Selena Taylor thought her only worry this fall was starting her junior year at a new arts school in North Carolina, miles away from home. But when she finds out her mom could graduate from rehab sooner than expected—even worse, she could work for her former nothing-but-trouble boss—Selena’s determined to create a new life for them. Back in her childhood Kentucky hometown.
Step one? Track down her dad and brother that she hasn’t seen in eight years. Her anxiety is put to the test, though, when she unveils a truth that could threaten her dreams. Add to that an art competition that pushes her outside of her comfort zone and a girl who seems determined to come between Selena and her hopeful boyfriend.
Soon Selena must decide whether or not to continue her search for her dad and brother. But is there any hope that the ruins of her broken family could be resurrected? And how could God possibly have a purpose in the midst of these changing seasons?
I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.
Read our review of book 1: Purple Moon
Fallen Leaves is the long awaited continuation of Selena’s story from Purple Moon.
Though Fallen Leaves is a sequel book, it could be read as a standalone because many of the events are explained as they’re referred back to, however because I loved Purple Moon so much, I definitely recommend reading that book first.
Just like with the first book, Selena is a high school girl dealing with family problems and school problems. She struggles with her faith, identity, and trusting her closest friends when things seem to come apart.
I loved revisiting Selena in her North Carolina town and it was great picking up where Purple Moon left off, and her character is just so REAL that she’s easy to relate to. It’s also a Christian, clean YA Contemporary book with no cursing or sexual content, though there are some high-school topics that Selena or her friends face.
Though I did enjoy Purple Moon much more than Fallen Leaves, I still give Fallen Leaves 5 out of 5 stars because I love Selena and her story is a touching one.