[eARC Review] Falling Into Place by Amy ZhangTuesday, September 09, 2014
Title: Falling Into Place
Author: Amy Zhang
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Release Date: September 9th 2014
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Source: eARC received from publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
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On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road.
Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect? Amy Zhang’s haunting and universal story will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman, and Jay Asher.
I really do not know how to start this review because this book was beyond words. I honestly do not know if I can even express how and why I loved this book so much without ruining the book for everyone. But I will try my best :)
I think the main reason I loved this book so much was the way it was written. I have never read a book like this one before in my life. And the main reason is because of the narrator. As we start reading we don't actually know who the narrator is, all we know is that they are outside of the story and are able to see everyone and report back to us readers. I loved this way of telling the story because we not only got to see Liz, our main characters story and what she was going through, but we also got to see everyone around her, and how she effected them.
Liz was a character that I don't really think we are supposed to like. She admits, even to herself that she is not the greatest person but for me found so many redeemable qualities in her and you struggle with her character throughout the book. I especially felt this when we see Liz with her friends and I think these instances were my favorite part because the interaction was so real to me. Liz was turning into a person she didn't want to be, but she was stuck and she had no idea how to become the person she wanted to be. High school for Liz was all about image and perception and she hated the perceptions others had of her. And we watch as she struggles with the fact that she cannot escape who she has become and has to face it head on.
The end. I cant really say much because it would ruin the entire book for you, but I loved it. It felt real, genuine, and I loved every second of it. Was everything magically better for everyone involved? of course not but there was hope at the end if this book and I think that is the best thing that could have happened. I could not have pictured another ending for this book. It was perfection.