Book Review, Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder

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“This book is for anyone who has ever lost a loved one, for anyone who has woken up crying and gone to bed the same way, for anyone who has had to learn that it’s okay to not be okay. Surviving isn’t strength, it’s continuing to breathe one day at a time; strength is learning to live despite the pain.”

― Jasinda Wilder, Falling Into You

This is the dedication for the book, so you know that it is going to be a tear-jerker. Nell and Kyle were born at the same time of day, are neighbors and best friends. One high school summer, their friendship turns into love. It was sweet to read the awkwardness that can sometimes accompany a first love.

Tragedy strikes, and Kyles older brother, Colton arrives in town. Colton left to go to NYC when he was 17. Colton is so different from Kyle and it was heart wrenching to read Colton’s story. As I watched the transformation of Nell, it was as if I was reading two different books. The beginning is so different from the rest. This is a credit to Ms. Wilder’s writing. Nell was a shell of herself and could not cry after the tragedy. The outlets she used to grieve were unhealthy. Colton meets up with Nell, again and teaches her that her fermented grief is dangerous. He shows her that it is alright to hurt in order to heal. There were many dark moments and lots of steamy sex scenes. For me, this was a story of love and hope for a better future.

“I’m not just falling in love with you, Nell. I’m falling into you. You’re an ocean, and I’m falling in, drowning in the depths of who you are. Like you said, it’s scary in a way, but it’s also the most amazing thing I’ve ever experienced. You are the most amazing thing I’ve ever experienced.”