Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Release date: March 1st 2012
Paperback, 247 pages.
Rating: 3½ out of 5
Source: Received from publisher for review.
When River auditions for a part in an interschool performance of Romeo and Juliet, she finds herself smitten by Flynn, the boy playing Romeo. But Flynn comes from a damaged family—is he even capable of giving River what she wants? The path of true love never did run smooth . . .
This is real life, not a rehearsal...
A fast-paced contemporary romance, Falling Fast, the first in a new four book series from Sophie McKenzie introduces us to River, a girl who believes in real, romantic, all consuming love. While the other girls in her school seem to be content with random hookups or boring relationships that are going nowhere, River knows that’s not for her. She wants her love to be special – of romance, of poetry, of whispered sweet nothings. She’s holding out for the one.
Flynn lives in the real world. Sure, he might be playing the part of Romeo in a school production of Romeo and Juliet, but he knows life is no bed of roses. It’s not all about the romance, it’s about the tragedy. When River and her friends go to audition for the play, her eyes meet his, and that’s it for her. She can’t get him out of her head. But does Flynn feel the same way about her? Does he even believe in love, or does he just have a one track mind like all the other guys? River is about to learn that the course of true love never did run smooth as her and Flynn’s two very different worlds collide and sparks fly as she falls head over heels in love for the very first time.
As a fan of Sophie McKenzie’s Missing series, I’m always excited to hear of her new releases. I love McKenzie’s engagingly witty style and I also find her characters so well constructed and relatable. She also writes great book boys. Teenage girls are going to love Flynn – he’s all intense, brooding and seriously sexy. It’s no surprise that River falls head over heels for him pretty much as soon as she sees him. But Flynn’s had a much different upbringing than River. As a character she’s sweet and innocent, while Flynn’s had to grow up fast. His background isn’t the stuff of dreams, and the truth about Flynn adds a gritty edge to this slice of contemporary romance.
A book about falling in love for the first time and the equal amounts of joy and heartbreak that can bring, Falling Fast is an enjoyable read that fans of contemporary fiction will love. I’m looking forward to continuing my journey with River and Flynn when the next book in this series Burning Bright releases in 2013.
Sophie McKenzie's Falling Fast Playlist:
Romeo and Juliet - Dire Straits
Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
The Only Exception - Paramore
Nothin' On You - B.o.B
It Must Be Love - Madness
If You're Not the One - Daniel Bedingfield
Atlas Hands - Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Friday I'm in Love - The Cure
Girl Like You - Edwyn Collins
I Need - Maverick Sabre
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