In this novel, Preller tackles the very tough topics of bullying, teen suicide, and their fallout. Told though a journal format, The Fall, gives insight into the mind of a bully as he deals with regrets, accepting responsibility, and moving forward. This book contains mature themes and is recommended for high school/young adult readers.
In The Fall, the protagonist Sam deals with the aftermath of when his classmate Morgan Mallen jumped from a water tower. Morgan had been bullied. Maybe she kissed the wrong boy. Or said the wrong thing. What about that selfie that made the rounds? Morgan was this, and Morgan was that. But who really knows what happened?
As Sam explores the events leading up to the tragedy he must face a difficult and life-changing question: Why did he keep his friendship with Morgan a secret? And could he have done something-anything-to prevent her final actions?