Behind the Falls

Behind the Falls Sixteen year old Noah Blakely knows that his life is about to change After all he is moving to a new town He will be starting public school as a senior after years of homeschooling After years of suff

  • Title: Behind the Falls
  • Author: Brenda Zalegowski
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 500
  • Format: ebook
  • Sixteen year old Noah Blakely knows that his life is about to change After all he is moving to a new town He will be starting public school as a senior after years of homeschooling After years of suffering from panic and anxiety disorders, all Noah wants is a chance to prove to his parents and doctor that he is normal Right from the very first day, Noah is surprised anSixteen year old Noah Blakely knows that his life is about to change After all he is moving to a new town He will be starting public school as a senior after years of homeschooling After years of suffering from panic and anxiety disorders, all Noah wants is a chance to prove to his parents and doctor that he is normal Right from the very first day, Noah is surprised and pleased how well things are working in his new life He meets Holden Maxwell and they soon becomes best friends His parents are trusting him with freedom and responsibility He is successful in school For the first time in his life, Noah feels normal However, no senior year is without pressure and difficulties Noah soon finds his new life and responsibilities bring on new pressures he s never had to deal with He is faced with choices he never imagined In order to gain acceptance from his new friends Noah must first find a way to accept himself That might be the hardest lesson of all This is Brenda Zalegowski s first published novel.

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    1. What a great book! Some have said it is long-winded. I was totally engrossed, from the first page to the last. I became invested in Noah, Max, their friends and their families. I still feel they are a part of me. Hated the ending, yet probably the best ending for this particular story. Such a fantastic first effort for this new author. I can't wait to read more from her. Do yourself a favor and READ THIS BOOK!

    2. Bravo Brenda Zalegowski on your first novel! 5 plus stars from me! I just finished this wonderful book after a weekend marathon of practically non-stop, can't stop, don't want to put this book down reading. This was a heartwarming, heart wrenching tale of teenaged life, love, and the hope of acceptance with characters that become a part of you as you are reading. I honestly didn't want the story to end. When it did, I was glad that I was able to imagine two different scenarios in my mind for dea [...]

    3. Disclaimer #1: This book was reviewed several weeks earlier by our very own Urania. This is my perspective on it.Disclaimer #2: The author is a friend of mine, and I’m sure she’s a friend to many of you as well. That’s both good and bad. Good because it’s an honor to share someone’s creative work. And bad because, well, if it’s really no good how do you address that? It’s like seeing someone’s really ugly baby. What do you say? But there are no such book-related worries in this c [...]

    4. 4.5 stars 600+ pages. You might ask yourself if you want to read a book that's 600+ pages. YES YOU DO! When I noticed the page count, I thought "How is the author going to engage me for that long?" She did! I was engrossed in Noah's story from page one. When I had to put the book down I couldn't wait to come back to it. I mentally cheered Noah through the entire book hoping and wishing for the best for him. I wanted to hug him and make him better. Every character is well written and believable. [...]

    5. Noah is starting public high school for the first, after being homeschooled. Making friends and dating for the first time. These would be hard for any teenager, but Noah has generalized anxiety disorder. He feels everything, and over analyzes it all. Will he be able to reach out for help when he needs it, or will his anxiety become too much to handle?I loved this book! Noah is a complex character, and my heart felt everything he was feeling. In the end, I wanted to give him a hug!

    6. Honestly, this book messed me up, more than a little. It hit a nerve.I kid you not, I can relate to Noah so much so that it freaked me out. This is probably me over-sharing, but I'm now 23, and when I was his age of 16/17, I had recently been diagnosed with autism. Part of my autism is that I have high levels of anxiety, as well as panic attacks. I can get trapped in that cycle of escalating anxiety, where the anxiety its self becomes what you're anxious of. I wasn't able to keep a meal down and [...]

    7. I loved this book! A bit long winded and could have been cut down by a hundred or so pages but over all a damned good read and a brilliant first book! I did get annoyed with Noah not telling Max what was wrong with him and I found myself screaming at Noah to just tell him for God's sake! Emotionally it's is draining but good. I did hate the ending, I won't lie about it. It is one of those open endings that isn't neat and tidy like you normally get but it leaves you hoping.I did get through this [...]

    8. I just finished this amazing book after spending hours today reading it because I couldn't tear myself away. I am blown away. I loved all the characters in this book, even Noah's parents, I understood their worries. I loved Max and Noah. My heart broke so much for Noah, I wish I could just wrap my arms around him. It's a long book, but, believe me you get dragged into the story and it latches on to you and you don't even realize it's almost 700 pages. Fantastic first novel! I'm looking forward t [...]

    9. Just finished Behind the Falls and all I can say is "Why isn't this book on a best-sellers" list somewhere??" I'm really not a fan of YA books but this one sucked me in from the first page and kept me thinking about it even when I wasn't reading it. If you haven't read it, READ IT!!! Then tell all of your friends!!! I rarely get book hangovers but I've had a massive one! I keep thinking about Noah and Max and all of the characters. I want to talk about the book with everyone and make everyone re [...]

    10. A story which needed to be tolda story which will resonate with many readers.even those who least expect it to.An amazing first novel, I hope to see many more books from Brenda Zalegowski!

    11. This book starts out with Noah in a car traveling halfway across the country with his parents to go live in his grandmother's house. Because I kinda know this author and because I did not ask what this book was about (remember I try not to know anything about the book I am about to read).I half way expected old granny to be kept in the shed in the back garden feeding on live chickens. Yes.a zombie book wouldn't have surprised me at all.ever, once Noah gets to school and sees all the *pretty* peo [...]

    12. Fuck that ending!EDIT: After some sleep and reflection I can now properly review this. When I first started this book, I didn't like it. it was cliche and mediocrly written, but I stuck it out. I admit I got invested in the plot and the characters despite the unrealistic dialogue and common pitfalls because maybe I thought this could potentially become a go-to book for anyone struggling with coming out, depression, anxiety, suicide, etc. but it approached every single topic in a negative way thr [...]

    13. I don't do reviews by sharing the story, there are plenty of those summaries on every book. I share my thoughts, and take on them. This one is hard without explaining. I will try without "spoilers". I have never been a teenage boy. I didn't raise a teenage boy. My main experience most recently was my daughters teenage boyfriends. There were things about the two main characters that did not feel "authentic" to me. So much that it bothered me As I said, maybe it is because I have never been a teen [...]

    14. It started out too wordy, but either I got used to it or it got better because by the end I had a hard time putting it down's a very intense story, well written and very emotional. I hated the way it ended though.

    15. Compulsively readable with a story that needs telling. It touched me personally on a few levels making it very relatable. I'm not a big YA fan but this ranks up there with the few I've read and enjoyed in that category. If you enjoyed Wonder and Fault in Our Stars, you will enjoy this one too.

    16. Bravo Brenda Zalegowski!!! This is one of my top fav books of all time. I can relate to Noah in a big way.

    17. 4.5, inching up. great tale Brenda! I told you in the beginning I liked the characters, and I had no clue where it was going. I hope you hear some more from hi,!

    18. This book described the same scene over and over again with no resolution. I had to skim. It's like a movie that has a good premise but needs some heavy editing.

    19. I really enjoyed this book, yes at some points it seemed long, almost too much "detail" but without it you might have lost some of why Noah does what he does, it's ALL about his thoughts and emotions. I don't get a lot of uninterrupted reading time and I found it hard at times to put this book down without trying to find a good stopping point - I thoroughly enjoyed it and all the characters were well written. Have to say I can't wait for a sequel!

    20. This booked hooked me from the very beginning! Yes, it's a long book, but honestly, not long enough. I found myself in a book hangover for weeks after. I'm not normally a fan of books written in the first person, but It was very well written with a great story. I laughed, I cried, (a lot!) and I can not wait for a sequel!

    21. The story is written from the perspective of a teen named Noah and includes subtext to every single action he does. It's a great story about struggling to hide one's shameful characteristics and how fear of being rejected for being yourself can be crippling. It may seem long but it's a pretty fast read for its size.

    22. I give it 3.5 stars. The story of Noah, who suffers from extreme anxiety disorder was just too long. When his family moves he goes to school for his senior year after being homeschooled his whole life. He experiences a whole new world and struggles in the process. His anxiety is heartbreaking and exhausting.

    23. Too repetitious and long. Would have been a better book if it had been cut short. How many times can you talk about the kissing and the hand holding and I don't want my meds. Jeesh. Seriously. That said I would read a sequel, characters were interesting.

    24. I had some difficulty reading this book for many reasons. As a grandmother I wanted to shake numerous characters. Some parts were difficult to read for me. I can see these characters staying with me for some time. I had a feeling about how it would end but I was hoping I would be wrong.

    25. I really enjoyed this book, it dealt with severe anxiety and panic disorders in a very realistic way. The ending just wasn't for me.

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