Two years after her best friend was involved in a car accident that caused a traumatic brain injury, Lottie Anders is ready to start her freshman year of college. Ready to move on. Ready to start forgetting the night that ripped her life apart.
Her plans come to a screeching halt when not one, but both brothers responsible for the accident end up back in her life again.
Zack is cruel, selfish and constantly rubbing what happened to her friend in Lottie's face.
Zan is different. He listens to her awkward ramblings. He loves "To Kill a Mockingbird" as much as she does, and his dark eyes are irresistible. His words are few and far between, but when he does speak, she can't help but listen.
The trouble is, Zan was the driver in the accident, and now Lottie's discovered he lied to her about what happened that night. Now she must decide if trusting him again will lead to real forgiveness, or deeper heartache.
Deeper We Fall is one of those "true to life" stories that consumes and replaces our reality with the lives of its characters.
Lottie has a history and a grudge that she's trying to escape, and she believes that college is going to be the fresh start she's been looking for. However, her past follows her in the for of two brothers, Zack and Zan, forcing her to face her pain and guilt head on.
Lottie is a strong character in the sense that she's not afraid to be who she is, to express her emotions and thoughts, and she never falls into the notion that she needs to act or dress a certain way in order to be liked. She has great friends, whose loyalty and love mirrors her own.
Charlotte loved fiercely, and those people loved her fiercely in return. You couldn't really love her any other way.
Her weakness is her determination to hold a grudge and deny any and all forgiveness, even for herself, and it's this flaw that begins to eat her up and grind her down. That is, until Zan proves he's not who she thought he was.
I loved Zan. He had his demons, and rightfully so, but he's kind, honest, and loves deeply, even in the face of some major anger issues ~ issues I couldn't blame him for.
I could cut my hair and change my clothes, but nothing could change the thing that hovered over me. The thing that people saw when they looked at me, the thing that made them look away and cross to the other side of the street.
He's all about action, knowing they speak louder than words, and he hopes these actions will one day allow him to be on Charlotte's good side.
What I loved most about this book is that no character was left behind; ever single one of them was well developed, standing their own ground and carving a noticeable and rememberable space for themselves in the story. Whether it was in regards to their relationship to the main characters or to their own individualism, you felt for them.
The story itself was heartfelt and just a roller coaster ride of emotions. I couldn't put this book down! The conflict and the struggle to find forgiveness in the face of your mistakes is something I think all readers can relate to in one way or another. There are just so many unexpected turns this story takes, but everything rings as something that can or has truly happened.
Chelsea Cameron's writing style, in addition to her ability to create dynamic characters and a well-rounded storyline, really brings it all together. It's witty, fun, and flows, but it's also deep, getting below the surface of serious emotions and problems that countless people face everyday. It's a wonderful combination of light and dark, drawing you under but bringing you to the surface just in time to catch your breath.
Highly recommend Deeper We Fall!
Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.
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