Book Review: Falling Together by: Maria de los Santos

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Publish Date: October 2, 2012

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Trade Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: From their first day of college orientation, Pen, Cat and Will seemed born to be close friends. Eventually though, Cat's decision to marry an unpleasant mate had loosened their magical bond and without its center, the group had drifted away from each other. Now, six years later, when Cat emails her former cronies, asking them to join her at their college reunion, they cannot resist. Whatever nostalgic dreams the pair nurtured, however, dissolve when they are forced to confront a dangerous situation in which everything they believed about themselves and each other is brought into question. With its vividly drawn characters; plausible plot developments, another triumph for the author of Belong to Me.

Review: "...Where are you now?
Where are you now?
Do you ever think of me
In the quiet, in the crowd?"
 - 'Where Are You Now' by Mumford & Sons

I felt attuned to Pen as she has issues with abandonment and she enjoys her ‘hermit thrush’ ways. She enjoys the quiet and peace of being in her own world, yet when she met Will and Cat in college, they formed a bond which Pen thought would last forever. Forever was a lot shorter than Pen ever imagined. Years later, she receives an email from Cat begging her to meet up at their college reunion – reluctantly and excitedly she goes. She meets Will there and they get a shock which spurs on a journey for Cat…and ultimately themselves. The past comes rushing into the present and dealing with it can only influence their future, hopefully for the better.

I think reading ‘Falling Together’ helped me work out some of my own issues with the distance and the feelings of abandonment by my best friend. People change and I guess walking away is easier than outright hurting someone. Yet it can leave a hole in your heart and a lot of unanswered questions. I fell hard for these characters and I loved how rich and multidimensional they were. Cat is the catalyst in bringing people together, yet she is seen the least in ‘Falling Together’. Ms. De los Santos has written a poignant novel of growth, expectations, and the ties which bind us together. 


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