Brooklynn Summers has a plan for her life: graduate from high school, get into a top fashion school, prove to her family that she’s not a failure. She wishes someone in her life understood her need to create because her parents sure don’t support her dreams, her sister hates her, and the deadlines are soon approaching.
Enter Grayson Banks.
There are a few things in life Brooklynn can’t stand: mismatched patterns, cheap polyester, and Grayson. No boy has ever publicly humiliated Brooklynn like Grayson has. When he suddenly moved away in eighth grade, Brooklynn happily wished him good riddance. But on the first day of senior year, Grayson comes back, with his piercing blue eyes and a smile that melts icebergs, he is not exactly the boy Brooklynn remembers. She quickly realizes that Grayson’s intentions have completely shifted, but she’s not sure if she can put their past behind her.
Grayson understands Brooklynn’s creative ambitions and he devises a plan to showcase her work to the world. When the two agree to work together, suddenly, there is more than just fabric paint that’s having a chemical reaction to its environment. Brooklynn cannot help but feel pulled into Grayson’s arms, but memories and misunderstandings surface, putting in danger whatever small comradeship these two childhood enemies have constructed.
Can Brooklynn overcome her own insecurities, finally making her dreams come true? Even a dream she didn’t know she had.
This is a story about a girl with big dreams and a boy who helps her achieve them.
Review: Falling by Design
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Falling by Design by Valia Lind is a standalone young adult romance set during the senior year of Brooklyn and Grayson. Let me just say "awwww". This story was so sweet. Boy meets girl, boy is in third grade (or so), boy likes girl, boy tortures girl. Fast-forward to twelfth grade and Grayson is back in town after having moved away and Brooklyn is NOT happy. She remember how he humiliated her in elementary school and she will NOT forgive.
Well, she does, but the story of getting there is funny and sweet and kinda cool. The fact that she wants to be a fashion designer and makes clothes, but never wears them (until later when she's brought out of her shell of protectiveness) is something different for me in books I've been reading.
If you like light-hearted YA romance with a touch of angst and drama with a happy ever after ending then this is definitely a recommended book for you.