Title: Falling Together
Author: Marisa de los Santos
Genre: Contemporary fiction
Publisher: William Morrow
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review copy from the publisher for blog tour with TLC Book Tours
First line: Pen would not use the word summoned when she told Jamie about the e-mail later that night.
Goodreads blurb: From their first day of college orientation, Pen, Cat and Will seemed born to be close friends. Eventually though, Cat’s decision to marry an unpleasant mate had loosened their magical bond and without its center, the group had drifted away from each other. Now, six years later, when Cat emails her former cronies, asking them to join her at their college reunion, they cannot resist. Whatever nostalgic dreams the pair nurtured, however, dissolve when they are forced to confront a dangerous situation in which everything they believed about themselves and each other is brought into question.
I adore Marisa de los Santos. Her writing is simply indescribable. At the risk of sounding totally hysterical and hyperbolic, I’m going to say that her writing is transcendent. There were many people who were disappointed in this book after the glories that were Love Walked In and Belong to Me, but I am most certainly not one of them. I loved this book.
Let me explain what I mean when I say her writing is transcendent. There was a certain point in this book that had me in such an emotional state, feeling so overwhelmed with love for some of the people in my life, that I put the book down and prayed for them. There is something about the way she writes relationships that makes me want to hug everyone I love, hold them close to me, and tell them how dear they are.
I loved the college trio of Will, Pen, and Cat. (They settled on the term “trio” because “threesome” was too gross.) There are certain friends who you just get, and who get you right back. I was fortunate enough to be part of a trio like that when I attended community college, a three-corded friendship that had its own language and in-jokes. (I’m tempted now to explain the “Wayne’s World Scholarship Fund” and “Bogsno RuckSto,” but will refrain, as it would simply take too long.) For years after college, I lost touch with these two friends, but we have since re-connected on Facebook, something I am eternally grateful for.
Reading about the entwined friendship of Will, Pen, and Cat had me remembering my own college days, but it also had me feeling so blessed because of the friends I have in my life now, friends who know me as an adult with all my faults and failures but love me anyway, friends who love my kids as much as they love me, friends who would drop anything if I needed help.
Only the best books can make you feel like your world is expanding as you read, and that’s definitely the way I felt as I read Falling Together. As I read, I found myself frequently smiling, laughing, and crying – completely lost in these people’s stories and love for each other. I would love it if she wrote a sequel, as I would jump at the chance to spend more time with these characters.