Review: It’s All In How Your Fall

Teen love, simpler times, competition, and more are all what make It’s All In How You Fall a great summer read. Thanks to TBR & Beyond Tours for the ARC. Check out the whole tour here!

About the Book:

A contemporary young adult romance about moving on, finding your place, and recovering after life falls apart.

Gymnast Caroline Kepler has three state balance beam titles, a new trick even most elites can’t do, and chronic, undeniable back pain. While she might never be an Olympian, she has dreams of leveling up to elite, making Nationals, and competing in college. But when one epic face-plant changes all that and Caroline’s back pain goes from chronic to career-ending, her dreams are shattered and her life is flipped upside down.

Enter Alex Zavala, a three-sport athlete who’s both incredibly cute and incredibly off-limits. He offers to give Caroline a crash course in all the sports she’s missed, and she has an offer for him in return: For every sport Alex teaches her, she’ll play matchmaker for him. Deal done, Caroline “dates” new sports with Alex for the rest of the summer, which is loads more fun than wallowing in despair. Just as Caroline starts to see herself as more than her past athletic successes, she picks up something she didn’t bargain for: a big fat crush on Alex. Turns out life was way easier when it was just layout-fulls and beam burns….

Top 5 Reasons to Read It’s All in How You Fall

  1. This is just a fun book. You’re hard pressed to not immediately adore Caroline, Sunny, Peregrine, Alex, Nat and their whole crew.
  2. It’s simple. This one follows all the normal romance tropes, including the necessary happy ending, but it leaves out that part I don’t like about those books — the almost/maybe insurmountable thing that the main characters have to overcome in order to find a way to be together.
  3. It’s clean. This is a YA Rom-Com, so there is some kissing, but nothing that leaves you blushing and wondering what in the world you just read. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind that sometimes, but this was a nice, simple, fun book.
  4. It’s a celebration of female friendship. All the pieces are there to make this a book about girl drama and feuds, but instead it’s about friends loving each other and wanting to see each other happy. The mean girl trope doesn’t exist, and there is not catty back stabbing. Such a welcome relief.
  5. It reminds readers that there is more to life than just romance, especially in high school. Caroline and Alex are great at a lot of things – sports, friendships, and more – and nothing has to be completely sacrificed for the other.

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About the Author:

Sarah Henning is a recovering journalist who has worked for the Palm Beach PostKansas City Star and Associated Press, among others. When not writing, she runs ultramarathons, hits the playground with her two kids, and hangs out with her husband Justin, who doubles as her long-suffering IT department. Sarah lives in Lawrence, Kansas, hometown of Langston Hughes, William S. Burroughs, and a really good basketball team. 

Sarah is the author of SEA WITCH, which was a 2018 Indies Introduce and Indie’s Next selection.

Its follow up, SEA WITCH RISING, came out in 2019. THROW LIKE A GIRL, about a down-spiraling softball player who is recruited to play quarterback on her ex-boyfriend’s football team, was her first YA contemporary novel and came out in January 2020. THE PRINCESS WILL SAVE YOU, the first book in her fantasy trilogy—a feminist tale inspired by The Princess Bride—came out in July 2020. Its sequel, THE QUEEN WILL BETRAY YOU, came out on July 6, 2021.

Other upcoming projects include THE KING WILL KILL YOU, available August 2, 2022 and will be the conclusion to her Kingdoms of Sand & Sky Trilogy inspired by The Princess Bride. Also scheduled for summer 2022 is IT’S ALL IN HOW YOU FALL, available May 31, 2022, which takes place in the same fictional universe as THROW LIKE A GIRL. Slated for summer 2023 is OUT OF OUR LEAGUE, a YA anthology of contemporary short stories about girls in sports.