Title: Falling by Design
Author: Valia Lind
Genre: YA contemporary
Published: March 12, 2014
Brooklynn Summers has a plan for her life: graduate from high school, get into a top fashion school, prove to her family that she’s not a failure. She wishes someone in her life understood her need to create because her parents sure don’t support her dreams, her sister hates her, and the deadlines are soon approaching.
Enter Grayson Banks.
There are a few things in life Brooklynn can’t stand: mismatched patterns, cheap polyester, and Grayson. No boy has ever publicly humiliated Brooklynn like Grayson has. When he suddenly moved away in eighth grade, Brooklynn happily wished him good riddance. But on the first day of senior year, Grayson comes back, with his piercing blue eyes and a smile that melts icebergs, he is not exactly the boy Brooklynn remembers. She quickly realizes that Grayson’s intentions have completely shifted, but she’s not sure if she can put their past behind her.
Grayson understands Brooklynn’s creative ambitions and he devises a plan to showcase her work to the world. When the two agree to work together, suddenly, there is more than just fabric paint that’s having a chemical reaction to its environment. Brooklynn cannot help but feel pulled into Grayson’s arms, but memories and misunderstandings surface, putting in danger whatever small comradeship these two childhood enemies have constructed.
Can Brooklynn overcome her own insecurities, finally making her dreams come true? Even a dream she didn’t know she had.
This is a story about a girl with big dreams and a boy who helps her achieve them.
“I’m thinking—the puppies need us again,” Chance says draping his arm around my shoulders as he materializes out of the crowd. I squeal, launching myself fully into his arms.
Chance and I have been friends for ages. I haven’t seen him all summer because he was out traveling with his dad, who’s some top secret scientist who’s official name I can never pronounce. I guess today is his first day back. He neglected to mention that part when he emailed two days ago.
Chance is the kind of a guy that makes everything seem okay. While my family doesn’t do well with hugs, his hugs always make me feel better. People have mistaken us for a couple more than once, but Chance is like a brother to me. That, and he’s secretly in love with Dakota. Not that I would ever tell her that.
“You gotta stop getting so gorgeous or I’ll have to beat boys away with a stick come college.” This is a standard greeting every time he’s been away for any length of time and it makes me warm all over as I snuggle into his side. I’ve been missing his simple teasing all summer.
“Glad to have you back!” I say, letting my arm come around his middle as we walk to class. I glance over at Dakota just in time to see her roll her eyes. I’m not sure why, but Dakota doesn’t exactly have a soft spot for Chance. They can’t speak to each other without sarcasm dripping puddles between them.
“Dakota,” he says looking over my head at my best friend walking beside me, “I see you’re just as lovely as ever.”
“Chance, you’re back. Yay.” I have to suppress a laugh at her dry tone, but Chance doesn’t.
“And as pleasant as I remember.”
I elbow him in the ribs because it’s easier than dodging the wrath of Dakota. He beams, knowing exactly how much he annoys her. I’m not sure what the deal between these two really is, but I sure am happy to have Chance back.
“I’m glad you finally decided to grace us with your presence,” I say, tucked safely under his arm, “I thought I’d have to send out National Guard to bring you back.”
“Dad thought it’d be nice for us to spend some quality time together, once we finished with his research trip. In the desert of all places. As if I don’t get enough of that scenery living here.”
Author. Photographer. Artist. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Valia Lind always had a love for the written word. She wrote her first full book on the bathroom floor of her dormitory, while procrastinating to study for her college classes. Upon graduation, she has moved her writing to more respectable places, and have found her voice in Young Adult fiction. Falling by Design is her debut young adult novel. You can visit her online at www.valialind.blogspot.com or follow her on twitter, where she spends way too much time, @ValiaLind.