Friday, October 18, 2013

Did Not Finish... Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts

In the years since starting this blog I've learned a few things about books, the most important one being that certain books just aren't for everyone. This doesn't always mean they're bad, or that they're poorly written, or even that they're not entertaining. It just means that not everyone is going to enjoy the same story. Before blogging I think I didn't finish reading maybe one book. After blogging that number is quite a bit higher.

I don't post reviews for books I did not finish, because I feel that if I didn't finish it I shouldn't judge it. But readers do deserve to know that these books may not be the book for them. So I've decided I'm not going to judge these DNF'd books. Instead, I'm simply going to tell you why I DNF'd them. There will be no ratings on any DNF'd books. So here it goes...

Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts

A novel about the end of days full of surprising beginnings.

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.

I really wanted Tumble & Fall to be a book that left a mark on my heart, but really it came off like a book about whiny teenagers with even whinier parents. While the atmosphere of the book was one of quiet dread, the characters took a unique topic like the coming end of the world and made it frustratingly common to read about. I think I was imagining it would have slightly more to do with the approaching apocalypse and how the characters handled it and less to do with the day to day lives of a bunch of teenagers.

The characters each had a different story to tell, but they all had similar elements: grief, guilt, depression, and simply growing up. But while the execution of these stories, the way they were weaved together, was well done, the characters themselves just didn't have enough spark to keep me interested in the story. I ended up losing interest about halfway through, particularly with Caden's story. His was the most... unusual of the bunch and from the moment his story began my interest began to fade. I desperately wanted to know what would become of these kids and their families, the entire world for that matter, but despite all that, I just couldn't sit through the last 50% of the book in order to find the answers.

I give Tumble & Fall and Alexandra Coutts credit for having such an intense and intriguing concept, but it just wasn't for me. If you are a diehard fan of contemporaries and think this book sounds intriguing, I urge you to give it a try. Maybe you'll have better luck than I did.

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  1. I'm sad to hear you didn't enjoy this one. I've met Alexandra Coutts twice now, she's so sweet, I really want to love her book! I'm a big fan of contemporaries though so I may enjoy this one more than you. Fingers crossed =)

  2. I don't frequently read contemporaries. I thought I would like this one because it had the element of being an apocalyptic book. But I found it too boring. I have read contemps that weren't boring and were very engaging - I think here I was expecting more tension or something. Either way - this was one of the only ones that I didn't feel bad about DNFing. It just simply wasn't for me.

  3. I liked this one, but I know that a lot of people had some of the same issues that you did.
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics


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