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It's been six years since Pen Calloway watched Cat and Will, her best friends from college, walk out of her life. Through the birth of her daughter, the death of her father, and the vicissitudes of single motherhood, she has never stopped missing them. When, after years of silence, Cat—the bewitching, charismatic center of their group—urgently requests that the three meet at their college reunion, Pen can't refuse. But instead of a happy reconciliation, what awaits is a collision of past and present that sends Pen and Will on a journey around the world, with Pen's five-year-old daughter and Cat's hostile husband in tow. And as Pen and Will struggle to uncover the truth about Cat, they find more than they bargained for: startling truths about who they were before and who they are now.

With her trademark wit, vivid prose, and gift for creating authentic, captivating characters, Marisa de los Santos returns with an emotionally resonant novel about our deepest human connections.

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 4, 2011
ISBN: 9780062100726
List price: $11.14
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Cat, Pen and Will were inseparable once they met in college. Now, Cat's married and in order to give her relationship a chance without the other two, all three have been living separate lives. Cat's mysterious disappearance reunites Pen and Will as they search with Cat's husband Jason for answers. Pen and Will are hurtling to an obvious conclusion, at least to the reader and while the journey to Cat is interesting, it seemed unfulfilling. This was my first Marisa de lost Santos novel and I guess I wanted to like it more.read more
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I wonder if we all have friends like the ones in this book; ones that we can just see again after years and pick up like nothing ever really changed. Ones where we can sum up the six year span of absence with a few sentences and where the other person would understand completely. It felt good to think so, at least. Quick synopsis: Pen, Cat, and Will were best friends, inseparable in college, until Cat decided that they couldn’t continue like that as they grew older. They lose touch, until they are brought back together by a situation involving Cat.Like I always say, you can tell a character is well written when you have serious emotions about them. I experienced this with Cat. Don’t want to put any spoilers in here, but I was most surprised by her, especially considering the descriptions from the other two characters. She didn't live up to the hype.I'm not sure I'd say I really enjoyed this book. I felt it was a a little predictable, but I also don't think that's a bad thing, necessarily.read more
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Normally I steer away from "friendship stories", the kind where old friends in a) college b) growing up c) a book club find themselves in some situation that an author is inspired to write about. I find them confusing and contrived, and for the most part, very irritating, trying to keep the characters straight and who love/hates/yearns for/inspires who. But this story of college friends, starkly separated, but rejoining around a reunion had only three main characters, and two of them were very interesting to me, so I persisted.I'm glad I did. Though there were some choppy moments in the story, trying to place certain ancillary characters, or when my brain didn't switch gears from character to character fast enough, there were some delicious moments, both in the story line and in the actual writing. The interesting aspect for me was the way Marisa de los Santos weaves the backstory of Pen, Cat, and Will into their own intermediary stories (each filled with tremendous loss), and their present day worlds. I also liked that while a more secondary character is a real jerk at times, there are aspects of his personality that make him totally redeemable, likable, and understandable, even though he also can be a (why does douche bag come to mind) buffoon and blow-hard. We all know people like that. Totally despicable, lovable turds.Once again, I failed to note some of my favorite lines. Why do I look at a page number and think I'll remember it to come back and quote a passage. I think some of the things that charmed me involved Will's books, the relationships between parent and child (charming in Pen's case for both her own and with her daughter, terrifying in Will's), and the breaking awareness of falling together. I remember telling my brother I had fallen in love with my husband. "Don't 'fall' in love," her told me. "Rise in it" I did and continue to do so, but that's another story.Gave this book a 4 simply for all the moments it made me stop and think about my own experience in life, for the lovely phrases that captivated me, for the descriptions of Pen's family (past and present), for sea-glass, for the darling fairy-princessness of Augusta, and Jason's beautiful way of relating to kids. I received this book from the kind auspices of Harper Collins. They were offering a chance for one of three books by 3 different authors. I'd read all three authors, but one book was a series, and one was a deceased author, whose personal conduct broke my own code of decency (and I was also wondering in how a man two years dead wrote a book.) Anyhow, I left the decision up to them and they most graciously sent me this copy of the book to read and review. I am most grateful.read more
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Cat, Pen and Will were inseparable once they met in college. Now, Cat's married and in order to give her relationship a chance without the other two, all three have been living separate lives. Cat's mysterious disappearance reunites Pen and Will as they search with Cat's husband Jason for answers. Pen and Will are hurtling to an obvious conclusion, at least to the reader and while the journey to Cat is interesting, it seemed unfulfilling. This was my first Marisa de lost Santos novel and I guess I wanted to like it more.
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I wonder if we all have friends like the ones in this book; ones that we can just see again after years and pick up like nothing ever really changed. Ones where we can sum up the six year span of absence with a few sentences and where the other person would understand completely. It felt good to think so, at least. Quick synopsis: Pen, Cat, and Will were best friends, inseparable in college, until Cat decided that they couldn’t continue like that as they grew older. They lose touch, until they are brought back together by a situation involving Cat.Like I always say, you can tell a character is well written when you have serious emotions about them. I experienced this with Cat. Don’t want to put any spoilers in here, but I was most surprised by her, especially considering the descriptions from the other two characters. She didn't live up to the hype.I'm not sure I'd say I really enjoyed this book. I felt it was a a little predictable, but I also don't think that's a bad thing, necessarily.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Normally I steer away from "friendship stories", the kind where old friends in a) college b) growing up c) a book club find themselves in some situation that an author is inspired to write about. I find them confusing and contrived, and for the most part, very irritating, trying to keep the characters straight and who love/hates/yearns for/inspires who. But this story of college friends, starkly separated, but rejoining around a reunion had only three main characters, and two of them were very interesting to me, so I persisted.I'm glad I did. Though there were some choppy moments in the story, trying to place certain ancillary characters, or when my brain didn't switch gears from character to character fast enough, there were some delicious moments, both in the story line and in the actual writing. The interesting aspect for me was the way Marisa de los Santos weaves the backstory of Pen, Cat, and Will into their own intermediary stories (each filled with tremendous loss), and their present day worlds. I also liked that while a more secondary character is a real jerk at times, there are aspects of his personality that make him totally redeemable, likable, and understandable, even though he also can be a (why does douche bag come to mind) buffoon and blow-hard. We all know people like that. Totally despicable, lovable turds.Once again, I failed to note some of my favorite lines. Why do I look at a page number and think I'll remember it to come back and quote a passage. I think some of the things that charmed me involved Will's books, the relationships between parent and child (charming in Pen's case for both her own and with her daughter, terrifying in Will's), and the breaking awareness of falling together. I remember telling my brother I had fallen in love with my husband. "Don't 'fall' in love," her told me. "Rise in it" I did and continue to do so, but that's another story.Gave this book a 4 simply for all the moments it made me stop and think about my own experience in life, for the lovely phrases that captivated me, for the descriptions of Pen's family (past and present), for sea-glass, for the darling fairy-princessness of Augusta, and Jason's beautiful way of relating to kids. I received this book from the kind auspices of Harper Collins. They were offering a chance for one of three books by 3 different authors. I'd read all three authors, but one book was a series, and one was a deceased author, whose personal conduct broke my own code of decency (and I was also wondering in how a man two years dead wrote a book.) Anyhow, I left the decision up to them and they most graciously sent me this copy of the book to read and review. I am most grateful.
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Marisa de los Santos' books always hit a nerve with me. She turns a love story into a woven poem with words and characters that come alive. Falling Together follows the story of Pen, a mother and friend trying to make sense of past friendships and her life at 32. de los Santos adds the smallest intriguing details that pull you in until the last pages, in which everything finally fits together.
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Falling Together is my first experience with Marisa de los Santos, and although I found the book enjoyable for the most part, I have to admit that reading this novel was not an overwhelmingly pleasant experience. I love books that deal with friendships, both lost and found, but for some reason this one did not hit the mark for me.Pen, Cat, and Will were best friends back in college, but their friendship ended suddenly, allowing them all to go their separate ways and figure out their lives on their own. They all make their own mistakes along the way, which is probably one of the reasons that Pen and Will are so willing to put their lives on hold to search for Cat. Maybe their lives would seem more logical if they could pick up their friendship with where it left off.As Will and Penn make the commitment to search for Cat together, they unknowingly are allowing each other to search their own souls. As they deal with secrets and hidden truths, Pen and Will finally accept something in each other that has been there throughout their entire lives. If only they could have given the emotional support they each needed in the six years they were apart.Although the summary indicates this novel was about searching for their friend Cat, the actual search seemed to take up very little of the book. A very small portion of the story was spent in the Philippines looking for her, and I think I would have enjoyed it more if the search was more extensive. And then when they did find her, I thought the reunion could have been a bit more eventful.So besides my reservations about this novel, I did find enjoyment from it. This novel seemed to be more of a search for Pen and Will, but searching for the people they used to be. The Philippines were described in a way that makes me want to hop on a plane tomorrow to walk on the beach enjoying a beautiful sunset. With themes of friendship, forgiveness, and love, you may enjoy this book too.
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After reading de los Santos' other books, I was excited to win this as an Early Review copy. I found this time though, that I had a hard time getting into it. Once I hit page 50 or so, I felt that it really picked up steam and I began to fall for the characters and get involved in their lives. It is a bit predictable, as most in this genre are, and it lost its tempo near the end, but all in all it's a decent read.
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