YA Review: How To Fall by Jane Casey

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Sixteen-year-old Jess Tennant has never met any of her relatives, until her mom suddenly drags her out of London to spend the summer in the tiny English town where her family’s from. Her mom’s decision is surprising, but even more surprising is the town’s reaction to Jess. Everywhere she goes, people look at her like they’ve seen a ghost. In a way, they have—she looks just like her cousin Freya, who died shortly before Jess came to town.

Jess immediately feels a strange connection to Freya, whom she never got to meet alive. But the more Jess learns about the secrets Freya was keeping while she was alive, the more suspicious Freya’s death starts to look. One thing is for sure: this will be anything but the safe, boring summer in the country Jess was expecting.

Beloved author Jane Casey breaks new ground with How to Fall, a thrilling and insightfully written mystery.


I received this novel from NetGalley and read it in a day. I stopped to sleep, but not for long. As a mega fan of both YA and mystery, I felt the concept was too good to pass up and I wasn’t disappointed. I was immediately caught up in the language and description of the small English town where Jess and her mother arrive for the summer. Casey makes it clear from page one that something is amiss in this town and she kept me looking for answers to the very end. Jess was a lovable, strong willed character I easily connected with and rooted for.  Her curiosity and determination to unearth the truth of what happened to Freya (a cousin she’d never met) was admirable. The pace Casey unravels the story is exciting. The foreshadowing is amazing. The touch of romance is wonderful. I’d gladly follow Jess on another adventure and I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

Thank you to Net Galley and St. Martin’s Griffin for  the opportunity to discover another fun YA series and author.

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