Thursday, May 19, 2011
Falling Under - Gwen Hayes
Publish Date: March 1, 2011
I want to note up front that I don't believe this is a book for the younger end of YA. There are some semi-sexual situations and coarse language.
FALLING UNDER is a very pretty book. I had to wonder about the three best friends: Theia, Amelia and Donny. They're so different, I can't imagine that they would hang out together. Theia is a British girl come to live in California, well off, plays violin, never gets to go out. Amelia is sweet and shy and a bit on the weird side. Donny is all boy crazy, dresses like a hooker (it would seem) and is always ready for adventure. A really unlikely group of friends.
There's a new boy at school - Haden Black. While Theia doesn't have interaction with Haden at school, she certainly does at night in her dreams. But Haden at school is all A&F and a 'sneetch' - you know, stars on the bellies looks down on the ones without - with the in crowd, ignoring her. Haden in her dreams is a gothic victorian guy who's very sweet and loving with her. She needs to know if they're just dreams or if Haden is really there.
Through a series of weird events, Theia disappears and Haden loses his memory. Add in a couple of other characters and off they go to figure out how to restore Haden's memory and save Theia. It seems that I've read this situation a lot lately - one half of the couple sacrifices for the other half, who tries to 'fix' it. It's a little boring, but I will say that the Underworld that Ms. Hayes created is fantastic. The creatures that populate it are very well thought out and interesting.