Title: Falling Into Place
Author: Amy Zhang
Format/Length: ARC eBook/304 pages
Publisher/Date Published: September 9th 2014/Greenwillow Books (An imprint of HarperCollins)
Category/Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary
Description: 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.
4/5 stars –
I loved this novel.
And I do not say these things lightly. If you’re a fan of If I Stay by Gayle Forman, you will definitely like this one, too. But you know what? Even if you didn’t like If I Stay (I liked it but didn’t love it like I loved this) take your chances, and read this one, because there’s a high chance that you will like this novel.
There is just so much to love about this novel!
I’m sitting at my laptop, with Psych playing in the background (what? I blog to television shows!) wondering what I should
talk write about first. Do I talk about the heart-wrenching storyline? Or the wonderful, beautiful writing? I think I’ll start with the storyline. I’m not going to recap the story — because the description is right up there — but I will say that it’s going to leave you breathless, aching for more, wishing that the story didn’t end there, because I just wanted to read more and more and more about Liz Emerson.
Warning: This novel will give you a bad case of the feels. And for most of the novel, not necessarily in a happy way. In a way that’ll make you want to burying your head under your doona and cry. Just for the record, I didn’t actually cry (I’ve only, like, cried in one or two novels I’ve ever read) but I can certainly understand how this novel would bring you to tears — or close to them, like me.
Amy Zhang has an amazing writing style!
Lyrical, but not overbearing, emotional, but at the same time, makes you want to read the novel until you’ve read every last word it of, turned every last page. (And this is saying something because I usually despise eBooks.) The novel is told in a present tense narration that makes you feel as though you are with the characters: with them when they find the news of Liz Emerson, with them as they are waiting in the hospital. Which, if you ask me, made it all the more heart-breaking.
There was only one — tiny — thing that I had an issue with.
I don’t know what is considered to be a spoiler to people, so I’ll keep this vague . . . but I wish the narrator had been more clearly specified. I kept waiting for that moment when everything would suddenly become clear, when the narrator would . . . I don’t know, actually become part of the story. However, like I said, that didn’t hinder on my enjoyment of the novel too much. But it was a touch confusing. I only knew who was narrating it because of the original publishing deal thingy I saw online a year or so ago.
Overall? YOU SHOULD READ THIS NOVEL.
I highly recommend it.