Falling, in and of itself, is generally not desirable. Even in the context “falling in love” there is a sense of danger. In Falling for You by Lisa Schroeder, Rae falls hard for the sweetest guy ever, Nathan. And he loves her back, more and more, until he loves Rae too much.
Colbie Caillat’s lilting “Fallin’ for You” also expresses the risk involved with giving your heart. She sings:
I don’t know but I think I maybe
Fallin’ for you dropping so quickly
Maybe I should keep this to myself
Waiting ’til I know you better
Such a risk! Too bad there is no such thing as heartbreak insurance. But if love wasn’t worth the risk, what would we have to write about?
— Diane Colson, currently reading The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian and listening to The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker, read by George Guidall.
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Diane ColsonI have been a librarian working with youth since 1998, beginning at the Alachua County Library District, and later at Palm Harbor Library and Nashville Public Library. Possibly because of the edgy nature of teen literature, or possibly because my maturation process crashed at the age of fifteen years-old, I love YA books. And I enjoy working with YAs as well, although I'm just as happy doing Toddler Time. By some good fortune, I have served on a number of YALSA selection committees (Outstanding Books for the College Bound, Popular Paperbacks, Alex Award, Odyssey Award, Nonfiction Award, Morris Award, and Printz) as well as a smattering of process committees. Currently I am serving on the YALSA Board. .I also review books for VOYA, School Library Journal's Adult4Teen Blog, BookPage, and Booklist.