book review: fallen grace by mary hooper


Publication Date: February 1, 2011

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Rating: 4 stars

ARC, Own, or Library: Own (Hardcover edition)

First Thoughts

I picked this book up based solely on the cover and title. I love any cover with photography on it and the title Fallen Grace just totally had me hooked. I think I read the synopsis after purchase. Lucky for me, the synopsis was just as intriguing as the cover and title. And I got a pretty good story when I read it.


Grace was the MC in this novel but several other characters got some page time as well. I enjoyed Grace but at times she was just too trusting. A lawyer gave her a business card and she just followed everything he says? She just trust the opinion of a midwife that her baby died? No further research into it? There were just times where she could have been very much hurt. She was a little younger than me so maybe it’s my old lady instincts kicking in but STRANGER DANGER much?

But I adored her relationship with Lily, her older intellectually disabled sister. I think the author really captured what it is like to be a caregiver to someone who has intellectual disabilities. It’s hard but rewarding. I truly admired Grace’s strength. Her life focused around her sister and it just made my heart melt.

Plot and Writing Style

So I was little confused by a plot line we followed. It was randomly thrown in and it didn’t seemed to make a lot of sense, story wise. I did figure it out after a little why the plot was there so it was kind of annoying to have to read it when I already figured it out. The main story was interrupted and it was just plain annoying.

The other part of this was the writing style. Okay. so it was either in second person or third person present. The way it was written was fine. What was throwing me off was the conversations. They were not put in double quotes like this (“) and I thought that was always supposed to be how they were written. It wasn’t a huge thing but it threw me off at times.

Trigger Warnings

Trigger warnings here aren’t extensive but they are pretty nasty. Pretty typical for the era the story takes place in: stillborn child mentioned, rape, slut shaming, parent death, and poverty shaming.

Final Thoughts

Overall, this was a good book. It was a quick easy read. There wasn’t too many negatives. It was just a really solid book and I’m glad Mom got it for me.




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