The Harder I Fall by Jessica Gibson: Reviewed

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~Blurb~

Becca Langer was not a normal girl, she didn’t have normal girl problems. For most of her life, she’s had to take care of herself, her younger brother Chad, and her drunk mother. She’s lived under the shadow of what her father did when she was ten years old. Forever branded by his actions.

College was her escape, she could get away and finally live. Her dream was to make it in the New York Ballet Company one day. That for her meant a long road full of hard work and dedication. She didn’t have time for distractions, and Levi Klein was definitely a distraction.

Will Levi be able to crack through her tough exterior and really see the wounded soul underneath? Becca needs to be loved, but the question is, will she let Levi love her?

My Thoughts

This was the first time I’ve read a New Adult Romance and I guess this book pretty much summed up for  what adult romance is all about. I don’t know if I’m just new with the genre that I felt what I felt or because I have expected more before I actually read it.  Whichever it was, let me dig in to the story…

Becca the leading lady was a tough character with all the past and present of her included. I love how she was not easily swayed by Levi into this dating and relationship thing. The way she handled her life was pretty much admirable. I love the way she get lost in a dance too. Kind of made her more real and not just a figment of the writer’s imagination.

This story went a little fast paced on the first half. I didn’t expect the event to turn as fast as they did. I mean they’s new college students right? I was hoping that she’d develop herself first and let her grow before she actually went into a relationship with Levi. Maybe after a year or two into college? But then, maybe this was really what a New Adult romance is all about.

Levi on the other hand was a little too good to be true. He’s handsome, a hunk and he’s rich – or at least his family was. He’s got a loving parents that was actually willing to accept Becca with all the baggage even though they haven’t even met her a single time before.  I know they’re into all this charity but I kind of tend to be a little cynic. After all, it’s their youngest son we are talking about.  A son that had made bad choices in his life before. Shouldn’t the parents be a little guarded when their son talk about someone in his life and see for themselves first before actually accepting her? I think that’s how it was suppose to be in the real world.

The first half of the book also came a little bit lacking in emotion for me. I was literally just reading it and not feeling anything. However, it got a whole better near the middle towards the end.

The plot itself was carefully woven that you wouldn’t find fault. The story itself was great though like what I’ve said, it could have been so much better if you can actually feel the emotion with the characters from the start.

I love Sadie and Chad among all the characters. From the start, I like how Sadie’s character was portrayed. The girl who liked a guy who’s hitting on her friend that caused tension between them and later on realizing she acted on it wrong… She’s not the perfect friend but that was what made her the best kind of friend one could hope for.

Chad on the other hand was this sweet little brother. Both him and Becca had issues and the way he handled most of them for a fifteen year old was admirable.

The best part of this novel was how you can see the growth of each character. How they slowly matured from being teenage guys and gals to being adult. I would love to see them a little of years later when they have establish their career and see how they would actually fare in the real world.

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About Jessica Gibson

Jessica Gibson is a recovering bookaholic, she’s down from four books a week to a more reasonable one. It was that love of words and creativity that made her dream about writing her first book. That dream was hidden for years, always put on the back burner, filed away in the “someday” section, until her husband Matt gave her the kick in the pants she needed to actually get off her butt and write.

Jessica and Matt live in Southern California and have a serious addiction to reality tv shows like Pawn Stars and American Restoration. They have one son and hope to add to the family in the near future.
Aside from writing, she runs an online event planning business called the Release Day Diva. In addition to novels, Jessica writes and maintains the blog Book on the Bright Side. Keep up with Jessica and her latest releases and events on her blog.

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