“Heartbreaking and gritty and raw. I recommend for fans of literary YA fiction who like John Green, “13 Reasons Why”, Mean Girls, etc."
“I thought the author’s narrative prose was some of the best and most authentic I’ve read in a while, the way she brought the scenes to life, and the attention to personal details that gave these characters and each of their individual stories genuine authenticity. I was mesmerized by the world Jane C.Brady created and the characters, one so realistic and authentic, tragic and flawed… yet strong.”
“Cascading Petals” by Jane C. Brady was simply amazing. I finished it a few days ago and am still digesting it. I haven’t read anything like that in a long time, if ever. I found Brady’s narrative voice to be so engaging and authentic."
“Bullying is never okay! That is what they always say in schools all over the world, but is it just a platitude that those in authority spout, without truly adhering to? In Cascading Petals, by Jane C Brady, we face bullying head-on, not in an abstract manner, but in a deeply personal and realistic way.
Cascading Petals is very much a teen romance story and one that is beautifully told by author Jane C Brady, but it is very much more than that. The author uses the story to explore dark and often hitherto hidden places where teenage minds and angst can reside, especially when faced with the hurtful taunts and lies of not only their peers, but even some of their teachers. The ulterior motive of this book was clearly to shine a light into areas that we, as adults, are often afraid to go and to show just how incredibly debilitating systematic and concerted bullying can be, not just to those being bullied, but often to the perpetrators themselves. Brady tells the story in a no-holds-barred narrative and yet maintains a sensitivity and a compassion that we wish were present inside of those who choose to relieve their own inner pain at the expense of others. The characters are real and perhaps not even your typical target of bullies, but I’m sure that was the intent of the author also; to show that it is not only the overweight, or the acne ridden, or the socially awkward teenagers who can be the butt of these young people’s anger and hurt. This is one of the best books on the subject I’ve read and Brady is to be congratulated for telling this difficult story without resorting to clichés and over-emotional responses. A great job.”