Sunday, December 1, 2013

Review: Highfall by Ani Alexander

True life story - dramatic and emotional
˃˃˃ The book includes different facets of life, such as love, drugs, loss, despair and hope.

What if early on your life changed drastically several times? What if you were betrayed more than once? Would you have the courage to fall in love again? How do you choose if you love two men at the same time? Will you be able to leave the past behind?

These are the questions Annika asks herself in the novel Highfall.

Annika falls down many times but never gives up and always gets back on her feet. Her life is one long roller-coaster with the unexpected at every turn. As a result she turns from unassuming teenager into a strong woman


I've always had a problem with term Chicklit. Most people think it's full of sappy love stories and hot, hunky men with long flowing hair on the cover and everyone has hot sex and passionate romance. If I had to define a category that woman should read for themselves, High Fall would be in that category. This is a gritty, hard knocks version of a really strong woman kicking life's ass, having it kick hers' and trying to hang on for the ride.  The fact that this book is based on true life floored me past the point of loving of it and straight to admiration of the woman that had to go through it all. If you were to read this book without knowing anything about it, you'd say this is an action-packed roller coaster of life and loss, conflict and triumph and a girl turning woman, but knowing this was real for someone just about breaks my heart into teeny tiny pieces.

The book blurb calls this dramatic and emotional, that doesn't even come close to what I felt while reading. There were points where I could literally not go to sleep without finishing parts and it would suck getting up in the morning but it was so worth being tired. Annika is such a strong and well developed character that she instantly gets you on her side, and I know what you are thinking "Of course she is, she's real!" Well, to be honest I've read or watched boring real life accounts that try to play out all the action of experiences and they fail, miserably. This book succeeds in taking you on that journey and making you feel everything as if you were witnessing yourself right along with her. That is not easy, and I can't tell you how valuable that is for the story. I believed in her, I felt for her and I wanted to cry right along with Annika at points and that is not easily accomplished.

Taking it back to me chicklit point, this is the kind of story I wish was more associated with what women read because it isn't some lame, swoony, over-exaggerated nonsense. This is real. This is raw and worth every page involved. This isn't a fairy tale, this will grate on your nerves and show you something you might never have seen before. At the very least, it will take you on a road where a woman loves and losses but hands you a little hope for the future. - My Opinion- Buy it!

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