Fall From Grace by Charles Benoit

Review of Fall From Grace

Fall From Grace by Charles Benoit

Title & Author:
Fall From Grace by Charles Benoit
Publisher:
Balzer + Bray
Publication Date:
May 08, 2012
Pages:
304
Source:
Edelweiss

Grace always has a plan. There’s her plan to get famous, her plan to get rich, and—above all—her plan to have fun.

Sawyer has plenty of plans too. Plans made for him by his mother, his father, his girlfriend. Maybe they aren’t his plans, but they are plans.

When Sawyer meets Grace, he wonders if he should come up with a few plans himself. Plans about what he actually wants to be, plans to speak his own mind for a change, plans to maybe help Grace with a little art theft.

Wait a minute—plans to what? – Goodreads

Fall From Grace by Charles Benoit was totally different than what I expected it to be, but in a really good way. I always love reading books with male protagonists, but Fall From Grace was the first time I really connected with a male protagonist.

I loved Sawyer to bits. He was such a typical guy in certain ways – especially all the comments about his hot girlfriend, Zoe, but he was also really struggling with his own identity and who his parents and Zoe demanded he be. I could definitely identity with his internal struggles and I think a lot of readers will. I also really liked Grace. She was bat-shit-crazy in a lot of ways, but there was something about her that really struck a chord with me. She wasn’t afraid or ashamed of what she wanted, which was so different from Sawyer.

I loved how quick-paced Fall From Grace was. The story moved along at a quick pace that really helped to hold my attention. Even the moments where it was just Sawyer and Grace getting to know each other, which might have been a bit boring for some readers in another book, were very entertaining to read. By the time I finished Fall From Grace, it felt as though I had just sat down to read it only half an hour before.

The ending was completely unexpected, but at the same time, I almost felt like I wasn’t surprised by how Fall From Grace ended. It was easy to suspend my disbelief at Grace’s crazy plans and just go with the flow because of how well Fall From Grace was told. I thought Charles Benoit‘s Fall From Grace is a very honest portrayal of a teenage boy and the various pressures we all faced at that age. Be sure to check out Fall From Grace if you’re a fan of great contemporaries!

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