We Could Fall is a story about a woman in transition. At 40-something years old, psychiatrist Emmy Halperin is at a crossroads. Her last child has just left for college, and Emmy is deciding if she should finally end her unfulfilling (albeit complicated) marriage to her disagreeable husband, Jack. Enter Duncan Grier, a charming and misunderstood Hollywood heartthrob who suddenly and unexpectedly requests Emmy to be his counselor for a few weeks of intensive therapy while he shoots his latest movie.
I knew I was going to like this book pretty much immediately. We Could Fall is quirky and unique, but believable. Moschandreas delivers great dialogue and interesting, complicated characters. I was especially impressed that she was able to make the “dreamy movie star” so complex and relatable. She didn’t romanticize him as much as I thought she was going to, and I appreciated that. The book is a bit long, but I was never bored. There were a few scenes here and there that could have been edited, but, overall, there was a really nice pace to the story.
I do have one complaint. I am not a psychiatrist, but I do have a Master’s in Social Work. I can say unequivocally that Emmy violates some MAJOR ethical rules in her relationship with Duncan Grier. I mean, we are talking “kiss my career goodbye” type violations. It is one of the first big rules that you learn in school: DO NOT act on romantic feelings for clients. If you feel yourself going somewhere emotionally that you shouldn’t be, stop! Talk to a supervisor or coworker, try to process your feelings and get in a better place. And if that doesn’t work, refer the client to someone else–like, STAT. The potential consequences of romanticizing the therapist-client relationship are just way too great. So while I knew I was supposed to side with Emmy and wish for her happiness, etc., etc., I just couldn’t. Not completely anyway.
Regardless, I did really enjoy reading this book. If you can get past the ethical violations, We Could Fall is a very smart, fun read.