Jill S. (Eagle, ID)
Although this book starts off slow, don't give up! This is a book with engaging, well-developed characters, and is a great story. Essentially, three college friends find themselves re-uniting for a 10 year college reunion, but they find out that one is missing. As we go on the journey to find their missing friend, De Los Santos has us exploring the meaning of friendship, family, and love with a twist of mystery. This will be a great bookclub read.
Susan B. (Rutledge, MO)
why do i like it so?
I haven't been able to articulate exactly why I loved this book... Is it something in me that longs for the intense kind of friendship it describes? Is it the characters, so well-drawn that I feel I know them, and love them even when they do or say what seem to me to be stupid, unkind, or senseless things? Or the interesting mix of mystery, friendship tale, and love story? I'm still uncertain, but if you're intrigued by the idea of a character-based book about love, loss, friendship, and how relationships change with time, give Falling Together a try. I think you'll be glad you did.
Dorothy T. (Victorville, CA)
Falling together or apart?
This novel has a lot to recommend it: engaging characters, a remarkable story-line, colorful settings, and underlying themes of love, life, death, and relationships, all providing great fodder for book club discussions. I was disappointed with the conclusion of one part of the story—I would have expected more emotion, perhaps—but the ending is satisfying. I enjoyed the author’s penchant for parenthetical enlightenment, but I was annoyed with the overuse of obscenities (indeed, I fail to see the need for any use of them).
Karen R. (Locust Grove, VA)
This story explores rekindling friendships and I enjoyed reading it for the most part. The character development was well done. I found myself getting irritated at some of the behaviors and at other times rooting for the characters. The first half of the book was slow with way too much detail surrounding insignificant events. But the story then started coming together and it proved to be a satisfying read. Not my favorite from the author but it would make for a good book club pick.
Linda A. (Palo Alto, CA)
I rate this book somewhere between poor and average. While the situations at times are compelling, the endless brackets within parentheses diversions are extremely annoying I wanted to tell de los Santos to "just get on with it." At times it seems as if she doesn't know which line of thinking she will give the character, so she includes every idea she has. The characters are pretty one-note...nice. Confused, yes. But NICE. Except for Jason. His "nice" seemed real only in relation to Augusta. There are many better books to read.
Diane S. (Batavia, IL)
Falling Together by Marisa De Los Santos
hat a wonderful feel good book. Cat, Pen and Will meet in college and form an intense friendship. Thinking that the level of their friendship can neither be maintained nor let any one else in they decide to go their separate ways. Will and Pen come together 8 years later when Cat's husband tells them Cat is missing. This book explores the friendships one forms, the meaning of family and how people are only gone when they are forgotten.
Sue J. (Wauwatosa, WI)
Falling Together is an interesting story about three freshman college students who form a strong friendship that lasts through college, but ends abruptly after graduation. A ten year college reunion sends them on an adventure that takes them to the Philippines in search of one of the three who has gone missing. It was a very enjoyable read, though the last quarter of the book could have been a little shorter.