Title: Falling by Design
Author: Valia Lind
Genre: YA contemporary, Romance
Published: March 12, 2014
Brooklynn Summers has a plan for her life: graduate from high school, get into a top fashion school, prove to her family that she’s not a failure. She wishes someone in her life understood her need to create because her parents sure don’t support her dreams, her sister hates her, and the deadlines are soon approaching.
Enter Grayson Banks.
There are a few things in life Brooklynn can’t stand: mismatched patterns, cheap polyester, and Grayson. No boy has ever publicly humiliated Brooklynn like Grayson has. When he suddenly moved away in eighth grade, Brooklynn happily wished him good riddance. But on the first day of senior year, Grayson comes back, with his piercing blue eyes and a smile that melts icebergs, he is not exactly the boy Brooklynn remembers. She quickly realizes that Grayson’s intentions have completely shifted, but she’s not sure if she can put their past behind her.
Grayson understands Brooklynn’s creative ambitions and he devises a plan to showcase her work to the world. When the two agree to work together, suddenly, there is more than just fabric paint that’s having a chemical reaction to its environment. Brooklynn cannot help but feel pulled into Grayson’s arms, but memories and misunderstandings surface, putting in danger whatever small comradeship these two childhood enemies have constructed.
Can Brooklynn overcome her own insecurities, finally making her dreams come true? Even a dream she didn’t know she had.
This is a story about a girl with big dreams and a boy who helps her achieve them.
Falling by Design tells the story of Brooklynn Summers, a teen who’s true passion is fashion. She designs her own sketches and clothes, works at her aunt’s clothes store, and dreams of becoming a fashion designer. There’s only one thing wrong in this whole plan: her parents. Her mom is the neutral of the two, but her dad is another whole thing. He wants her to follow her big sister’s steps and become a lawyer or something of the sort, something that will pay her a comfortable life, something he can be proud. He doesn’t want her around in the clouds with something so unstable as the fashion world.
Enter Grayson Banks, ex-bully of Brooklynn who made her life a living hell years ago. He’s back in town but he’s not the same as before. He grew up well, is well-mannered, and may seem to have different intentions than before when it comes to Brook. As these two begin to forgive all past mistakes and build up a trust that seemed once impossible, something arises inside of them that might bring the two closer than ever. They’re pulled into each other, specially after they agree to collaborate in a creative work with their passions do they understand the other better than no one else.
I’m a sucker for teen romances and this one was just so cute! But the thing I loved the most of this book wasn’t only the swoon worthy moments and laughable ones, but the big message it delivers to teens.
We have Brooklynn, a girl who’s constantly arguing with her dad because he has other plans for her future. Nowadays a lot of teens are in this kind of situation, wanting something, a dream, and their parents only want to crush them. The parents often don’t see their kid’s perspective or desires, they just want to make you do what they want, no buts or struggles whatsoever. Brooklynn here is in that situation, always trying to say what she wants but instead her dad says “hand in your applications for this, make essays for that, and forget your stupid fashion” without realizing how talented his daughter really is! This book got that perfectly and teaches the reader that you have to fight for what you want. Your parents, friends, anyone will tell you that you can’t and you shouldn’t because you’ll fail, but it is within us to choose what we really want and fight for it no matter what.
I liked how Brooklynn was a really creative person sure of what she wanted, even if at times was a bit shy and insecure of it. She was a true fighter, maybe not like superheroes and that stuff, but she fought a great battle that was about what she wanted most. She’s a very loving friend and tries to go with the better alternative to things most of the time. She knows which battles to fight and which aren’t worth it; she just has to let the bad things roll down her back. I loved specially how the author described through her the passion of something, specially art. Art is such a wonderful thing, to be able to create something, anything from simple drawings to clothes and even capture moments in pictures. I loved reading through Brooklynn’s eyes all that artists’ passion for something and through Grayson’s perspective too.
And Grayson, omg. Guys like this are my book Kryptonite. At first I was a bit wary of him because he was a bully to Brooklynn and is described to have done horrible things to her. He had no excuse for what he did, but what I liked was that he constantly pleaded for forgiveness of his past mistakes and tried to make it up to her. He was a whole different person who was kind, caring, honest, funny, romantic, a flirt, and very supportive to Brooklynn’s dreams. He’s the whole package.
And I loved these two even more because they like Star Wars and dressed up as Princess Leia and Han Solo. That makes them even more of an epic couple.
This book was a really fun, insightful, sweet and cute read I’d recommend to all to read. The general plot was great and managed to keep me entertained. And those quotes at the beginning of each chapter were awesome! The author made a really great book by her teen spirit for teens and other adults too. I’d definitely read it again for a good laugh or dreamy sighs.
Rating: 4 stars
Author. Photographer. Artist. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Valia Lind always had a love for the written word. She wrote her first full book on the bathroom floor of her dormitory, while procrastinating to study for her college classes. Upon graduation, she has moved her writing to more respectable places, and have found her voice in Young Adult fiction. Falling by Design is her debut young adult novel. You can visit her online at www.valialind.blogspot.com or follow her on twitter, where she spends way too much time, @ValiaLind.
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