Saturday, December 17, 2016

The Fall by James Preller - ESSENTIAL

Preller, James The Fall, 196 pages.  Feiwel & Friends, 2016.  $17.  Langauge: PG (12 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: PG-13 (cyberbullying); Violence: G.

Morgan threw herself off the top of the water tower and Sam knows that he played a part in her choice.  Now he is going back and writing down what he remembers in order to come to grips with what he enabled - from the first signs of the angry ex-friend who started the cyberbullying, through Sam’s own twisted feelings about Megan – the girl he likes, but he wants no one to know they are friends - to the aftermath of Megan’s tragic choice.

Preller’s latest book is painful to read and an excellent companion to Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why – or it might even overtake that book as the must read book about teen suicide.  While this is told from Sam’s point of view, I would love to read the same circumstances from Athena’s point of view (read the book to find out who she is).  It would be so great if teens would actually read this and learn from it.
FYI – I was leafing through the book while I was working on this review and I couldn’t stop the tears from flooding my eyes from reliving the experience.

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