My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Goodreads rating: 4.16 with 261 ratings (as of 1/23/2019)
A year ago, Brooke Covington lost everything when her beloved older brother, Jason, confessed to the murder of his best friend, Calvin. Brooke and her family became social pariahs, broken and unable to console one another. Brooke’s only solace remains the ice-skating rink, where she works but no longer lets herself dream about a future skating professionally. …more
200 Word Review
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review.
In “Even If I Fall” by Abigail Johnson, Brooke’s life is destroyed when her beloved brother confesses to killing his best friend, Calvin. Beginning about a year after the confession, the story focuses on Brooke, her family, and the struggles they have while trying continue with their lives.Brooke can not talk to her family so, because of a rainy day and a broken drown truck, she finds the one person she can talk to and who will understand, Calvin’s brother.
I work in the criminal justice system and have seen how families are affected by one person’s crime. They often can not talk to other family members because they are hurting just as much. One case sticks out among all of the others I have seen. At the beginning of the trial, two grandmothers, the defendant’s and the victim’s, sat as far away as possible from each other. By the end of the trial, when the verdict was read, they held each other up for support and said, “No one wins. Two young men’s lives are ruined”. The grandmothers left the courtroom still holding each other.
I have added both of Johnson’s other book to my want to read list.