TITLE: Catch me when you fall

AUTHOR: Eileen Merriman

RATING: ★★★★

TRIGGER WARNING: one character has bi-polar and goes through a manic stage. The other has Leukemia.

WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: PenguinNZ sent this to me in exchange for an honest review!

GENRE: Contemporary


Seventeen year old Alex Byrd is about to have the worst day of her life, and the best. A routine blood test that will reveal her leukemia has returned, but she also meets Jamie Orange.

Some people believe in love at first sight, and some don’t.
I believe in love in four days.
I believe in falling.

Both teens have big dreams, but also big obstacles to overcome.

‘promise me you wont try to die’ I said ‘ever’
‘promise me you wont either’ he countered.
‘it’s not something I can really control’

This was, while not the CUTEST book I read all, year, pretty high up there. This book follows two characters who have to deal with alot, Alex, who once had Lukemia & now has it again, and Jamie who has bi polar. The book follows Alex as she finds out she has leukemia again, begins her treatment and falls in love with Jamie.

This is a pretty fast paced novel, all in all, it takes place over a few months, but in reality, while reading it, it feels like this all happened over a week or two because of how fast it moved. Personally I actually liked that because this book never dragged once, but I didn’t feel like I was missing out on alot of important scenes or anything like that.

The depression that Alex falls into due to her Leukemia coming back is dealt with very well, with her family & Jamie never leaving her, but also trying to help her & eventually getting her to agree to seeing a phsycaistrist. I think it would’ve been really good to see Alex go to an appointment in the book, to give an idea to kids who need to go, but are too scared to, that it’s not a big scary thing like they think. I also think the bi polar disorder was dealt with resonably well, as I don’t personally have this disorder, I can’t say for sure, but there was no villanising of Jamie & while he had a manic & high episode, he had support, and was never a villain.


  1. how darn cute this novel was, it really swept you up
  2. how fast paced it was, it made it so much easier to read
  3. how real it felt, it felt like this was really happening due to the fact that alot of terminology was included and it made you feel like you were there in the hospital with them
  4. How decently the Bi polar disorder & the depression were dealt with.


  1. How instalovey it was. personally i dont like insta love, but I don’t hate it so, yeah.

All in all this was a cute book that I’m really glad I read.


until next time,

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