Book murders bad expectations

Grace Blakely is a normal 16-year-old girl.

That’s if you define “normal” as the the granddaughter of the US Ambassador in Adria and the girl who witnessed her mother’s murder.

When I first started reading “All Fall Down” by Ally Carter (an Oklahoma author), I felt that this was going to be a much more serious book than the ones I’d been reading previously and thought I should have picked a different book.

However, as I dove a little deeper into this novel, I started to love Grace’s sarcastic character. Grace was so snarky to the “popular girl” that it made me realize this book wasn’t so bad. I enjoy reading and writing characters who stand up for themselves.

As it went on, Grace became a little more insane. She was putting way too much effort into finding the Scarred Man and bringing him to justice. I didn’t exactly oppose her near-insanity. This was a book after all, and she watched mother die. That’s pretty traumatizing. However, Grace seemed to get a little too caught up in finding her mother’s murderer, and later readers realize how deep into this murder mess she’s gotten herself.

Something I like about Carter’s writing is the way she portrays Grace’s memories. Instead of “I remember when …,” Carter writes it as if the memory is currently happening. This really captures the way we actually remember things.

After reading “All Fall Down,” I realize I’ve learned some things. Embassies are places where ambassadors live, and each embassy is that country’s land. I think Carter does a great job representing the dangers of entering different countries because of one’s nationality. For example, early in the book Noah won’t enter the near-abandoned Iran Embassy because he’s half Israeli.

“All Fall Down” is a giant book of mini mysteries until it finally reaches the final truth. I haven’t read a book this good in a long time. I can’t wait to read the next book, “See How They Run.”