by Anne Eliot
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of the book on a read to review basis which in no way affected my oppinion.
I reviewed both How I Fall and How I Fly together for a blog tour a while back, but feel that both books deserve their own reviews.
I really liked this book because of all of the different elements it brought to the table. First of all, it showed what true friendship was and how a passion for art could unite two very different people. Second, it showed how a passion could act as an outlet for someone’s emotions and let them express what they can’t in words. Last, I liked how the book addressed people with disabilities and how they are treated.
How I Fall brought two very different people together in a non-cheesy sort of way. Ellen and Cam are as different as blue and yellow. Cam is a rich, football playing kid and Ellen is the “disabled girl.” Throughout the book, Elliot showed how their love of photography brought these two very different people together.
Along with that love of photography, Elliot showed how Ellen used it as an outlet. The shots Ellen took of people’s feet or of nature showed what Ellen longed for and couldn’t have. Furthermore, Elliot made me appreciate what Ellen was shooting. As a blind reader, I thought I would be bored by the descriptions thinking they would be superficial. However, I was so amazed by them and I absolutely loved them. I could actually visualize what was being photographed and for a second, I was able to see the world. Thank you Anne Elliot for giving me an opportunity to see the world for a second and thank you for writing about people with disabilities.
As I mentioned before, I like the new trend in YA literature to expose mental illness, but I wish more books were written about people with physical disabilities. While I don’t have CP and don’t understand what Ellen went through, I can appreciate how she felt demeaned and underestimated at times. Elliot captured how cruel teenagers and adults can be toward a subject they don’t understand. I can’t count how many times I’ve been told not to do things because I can’t see or been turned away for the same reason. Every time something like this happens, I feel like giving up, but like Ellen I put on a brave face and push forward. I try to prove to people that I have the same brain capacity as them and that I can do everything they can. I liked how true Elliot stayed to how people reacted and how true friends were supposed to act.
Overall, I thought How I Fall was an eye-opening book that people should read to learn about disabilities and the cruelty people show toward unknown subjects.