegant without being overdone, and the mystery she has woven will keep you guessing until the very end. You haven't read a YA like this one. Read this if you're bored by the same ol' same ol'. ROCKS FALL will break your reading slump.
Lindsay Riber's books always dish out some harsh truths about the status quo, and challenge young people to improve the society they're brought up in. They're the kind of books I want to give to my kid when he's old enough and be like "See! Read this and learn how not to let the patriarchy mold you into a douche!" Rocks Fall is her strongest yet! It's a story about a young man with privilege who must learn to recognize it, check it, and flip his world around in hopes of undoing the damage caused not only by him but also by so many others with unchecked privilege. True, his privilege is of the magical variety, but Riber's deft nuanced writing proves that makes little difference in how the protagonist's experiences can be applied to the real world. Like her previous books, Rocks Fall challenges gender role stereotypes, but it also goes a step further and shines a bold light on the negative effects of toxic masculinity. The thing I most love about Riber's books is that they do all this without being "lessons" or preachy or even drawing clear-cut conclusions. They put the questions out there: What does it mean to be a good person? What is the right way to deal with Bad Situations? And then they leave the reader with the task of exploring morality on their own. Also, have I mentioned, they're hilarious and sweet and fun? Read Rocks Fall, then go read Art of Wishing and Fourth Wish if you haven't already, have a wonderful good time with some truly squishable characters, and then go forth and make the world a better place!
The world and magic system here are amazing and fresh. It's really fun and fast while having weird creepy magic and really loveably flawed characters. How can Aspen do such terrible things and I love him so much?