Author: Abigail Johnson
Publication Date: 16 December 2018
Publisher: HQ Young Adult
Copy: Courtesy of the Publisher
Abigail Johnson writes Young Adult novels of heartbreaking dilemma and much soul searching. Even If I Fall promises a journey of healing and self-discovery that sounds very much like falling for the wrong boy turning out absolutely right. Just the synopsis tells me this one could be a real tear jerker.
A year ago, Brooke Covington lost everything when her beloved older brother, Jason, confessed to the murder of his best friend, Calvin. Brooke and her family became social pariahs, broken and unable to console one another. Brooke’s only solace remains the ice-skating rink, where she works but no longer lets herself dream about a future skating professionally.
When Brooke encounters Calvin’s younger brother, Heath, on the side of the road and offers him a ride, everything changes. She needs someone to talk to…and so does Heath. No one else understands what it’s like. Her brother, alive but gone; his brother, dead but everywhere.
Soon, they’re meeting in secret, despite knowing that both families would be horrified if they found out. In the place of his anger and her guilt, something frighteningly tender begins to develop, drawing them ever closer together.
But when a new secret comes out about the murder, Brooke has to choose whose pain she’s willing to live with – her family’s or Heath’s. Because she can’t heal one without hurting the other.
Even If I Fall promises to be a heartfelt and compelling read of love, family and redemption.
I look forward to picking this up sometime real soon. In the meantime, thanks to HQ Young Adult 5 of our Beauty and Lace Club members will be reading Even If I Fall and you can read what they thought in the comments below. Please be aware there may be spoilers.
Even If I Fall is published by HQ Young Adult and is available now where all good books are sold.