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If I Fall, If I Die - Michael Christie
If I Fall, If I Die
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A heartfelt and wondrous debut about family, fear, and skateboarding, that Karen Russell calls "a bruiser of a tale" and that Philipp Meyer calls "astonishing."Will has never been outside, at least not since he can remember. And he has certainly never gotten to know anyone other than his mother,... show more
A heartfelt and wondrous debut about family, fear, and skateboarding, that Karen Russell calls "a bruiser of a tale" and that Philipp Meyer calls "astonishing."Will has never been outside, at least not since he can remember. And he has certainly never gotten to know anyone other than his mother, a fiercely loving yet wildly eccentric agoraphobe who drowns in panic at the thought of opening the front door. Their world is exotic and adventuresome—full of art, experiments, and music—but confined to their small house. But Will’s thirst for adventure can’t be contained. Clad in a protective helmet and unsure of how to talk to other kids, he finally goes outside.  At school, he meets Jonah, an artsy loner, who introduces Will to the danger and freedom of skateboarding.  Together, they search for a missing local boy, help a bedraggled vagabond, and evade a dangerous bootlegger.  The adventure is more than Will ever expected and pulls him far from the confines of his closed-off world and into the throes of early adulthood and the dangers that everyday life offers.    In buoyant, kinetic prose, Michael Christie has written an emotionally resonant and keenly observed novel about mothers and sons, fears and risks, and the lengths we’ll go for those we love.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780804140805 (0804140804)
ASIN: 0804140804
Publisher: Hogarth
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
Category:
Adventure
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Rod Raglin
Rod Raglin rated it
3.0 Contrived ending trips up If I Fall, If I Die
Will is an eleven year-old boy and the child of a single mother Diane. Diane suffers from agoraphobia and has kept herself and her son "Inside" their house in Thunder Bay for the better part of his young life. Because he knows nothing else except what his mother has told him he accepts that going ...
Jessica's Book Thoughts
Jessica's Book Thoughts rated it
3.0 If I Fall, If I Die
Description (Goodreads): Will has never been outside, at least not since he can remember. And he has certainly never gotten to know anyone other than his mother, a fiercely loving yet wildly eccentric agoraphobe who panics at the thought of opening the front door. Their world is rich and fun- lovi...
Irresponsible Reader
Irresponsible Reader rated it
4.0 A smart, amusing, sad and slightly weird Coming of Age tale
When he was a toddler, Will and his mother, Diane, moved into a house in rural Canada (somewhere north of Toronto, I think) and never left. I don't mean that didn't move to a different residence, I mean they didn't leave. Diane was a filmmaker -- some sort of arty, documentary/montage-type thing --...
Jenny's Book Bag
Jenny's Book Bag rated it
2.0 If I Fall, If I Die
I loved the storyline, but not the execution. I love novels whose main characters have a mental illness and the more screwed up they are, the better. I find those storylines fascinating. “If I Fall, If I Die” starts out strong, but halfway through, it got boring so I stopped at page 162. The novel i...
Figgy O'Connell
Figgy O'Connell rated it
2.0 If I Fall, If I Die
The boy stepped Outside, and he did not die. He was not riddled with arrows, his hair did not spring into flame, and his breath did not crush his lungs like spent grocery bags. His eyeballs did not sizzle in their sockets, and his heart’s pistons did not seize. No barbarian lopped his head into a bl...
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