The Odyssey of Falling is What you should be reading now. Seriously. NOW.

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The Odyssey of Falling might be my top read for 2014, and if you like contemporary YA, this would be my first recommendation. The book summary doesn’t do this one justice. This book has soul. I was so glad that I read it! This is a kindle only book, and that makes me sad because I just want to hand out a hundred copies and get my students reading this funny, heartfelt, compelling book that I couldn’t put down. At $3.99, it is a real bargain. You should buy it. Now.

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The Odyssey of Falling Paige Crutcher
Published Nov. 4, 2014

Goodreads Summary
Meet Odd. Audrey “Odd” Ashworth is an exceptionally bright girl with a sympathetic heart. She’s in the top 4% of her class. She’s obsessed with getting into Manhattan School of Music, committed to following the “signs” the universe delivers, and infatuated with her recently deceased best friend’s boyfriend.

Life is a little strange for Odd.

Until she finds her best friend’s diary in her crush’s car, and decides to do the bucket list tucked inside the pages. As Odd seeks closure and a way to honor her friend, she discovers there’s nothing wrong with being a little strange, especially if it helps you discover who you were meant to be. Along the way, Odd falls into trouble, adventure, and finally love.

The Odyssey of FallingThe Odyssey of Falling by Paige Crutcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I received this ARC through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Audrey is trying to make sense of her life as she struggles with the death of her best friend. Audrey and her friends are offbeat and relatable and genuinely fun to follow. The plot was entertaining and meaningful but not the predictable teen read. I laughed, and I got that thick crying feeling in my throat, and I truly cared about the outcome in this book. I read it straight through in an afternoon. I will definitely recommend it to my Sarah Dessen and Huntley Fitzpatrick fans. There was some minor language, sensual situations, and drug/alcohol use, but they were not glorified. High school and above readers.

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About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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