Hello and happy Wednesday. Welcome to another installment of “Don’t Read Sh*t, Read This Instead.” Today, I bring you two books that might appear similar even by the title, but one is clearly better than the other one.
You might have come across The Harder I Fall by Jessica Gibson through Goodreads recommendations or those BookBub emails that tell you which books are on sale or for free. I’m almost certain that I didn’t pay anything for this book, which makes me slightly less angry that I bought it but all the more concerned that it is available for vulnerable or unknowing readers.
Basically, this book is about this girl who starts college and there she meets this seemingly perfect guy whom she (obviously) falls in love with. But there’s a catch because our main character has a dark past and a very troubled family history, and what is the best way to deal with that? Marrying the guy you just met a few months ago, of course. As far as I remember, this book deals in a very irresponsible way with domestic abuse, alcoholism and eating disorders. It also portrays an unhealthy romantic relationship.
I get it, though, there are some tropes that we like. A few years ago, for example, I was super into the whole coming-of-age thing with the characters starting college because I no longer related to high-school based stories. And I also get that some readers want their characters to have a backstory and not a particularly happy one. If that is handled well, it can lead to a really interesting novel, like This Is Falling from Ginger Scott. You get the main character with a troubled past, who’s just starting college, you get the amazing love interest, and what’s even better, you get an entire series. If you’ve been around for a while, then you probably already know that I love Ginger Scott and that I’ve read several of her books already, and I definitely recommend This Is Falling.
Do you like novels that are set in college? Is there any title you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments below.
Love, Miss Camila