Fault Lines, a YA fiction book by Nora Shalaway Carpenter. Two teens stand at the edge of an Appalachian cliff while a tree hangs precariously off the side.

Fault Lines by Nora Shalaway Carpenter

"This was an excellent book and I enjoyed it very much!"

That's basically what my StoryGraph and GoodReads reviews say from January 31st. There's so much more I want to say about this book, but until this moment, life kind of got in the way. 

I was fortunate enough to get to meet Nora Carpenter at her book signing event at Off the Wall Books N Cafe last December. The more she talked about Fault Lines during that signing, the more I knew I needed to read this book! 

As an often very misunderstood Autistic person, I greatly value certain skills that are highlighted throughout this story:

  • Building bridges
  • Finding solutions
  • Learning about compromise
  • Navigating misunderstandings
  • Working through differences in perspective

The two main characters each have extremely valid and understandable perspectives based on their personal values and life circumstances. 

However, those two perspectives aren't particularly compatible, which is a bit painful for the characters, but is fantastic for readers because we get to follow the path of potential reconciliation! We get to see how these two characters seek to have a greater understanding of their own motivations as well as a greater understanding of how someone else can hold such a different perspective without being a "bad" person. 

Because the truth is that most people have extremely good reasons for holding to their own personal perspectives, even when their personal perspectives go against our own.

This is a well-written and thought-provoking story, which is about the highest praise I can give to a book. I truly cared about the characters, they felt extremely real. 

  • I'm so glad I read this book!
  • I'm extremely glad I finally got my thoughts written up about it (albeit a shorter post than it would've been a few months ago).
  • And I hope that others are inspired to read this book as well!

We have copies available in our local author YA section or you can order from our website (either picking up from the store or making a $50+ order = no shipping cost).

Happy reading to you all!


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