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Thursday, June 14, 2012
Barry's Book Reviews: "Falling Under" by Danielle Younge-Ullman
FOUR STARS: Falling Under by Danielle Younge-Ullman was a roller coaster ride of emotion. The scenes artfully switched from the main character's, Mara's, youth to present time as a young adult. This technique successfully developed the richness of her character. There was a strong element of deep neurosis in her character as she sought to deaden her emotional turmoil with raw and dark sex with other artistic souls. The plot was rather a simple one and although there were some surprises they were superficial and I found the book dragging in parts. Too much of a good thing is still too much. Danielle's writing style is sharp and biting and therefore unusually wonderful. I found that she indicted the ills of our modern world in a subtle way. She did not get into details but they were a backdrop to highlight the deep seated fears of the lead character's personality. Overall I enjoyed the book although it will not be loved by everyone.