Review: Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder

Falling Into YouTitle: Falling Into You

Author: Jasinda Wilder

Genre: New Adult

Rating: 4.5 stars

Source: ARC provided by author

 

Book Summary

from Goodreads…

I wasn’t always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first. Kyle was my first one true love, my first in every way.

Then, one stormy August night, he died, and the person I was died with him.

Colton didn’t teach me how to live. He didn’t heal the pain. He didn’t make it okay. He taught me how to hurt, how to not be okay, and, eventually, how to let go.

My Scandalicious Opinion of books

First up, we need to talk about the New Adult genre. Don’t get too used to me reviewing these books, goddamn, they are tough on the soul. When I started writing this review, I searched the internet for a good description of the genre and I found this site: NA Alley. On it, they describe NA as a transition between young adult and true adulthood. Typically the protagonist is 18-26 years old. I think Jasinda Wilder’s book, Falling Into You crosses this divide perfectly. The book starts off with Nell and Kyle at the tender age of 16…young love, first love, true love and eternal friendship. Their story is a beautiful story, full of hope and promise. Of course Ms. Wilder is going to let the other shoe drop…and when she does, it is muddy and broken and so fucking sad I’m not sure I have the proper words to describe it. Just know, you will cry, you will be moved, you will ache and this shit will linger with you…for days after you read it. You will feel as broken and battered as Nell does and that’s just the first fucking part of this tear jerker.

Time passes, physical wounds heal. The emotional wounds Nell suffered can’t heal because she doesn’t want them to. Truly tragic shit happened to her in her youth and for whatever reason, denial, confusion, youth, shitty parenting (yeah, I said that – both sets of parents are kinda’ shitty in this book in my opinion), what have you, Nell won’t let herself heal. Maybe she doesn’t know how, maybe she doesn’t want to learn how because learning how will force her to let go of her past. A past so full of promise and love, who wants to let go of that? There is some heady shit that goes on in this one…cutting, drinking, self loathing. It’s not easy to read but the journey this book takes you on is completely worth the pain. Enter Kyle’s older brother, Colton. This is where I have to question a little of the book. Nell and Kyle are literally life long best friends, born two days apart. They lived next door to each other their entire lives. Their families are close. I’m not certain I understand how Nell knows so little about her best friend/boyfriend/lover/confidant’s older brother. Colton left home when Kyle was 11 or 12 years old…he had to know some of what was going on with his family. Kyle was very smart and intuitive, he had to know the trouble Colton was having with his parents, shit like that bubbles over. Hell, my 11 year old knows when I blow my nose! I would also think Kyle would share his concerns with his best friend, Nell. So, when Nell and Colton encounter each other after many years apart, I’d like to think she knows more about him than just the passing, “I don’t think he and his parents get along well” kinda’ thing. Now, having said that…this little detail is NOT a deal breaker…just a curious observation. Read this book.

Colton sees into Nell’s soul. He recognizes it as a soul just as broken as his. Colton is tenacious, he is going to save Nell from herself, even if it destroys him in the process. That’s his attitude going into Nell. Little does he know, they will end up saving each other. It’s beautiful, it’s raw, it’s uninhibited and it’s real…so fucking real.

“You’re a lot of thing, Nell Hawthorne. You’re complex. You’re cute. You’re lovely. You’re funny. You’re strong. You’re beautiful.” She seems to be struggling with words…

Falling Into You is steeped in beautiful music. Ms. Wilder even includes a playlist at the end of the book. You know I’m going to love a story that incorporates music into its storyline…especially Mat Kearney music – I shared my Mat Kearney love with you guys a little while ago. That man can write the hell out of a song, seriously, listen to his words – he’s got a lot of shit to sort out and we are the lucky recipients of his process. In fact, as soon as I finish writing this review, I’m updating my phone to include a Falling Into You playlist…it’s that beautiful.

So Scandal, tell us about the sex…get to the good stuff why don’t you?!!? Yeah, don’t think for one second the genre NA means no sex. Not with Colton in the book it doesn’t! That man is sex just waiting to happen…a good hard fucking, bent over a couch, sex waiting to happen. Colton does things…delicious, scandalicious, spank your ass things…holy shit. I will say, because if I don’t, I know you guys will totally call me on it, there are some word choices in the sex scenes that I don’t love. You’ll see them, you know me well enough to know what I’m talking about! But as I said before, this is NOT a deal breaker…read the book.

I’m not just falling in love with you, Nell. I’m falling into you. You’re an ocean, and I’m falling in, drowning in the depths of who you are.

That’s all the insight I’m going to give you with this book. All I had going in was, there’s death and cutting…so now, that’s what you have too. I think that’s a fair heads up. Ms. Wilder blends the sex, the angst, the heartfelt emotions, the gut wrenching pain, the innocence, the loss, and the all consuming love into a perfectly blended journey that will leave you speechless. Read the book.

4.5 stars

 

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Comments

  1. Gees Girl..Excellent review……Another one for my TBR….I may need to take a holiday just to read them all!
    Couple of questions.
    Is this a stand alone? Bc I am sick to death of hanging around waiting for sequels!
    I would rather wait until the whole series is released.
    Also, if this is going rip my heart out…..what do suggest next bc I am going to need a laugh!? Or is that tomorrows post!?

    • good morning from my neck of the woods! Yes, this is a stand alone…everything gets resolved, eventually so no waiting around for a series to follow up…I feel you, I’m a little tired of cliffhangers – I love them but I’m such an instant gratification type of person, i hate them too! But i love them…i hate them…ohhhhhhh

      Yep, heart, ripped right out, stepped on a couple of times fucking NA genre and all of its gut wrenching emotion…gggaaahhh!! You will need a happy place when you finish this. And yes, I plan on having something a little sexy and lighter for you in tomorrow’s post, Lola turned me on to it.

      • Morning Girl…..Is it starting to warm up ‘State Side’? Bc its starting to get chilly here o’night……winter is on its way!
        Ok warning will go out to the Family…..If you find me rocking and sucking my thumb in the corner…. holding my ipad…just place me in the recovery position and in my happy place!!!
        Catch you later I am off to bed!

        • yes, spring is slowly showing its face around here – glad you guys are cooling off a bit, i was worried about you!

          Let me know if I need to send in resources to rescue your family from your mood swings! Good night lady!

        • Teena, this book kicked my ass! So make suer the recruits are near. I wish I could sugar coat it for you…better you know the truth…but such a great book.

          • I can’t even spell “sure” that is how much this book tortured me.

          • Ha Lola, you crack me up! thats nothin’ Girl….did you check out my spelling Monday…..I mean hello! ……Spirit and Sass!! I didn’t have the tortured excuse!

  2. “Oh god, oh god, ohmigod!”… Scandal you summed up this story up beautifully! I’m going to try and sound coherent as I’m writing this, especially since I only had 2 hours of sleep. I started this yesterday and finished it in the wee hours of this morning.

    People, this book is exactly what Scandal said…a gut wrenching romance story involving a whole lot of PAIN and SUFFERING! These NA’s are going to kill me…I am such an emotional wreck right now; that I have to go an watch a quick episode of Community before I go to work this morning.

    Jasinda Wilder creates these MOMENTS that will resonate with you throughout the book, even if you haven’t experienced the type of emotion being described. To say, I balled like a baby throughout this book would be an understatement of the century…what can I say, I’m a sappy bitch…yes, I cry at commercials.

    • Thanks Lola! I’m so glad you finished it…like what I did with the other shoe dropping, I’m nothing if not clever, no?!!? I was going to start right in with Consequences but decided I’d had enough sad for a bit so I’m reading your girl Cassia now!

      This NA genre is so freaking hard…I mean, go for the jugular brutal and exhausting! I swear this damn thing aged me like 5 years!! Damn these great storytellers getting under my skin like that!!!

    • Seriously Lola…you cry at commercials!? Wanna laugh?……………Me to!
      Kleenex commercials, Nappy(diaper) commercials, damn Funeral Home commercial……anything. Lord help you go with me to a Romantic/sad movie! My Fam are always rolling their eyes at me and my sappiness!!!

      • If I go to the movies with friends they know to bring extra tissue for me. Hey, what can I say…we are in tune with our emotions. And I love when a man can cry and still be manly…Ah Colton…*sigh*

      • here in the States, we have a diaper commercial, Pampers, they air it around the winter holidays…all it is is a bunch of clips of babies sleeping while Silent Night plays in the background…everyone in my house rolls their eyes when that commercial makes it’s first appearance for the season because they all know i’m going to be a weepy mess every time it comes on…it’s just babies sleeping…what the hell?!!?

  3. Amanda K says:

    This looks really good but don’t do death so well. I’ll just take your word that it was good.

  4. I’m not sure how you keep telling us everything that makes us HAVE to rush out to get these books, while telling us absolutely nothing!! All I know is that I now must go buy this book, immediately.
    I’m kind of liking a lot of the NA books. Have you read the Falling Too Far and Never Too Far books? They were worth the read, the girl in the book was a little too accepting I thought in parts, but overall it was a good story.

    • ahhh Petra, that made me laugh! If you could see how much I edit and delete when I’m writing these reviews…I get so excited, I want to quote the whole freaking book, then I realize that will take away from the thrill of reading it so I delete, delete, delete…

      If it makes you feel any better, My Guy often says when we argue, he’s not fully sure what I’m pissed about half the time, he just knows I’m really fucking pissed and he probably needs to do something to make it right!

  5. OK, finished the book this morning! First and foremost, that first sex scene between Colton and Nell…fucking hawt! Hotter than hot…I am pretty sure smoke was coming from my Kindle! Oh doorways…sweet sweet doorways! So I am feeling a little emotionally drained this morning. I didn’t cry during Kyle’s accident. Maybe since the plot summary eludes to his death, I had prepared myself for it. It was the next 10% of the book after that scene that the tears flowed uncontrollably. Jasinda obviously has a gift to just make you feel and experience the characters gut wrenching anguish. (Side note, read Wounded!!!) I think I am on a YA / NA break for a bit. The third and final book in a YA paranormal I am reading is out today but I can’t bring myself to start it because I know she is going to kill off beloved characters and I don’t have it in me today.

    Since you are reading Cassia Leo, I am hoping you chose Luke over Chase, I finished #6 in the Luke series, Trust in Me, on Monday. It’s a good fluffy read, but I wish these books had been longer!

    • I know right…doorways…it’s like wall sex to the nth degree!! DAMN!!

      I’m going to give my battered soul a break on the NA stuff for a while but as for Cassia Leo, I even said in my review I would’ve rated it lower if I’d been forced to read it all broken up into installments…read together makes the flow much better thus telling a better story…but you can read all of that tomorrow!

      • Doorways….Brother’s Keeper, Elizabeth Finn. Read it, Scandal.

        • Ooo Scandal you better listen to Linnik! That book did have a great door way sex scene. The whole book had great sex.

        • Yes Scandal…Get on that doorway sex MBK…Fucking Hawt!! TOTALLY better than a Wall Session!! Weeellll…maaaybe!

        • I know, I know…I thought of that as I read this book…i literally said to myself, “Linnik is going to yell at me because I haven’t read Brother’s Keeper yet” see what you people do to me, I can’t even read a book without dissecting your reactions to it!!

  6. I’m a glutton for punishment I guess b/c I love reading new adult. All the drama and angst is kinda like a drug to me. HAHA. It’s basically all that I read now. But I started this book the other day and had to put it down but picked it up again this morning. I like it so far but I’ve yet to get to the heavy shit and haven’t met Colton yet. Crossing my fingers I like the rest of the book.

  7. I honestly thought I missed something or misinterpreted it enough to not even put it in my review (about the Colt/Kyle relationship and why she didn’t really know him.) But he explains his whole life in his room studying and I kind of get it. Still, not a dealbreaker for me. Was still a 5++++ star read for me (even with “petals of her sex”).

    • I cringed a little when I read that too. Buried to the hilt also made it’s appearance…lol!

      • yeah, i know he spends a lot of time in his room studying but he’s still a kid and part of the family, i just felt like there would’ve been some interaction between them, their families were so close for so long…and the sex word choice – i know it’s hard to come up with terms, especially when there’s a lot of sex but damn…

  8. The most powerful book I’ve read this year hands down. I was crying such ugly tears, that when my 16 year old daughter walked in the room, she asked very worried what family member gad died because said she’d only seen my that expression on my face when some one had passed away. Not to mention the fact my iPad had so many tear drops on it, they were puddling together.

    You did mention the one thing I had questioned as well, about how if Nell had lived next door to Kyle and Colton her entire life she’d only me him twice.

  9. I read the free sample on this story and I remain undecided if I want to purchase. The plot seems very similar to another book I read recently, Rule. I am not super into the NA genre, but I keep reading them. I’m not sure I can handle too much more NA emotion.

    • Kini, I’m not a huge NA fan either – I can only handle a couple a year because the angst, damn the angst…it’s so intense. I’ve not read Rule so I can’t compare the two for you, sorry about that – this one is really good, sad and heart breaking but extremely good!

  10. Michele-laSmooch says:

    I tend to steer clear of YA because of no sex. I wish every NA book had a yes, there is knockin’ boots or no, it’s fade to black love scenes. So frustrating.

    Great review Scandy!

    • thanks Michele – there is plenty of sex, hot, hot, steamy sex that is decidedly not YA or even NA in my opinion – definitely no fade to black shit!

      oh and I can’t do YA, I have a teenager and a pre-teen – I live enough YA shit every day, I certainly don’t want to read about it!!

  11. Hi guys – I’m new here, stumbled on this site by accident a few weeks ago, but sI LOVE it and I’ve been reading just about every book you review! This one, I started last night, and I just lost it, bawling in my bed, enough to wake my husband up and ask me what in the hell was wrong with me. I finished it this afternoon, and once I got past the first part and into the second, I was okay, but still so so so sad…I think I’m going to need to up my Lexapro, or maybe I will just re-read something else, something happier!!!! I would never, ever, have found all these fun books to read without this site! So glad I found it!

    • Welcome to the blog Amy…we’re glad to have you!! I’m so happy we can keep you in great books, even if they make you cry like a baby! I’m posting a review tomorrow that is all swoon, all the time! I think you’ll enjoy the book and if you’re looking for a pick me up, today’s Cassia Leo post is mighty fine!! Thanks for stopping by, I look forward to sharing great discussions with you…we’re a chatty sort over here!

  12. Nothing better than delicious angst for a little self torture. I immediately added this to my TBR list. Thanks for the honest review including the not so believable parts.

  13. I JUST finished this book. I was really digging it. I mean, I cried! I never cry! I felt for these characters and I was happy for them. I was really digging this story. And then it ended. Really? That’s it?!

  14. Ashley Schearer says:

    This book was amazing!I felt so connected with the book,the characters,the emotions of the book!I am hoping another,possibly a sequel,is coming out,something to further the story!Deffinitly a book I and happy to have purchaced and have been recommending to co-workers,and family.I’ve never finished a book so quick in my life.I’ve never been so impacted and emotionally connected with this book!I truely hope another is in the works!

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