A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern
Publication Date: October 13, 2015 by HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
[Special thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for the review copy!]
Sometimes one mistake can change everything.
Emily doesn’t know why she froze. Or why Lucas did too. Afterward, she thought of different ways to rationalize it. But the truth is, they could have helped Belinda, and they didn’t. It’s a mistake they’ll both have to live with.
Sometimes doing nothing is the only way to cope.
Belinda doesn’t want to talk about what happened. Because when she does, it feels like it’s happening all over again.
Sometimes good can come from bad.
Emily and Lucas’s punishment is community service at a center for people with disabilities. People like Belinda. Soon they feel like maybe they’re starting to make a real difference. Like they would be able to do the right thing if they could do that night all over again. Like they could help not only those at the center but also each other.
But when Belinda returns to school, Emily and Lucas have to figure out if they can do anything that will actually help the one person they hurt most.
At first I didn’t understand what was going on. When I finally had the time to read the book, I forgot about the summary, so I didn’t know what to expect aside from a story about friends.
I usually read YA romance, because I love the feels and I love to swoon over book boyfriends. But reading this book was like going outside after staying in the comforts of my home for a long time.
This book has diverse characters, and I liked watching them grow as the story progressed.
Belinda’s POV stood out. Reading her chapters allowed me to see into the mind of someone like her. She’s a charming character with a pure, innocent heart. It was a joy to see her happy after what happened.
I appreciate the efforts of both Emily and Lucas to make it up to Belinda. They really tried hard, because guilt ate them up. They also did their best to help the people at the center.
While this book is mostly about friendship and doing the right thing, a ship (I MEAN TWO! TWO SHIPS!) still sailed. I am totally shipping Emily and Lucas. Also Belinda and Anthony. ❤
Cammie McGovern wrote a story of standing up after a bad fall. Sometimes it takes an ugly turn of events to reveal the people who will hold your hand and help you get through the hardest of times.
Final Rating: 3.5/5
Sometimes the purest of hearts go through the worst of times.