The Fall

The Fall - James Preller

This novel was amazing. I should have known it was going to be incredible when I realized I had two copies of this book checked from the library. The tone of the novel is honest and upfront, and at times it’s sarcastic as a male teen tells us the story from his point of view.   We never know Morgan’s side of the story; we only hear from the people in her life: the ones that loved her and the ones that hurt her. We do know that Morgan was a victim, an innocent victim. Athena started the assault, her hatred of Morgan intensified and her tactics against her heighten as each day passed. Athena’s followers grew in numbers as everyone wanted to be in her circle.   One leader and so many followers, but why are they called together on this mission and what is their mission? Does anyone even stop and ask these questions, I wondered. A game of tag on Morgan’s social media page was Athena’s idea and to not play, has its own consequences. Sam befriends Morgan; he’s a fair-weather friend as he cannot be seen with Morgan when his friends are around. I wanted Sam to be my knight or at least be an honest friend throughout the novel, he was becoming someone I was rooting for and then it all occurred at the daytime movies that they attended. They both were comfortable, they were having a good time and now they both had to face what was really occurring in their lives. It was all too much for me and my heart was breaking as they looked at each other and saw the world around them.   A great story and Sam’s insight throughout the novel made this a fantastic read for me.