Review: Falling by Design by Valia Lind

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.

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

I think it's been a while since I've read such a sweet honest young adult contemporary romance. My smile didn't leave my face from the moment I finished the first page.

Brooklynn has known since she was five years old that she would become a fashion designer. Unfortunately some bullying from on Grayson Banks and a total lack of support on the homefront might have dented her self confidence a bit. She still designs and makes clothes, she just stopped wearing them.

Now it's senior year and things are about to become real. Brooklynn is still very much set on pursuing her dream, even if that means having to fight with her dad over college every single day. When her childhood nemesis returns, Brooklynn feels like the world is out to get her. After some time she does realises Grayson isn't the same boy as four years ago.

Grayson knows he's made some stupid mistakes back then and after apologising to her several times, he suggest he helps her chase her dream. Brooklynn agrees, but she is still doubtful. Slowly though she gets to know him again and trying all she wants, she can not deny the pull she feels towards him.

It was so easy to relate to Brooklyn. She is still trying to figure out who she is, who she wants, and all the while trying to survive high school. Brooklynn knows what she wants to do, achieving her dream unfortunately wasn't that easy.

The BFF's in this book were awesome. They were really cool and always so supportive of Brooklynn. Adding that note of humor really made it complete.

I liked the growing relationship between Brooklynn and Grayson. The guy had to work for it, but it was all worth it. No instant love here, but a friendship tentatively growing into romance.

Falling by Design was such a fun read. It has great characters, an amazing romance and enough drama to keep things interesting.

The Author
Author. Photographer. Artist. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Valia Lind always had a love for the written word. She wrote her first full book on the bathroom floor of her dormitory, while procrastinating to study for her college classes. Upon graduation, she has moved her writing to more respectable places, and have found her voice in Young Adult fiction. Falling by Design is her debut young adult novel.

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