When Fall Breaks…by Julie Solano & Tracy Justice

Posted December 9, 2018 by Karen in Books, Reviews /

When Fall Breaks…by Julie Solano & Tracy JusticeWhen Fall Breaks (Seasons of Jefferson, #1) Series: Seasons of Jefferson #1

by: Julie Solano, Tracy Justice
Published by:J.T. Authors on March 5, 2015
Genres:Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Format: Mobi (Kindle file) Netgalley
Source: Author (via YA Books Central)
Pages:295
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

*****Best YA Book & Author of the Year***** The Three Bookateers 2015 Indie Awards

Kaitlyn Woodley is a beautiful, determined, high school senior who embraces her small-town roots and country life. She’s studious, musically gifted, and headed for a successful career in swimming. Her dreams are well within her reach. That is until she becomes tangled up with the handsome rodeo cowboy, Pistol Black. Not only does he turn every teenage girl’s head in the county, but he also turns her perfect world upside down. Kaitlyn’s protective twin brother, along with her best friends, begin to see warning signs in their relationship. When best friend Brody steps in to protect her, newly discovered feelings complicate an already volatile situation. Soon, everything begins to change. Old feelings die, new feelings emerge, and the situation that arises will alter their lives forever.

*** This book contains mild language, some suggestive humor, and underage drinking.



*I received this book for free from the Author (via YA Books Central) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

 

Kaitlyn is living the perfect country life with her family in Northern California. She is a great student, swimmer, and musician. She has a twin brother Caden, a best friend Brody, and a handsome boyfriend Pistol Black.

‘When Fall Breaks’ is the first installment of the Seasons of Jefferson series. It is both a slow burn teen romance and a contemporary story of domestic abuse and teenage love gone wrong.

 

What I Loved: The slow burn romance between Brody and Kaitlyn is both realistic and very sweet. I love the idea of Kaitlyn and Brody being best friends before they started dating. I liked how the storyline tackled some hard-hitting topics such as domestic abuse and underage drinking and showed the consequences. Also, the country setting to this story is something different from the usual YA suburbia. 

 

What Left Me Wanting More: First off, I understand that the underage drinking and risk taking in this book is to make a point of the consequences of bad behavior. However, I would have liked to see more of a parental presence in the story. Aside from Kaitlyn and Caden’s father being the football coach, their parents were almost never mentioned. Over-achieving teens like Kaitlyn and Caden would certainly have parents active in their lives and I would have liked to have seen that represented more in the story.

Secondly, being the mother of boy/girl twins myself, I found Kaitlyn and Caden’s relationship, one-dimensional and stiff. The only emotion that they seemed to show each other is Caden’s over protection of Kaitlyn. There’s no bickering, no joking, and no real affection between them other than Caden constantly looking over Kaitlyn’s shoulder.

Lastly, Kaitlyn perfection is a little much. Over and over again it’s mentioned that Kaitlyn is beautiful, smart, talented, and outgoing and is even described as an athletic Barbie doll. Yet she acts as if she doesn’t know if Pistol or Brody will find her attractive.

 

My Final Verdict: I enjoyed ‘When Fall Breaks’ and would really like to find out what happens next for the characters. The story is a YA romance with some important messages behind a sweet love story.

Rating Breakdown
Plot
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Characters
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Writing
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Pacing
One StarOne StarOne Star
Cover
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Overall: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Karen
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Karen is a native Orlandoian and still lives there with her family. She loves reading Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction ,’Chick Lit', YA, and Southern Fiction. Some of her favorite things are fuzzy animals, Bigalow tea, and air-conditioning.
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