Name: The Fear of Falling by Amanda Cowen
Date Published: October 8, 2018
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Goodreads Rating: 4.0/5 Stars
How I acquired it: I received an ebook from the author via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinions below.
When Ella Jones’ twenty-first birthday ends with a bang – literally – she never imagined it would be with her best friend since freshman year, Ryan Owen.
A year later, after their so called “mistake”, they’re still best friends and about to rock their Senior year at the University of San Francisco. But when Ryan returns from spending a summer in Australia and brings back a friend, Liam George, who takes an immediate liking to Ella, Ryan starts to question the Aussie’s intentions with his best friend. The trouble is, Ryan has a girlfriend of his own, and Ella and Ryan swore they would never cross that line again – until they do.
They try not to let their second slip up affect their friendship, but when Spring Break forces them to vacation under the same roof; and Ryan’s ex walks back into his life, Ella is shocked by a fierce stab of possessiveness. And when Ella continues to see Liam, Ryan finds himself plagued by unfamiliar jealousy. With their friendship strained for the first time, Ella and Ryan face an alarming truth: Maybe they can’t be just friends. Maybe they are falling faster than expected. And maybe, deep down, they want to.
Reading Level: ★★★★
My Overall Rating: ★★★½
Aside from the fact I wanted to throw my phone (ebook) across the room every five seconds several times, this book was written well. The chemistry between Ella and Ryan was easy to see while reading. I wish I could have heard more about Ella and Maisie. As “best friends” she sure didn’t know Ella very well. I also didn’t enjoy how selfish Ella was being. I know it’s hard to be committed to someone and she was worried about her friendship but as her best friend she should have been able to confide in Ryan. It was blatantly obvious how he felt for her. It seemed to push “I love him but he’s not into me and I don’t want to ruin our friendship” way too far.
I love a Friend-to-Lovers relationship just as much as the next guy but it seemed too “forced” for me. I don’t know if that’s because I recently read and reviewed Tainted by Amanda Cowen but this connection just didn’t seem as strong as it could have been. I honestly think if the book were about 100 pages less (and Ella admitted her feelings sooner) it would have been a better plot line.
Ella and Ryan’s friendship was awesome to me. I wish I had a best friend in college who was just like Ryan. Granted I don’t mean I wish I had fallen in love with him. Why can’t a guy and a girl just be friends? Why does it always have to enter romance territory? Regardless, they E&R started to have feelings for each other and they struggled to put a name to it because they didn’t want to ruin their friendship. Ella’s personality threw me off a little. Ryan was funny, sweet, and clearly admitting his feelings (of course like most guys without coming out and saying it). All while Ella was focused on herself and what would happen to her if she were to fall for him.
The ending, like most romance novels, was predictable. However, I loved it. I wish it would have come sooner but overall I am happy with where/how Ella and Ryan ended up.