(4 / 5) – Worth It!
I do love a book you can finish in a day. During October I had a bit of a romance weekend and I was able to finish Denise Williams’ “Fastest Way to Fall” in an afternoon. It is a delightfully fun romance that dives into some of the trickier aspects of fitness culture and online attacks.
The main characters, Britta and Wes are both relatable and slightly quirky humans. They have flushed out histories that round them out and provide some of the drama, negative and positive for the plot’s momentum. Williams does an excellent job subverting expectations and tropes without hitting the reader over the head.
Williams does an excellent job using the romance framework to engage the conversation around body dysmorphia, eating disorders and societal “health” expectations. She provides an upfront and honest forward that explains her intentions around writing this novel and offers content warnings for readers on their journey around these topics.
Modern romance is a cleansing genre for me and for a good read I am looking for great characters I want to root for and plots that keep the novel moving without falling too far into the old tropes and archetypes. “Fastest Way to Fall” did a great job of delivering and was a diverting read right when I needed it.