If You Fall

Non-Fiction - Memoir
186 Pages
Reviewed on 07/18/2021
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Reviewed by Cassie Widjaja for Readers' Favorite

If You Fall by Tracey Litfin is an incredibly compelling memoir that focuses on the journey of healing and picking oneself back up off the ground. After a horse-riding accident put her in a coma for two months, Tracey struggles to pick up the shattered pieces of her life as she relearns how to become independent. Tracey's raw determination and strength are put to the test as she fights to overcome third nerve palsy and the other gazillion problems that cropped up after the accident. With her family's overwhelming support, she slowly heals and eventually achieves her goal of getting back on her beloved horse, proving to the world and herself that her issues did not win in the end.

Survival against all the odds perfectly describes If You Fall. Tracey Litfin's unique voice shines through her genuine storytelling that will attract anyone and everyone. Tracey did an incredible job conveying the emotions she felt after the accident. Refusing to hide her frustration or the seemingly dead ends she encountered, Tracey delivers a complete story and teaches us that healing is not a linear process. Even though I had never heard of third nerve palsy or dysarthria, Tracey explained her medical problems clearly, putting them into terms that anyone could understand. By reading this book, I learned that we should be thankful for the little things in life, as Tracey probably never imagined that she would struggle to get dressed at twenty-one years of age. If you're looking for an inspirational book, this one is for you!