The Art of Falling by Kathryn Craft


Penny Swallow wakes to find herself in a hospital with no idea of why or how she got there.   All she ever wanted to do is dance and now that chance has been taken away from her. The main part of this book isn’t did she jump or was she pushed, the book is about recovery and discovery.

This book is about relationships. The ones we try to forget, the ones we push away and those who don’t let us go no matter what. Penny, forced through her injuries, lives with her mother and is forced to deal with their strained relationship and dreams, which were lost on both sides. As much as Penny strains and pushes to get back into dance her damaged body forces her into other things.

There is a deep pain in here, one that makes you ache for Penny and the lost of her control. Her anger and hurt get pushed aside and allow her to change and to grow in ways she didn’t expect. She learns to find a life outside of dance and in one last twist, she has one last dance, one that is heartrending.

This is a beautiful, haunting book. The feelings that the writer captured in Penny’s head of dance were powerful, the writing flowed as she made Penny dance. You could almost feel it yourself. The style of writing was deep, lyrical and layered. It went into not only dance, but eating disorders, physical recovery and what people think of us.

There is just so much I want to say about this book but am lost for words. It touched me in many ways and I was in a flood of tears by the end of it, and I don’t cry easily at the ending of a book.  This is a book that will stay with me for a long time and is one of the best books I have read this year. If I could I would give it more than 5 stars it was that incredible.

5/5 stars



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