Falling into Place
by Amy Zhang
Publication date: September 9th 2014
by Greenwillow books
Source: ARC provided by publisher
in exchange for an honest review
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.
Falling into Place is an emotional roller coaster ride of a tale about our main character, Liz Emerson, narrated by a mysterious individual (which I will not spoil here). Liz, as you can read in the synopsis, runs her car off the road. From there we begin to learn all about the people in Liz’s life and the circumstances that drove her to make such a decision.
This is a well-written story with more depth than I’ve ever ventured into before. Beautiful prose, excellent pacing and an emotion-evoking storyline which makes this journey a page-turner. Now, when I say emotion-evoking, I don’t mean simply tears and laughter. Yes, there were parts of the story that were truly heart-breaking, but I also hated so many of Liz’s actions. There were times I wanted to push her car off the side of the road myself. Perhaps my feelings behind this are due to having my own children and despising her for being such a bully. Nothing is sugar coated; the story wasn’t written with the intention of being black or white. It covers a full spectrum.
I recommend this YA Contemporary novel to anyone that enjoys reading about real down and dirty issues of life. Be warned: This has serious emotional triggers all throughout this book which may not make it suitable for everyone.
~About the Author~
Amy Zhang used to have lots of imaginary friends. When people told her to grow up, she turned her imaginary friends into characters and started telling their stories. When she isn’t writing, she can be found playing piano, hitting balls on the tennis court, or struggling through her weekly existential crisis. She lives in Wisconsin with her family.
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