First thing’s first – happy publication day, Estelle! I’m so excited to be hosting a stop on the blog tour of Estelle’s latest YA release, Dare to Fall, and on it’s publication day no less! Already the author of the bestselling DIMILY trilogy, which has been translated in 16 countries, sold over half a million copies worldwide and been shortlisted for the 2016 RoNAs, Estelle is a wonderful Young Adult writer with a glittering career ahead of her, and her latest novel is one that you really won’t want to miss.
MacKenzie Rivers seems like she has it all figured out. She has great friends, she’s doing well in school and her handsome ex-boyfriend is desperate to win her back. But something is missing from her life in Windsor, Colorado. And as much as she hates to admit it, that something might be Jaden Hunter. Tall, blond and athletic, a year ago Kenzie was falling fast for him and his crooked smile.
Twelve months later, everything has changed. A tragic accident has destroyed Jaden’s family and, despite the way she feels, Kenzie has no idea how to talk to him anymore. She is all too familiar with the impact family tragedy can have on the people she loves, and she can’t bear to go through it again with Jaden. She does the only thing she knows how to do: walk away.
When the pair meet again by chance one night, Kenzie realizes that she can’t ignore her feelings for him any longer. But as she is drawn back into Jaden’s life, she finds herself caught between her increasingly volatile best friend, her interfering ex-boyfriend and her own fears about opening up to Jaden.
Will Kenzie dare to fall for the one person she’s so afraid of growing close to?
Dare to Fall is certainly set to be the big release of the summer, and if you’re a fan of YA contemporaries, you really need to get your hands on a copy. Here are my top five reasons why you need to reshuffle your summer reading list, make space in your beach bag and settle down with a copy of Estelle’s fantastic latest release:
1. The setting. One of my favourite things about Estelle’s writing, in both Dare to Fall and the DIMILY trilogy, is how excellent the world building is. I can only imagine the hours of research spent pouring over locations, from LA to New York to Colorado, in Dare to Fall, and consequently the settings of her novels are brought completely to life. Estelle well and truly transports you across the pond, and after reading her books my urge to travel there myself grows ever greater!
2. The emotions! Oh boy, you’re certainly going to want to have a box of tissues handy when you read this one! Honest and confronting, Dare to Fall will make make you feel every emotion under the sun – from filling your heart with happiness one chapter to completely shattering it the next, Estelle certainly knows how to pack a well aimed punch right in the feels! (You have been warned…)
3. The topics. So much more than your typical fluffy YA romance, Dare to Fall is a bittersweet contemporary that deals with topics such as grief, guilt, alcoholism, loss, love, and everything in between. All expertly written and masterfully handled, Estelle takes care not to brush over these important themes, and instead gives them the care and page-time that the deserve. Every situation felt so very real, and once again I can only commend Estelle for the amount of time and research that I’m sure must have gone into crafting such a novel that, unlike many YA’s I have read, is unafraid to delve into those topics that we’d rather not talk about.
4. The characters. Once again, all of the characters within Estelle’s books feel so real and relatable, and the many relationship dynamics present an accurate depiction of real life. I loved all of the great cast of characters and reading about the different ways that they each dealt with the difficult situations that they faced, and of course found myself rooting for the relationship between MacKenzie and Jaden!
5. The cover. Of course this had to be one of my reasons – I mean, have you seen that cover?! I can confirm that it’s even more beautiful in real life, so please, do your bookshelves a favour and add this one to your collection – it really is too pretty not to own!