Book reviews

The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Finally finished this read. πŸ’œ

Swamped with work for weeks now, and I’ve been so restless and anxious to meet deadlines. I didn’t even think I’d have time to open a book anymore, let alone finish one. But, as always, books have a way of calming the mind–becoming not only a distraction from the problems of daily life, but a constant reminder that we may not know exactly what will happen in these stories and we certainly have no control over them (too late for that, lol), but we can always count on a definite ending. Strangely, I find that thought comforting.

Take the story of our main leads: Britta and Wes. Britta is a brilliant journalist, but have always battled with her insecurities. At work, she just wants to be given a chance to shine, to show her bosses what she’s capable of. But, like all things, it’s not as easy and as simple. When an opportunity arrived reviewing up-and-coming fitness app, FitMi, Britta eagerly volunteered and signed up. Despite not having any athletic bone in her body, Britta wanted to give it a try. This may just be the opportunity she’s been looking for, with a possible promotion in sight.

Wes (or Chris, as his family calls him) co-owns FitMi. Handsome, charming, incredibly fit, and successful, Wes seems like the perfect man. But Wes, like everyone else, is far from perfect. Having had a tough childhood and a problematic family life, Wes was forced to carry the burdens and responsibilities of life at an early age. His mother, having a long history of substance and alcohol abuse, drove his little sister away from home, effectively driving a deep wedge in the family. Wes blamed himself for not being able to protect his sister from such a toxic home environment, as did his mother apparently every time she’s incoherent and high. Wes has also learned later on that her sister suffered from an eating disorder that worsened her mental state. All these experiences and some other circumstances (you know, the paths where life takes you) are what made him create FitMi–a fitness app dedicated to giving clients the best services which aims to address one’s overall well-being.

Britta meets Wes through FitMi, immediately taking on the roles of client and coach, but they both discover they clicked in real life and will slowly transition to the roles of friends and would-be lovers. As the lines of their personal and professional lives blur, and with their reputations and careers on the line, these two will hook readers into their sweet and empowering love story.

I give this book 4 stars. Like what I’ve previously said, there is a sense of comfort in knowing that there is a definite end to things. You may be having a bad day, a bad month, a bad year (dang), and life may be hard and unbearable, but, in the same breath, you can always look to the good times, the good moments, the good days. Very much like this read’s main characters, Britta and Wes have had to go through incredibly frustrating, seemingly unending negative situations.

Some days they were unable to stand their ground, and ended up making decisions they’ve ultimately regretted, but they kept going. They took what was bad and unbearable and annoying and even shameful and belittling and used that to create something good, something inspiring, something memorable. There is also an aspect of social media portrayed in the story, making it applicable in current life. To be honest, that part made me see the amount of power we give people online–ones we’ve never even seen before. I feel like that part need to be discussed further, but to cut short, we also need to keep check of what is real and what is merely online. There’s a duality there we don’t often pay attention to. Like I said.. This needs further discussion. Haha. Let’s save that for another time (or maybe the comments section?).

Like Britta and Wes in this story, you may fall and fail repeatedly and consecutively.. But may you continue to get back up and keep on going. That no matter how endless our problems seem at this moment, there will always be an end to it. Hang on, give it your best, and learn along the way.

P.S.: This is my first read from author Denise Williams. I purchased a copy of How to Fail at Flirting, but have yet to receive my copy. I’ll let you know if it’s any good when I finally have my hands on it. πŸ™‚

  • Title: The Fastest Way to Fall
  • Author: Denise Williams
  • Year published: 2021
  • Publisher: Berkley
  • Total number of pages: 361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-593-10192-6

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