Beth C. (Sioux Falls, SD)
Like Marisa DeLos Santos's 2008 novel, "Belong to Me," this is a very enjoyable novel about people that are inherently likeable. Three friends from college drifted apart and six years later are trying to get back together. I found the premise a little lacking, in that while the backstory was referred to a great deal, it was missing details that might have given the main plot more substance. That and a somewhat predictable turn of affairs made me give this book a 4 rather than a 5. It is a good story and I would recommend it, but I didn't feel it was as gripping as her first book.
Kim L. (cary, IL)
I really wanted to like this story, but the characters were so one dimensional. I just could not get into this story. The story did not draw me in, I just had to push myself to finish reading it. It was not a plausible story line in my opinion.
Mary J. (Scottsdale, AZ)
Full of Suprises
The beginning of the book starts slow but after about 50 pages, it really picks up. It's full of twists and turns and will keep you on edge. I found if very enjoyable with a sweet ending. Highly recommend.
Sheila S. (Supply, NC)
What a great read! In the book Pen comments on Will's book, "It's gorgeous and moving and funny. I love it." That is how I feel about Marisa de los Santos' Falling Together. The characters are wonderful, even the hapless Jason has some good moments. The dialogue between Pen and Will is brilliant - clever and so in tune with each other. I did feel that the part of the book taking place in the Philippines wasn't as strong and got a little close to becoming a travelogue, but I still couldn't put it down. I loved the author;s first two books also so this makes it three for three.
Tillie H. (Baltimore, MD)
Friendships and love
Excellent book. I would highly recommend this book to someone who is seeking a book about friendship. Particularly someone who is looking to reconnect with old friends. It also demonstrates that you and someone you don't particularly like can achieve a bond and you can see the good in everyone.
I would highly recommend this book to a book club as there are many things that would make for a lively discussion.
Amanda P. (Stewart, TN)
Falling Together tells the story of three inseparable college friends--who find themselves separated after graduation. Each one ventures off on their own path, only to be reunited after much drama concerning their college class reunion. The characters were well-developed, but the plot was a bit predictable--as was the ending. All-in-all, an enjoyable read.
Debra F. (Alton Bay, NH)
Not a Love Triangle...
Marisa De Los Santos takes three young people, Pen, Will, and Cat, and gives then quirks, beliefs, errors, and hardship. They love one another as friends until they don't.
The blow-up among them leaves each adrift. A college reunion promises to help them sort things out, but it's not that easy. To say they would travel to the ends of the earth to redeem their friendship is putting it lightly.
But what emerges is a portrait of people growing, changing, and learning to live their lives with joy, dumping guilt and past grievances.
"Falling Together" is an uplifting and powerful story of friendship, finding love, and looking at the world each day with the idea of living the moment for its beauty. Highly recommended!