No Place to Fall (Hardcover)
HarperTeen, 9780062270993, 368pp.
Publication Date: December 9, 2014
The Sky Is Everywhere meets This Lullaby in a sexy and poignant debut novel about family, friendships, and first romance.
Amber Vaughn is a good girl. She sings solos at church, babysits her nephew after school, and spends Friday nights hanging out at the house of her best friend, Devon. But when she learns about an audition at a prestigious arts school, Amber decides that her dream—to sing on bigger stages—could also be her ticket to a new life. Devon’s older brother, Will, helps Amber prepare for her one chance to try out. The more time Will and Amber spend together, the more complicated their relationship becomes . . . and Amber starts to wonder if she’s such a good girl, after all.
Then, in an afternoon, the bottom drops out of her family’s world—and Amber is faced with an impossible choice between her promise as an artist and the people she loves. Amber always thought she knew what a good girl would do. But between right and wrong, there’s a whole world of possibilities.
Praise For No Place to Fall…
“Hits a chord with the dreamer in all of us.”
“Debut author Brown is off to a wonderful start with authentic characters who speak in true voices. Amber could be the best friend you had in high school—she’s absolutely the real deal, and readers will clamor for another well-paced story featuring her and her friends.”
“Southern charm oozes off the page.”
“Lyrically written with a deep sense of place and music. There is so much joy within the pages that the sorrow hits hard and emotions rise and fall and rise again like a vocalist running scales.”
“Brown makes a small town in North Carolina—where everyone knows everyone, and the outside world comes in via Appalachian Trail hikers—feel real, but the heart of the story is Amber, as she tries to find herself, love, and her voice.”
“The writing shines when Amber describes the feelings that singing awakens in her. One could wish for an accompanying soundtrack.”