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All Fall Down (SHORT REVIEW)

All Fall Down tells the story of Grace, 16, who loses her mother in a tragic “accident”. She is sent to live with her grandfather – a powerful ambassador – in a foreign embassy, but has no one. No one who will believe her when she says her mother’s death is no accident – it is murder.

For me, All Fall Down is about overcoming fears, being determined, and never giving up. Grace never gives up when everyone tells her she is crazy – she keeps searching and pushing on to stand up for what she believes.

Ally Carter wrote the novel from a point of view of a confused teenage girl who is trying to work out what to do, and how to find hope. I love how she gave each character their own little perks – for example, Megan, the glitter-loving covergirl who also underneath is a tech genius. This is a perfect example of breaking stereotypes which we are started to see more of in contemporary novels.

There was no stand out, obvious moral to the book but I think it also hints at a message of not jumping to conclusions. Not judging someone at first sight, and digging deeper into their personality (whatever that may mean…).

Overall, I think All Fall Down is an amazing story which incorporates many different messages and character types. I can’t wait to read the rest of the trilogy, and dive in deeper to the story of Grace Blakely.


Note: Sorry I haven’t posted a review in a while – I’ll try to be more active from now on 🙂

1 comment


I read this back when it first came out, and really enjoyed it! You make some really good points :)

28th Nov, 18