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Thursday, October 15, 2015

IF I FALL, IF I DIE by Michael Christie

A heartfelt and wondrous debut about family, fear, and skateboarding, that Karen Russell calls "A bruiser of a tale . . . a death-defying coming-of-age story."

Will has never been outside, at least not since he can remember. And he has certainly never gotten to know anyone other than his mother, a fiercely loving yet wildly eccentric agoraphobe who panics at the thought of opening the front door. Their world is rich and fun- loving—full of art, science experiments, and music—and all confined to their small house.

But Will’s thirst for adventure can’t be contained. Clad in a protective helmet and unsure of how to talk to other kids, he finally ventures outside.  At his new school he meets Jonah, an artsy loner who introduces Will to the high-flying freedoms of skateboarding.  Together, they search for a missing local boy, help a bedraggled vagabond, and evade a dangerous bootlegger.  The adventure is more than Will ever expected, pulling him far from the confines of his closed-off world and into the throes of early adulthood, and all the risks that everyday life offers.   

In buoyant, kinetic prose, Michael Christie has written an emotionally resonant and keenly observed novel about mothers and sons, fears and uncertainties, and the lengths we’ll go for those we love. @goodreads



I wanted to read this book because of the blurb stating Will's mom was agoraphobic and then of course she has the wonderful panic disorder. I have both and then some so I was really interested in this book. Sadly, it wasn't what I thought it was going to be. I'm not saying it was bad, I just didn't love it to death!

So, Will and his mom have lived in their house since Will was a little boy. I think he's been inside for like 8 years with her. One day he decides to venture out and finds out it's not all that bad. Suddenly he's making his mom send him to real school and making some friends.

There is a lot of weird stuff going on in this book. Will venture's out into the world and the friend he made keeps running away and showing up. Will and his new friend Jonah have fun skateboarding and stuff, but they keep running into strange characters in the woods, etc. I like they have a lot of Natives in the book, but the town don't treat them good.. naturally!

Will's mom had a brother Charlie that died and she believes their is some kind of curse on her family as people seem to die or some other tragic thing. She can't take it and stays in the house.

There were some surprises at the end that did turn the sad, somewhat morbid story, into a really happy ending.

*I would like to thank Blogging For Books for a free print copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*





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