Title: The Harder I Fall
Author: Jessica Gibson
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Synopsis: 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: Becca Langer grew up in a home taking care of herself and raising her brother. Her mother a drunk, and her father is prison, the siblings only had each other to rely on.
When Becca leaves for college, she feels guilt leaving Chad behind, but for once in her life she allows herself to live and be free of the weight on her shoulders. When she meets Levi she doesn't know what to expect. She doesn't know what love is.
Slowly, but surely Levi breaks down the walls Becca has erected to protect herself from anymore pain and in the process Becca falls in love with Levi.
The Harder I Fall is a book about self-discovery, growing up, and choosing your own family and your own destiny.
The writing within the pages of The Harder I Fall draws the reader in and captures their attention from the very first page to the last.
I loved Becca's honesty, her strength, and her love for her younger brother, Chad. But most of all I loved her passion when it came to her dancing. She found something at a young age to block out all her demons and she loved it and the passion she feels for the art of dancing is shown throughout the book. Levi was wonderful and the perfect man for Becca, especially given her past. There are times when he finds himself scared of all her feels for Becca and his all encompassing feelings, but the love he has for Becca is beautiful and after everything Becca has been through she deserves that feeling.
The emotions captured on the page and the feelings The Harder I Fall leaves within readers leaves me with no doubts that Jessica Gibson is one talented and fantastic writer.
The Harder I Fall is one of Bottles & Books Reviews top picks for 2014.
*A complimentary copy of The Harder I Fall was received by the author in exchange for an honest review.