November 30, 2009

Review: Breaking Her Fall

Breaking Her Fall
by Stephen Goodwin

What would you do if you got a phone call in the middle of the night that your 14 year old daughter was drunk and acting inappropriately at a party that you didn't even know she was attending? That is the opening premise of Breaking Her Fall. Action, tension, and inter relational conflict. It fell short of the first two and ran long on the last.

The book was mostly about how Tucker relates, or not, with his daughter, Kat, after she makes a mistake that affects her reputation among her peers, her family and herself. It was interesting to see a man's perspective of fatherhood, especially that of a single father who is the primary guardian. The realization that she is no longer his little girl is as violent emotionally as it ends up being physically. Kat may have made a possibly life changing mistake but Tucker's rash reaction causes more damage and is just as life altering.

I didn't like Tucker or Kat. I didn't care for any of the secondary characters. The only one I did like was Lily, Tucker's closest friend, until she too threw her respectable nature out the window. While the characters that people this book are presented as good, they all lack morals. No wonder the children behave the way they do. I'm so glad my own kiddos don't act even remotely like these ones do.

This was the second to last leg of the Take a Chance Challenge. I won't bother looking up anything else by this author.

I am so disappointed that I will miss completing this challenge by mere days. I am reading the last book now but it is too long for me to finish it by the end of the month, especially since I am driving home from visiting out of town family and I continue to work on The Novel for NaNoWriMo. But this challenge was a hoot. HOOT HOOT! I loved creating the list and working through it. Thank you so very much to Jenners from Find Your Next Book Here. If you have a Part 2 of this challenge, Jenners, I want to be notified of it.


bermudaonion said...

Sorry this book didn't work for you.

Zibilee said...

OOh, this book sounds like one I don't think I would like very much. I can't stand it when the characters in any given story have a consistent problem with morality. Sorry that this wasn't a favorite, I think I will be skipping it.

Biblibio said...

I think "Breaking Her Fall" had the potential to be good but got stuck along the way (and went on for too long). I agree how frustrating the throwing away of respectability was, but I found the characters to be somewhat interesting, even if they weren't exactly likable. The redeeming quality of the book is the different point-of-view for the child-parent relationship, but it's true that it does not exactly hold up with everything else.

Lisa said...

The book sounds like it has a great premise - I'm sorry you were disappointed.