I finished reading No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown last night for an Around the World ARC Tour.
Amber Vaughn is a good girl. She sings solos at church, babysits her nephew after school, and spends every Friday night hanging out at her best friend Devon’s house. It’s only when Amber goes exploring in the woods near her home, singing camp songs with the hikers she meets on the Appalachian Trail, that she feels free—and when the bigger world feels just a little bit more in reach.
When Amber learns about an audition at the North Carolina School of the Arts, she decides that her dream—to sing on bigger stages—could also be her ticket to a new life. Devon’s older (and unavailable) brother, Will, helps Amber prepare for her one chance to try out for the hypercompetitive arts school. But the more time Will and Amber spend together, the more complicated their relationship becomes . . . and Amber starts to wonder if she’s such a good girl, after all.
Then, in an afternoon, the bottom drops out of her family’s world—and Amber is faced with an impossible choice between her promise as an artist and the people she loves. Amber always thought she knew what a good girl would do. But between “right” and “wrong,” there’s a whole world of possibilities.
Unfortunately, this book really didn't do it for me. I'm all for the underdog. But I don't get into drugs and partying. I was already annoyed with the book only a few chapters in.
And I didn't think Amber was a sympathetic character at all. In fact, I didn't find much to like about her. She said she wanted to be different than her sister, but she's really not. I didn't connect with her or care about her. I think my favorite characters were Sean or C.A. And I didn't really feel the Will and Amber relationship.
Sadly, we can't like them all. But lets end on a positive--I like the cover and what it stands for in the story.
I gave this book a rating of 2.5/5.
No Place to Fall will be released on December 9, 2014.
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.