Review: The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer


Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: May 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 000749145X
Pages: 314
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“I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that.”


4 stars

The Shock of the Fall is one of those books that you need to read and experience for yourself.

Written from the perspective of Matthew, a young man struggling with schizophrenia, this book left me speechless. His voice was so strong, and I could feel the conflict and the battle in the writing. I really appreciate what Nathan Filer was able to do in this book. At times, the story was confusing because it jumps around a little bit, but I slowly grew to appreciate it and see it as part of the novel’s charm and how confusing and unsettling schizophrenia is. This book definitely affected me and probably would have affected me more if I wasn’t a psychology major.

I loved the format and the typography in the book. It really added to the story and made it even more realistic. It made me feel like I was there and part of the story.

But most of all, I just loved Simon, just like Matthew said I would.


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