Sunday, February 23, 2014

Book Blitz for "The Harder I Fall" by Jessica Gibson

Title: The Harder I Fall
Author: Jessica Gibson     
Genre: New Adult  Contemporary Romance
Blitz Host: Lady Amber's Tours

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?

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Becca's life has never been easy, but she pushed to make something of herself in college even though it means leaving her brother, Chad, behind with their alcoholic mother. Will she be able to accept it when Karma starts paying off in good things, or will her past keep her from really living in the present?

This book is about a young girl who has endured more in her first eighteen years than any person should endure in a lifetime. With focus, determination, and a passion for ballet, she manages to get into a good college on the east coast, all the way across the country from her alcoholic mother. With the perseverance of her stubborn roommate, she starts to have the normal college experience; classes, parties and even boys, well one boy. Unfortunate circumstances lead to her brother being arrested, but that actually ends up being for the best in the end, and allows Becca to start being just a normal teenager.

While reading this book I frequently found myself thinking that the characters were silly or foolish for the strength of their feelings at such a young age, but then I thought back to when I was eighteen and I got it. I was seriously just as foolish and silly with the strength of my feelings for my fiance when I left home for college (there were never any wedding bells for us though). There were times when Levi also seemed awfully mature for an eighteen year old boy, but that might be explained by his background. Overall this book was very well written, and once I stopped being a fully responsible adult and allowed myself to be sucked into the story and back to my teen years, it felt very authentic and I didn't want to put my Kindle down. While there were a few sex scenes, they are tame enough that I would not be opposed to my teenage daughter reading them (when she gets to that age, that is.)

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 hearts because the characters felt mostly authentic and the story was very engaging.

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Author Bio:
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.

Twiter: @jessicajgibson

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