Title: Trip & Fall
Author: Kendal Waller
Published Date: November 2013
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Georgia Lee Marshall has spent the last decade watching her best and closest friends move away and begin their fabulous lives while she has stayed close to home and buried herself beneath her self imposed responsibilities, her work, and a mountain of ‘what if’s’. The truth is Georgia has never believed she could do more. This was her life and she was determined to do the best she could with what she had without spending too much of her time worrying about the ways things could have been different if she’d made other decisions along the way.
When she loses her job, sells her house to the first person who looks at it, and is faced with a summer full of the possibilities. She takes off on what she calls an adventure – hoping to find the answers to why her friends’ lives turned out so much better and more exciting than hers. She jumps into her jeep and out of her comfort zone, searching out the ‘what if’s’, and looking for a new direction for herself.
This is the story of Georgia’s journey and the discovery of the realization that things are not always how they seem. Finding in the end that if she is brave enough to believe in herself, she may find the adventure of her life will lead her to a life she never could have dreamt possible.
***Contains Graphic Sex, Strong Language and Adult Situations. Not for young readers***
I love the premise of the story–figuring out what you really want to do and get out of life. That seems to be a common thought for many adults of all ages. I would have liked Georgia to have more experiences in her journey that were focused on something related to finding her calling instead of finding her man. Although Georgia repeatedly told Trick she had not set out on her journey to find a man, she does seem to find them falling all over her every where she stops–even on the shoulder of the highway.
For being a city-girl, the author has country down pat. I would have sworn that that the author is a very young, southern girl given how she nailed the character detail of the young southern girlfriends in this book. I found the characters to be rather shallow and self-absorbed unless they had to buck-up for a friend-in-need. Georgia is a devoted friend and daughter who seems to be very naive and have little self-esteem. Losing her job as a photo-journalist seems to have made Georgia very fragile because it doesn’t take much for the tears to start flowing. While I didn’t like many of the characters, it didn’t impact my enjoyment of the overall story. Sometimes, disliking characters immensely actually makes for a better story.
As Georgia visits her “besties” on her summer road trip, she encounters a wide-variety of people and experiences. The badass bikers and the uber-rich tycoons all fall for Georgia as she tries to figure out how to read people and determine who is sincere and who is a white-hot mess. The 30 year-old virgin who has never had a boyfriend, eventually learns the difference between sex and love.
The self-discovery journey that Georgia takes in Trip & Fall was a really slow ride for me. Although I liked the plot and character development, the pace of the book was bogged down with a lot of detail about clothing, food, and room decor that didn’t add to the story. I find it is a fine line between not adding enough detail and adding more than is needed to paint a picture for the reader. The pace did impact my star rating.
The ending is lovely, and best of all, there is no rush and jump to a conclusion; the lead up to the “I’m-in-a-good-place” ending isn’t forced. Georgia finds herself, most (not all) of the friendship drama is worked out, and best of all, she ends up with the right man who is going to give her the room to keep exploring and growing.
I’m looking forward to reading more of Kendal Waller’s work in the future.
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