Title: When It All Falls Down
Author: Tanya Chris
Publisher: Tanya Chris Publishing
Release Date: February 1, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 185
Reviewed by: Ariel
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Maybe Charlie should have waited until he graduated high school before coming out, because since that revelation there’s been a growing distance between him and his friends. Charlie’s tough, though. He doesn’t mind eating lunch alone or watching his former gang interact with their new best buddy. What he does mind is seeing Drew Lavoitt suffer the same fate.
Drew didn’t come out. As far as he, or anyone else knows, he’s straight. What Drew did is accidentally hit and kill a little girl. Now the boy who was voted Most Popular, and who Charlie has maybe had a crush on since eighth grade, faces financial ruin, expulsion, and the fear that if he’s not everything, he’s not enough.
Popularity, wealth, acclaim—these things are easily lost. In each other’s arms, Drew and Charlie find something that can’t be taken from them. Together the two build a foundation on which they can re-create their lives.
The Nerd and the Popular Boy
This is a very sweet and romantic story. It’s also full of heartache, tragedy, emotion and lifestyle change.
The main characters are amazing. Charlie is a self-proclaimed nerd who is also confident and outspoken and smart. Drew is depressed from the accident and has cut himself off from his former life and friends. He has become an island unto himself. After Charlie approaches him, and engages him in conversation, they become fast friends. Their friendship is beautiful and a great example of how opposites can be friends.
The families of the boys are also amazing. Charlie’s mom and brother are very accommodating to Drew and accept him. On the other hand, Drew’s parents are at a loss in what to do to bring Drew back to life. They’re very grateful for Charlie and lean on him a little too much to do what they were unable to do. Charlie is a big help to that family.
The first half of the book begs the question: is Drew gay or not. I was starting to think like Charlie’s mom that maybe he was just leaning heavily on Charlie because of his depression and was acting like Charlie’s boyfriend, but when he got better he would be straight again. The latter half of the book proved that Drew is gay. I’m glad that got all settled.
The accident does play a significant part in this book as a backdrop of Drew’s story, but does not outshine the relationship between Charlie and Drew.
The ending was great. The graduation, is Drew going to Stanford or not? Are they going to remain together somehow? I’ll let you read it to find out.
If you like high school stories, first love stories and if you like coming out stories, then you will love this story. I highly recommend it.
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