For seventeen-year-old Bria Hale, image is everything. She's a militant vegan with purple hair, Doc Martens and a permanent scowl. Kissing captain of the football team Ben Harris? Definitely not part of that image.
Now with each secret kiss, she's falling deeper for the boy every girl at Oceanside High is crushing on. Throw in a few forbidden bacon cheeseburgers and she's facing one major identity crisis.
Ignoring Ben should be easy, but when a flashy display of artistic spirit lands her in close quarters after hours with the boy she's too cool to like, she can't keep pretending those kisses meant nothing. With her reputation and her heart on a collision course, Bria must either be true to herself or to the persona she's spent all of high school creating.
Praise for THE ART OF FALLING
THE ART OF FALLING gives an honest look at self discovery during those delicate teen years, and how easy it can be to succumb to the stereotypes, yet how brave it is to rise above them.
- Ginger at www.greadsbooks.com
Jenny Kaczorowski's writing is easy to follow and before I knew it I was halfway through the book. If all of Bloomsbury Spark's books are like The Art of Falling they have a winning formula.
- Luna at Luna's Little Library
Jenny Kaczorowski's debut is fun, engaging and sweet and I'll definitely devour her future novels when I'm in need of an afternoon of escapism!
- Sophie at So Many Books, So Little Time
The romance between Bria and Ben was heartwarming, and the journey as Bria struggles to break out of the role she's created is very satisfying.
- Airianna at Ninja Girl Reads
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About the Author
Amid working as a grant writer for Sound Art, a non-profit that teaches music in inner-city neighborhoods, and raising two kids, Jenny decided to do something with all the snippets of stories she wrote during microeconomics and began writing for young adults. She likes her heroines smart and quirky, her heroes nice, and her kisses sweet. Her debut, THE ART OF FALLING, is published with Bloomsbury Spark.
Apart from writing, Jenny is still an avid photographer, loves music despite no discernible musical talent, and reads the dictionary for fun. She lives near Los Angeles with her husband, son and daughter. The four of them are always looking for their next adventure.
Find Jenny online at www.jennykacz.com or on twitter @jennykacz.
Raised in Avon, Ohio, the duct tape capital of the world, Jenny began her writing career as a featured columnist for her hometown newspaper. After spending her college years earning a BA in journalism (focus on photojournalism) from Kent State University, she vowed to never spend another winter in Ohio. After moving to Los Angeles, she found a job as a grant writer for Sound Art, a non-profit that teaches music in inner-city neighborhoods.
At the urging of a friend, Jenny finally decided it was time to do something with all of the snippets of stories she wrote during microeconomics and wrote THE RIVER REMEMBERS, a YA paranormal mystery that earned a spot in the quarter finals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, where is was described as "atmospheric, evocative,†? "richly textured, dark and dreamy.†? Since then, she has completed two more novels for young adults and is seeking publication one step at a time.
Apart from writing, Jenny is still an avid photographer, loves music despite no discernable musical talent and reads the dictionary for fun. She lives near Los Angeles with her husband, baby daughter and terror, er, TODDLER son. The four of them are always looking for their adventure.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Art of Falling was a sweet, smooth and quick read. It struck a great balance of drama, humor and romance while staying natural and believable. This story, just by virtue of the setting/characters/topics, could have turned into a trite mess, but Kaczorowski does a great job of off-setting cliche with unique elements to keep the story fresh and current. I liked the way both main characters got to "win" while staying true to themselves. Neither had to change for the sake of the other, nor did they have to sacrifice what they truly wanted (which in and of itself rises above common cliches of this genre.) Definitely satisfying in the romance department. A great beach read.
After following Jenny on twitter for years, I was excited to read The Art of Falling. It surpassed my expectations. An easy enjoyable read you shouldn't pass up. The best lesson we can teach our teen daughters, to be yourself! And a bonus fun YA story you can get lost in.
Audiobook Review: As soon as I started this book, I had a weird craving to dye my hair purple. Yes, purple. After reading the synopsis I was under the impression that this was going to be a fun, fluffy story, but it turned out to be a much more serious read. Bria is your typical teenage girl that ends up falling for the wrong guy, and this guy just happens to be her best friend’s brother. Ouch. On top of that, Bria is suffering from a typical teenage identity crisis. After losing her mother to a car crash at a young age, Bria is trying to live up to the person others thinks she is, rather than who she feels she is inside. I could really appreciate Bria’s insecurities and somewhat antisocial behavior. On top of that, she was a bit sarcastic, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I do love the occasional sarcastic, angsty, even bratty characters from time to time. (I guess you can tell what kind of teenager I was years ago… ) This was a very quick read, and seemed to fly by as an audiobook. This is the first audio I’ve encountered narrated by Katie Flahive. She did a wonderful job of portraying Bria’s teenage angst and insecurities. One of my biggest pet peeves with audios is when the author doesn’t sound the character’s age. I was happy to see right from the beginning that Katie was the perfect choice for Bria. A very realistic teenage story told in a way that I could easily relate to. This is the only book by Jenny Kaczorowski that I’m aware of, but I’m hopeful that we will see more from her in the near future.
This has to be one of the best YA Contemporary romances that I have ever read, even better than some adult ones. This isn’t just a story about a boy and a girl who fall in love and how they work through some problems. It is also a book about friend ship. Something I’ve often seen in contemporary romances is friends taking the backseat to the couple in a story and that’s never say well with me. I love that Jenny Kaczorowski did do that with her book. We see a lot of Bria’s two best friends, Abby and Delores, and we show close she is to them. They add a lot to the story and to Bria’s character that without them it would have been lacking. We don’t see a lot of Ben’s friends but the story, while in third person, stays with Bria so we only see them as they come into contact with her. In a way the story is more just about Bria, who is awesome and badass, who just happens to fall in love and finds out it’s not all roses. I love Bria, I started liking her early on in the book and she just gets better as the story goes on. She is an artist with purple hair, the hair is slightly clichéd but as you read you find out that it is partly part of the persona she has built for herself and it’s partly in remembrance of her mother. Bria is kind, caring, and a little too kind and naive at times. But she’s got this snark to her and doesn’t really care what people think of her. I’ll admit I was a little scared when I read she was a vegan, but thankfully she isn’t the type that tries to force everyone around her into her beliefs. She did have one very justified rant but that was really it. I’m a little torn on Ben, he has some really awesome moments but he had some really jerky ones and he didn’t end up fully redeeming himself in my eyes. But his actions were pretty spot on with a teen boy and how he’d deal with the teasing from teammates and friends. It would be interesting to see a book about Bria and Ben in a few years. To see how they’ve changed and grown. I also wouldn’t mind knowing what happens with Abby and Delores and would love to see them in their own books. Okay Kaczorowski could write stories all the way into adulthood about these characters and I would read them. This story was really well written, enjoyable and I found it hard to put down. I was a little nervous to read it because I have talked to the author quite a bit on twitter but man this book is so amazing. Jenny Kaczorowski sure knows how to write interesting and real characters who can pull you into their lives and make you become emotionally invested in them. One line that really stood out to me and it felt liked it knocked the breath out of me was: “I am art. I can’t not sketch. It’s a compulsion, not a passion.”
Excellent read and very quick!