Book Of The Day – Falling Under

by Greg on April 3, 2012

Today we have a very highly rated Drama for our Book of the Day. FALLING UNDER by Danielle Younge-Ullman has an outstanding 4.8 star rating and is only $2.99! Many of the reviewers “highly recommend” this book and 18 out of 23 reviews are 5 stars so make sure to check out this excellent debut drama by Younge-Ullman.

“Danielle Younge-Ullman has really nailed it here, with the story of Mara, a talented artist hampered by her family history… She writes with a combination of grace and grit that’s rare, making FALLING UNDER a book you’ll want to fall into.”

by Danielle Younge-Ullman
Rating: 4.8 Stars
Category: Drama
Price: $2.99


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“Fierce, erotic and absolutely fearless, this riveting debut tunnels into the psyche of a young artist who is as self-destructive as she is talented. To transform her career and have any sort of shot at happiness, she must grapple with thorny secrets from her past and open herself up to the terror of love. Shocking and moving, FALLING UNDER is as edgy as a razor blade and unlike anything you’ve ever read before.” – NYT Bestselling author Caroline Leavitt, reviewing for Dame Magazine

Gutsy and provocative, FALLING UNDER is the story of a reclusive young artist struggling for connection in a world she doesn’t trust.

Mara Foster knows she’s a mess. A rollercoaster of a childhood made a survivor of her, but as an adult she is a mass of contradictions and unrealized potential. Talented, fierce and smart, but burdened by a host of anxieties, Mara finds it difficult to leave the house most days, much less imagine anything resembling normalcy.

Then Mara meets Hugo, and the walls she has built around herself begin to crumble. She fights through her fears, hopeful for the first time that she will be able to leave them behind. But, ignored and unresolved, the past is hurtling forward, on a collision course that threatens to smash Mara and her tenuous happiness into more pieces than she can ever hope to pick up.

Surrounded by a quirky cast of characters—Sal, the unlikely art dealer and former lover, Bernadette, the blunt talking, wise-cracking, activist best friend, Erik, computer hacker and sometime lover with whom she shares a horrible secret, plus her charismatic-but-highly-unstable father and her semi-estranged, businesswoman mother—Mara grapples for a breakthrough in her art, and in her life. But she must come to terms with her own complicated past, in order to get a second chance at happiness.

Written in spare, crisp prose and marked by wry humor, FALLING UNDER is a gripping contemporary tale of human frailty, friendship, and hard-earned redemption.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

“FALLING UNDER is one of the most compelling debut novels I’ve read in a long time. It is gutsy, emotional, sexually charged and, because of its second-person narrative style, unremittingly intense. Younge-Ullman writes her guts out, hurtling forward, pedal to the floor. The result is a gripping story, crackling with energy.” – The National Post


“Here’s a debut novel that delivers…The story of Mara, a talented painter so beset by her demons and fears that can she can barely leave her house, is set alongside the story of Mara’s childhood, and I got the rare experience of both plunging forward with the story and stepping back to applaud the technical skill and bravery of the execution. Extreme, and extremely well done!” – Kim Alexander for XM Radio Fiction Nation


FALLING UNDER will take you by the throat. It’s an unflinching, no-holds-barred look inside the mind and heart of a damaged young woman, struggling for contact in a world she can’t entirely trust. Good stuff. You’ll want to share it with every serious reader you know.


It’s not often that one finds a book that’s simultaneously dark and deep but also funny. The characters in this book are real the emotions resonate and my heart broke for Mara as she struggles to get out from under her damaged childhood. Can’t recommend this book enough.


Falling Under is an unforgettable debut novel that sucks you into an orgasmic vortex of emotions for a look into a young artist’s tortured soul. Highly recommended!

Get Falling Under here: FALLING UNDER

About The Author

Danielle Younge-Ullman is a novelist, playwright and freelance writer who has always had a passion for books, language and storytelling. Danielle attained her BA in English and Drama from McGill University in Montreal, then returned to her hometown of Toronto to work as professional actor for ten years. This was character-building time during which she held a wild variety of acting and non-acting jobs—everything from working on the stage with Soulpepper Theatre (a high point!) to dubbing English voices for Japanese TV, to temping, to teaching Pilates. Danielle’s short story, Reconciliation, will be published in a McGraw-Hill Anthology for young adults in 2012 her, one-act play, 7 Acts of Intercourse, debuted at Toronto’s SummerWorks Festival in 2005, and her work has appeared in The Quill & Quire. Danielle lives in Toronto with her husband, two daughters, and their dog, Finny. FALLING UNDER is her first novel.

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