Friday, March 21, 2014

The Harder I Fall Blog Tour + Giveaway

Becca Langer was not a normal girl, she didn't have normal girl problems. For most of her life, she’s had to take care of herself, her younger brother Chad, and her drunk mother. She’s lived under the shadow of what her father did when she was ten years old. Forever branded by his actions.
College was her escape, she could get away and finally live. Her dream was to make it in the New York Ballet Company one day. That for her meant a long road full of hard work and dedication. She didn't have time for distractions, and Levi Klein was definitely a distraction. Will Levi be able to crack through her tough exterior and really see the wounded soul underneath? Becca needs to be loved, but the question is, will she let Levi love her?


 

Review: When I began reading this book, I was looking for something light-hearted and romantic. I had just read a couple of books that were quite sad and haunting, and it was time to read something that would leave me feeling happy. This book certainly did the trick. I heard GREAT things about this book, and I was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to read an e-book copy of it for review. I read this pretty quickly in one day during spring break as it was pretty difficult for me to put it down once I got started.

Honestly, the synopsis had me from the beginning. I used to be a dancer myself, so it was wonderful to have a main character who wants to be a prima ballerina. That used to be my life dream (when I was quite a bit younger), but I got into dance too late and didn't have good enough feet for it. Ah well, that's life. Still, there were still so many moments int his book that reminded me of those years, and how much I loved to dance. The way Gibson expresses everything about the dancing was incredible and perfect for me, in fact. When she goes to the ballet, I knew the feeling that was being described. Being drawn to the stage and being unable to look anywhere else; being near tears at the beauty that was happening. This part of the book was written perfectly for me, and I have a lot of respect for Gibson because of it.

The characters are amazing. Becca is so conflicted about everything, and it is easy to understand why based on how her childhood went, and how her mother still is. She has trouble opening up and letting people in, which ultimately leads to a lot of the conflict in the story, especially when it comes to Levi. I believe that their love story was perfect, and I could not help but be extremely happy by the ending of the book. All of the characters were great, though. I loved getting to meet Chad, Becca's brother, and it's even more exciting that she is writing a book that will be his story.

While this story was a bit predictable, I was completely okay with that. Honestly, when I read contemporary, I know that they are going to be predictable and easy to figure out, and that is what I like about them. I WANT them to end the way that they usually do, and that makes me happy. Sometimes you just want to read a happy ending, and I do not think that there is anything wrong with that at all. Gibson gave us a beautiful, romantic ending, and I appreciate that very much.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

 

About Jessica Gibson
Jessica Gibson is a recovering bookaholic, she's down from four books a week to a more reasonable one. It was that love of words and creativity that made her dream about writing her first book. That dream was hidden for years, always put on the back burner, filed away in the "someday" section, until her husband Matt gave her the kick in the pants she needed to actually get off her butt and write.
Jessica and Matt live in Southern California and have a serious addiction to reality tv shows like Pawn Stars and American Restoration. They have one son and hope to add to the family in the near future. Aside from writing, she runs an online event planning business called the Release Day Diva. In addition to novels, Jessica writes and maintains the blog Book on the Bright Side. Keep up with Jessica and her latest releases and events on her blog.


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