Mini Review: Fault Line by C. Desir

Title:  Fault Line
Author:  C. Desir
Series:  None
Publisher:  Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster
Publication Date:  October 1, 2013
Pages:  226
Format/Source:  ARC/From Publisher

Age Group/Genre:  Young Adult/Contemporary, Issues

Ben could date anyone he wants, but he only has eyes for the new girl — sarcastic free-spirit, Ani. Luckily for Ben, Ani wants him too. She’s everything Ben could ever imagine. Everything he could ever want.

But that all changes after the party. The one Ben misses. The one Ani goes to alone.

Now Ani isn’t the girl she used to be, and Ben can’t sort out the truth from the lies. What really happened, and who is to blame?

Ben wants to help her, but she refuses to be helped. The more she pushes Ben away, the more he wonders if there’s anything he can do to save the girl he loves. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)

I read Fault Line fairly quickly and didn’t take too many notes, so I’ve decided to write a mini review.  As with most of my mini reviews, I’ll just share some of my notes:

  • I guess I forgot what this book was about, or didn’t realize what it was about, because when I read it I wasn’t really prepared for the issue that it deals with.
  • Wow!  What a beginning!
  • The time seems to move pretty fast in this book.  Weeks go by in a single chapter, and we only get snippets of their relationship.  We don’t really get the meat of their relationship, until the incident happens and then we see what is left of their relationship.
  • I really like how this story is told from a guy’s POV.  It really shows a different side to this story.
  • There were quite a few funny parts that made me laugh out loud, but most of the time I was cringing.  I don’t really do well with issue books–they make me extremely uncomfortable.  I know they’re supposed to be that way, but they make me too uncomfortable, to the point that I don’t want to read any more issue books.
  • I liked the cover of this book before reading.  Afterwards, I DO NOT like it.
  • I wasn’t sure where the ending was headed, but I do think it ended well. Maybe there could have been more closure, but I didn’t feel gypped by the ending.
My rating for Fault Line by C. Desir:

3 stars.  I liked that it was from a guy’s POV, and there were several really beautifully written passages, but ultimately, I just can’t do issue books. They’re just not for me.  So while there really weren’t a lot of negative aspects to this book, I still can’t give it a high rating because I just don’t enjoy these kinds of books very much.  But be sure to check out the reviews I’ve listed below for some other opinions!
Find it:  Goodreads │ Amazon │ Simon & Schuster

Other reviews:  Cuddlebuggery I Eat Words

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any other way for this review.


  1. Brandi Kosiner

    September 27, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    The guy's pov and the great beginning appeals to me.

  2. Kate Midnight Book Girl

    September 28, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    I am totally intrigued as to what made you go from liking to hating the book cover?! I'm okay with issues books as long as they're done in a realistic way and not just to make a point. I don't know if I'll get around to this book, since I have a million books to read, but I'm intrigued.

  3. Bittner

    November 3, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    I just finished an issue book and the first 75% of it was boooring and the next 10% of it was mildly intriguing and the last 15% of it left me rolling my eyes because it was just the author up on a soap box! Issue books can be awful if they aren't done right. As cryptic as your review was I'm very curious about what the "issue" was in the book and about your thoughts on the cover. I'm not sure I'll get around to reading it so if you aren't willing to tell me I may just have to look up spoilers.

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