Advance reader reviews of Amy Falls Down by Jincy Willett.

Amy Falls Down

By Jincy Willett

Amy Falls Down
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  • Published in USA  Jul 2013,
    336 pages.

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  • Erin G. (Dulles, VA)

    Hilarious and deeply moving
    I loved this book. Amy Gallup is an unforgettable character, so sympathetic and full of life despite her anti-social tendencies. Her dry wit had me laughing out loud, yet this novel also had moments of truly poignant grief and love and loss. Dare I use the word compelling? Amy would not approve.
  • Christie K. (Hobbs, NM)

    Yes, the book was humorous in many places throughout. But that's about all I received from this novel. I believe the story got lost in all the extra adverbs and phrases...and the seemingly trying too hard to entertain the reader. I would have loved to get to the heart of Amy's story more...a good mixture of humor with seriousness. If I could have seen the human side of Amy, the one more serious about her health and her writing career, etc...then I think the humor would have been even funnier and I WOULD HAVE gotten a good story out of it. Let's have a mixture of humor and seriousness. My opinion...too much humor is distracting and too abstract. I got tired after awhile of reading all the jokes. On the other hand, a light hearted read for those who enjoy these kinds of books.
  • Lauren T. (Orlando, FL)

    Amy Falls Down
    I loved this book. When I learned that Amy Falls Down is about the same character, Amy Gallup, as Jincy Willett's earlier novel, The Writing Class, I read The Writing Class first. You don't have to read it before you read Amy falls down, but I'm glad I did. I felt I knew Amy already and liked her. She's a normal person, with a normal person's faults, and she's not afraid to tell the reader about them. This book is smart and fun and a great read. I wanted it to go on forever. I hope Ms. Willett writes more about Amy. I want to know what happens to her next.
  • Catherine M. (Mankato, MN)

    Amy Falls Down
    Jincy Willett's new book, Amy Falls Down, is an interesting read about a random accident that changes the life of a reclusive author. I must admit that I was challenged by Amy's complex, paradoxical nature: she's cloistered, yet gregarious; fearless in her writing, but fearful of life's obstacles; principled and opinionated, although and at times, halfhearted or apathetic. Even the book's synopsis describes her as "endearingly bitter." While reading, I was never quite sure which Amy would appear -- for an interview, during a phone conversation, or in her own thoughts. Having said this, I must admit that I liked her very much, incongruities, eccentricities, and all and I would love to have her for a friend. (Yes, I'm aware of the irony here!).
  • Darlene C. (Simpsonville, SC)

    Amy Falls Down
    As I continued to read, I became more engrossed in the story. In a way it's similar to the movie "Being There" with Peter Sellers. A series of ridiculous events are misconstrued by others as brilliance! ....and no one is more surprised than the main character.

    I don't think this book would appeal to younger readers because you need to have some life experience to appreciate it. It would be a GREAT book for discussion as so many comparisons can be made between the character and the readers own lives. The ending leaves you considering the story long after you've finished the book.
  • Jeff S. (Murfreesboro, TN)

    Amy Falls Down
    Amy Falls Down is the story of Amy Gallup, who falls down, hits her head on a birdbath and then comes awake just in time to give an interview while concussed. The interview is very peculiar and sets off a firestorm of interest in Amy and her writing, but mostly in Amy and her way of stating, what to her, is obvious. This is a very funny book. It is all about writing and the publishing industry, but is also about a person who lived like a hermit for 30 years suddenly rediscovering the human race, and liking it....for the most part. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy and have a fairly odd sense of humor. I think, if people look close, they can learn a lot from this book and not just about writing.
  • Joan V. (Miller Place, NY)

    Amy Falls Down...and Gets Up Again
    It's very hard to describe this book and make it sound interesting. Trust me, if you love books, and love to read, this is for you. Like the characters in the book that discover (or re-discover) "Amy Gallup" I want to read everything that Jincy Willett has written. This book is very entertaining and at times laugh out loud funny – which I find rarely happens while reading. Her description of the business of publishing is very interesting. Keep a dictionary handy because her vocabulary is amazing.
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