Fri, October 4, 2013

Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts Review

Tumble & Fall book cover

Tumble & Fall book cover

Tumble & Fall
By Alexandra Coutts
Publication date: Sept. 27, 2013
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 384 pages
Source: Publisher

The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that’s left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand.

Alexandra Coutts’s TUMBLE & FALL is a powerful story of courage, love, and hope at the end of the world.

— Goodreads.com description

I was intrigued by the story behind Tumble & Fall — very Armageddon/Deep Impact. There’s a lot to explore in how people react when the world is ending.

Unfortunately, Tumble & Fall never clicked for me. The story jumps back and forth between several characters. While it was interesting to see how their lives interconnected as the plot unfolded, it also meant I never spent enough time with any character to get invested.

Oh, multiple point of views, why can’t I handle you? The curse strikes again — it just doesn’t work for me. Have any of you read this? I’m curious if you’d have a different reaction if you are better with multiple narrators than I am. Let me know!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: alexandra coutts, family, romance
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  1. Charlee Vale said:

    For me it wasn’t all the narrators (though that didn’t help) it was the ending. I was so upset that the entire book had been a lead up to nothing! I feel it was a bit of a cop out.

    CV

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    Jackie Lea Sommers Reply:

    Oops … spoiler?! 🙂

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  2. Beth said:

    I haven’t heard of this one! I don’t really go for multiple POVs either. My biggest beef with it is that a lot of the time all of the characters just sound the same.

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  3. Elin said:

    I have never read this book, but want to. Have it in my wish list 🙂

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  4. Jahnelle said:

    I’m the same way! Drives me crazy. I can usually handle two narrators if they are spaced evenly, but if they switch too fast or have more than one it just gets too chaotic. Infinityglass was like that for me.

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  5. Sarah/appifanie said:

    Agreed. I tried a multiple narrator one once and it was probably good but I couldn’t handle it. A Night to Remember, I think?

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  6. Tara said:

    Poop – I wanted to read this one but maybe now I won’t…

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  7. roro said:

    I think I’ll skip it
    tnx for the review

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  8. Kim said:

    I haven´t read this one, but the story really interests me. I´m quite the opposite of you, because I always really enjoy books with multiple points of view so I hope I would enjoy this one better than you did.

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  9. Danielle said:

    I keep hearing the same thing, that this book just doesn’t quite click for readers. I’m so bummed because the cover is so beautiful! haha! 😉 I enjoyed your review!

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