The Falling Between Us by Ash Parsons was published March 13th, 2018 by Philomel Booksand is a contemporary young adult novel. All-consuming fame and fortune prove too much for a teen popstar who suddenly goes missing–Eddie and the Cruisers for the Justin Bieber era.
After 15-year-old Joshua Blackbird posts a performance of an original song on YouTube, he becomes an overnight sensation, catapulting to the dizzying heights of celebrity. Joshua is plucked from his middle-of-nowhere small town to pursue a pop star career complete with million-dollar record deals, international tours with sold-out crowds, and a diehard following who call themselves “Birdies.” But it’s not long before the never-blinking eye of fame begins weighing this bird down–the constant hunger of managers, record execs, paparazzi, even family, all leeching onto him. Then there is the staged romance with a teen pop princess and the unsettling fear brought on by a stalker. Everyone reaching out, determined to grab their piece of stardom, forgetting that an actual person–a kid nonetheless–is on the other side their grasp. It’s all too much.
Until, that is, Joshua Blackbird disappears. Was it a suicide? An accident?
Narrated from the perspective of Joshua’s girlfriend from home, Roxie, The Falling Between Us presents every wannabe teen heartthrob’s dream come true . . . only to realize it is a nightmare.
About the author: Ash Parsons has been involved in Child and Youth Advocacy since college. Recently she taught English to middle- and high-school students in rural Alabama. Watching some of her students face seemingly impossible problems helped inspire her first novel, Still Waters. Additionally she has taught creative writing for Troy University’s ACCESS program and media studies at Auburn University. Ash lives in Alabama with her family. Still Waters is her first novel.
My thoughts: The Falling Between Us is full of love, loss, heartache, and friendship. You will be drawn into the relationship between Joshua and Rox as they try to remain normal teenagers while dealing with the side effects of fame. Parsons writes with an easy and fun style that will make this one a fun read for everyone. The characters are realistic and easy to relate to making them memorable. A story that is hard to put down once you start reading. Parsons draws you in from the first page with a complex and creative story. Overall, a fun fast-paced read that I really enjoyed. ** I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.**