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Fall Guy by Liz Reinhardt

Monday, April 22, 2013
Synopsis: In its simplest form, the book Fall Guy is about a rich boy and rich girl who both have troubled pasts and are experiencing inner emotional turmoil due to certain events. The boy and girl eventually meet each other and instantly fall in love, but believe that certain circumstances will always keep them apart…which, it doesn’t. At the end, they manage to live happily ever after—in a twisted and unrealistic sort of way.
The book focuses on Evan Lennox and Winchester Youngblood who meet during a court hearing where they both await to receive a judge’s ruling from charges that have been brought up against them. As a part of their sentencing, Evan and Winchester are forced to perform community service and end up working together. They are both instantly attracted to each other and start to slowly build a relationship during their time together. However, Evan’s insecurities and Winchester’s family drama continuously derails them from being able to explore a possible future together.

Review: Fall Guy is a very well-written book, but it lacks substantial realism. The plot was at times very far-fetched and I found it extremely difficult to develop any type of relatability factor with the characters.

For example, the title of the book informs the reader that Winchester is involved in some sort of criminal activity. The term ‘fall guy’ refers to an individual who is set-up to take the blame for the actions of someone else. Winchester’s role as the ‘fall guy’ is very unrealistic in context. The writer is somewhat vague on what exactly Winchester’s family does for a living; however, the reader can assume that he is involved in some sort of bad imitation mafia type of criminal activity. Also, the actual reason behind why Winchester is the ‘fall guy’ is completely perplexing and somewhat improbable. 

Throughout the book, I was hoping to find something enduring or motivational about the character Evan. However, this was not the case. Evan doesn’t treat herself with respect. She has low self-esteem when it comes to her own self-worth and is willing to be treated rather poorly by men. When she meets Winchester, the reader hopes that Evan will change her inner perspective and will learn to love herself better. Instead, Evan’s character dynamic never changes. Evan and Winchester are both drawn together due to their own toxic pasts and basic need to feel loved by someone else. This in itself would usually make the reader automatically want to see the couple succeed and feel somewhat invested in the success of the couple’s relationship. However, the actual obstacles that are keeping Evan and Winchester apart are so implausible that it causes the reader to pull away from the book.
I’m somewhat cautious of recommending this book to anyone under the age of 18. The story is able to hold the reader’s interest, but the message that I perceived from the book about relationships, growing up, and loving yourself is quite (in my opinion) unnerving.

Rating: 3/5 DIAMONDS

Reviewed by: Heather
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