The Year They Fell

The Year They Fell

When a horrible tragedy unites five very different high school seniors, they discover the worst moment of your life can help determine who you really are in the powerful YA novel, The Year They Fell.Josie, Jack, Archie, Harrison, and Dayana were inseparable as preschoolers. But that was before high school, before parties and football and getting into the right college....

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Title:The Year They Fell
Author:David Kreizman
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The Year They Fell Reviews

  • Tracy

    Wow!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. I was so wrapped up in these characters and this story, i laughed and i cried. The author is some story teller...the depth of these characters is incredible ...I’m amazed at how many different storylines were happening, how all these details were intertwined. I’m really sad that it’s over but I’m ready for a movie!

    A month after reading this book, i traveled by plane with the same number of couples to the same island and i could not stop thinking of this

    Wow!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. I was so wrapped up in these characters and this story, i laughed and i cried. The author is some story teller...the depth of these characters is incredible ...I’m amazed at how many different storylines were happening, how all these details were intertwined. I’m really sad that it’s over but I’m ready for a movie!

    A month after reading this book, i traveled by plane with the same number of couples to the same island and i could not stop thinking of this story...it really stuck with me. Highly recommend!!!

  • Swaller7

    An amazing YA debut novel ! Loved each character so much. It had humor, emotion, and I just couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait for my teenage daughter to read it next! A must read

  • Brittany

    5 friends inseparable as preschoolers, before high school and parties and football. Now seniors in high school, they are all strangers to each other. Tragedy strikes and their parents die in a plane crash- left alone, these 5 only have each other to relate to and lean on.

    Josie, Jack, Archie, Harrison, and Dayana AKA- the "Sunnies" have a lot to figure out since being out of each others lives for so long. They have to face what split them apart in the first place. Their

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    5 friends inseparable as preschoolers, before high school and parties and football. Now seniors in high school, they are all strangers to each other. Tragedy strikes and their parents die in a plane crash- left alone, these 5 only have each other to relate to and lean on.

    Josie, Jack, Archie, Harrison, and Dayana AKA- the "Sunnies" have a lot to figure out since being out of each others lives for so long. They have to face what split them apart in the first place. Their answers may just be what they need to forge a new family.

    This book was so amazing. The depth of the characters was phenomenal. Each one was so unique and different from the other. We get to know them on a very personal level so much to the point, you actually feel like you know these characters in real life. The writing was a breath of fresh air and just so on point with the subject matter.

    This is a book about friendship and love, its heartbreaking and funny all at the same time. The author did such a fantastic job bringing these characters to life. You will surely be able to relate to at least one of the characters in the book. You will get lost in the pages, laugh and cry but its all worth it!!

    Overall I totally loved this one and really hope that someone picks it up and makes it into a movie. Its just so good I highly recommend it !!

  • Lauri

    I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

    My students will find themselves in the pages of Kreizman's "The Year They Fell." They will relate to the actions and thoughts of each of the "sunnies." They will cheer and weep and learn that they too have enough in themselves to make life work.

    I look forward to sharing this title next year and hear what they have to say.

  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    THE YEAR THEY FELL is about the people we are when we stop pretending to be the people we think we’re supposed to be.

    The rebel. The jock. The popular girl. The artist. The anxious overachiever. Five preschool friends grow apart by senior year in high school, though their parents remain friends. Four of their parents die in a plane crash on an annual trip bringing the “Sunnies” back together.

    THE YEAR THEY FELL by David Kreizman is an unexpected gem of a story that didn’t get much prepublication

    THE YEAR THEY FELL is about the people we are when we stop pretending to be the people we think we’re supposed to be.

    The rebel. The jock. The popular girl. The artist. The anxious overachiever. Five preschool friends grow apart by senior year in high school, though their parents remain friends. Four of their parents die in a plane crash on an annual trip bringing the “Sunnies” back together.

    THE YEAR THEY FELL by David Kreizman is an unexpected gem of a story that didn’t get much prepublication press and wasn’t even on my radar until a few weeks ago. Told in the teen’s five points of view, I fell in love with each complex, flawed character. Kreizman didn’t create stereotypes, but fully fleshed out people who had real issues without easy answers.

  • Samantha (WLABB)

    They bonded in pre-school, but over the years, the "Sunnies" slowly, but surely, grew apart. However, their parents remained friends and vacationed together each year. It was that yearly vacation, that would forever change the lives of these five teens, and also, lead them back to one another.

    I was reading this on emoji day, and when prompted to describe my current read using only emojis, I replied as follows:

    I shed quite a few tears while reading the first part of this book. To have so many

    They bonded in pre-school, but over the years, the "Sunnies" slowly, but surely, grew apart. However, their parents remained friends and vacationed together each year. It was that yearly vacation, that would forever change the lives of these five teens, and also, lead them back to one another.

    I was reading this on emoji day, and when prompted to describe my current read using only emojis, I replied as follows: 🛩️😭😭😭😭😭

    I shed quite a few tears while reading the first part of this book. To have so many interconnected people simultaneously suffer such a huge loss, tears were inevitable. But, I got to spend a year with these characters, and though the undercurrent of pain and loss was always there, they also experienced a lot of growth, happiness, and hope.

    Each character had something they needed to come to terms with in addition to the loss of their parents.

    • Archie was the adopted black son of white parents, who was trying to decide if he should seek out his biological mother.

    • Harrison lived his whole life according to his mother's exceedingly high standards, and was now left adrift without her guidance.

    • Josie had reinvented herself after she was sexually abused, but her abuser's reappearance had her shaken.

    • Jack was always made to feel as though he was never good enough, and he struggled with the guilt that he was unable to protect his sister.

    • Dayana saw herself as an outsider, and being the only one, whose parents survived, reinforced those feelings.

    But, it was together, that they worked through their past and present. It was together, that they recognized their strength. It was together, that they celebrated their hopeful futures. I mourned all the years they lost with one another, but I loved seeing these characters reconnect. They were so much stronger together than apart, and I was glad they finally realized that.

    The tears I shed in the beginning of this book were due to the profound sadness I felt for these teens, but those tears at the end, they were happy tears. The ending was filled with so much hope and joy, and I deemed it a payoff worthy of all my tears.

    *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Toni

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    Thank you to Edelweiss and Macmillan for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

  • Kristin

    ORIGINAL POST:

    **A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

    The Year They Fell by David Kreizman caught my attention from the start. I enjoy reading young adult fiction and usually I lean more towards feel good novels when I do, but The Year They Fell sounded like it was going to be dramatic and intense and I couldn’t wait to read it. Lucky for me Kreizman delivered.

    This story is not a feel good

    ORIGINAL POST:

    **A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

    The Year They Fell by David Kreizman caught my attention from the start. I enjoy reading young adult fiction and usually I lean more towards feel good novels when I do, but The Year They Fell sounded like it was going to be dramatic and intense and I couldn’t wait to read it. Lucky for me Kreizman delivered.

    This story is not a feel good story. It’s the polar opposite in a way. Not to say it’s going to make you feel terrible, but Kreizman touches on subjects that I feel a lot of other authors don’t or avoid. This novel talked about the death of a parent, kids becoming orphans in the prime of their teen years when they are trying to figure out who they are and what they want to be. He touches on sexual assualt, drugs, sports and their pressure to be great and the injuries that can ruin lives. It talks about anger issues and depression and anxiety. All these subjects that are taboo in books because they don’t typically attract readers made this book so incredible. I feel like there are teens everywhere that could relate to at least one of these characters that Kreizman created.

    My only problem with the book is at times the situation seemed slightly unbelievable. Even though some were 18, I feel like it was too easy for the to push the adults out of the way. Once their parents died, they basically had no rules and no supervision. And someone all the bills continued to get paid even though we never hear about how they suddenly learned about mortgages and such. I know they are wealthy, at least some, but it just seemed odd that the adults would leave so easily after being told by teenagers to go. Otherwise, as a whole, the book was great.

    I’m not sure I have a favorite character because each one brought so much to the table. They created this perfect little dysfunctional family that in an odd way helped them all become stronger and more function in their own lives. The story flows smoothly even though it jumps between characters.

    I think anyone can enjoy this book that loves hard hitting stories about loss and trauma, but also about fighting your way back to the surface (direct reference to the story). Pick it up and hopefully you love it as much as I did.

  • Cassandra Drew

    4.5 stars

    Besides a not so small bomb being dropped, this was one of the most unexpected reads this year for me. I couldn’t put this story down from start to finish. Although one of my least favourite tropes was introduced very close to the ending, I grew so attached to these characters and truly felt like I was a part of the Sunnies.

    Would definitely pick up another book by this author, possibly one of my new favourites.

    4.5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Besides a not so small bomb being dropped, this was one of the most unexpected reads this year for me. I couldn’t put this story down from start to finish. Although one of my least favourite tropes was introduced very close to the ending, I grew so attached to these characters and truly felt like I was a part of the Sunnies.

    Would definitely pick up another book by this author, possibly one of my new favourites.

  • Stacy Fetters

    Everyone has been telling me that I need to read this book and that it'll change the way I look at life. It was unique and definitely eye-opening but it fell a little flat for me. This book follows the lives of five teens as they try to survive life after four out of the five teens lose their parents in an

    Everyone has been telling me that I need to read this book and that it'll change the way I look at life. It was unique and definitely eye-opening but it fell a little flat for me. This book follows the lives of five teens as they try to survive life after four out of the five teens lose their parents in an airplane crash.

    Best friends are always supposed to be there for you, no matter what. Josie, Jack, Harrison, Archie, and Dayana have been best friends since pre-school. If one saw the others in need of help, they would all rush to help one another. As they got older, they started to go their separate ways and are now strangers towards one another. But their parents stayed close friends.

    Their parents are on the journey of a lifetime but things don't go as planned. Dayana's parents are denied boarding the plane because Dad forgot to update his passport. The plane crashes, killing everyone on board. Dayana hears this news first and now she must tell the others.

    Dayana crashes Josie's party to let all her other ex-friends know what has happened to their parents. Once she tells them, they band back together to help one another get through these tough times. They figure out life and what they are going to do with this gift they have received.

    Now they are on a mission to find out the truth about what happened to make that plane crash. With secrets and betrayals lurking in dark corners, will these newly reformed friendships survive? Or will it all come crashing down?

    The Year They Fell was just as heartbreaking as the synopsis promised. It had its moments of hilarity and uplifting positivity but mostly your heart breaks for these five teens who had their lives change in an instant. There are some darker moments in the book, so beware. These heavy topics are going to haunt you but you have to look at the better outcome. This was a good novel but not something that I would venture into a second time.

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