May 15, 2012

Fall From Grace by Charles Benoit: Review {Teen Book Scene}

Fall from Grace
Publisher: HarperTeen (May 8, 2012)
ARC: 208 Pages
Genre: YA Contemporary
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From Goodreads. Grace always has a plan. There’s her plan to get famous, her plan to get rich, and—above all—her plan to have fun.

Sawyer has plenty of plans too. Plans made for him by his mother, his father, his girlfriend. Maybe they aren’t his plans, but they are plans.

When Sawyer meets Grace, he wonders if he should come up with a few plans himself. Plans about what he actually wants to be, plans to speak his own mind for a change, plans to maybe help Grace with a little art theft.

Wait a minute—plans to what?

Review by Kate
FALL FROM GRACE, by Charles Benoit, is a character-driven novel about a girl, a boy, and a painting. I had a lot of fun reading this book and it was definitely a unique story!

My favorite character was Grace. Although she didn't like talking about her past, she was full of life and a very passionate person. I liked how she brought Sawyer out of his mundane life even for a couple of hours at a time. I found myself doing a lot of fist and teeth-clenching while reading because I absolutely hated Sawyer's girlfriend and parents. They were controlling and idiotic and I would have loved to jump into the book and pummel them (like I've said before, if an author can make me hate their characters, it makes me love the author that much more!).

One thing that bugged me was the character progression of Sawyer. I thought his life would turn out different then it did. I expected more of a change from him but it turned out Grace's character progressed a lot more. I absolutely loved how the book ended though. The last pages made me smile and wrapped up a really good book.

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