Fall Out Girl – L. Duarte



Imagine a social outcast: Me. (Luna)

Imagine a popular boy: Him. (Caleb)

Sound like the characters of a cliché story, right? Here, hold my hand. Come away with me. I’ll tell you my story, and you’ll decide.

But I have a warning: Proceed at your own risk. Since it’s a snippet of my life, I’m one of the main characters. And to put it lightly, I’m not the most likable person in the world, cue the earned label. Also, unlike fairy tales, my story is real with a dash of sorrow and loss.

How do I start? Once upon a time…? Shoot me now, please.

The beginning? No, too boring.

Well, let’s start with the catalytic moment that set in motion a chain of events that changed my life, yet again.

As for a happily ever after? Sorry, no spoilers here. You’re going to have to figure that one out on your own. After you read my tale, it becomes yours, and as such, you’re entitled to your interpretation.

So, off we go!

Fasten your seat belts. This ride may get bumpy.

My Thoughts

Fall Out Girl certainly has its merits. It’s been a while since I’ve read YA romance, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. Love, loss, romance, drama, and teenage angst permeate every single corner of this book.

This book also takes a very mature stance on YA romance – there is no sugar coating going on here. Through Luna’s perspective, we see the kind of hell high school can be – which is a surprise to absolutely no one. Luna is your social recluse, she likes to keep to herself, and she wants it to stay that way. She puts steel walls up around her to keep people out, and it’s very effective. Luna chooses to keep people at a distance, but will drop everything for her cousin Jake.

This book turns the drama up to notch eleven. Luna, predictably, has some tragic loss in her past. She hasn’t come to grips with this loss yet, and she is extremely reluctant to discuss it. As a result, she’s taken in by her aunt and her cousin. It is not an ideal situation for anyone involved. Her aunt resents her, and expresses this by getting drunk and high with unsavory characters at all hours of the day – funded by money Luna must provide for these activities. Luna takes the brunt of it, with much disdain, but puts up with it with a plan in mind – get the hell out the moment she turns 18 and can, legally and financially, flee.

As a result of her plans, Luna holds incredible amounts of responsibility on her shoulders. She’s wicked smart, incredibly observant, and extremely keen on self-preservation. There is very little that will stop her from getting what she wants, and what she wants is to lay low, get out of town, go to college, and get away from it all with Jake in tow.

All of these plans are thrown into chaos when she meets Caleb. As much as Luna puts up a strong front, she’s still a teenager – she’s vulnerable, she’s hurt, and she’s desperate to find her place with Caleb. Caleb sees right through her – and is very keen on getting to know her, the real Luna, who she is behind the mask.

This book is a neat romance for an audience that can handle extremely mature content. Luna is a young girl, coming into her own, trying to get on with the hand life has dealt her. She’s got a good head on her shoulders. She isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. I learned a lot from Luna, and I can only hope others will learn from her as well.


~ by Aubrey Smith on June 8, 2016.

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