Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
I didn’t think it was possible to love a book more than I loved Marisa de los Santos’ first book, Love Walked In, but I was wrong. Falling Together is the most profoundly beautiful love story I’ve read in years…maybe ever. The sheer poetry of the language, combined with the astonishingly beautiful portrayal of “imperative love” left me utterly breathless.
Marisa de los Santos was a poet before she began writing novels, and poetry shows in every line of her prose writing, as well. Falling Together tells the story of three college students who develop an extraordinary friendship before graduating and moving forward with their individual lives. But some ties can’t be broken by time or distance, and some friendships can become more than anyone ever expects.
At first, I thought maybe I wouldn’t be able to identify with these very young characters, but when their story picks up some years after their time together at school, it all fell into place for me. I was pulled into this tender and moving story on every level, and I highly recommend Falling Together to anyone who enjoys an introspective study into what makes even flawed human beings tick. Because there are flaws. But in the end, those flaws only served to make me love at least two of these characters without reservation. One of the three was less admirable to my mind, but I’ll let you figure that out for yourself, over the course of this gorgeously written book.
When I finished the last page, I just wanted to go sit in a peaceful corner and ponder the sheer pleasure offered by a writer with the imagination to describe the unexpected sight of a fox as an “impossible long, lean pour of orange.” Bliss!!
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