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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,571 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marisa de los Santos Narrator: Julia Gibso Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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What if saying hello to an old friend meant saying good–bye to life as you know it?

It’s been six years since Pen Calloway watched her best friends walk out of her life. And through the birth of her daughter, the death of her father, and the vicissitudes of single motherhood, she has never stopped missing them.

Pen, Cat, and Will met on their first day of college and formed what seemed like a magical and lifelong bond, only to see their friendship break apart amid the realities of adulthood. So when, after years of silence, Cat—the bewitching, charismatic center of their group—e-mails Pen and Will with an urgent request to meet at their college reunion, they can’t refuse. But instead of a happy reconciliation, what awaits them is a collision of past and present that sends Pen and Will—with Pen’s five-year-old daughter and Cat’s hostile husband in tow—on a journey across the world.

With her trademark wit, vivid prose, and gift for creating authentic, captivating characters, Marisa de los Santos returns with an emotionally resonant novel about our deepest human connections. As Pen and Will struggle to uncover the truth about Cat, they find more than they bargained for: startling truths about who they were before and who they are now. They must confront the reasons their friendship fell apart and discover how—and if—it can ever fall back together.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “By the book’s end, humanity is discovered in the unlikeliest places, and Cornelia learns that tempting as it is, you can’t always judge a woman by her hairstyle.”

    New York Times

  • “A satisfying novel about friends rediscovering one another—and confronting unwelcome truths—at their college reunion.” 


  • “With its vividly drawn characters [and] plausible plot developments, [Falling Together is] another triumph for the author of Belong to Me.” 

    Barnes & Noble editorial review

  • “The mix of perfectly realized personalities and genuine emotion make this a winner.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Falling Together] is a good, solid read that succeeds in being both funny and heartbreaking. De los Santos has a knack for best-friend banter and stays true to the emotions involved in letting go of treasured relationships.” 


  • Falling Together explores the ways our familial relationships and friendships affect who we are and who we’re becoming…the appeal of de los Santos’ books remains the intimacy with which the reader gets to know each character.” 


  • “Readers who enjoy the connection forged through the ties of family and friendships should find much to savor in de los Santos’ comforting, leisurely paced novel.” 

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the October 2011 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kayla | 2/6/2014

    " The plot line itself is pretty good, but it becomes almost nauseatingly clear that the author is a poet by nature and has a PhD in creative writing. Nice things, yes, but when you just want to read a good story, such traits and academic achievements can crowd out the narrative, as the writing becomes more about "look how much I know" rather than "let me entertain you with this tale." There are places where the lofty metaphors and descriptions are overkill: "Isn't it as though that rice field satisfies some little piece of your soul that's been waiting for that specific shade of green all your life, without your knowing it?" Who talks that way? I didn't mind it so much in Love Walked In or Belong to Me, mainly because I attributed it to being a part of the main character Cornelia's personality. But it seems to be a part of most of the characters' personalities in Falling Together--three best friends who all happened to major in English--causing you to feel the author's presence (not a plus). I'm all for writing what you know, but I should not get the impression that the author is talking about her own island vacation while reading about a character's island vacation. Also, I never fully bought the characters' motives. Final peeve: the trio's names (Pen, Will, and Cat) started to drive me a little batty. Too cutesy or something, I don't know. Anyway, all harshness aside, I did enjoy much of the book, it's just not one I would care to own or reread. A solid "liked it." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Raina | 2/5/2014

    " SO, SO GOOD! This is de los Santos' third book, and each one is better than the last. It's a very contemporary book with iphones and email and such, and she writes in a very informal way. However, the prose is brilliant. Her little observations about life had me thinking "that's so true!" and "she's so right on" and "what an amazing way to describe that feeling" on nearly every page. I definitely, definitely recommend this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kate Mayberry | 2/3/2014

    " I was so psyched to read this book. LOVED her first two books. I hate to deny it, but I didn't get as wrapped up in her characters like I thought I would. Her character development is amazing. Each character is lovable and flawed, but the story line just didn't deliver the goods. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Liana | 1/25/2014

    " I read this book in about 3 days. Part suspenseful mystery, part romance, and with great quirky dialogue between the main characters. I actually felt my skin go cold at the intense "resolution" scene. Underlying themes of presence vs. absence, friends and family, gains and losses. "

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