No Place to Fall

No Place to Fall

by Jaye Robin Brown


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“Southern charm oozes off the page”* of this sexy and poignant novel about family, friendships, and first romance—from Jaye Robin Brown, the critically acclaimed author of Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit. It's Jandy Nelson’s The Sky Is Everywhere meets Sarah Dessen’s This Lullaby.

Amber Vaughn is a good girl. She sings solos at church, babysits her nephew after school, and spends Friday nights hanging out at her best friend Devon’s house. But when she learns about an audition at a prestigious arts school, Amber decides that her dream—to sing on bigger stages—could also be her ticket to a new life.

Devon’s older brother, Will, helps Amber prepare for her one chance to try out. The more time Will and Amber spend together, the more complicated their relationship becomes . . . and Amber starts to wonder if she’s such a good girl, after all.

Then, in an afternoon, the bottom drops out of her family’s world—and Amber is faced with an impossible choice between her promise as an artist and the people she loves. Amber always thought she knew what a good girl would do. But between right and wrong, there’s a whole world of possibilities.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062270962
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/30/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Jaye Robin Brown is the critically acclaimed author of the young adult novels Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit and No Place to Fall. She lives in North Carolina with her dog, horses, and wife. You can visit her on Instagram @jayerobinbrown or online at

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No Place to Fall 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
BiblioJunkies More than 1 year ago
Review: To avoid the dysfunction of her family life, Amber and her best friend Devon have been spending their summer evenings at a hiker’s cabin in the woods on the Appalachian Trail; meeting people from all over the country, making music and sometimes hooking up.  During those evenings, it’s the music that makes Amber feel like she has a future.  Possibly one far away from her small hometown. As the new school year gets underway, life gets complicated.  First, there’s Devon’s brother, Will.  After an unexpected encounter with Will (which we should note she has had a bit of a crush on for a while), Amber is left feeling confused and regretful.  Then there are the two new kids at school; one who seems to have taken an instant dislike to Amber and the other who immediately bonds with Amber over their mutual love of music.  And the most complicated issue of all is Amber’s family.  A dad that doesn’t do such a great job of hiding the fact that he’s cheating on his wife; an older sister and brother in law that are on the fast road to jail time and losing their very young son; and a sweet overprotective mom that purposely puts on blinders in hopes that the dysfunction going on around her will just disappear.   When Amber finds out about auditions for a performing arts high school in Winston-Salem, she sees a future that includes not only doing the things she loves most but also escaping her flawed family situation.  But in an attempt to help a friend re-connect with the music that he loves so much, Amber manages to break too many rules (and laws).  Her actions could cost the audition for which she fought so hard as well as her friends, including Will.    There is no ignoring it.  This story is uncomfortable in places.  There are a number of topics/situations that might turn some readers off – cheating, drug use and racism were the three that stood out.  All three of these things were problematic for me but the racism bothered me most.  It was a situational comment by Amber that was obviously used to give the reader insight into where she lives and how she was raised.  It occurs in the beginning and I have to say that I almost decided to not finish this book because of it.  But I was so tired of being disappointed by books and not finishing them that I decided to plow through anyway.   And I am glad that I did. Because there is also no denying that this story makes you think.  It forces the reader to consider the complicated fact that privileges and opportunities can be so much more accessible to some but not to others and how difficult it can be to pursue a dream when personal circumstances don’t allow for much support.   No Place to Fall is a great new addition to the world of contemporary YA.   It’s a thought provoking book that will grab your interest and keep you turning the pages every step of the way. Nat
AReadingRedSox More than 1 year ago
I was a huge fan of “Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit” by Jaye Robin Brown, so I decided to pick this one up and give it a shot. I am so glad that I did. “No Place to Fall” is surprising and interesting and exceptionally real. I love how the novel ended, and seeing all of the characters grow throughout the story. Check out more great book reviews on my blog, A Reading Red Sox, here:
Rebecca Petruck More than 1 year ago
No Place to Fall is such a lyrical novel--the writing and metaphors and storytelling are SO GOOD. Yet for all its beauty, it is unflinching, too. It doesn't put a sheen of pretty on what it's like to live in a small mountain town. It's not all great views and salt-of-the-earth types. Amber copes by singing, she sings it all away, and it's just gorgeous. This novel just feels so TRUE, and it gives me great hope for what the future can be if we cling to what we know to be true: the people who love us, our gifts, and that there is always a path SOMEWHERE, even if we have to fight off the crows to follow the bread crumbs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow beginning but it picks up. I liked the story but felt it lacked detail and I didnt like all the inclusion of drugs and alcohol
julianalbrandt More than 1 year ago
NO PLACE TO FALL by Jaye Robin Brown is a fast read, one I consumed quickly (and you will too!) and enjoyed every moment. That isn't to say that this is a fluffy read; it tackles some very serious issues--a dysfunctional family, drug use, small town tensions, love and loyalty--but they're handled well and in a way that made me root for Amber. Jaye Robin Brown is a flawless writer and I can't wait to see what she writes next.
Nina_Moreno More than 1 year ago
I remember my first YA contemporary love. I wanted to crawl into the cracks of the story and when I only had a few pages left I escaped outside, away from my loud, busy family, to finish reading alone, because the story felt like I'd found someone else's diary and had to be alone to read it. Like a favorite song you have to hear alone so you can sing it as loud as you want.  Amber's story demands that. Amber's story is a bird bursting from its cage. It's lyrical writing, haunting choices, and the sweetest of victories. One of my favorite things about southern fiction is how place becomes a character. And Sevenmile is drawn with such a careful, thoughtful hand. The sense of home and our battles with it when it comes to our own identity transcend the mountain town. But there you are amongst the falling leaves and last days of summer, falling in love with a boy who plays his banjo while you sing.  "We lie there, not talking, listening to the wind and the sound of the birds, taking in the smell of rich earth and summer hanging in the air. Far off in the distance I can hear the sound of cars. I can also feel the energy from Will's arm, parallel to mine. Will starts humming the tune to a country song about a city girl and a country boy that the radio plays all the time. After a minute, I join in with the words, quietly at first. And then I sing a little louder, belting it to the clouds. Will's humming in perfect tune. Just before the song ends, I feel Will move his hand to touch mine, tracing circles with his fingertip onto my skin." It just takes your breath away.  The characters are all engaging and their stories complicated and honest. Small town struggles aren't romanticized, but told in a stirring voice. This is a gorgeous story. Amber, Will, her sister and Mama, everyone stays with you. NO PLACE TO FALL is the kind of book you hold to your chest when it's over and sigh, your hand slipping back to the first pages, because maybe just once more.  This book is gonna be somebody's first YA contemporary love. 
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) 16-year-old Amber has aspirations to travel the world, but until that’s possible she’s content to chat to hikers travelling through her small village. With her sister arrested, her father cheating on her mother, and boy problems to boot, Amber is just trying to keep everyone happy as best she can, even if it means doing the wrong thing to achieve that. Can Amber really help everybody? And will she ever get what she wants? This was an interesting story about love and loyalty, and I liked the romance. Amber was a sweet girl, and it was obvious how much she saw, and how much she valued her family and friends. She really did try to keep things that she knew would hurt people away from them, and when someone really needed something, she always tried to get it for them, even when it meant risking everything to do it. The storyline in this was okay, although I did get a little bored in the middle. I didn’t like the things that Amber did, but I could see why she did them, and I disliked the way that other people used her, and tried to play on her selfless nature to get what they wanted. The romance was probably my favourite part of this book, although I wasn’t overly happy with the way Will behaved towards Amber most of the time. Hooking up with a girl who isn’t your girlfriend, then going back to your girlfriend as if nothing happened is not very gentlemanly behaviour. The ending to this was bittersweet. I hated the way that Amber was punished for something that she only did to help someone else. It seemed unfair that by doing something wrong to help someone she loved, she ended up punished for it, and that upset me a bit. Thankfully we did get a happy ending on the romance front though, and Amber was able the bright side, even when she had lost what she personally wanted. Overall; an interesting story about love and loyalty, 7 out of 10
ALR1 More than 1 year ago
So you know those books that make you late for work because you just have to read one more chapter? This was one of them. I love books that just seem effortless because the story flows so easily, and that’s exactly what Jaye Robin Brown has done in No Place to Fall. Amber is aware (and often embarrassed) of her imperfections, she’s and a dreamer, and she questions things, and she makes mistakes… so basically she’s a teenager. She feels weighed down by her family issues and tests the waters to see if she fits in with those issues. The characterization was spot-on. The use of lyrics and the music had me grinning in a way similar to This Song Will Save Your Life. The music was almost like another character in the story. Beautifully done.