The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe

Hey everyone, just finished reading The Way We Fall, which as most of you know was part of the white pine selection books. The reason I read it was mostly because I have yet to read any of those books, and as one book club to another I find I should support the reading.
It was a different sort of reading, as the writing style was in the form of many diary entries that are being written from the main character, Kaelyn, to her friend Leo who has left the island they live on. I thought it was actually kind of good, which is weird for me as I don't normally like these kinds of things.

We meet Kaelyn, through the diary entries that begin at the beginning of September and the start of the new school year. She is writing to her old friend Leo, who left the island some time over the summer.
We aren't sure just yet, but it seems that they did not have a good parting, and maybe still aren't talking. Either way, Kaelyn is determined to make a new start with people, and takes the time to make friends with a girl in her class named Rachel.
They work on their project together and when she goes over to her house, she notices that her dad is acting strangely. As in, randomly spewing none sense in her face about her family, to the point where Kaelyn has to leave the house.
Later she finds out from her dad that the man was taken to the hospital because he had a break down. Fearing that she might have caught what he did, her dad makes her be very careful. And then she finds out that Rachel is acting oddly, and when she goes to see if she is okay she is stunned by her behaviour.
Soon more and more people are going to the hospital, and because her dad is the only microbiologist on the island, he is barely ever home for her and her brother and her mom. Then, the unthinkable happens, someone dies because of the disease. People are suddenly panicking, unsure how to deal with things.
Kaelyn starts losing people she loves, and she is forced into the quarantine that keeps her and everyone else from leaving the infected island. She teams up with Leo's girlfriend, who she had always hated, to try to keep those alive on the island going, but gangs start to form that put the safety of those still alive in jeopardy.
Will Kaelyn survive long enough to apologise to Leo? Or will the disease take her and everyone she loves before she gets the chance?

I thought overall this was a pretty interesting read. I liked the medical side of it, and the perspective of the main character to see what she was going through and feeling during those times.
I would give the book a 3 out of 5 star rating, and I will be looking forward to reading the next book in the series.


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