Author: Amy Zhang
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: September 9, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic, Young Adult
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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.
Falling into Place has a lot of fantastic reviews going for it and some sprinkling of bad ones on Goodreads. I was pretty excited to start this book and was expecting an If I Stay like feel to it, which you do get. However, I will say right now that Falling into Place does not do it better or even close to the way that If I Stay rips your heart out, stomped on it, put it back in only to repeat the process over and over. No, in Falling into Place you go from kind of feeling bad for the main character (Liz Emerson) to just hating her immensely.
Liz Emerson is basically your typical popular mean bitch who goes around and enjoys getting drunk and ruining peoples lives for no reason really. She’s lonely at home since her father passed and her mom is always somewhere else working. No excuse to me, at all. I’m sure she was lonely and did hate herself however, she could have changed what she was doing and who she was becoming at any time in her life but she didn’t want to enough. She wanted help but didn’t know how to ask for it. Fair enough. There are a lot of people out there like that and I get it. Life is a hard thing to get through.
Her friends were pretty horrible people too and they didn’t really have many redeeming qualities. In fact, you could say that I really didn’t care for much of the characters in the book however the way it was written, it was well done and I was sucked into the story and couldn’t put it down. This book won’t be for everyone. It brings up a lot of issues but it doesn’t really deal with them at all. Drugs, alcohol, rape, abortions, suicide, bullying, fighting, neglect. All of this is in the book, touched upon but there’s no real resolve to it.
The “secret” narrator was quite easy to figure out who/what it was if you pay attention to the story but it was a different twist on it that was good. I believe this book will be on a lot of people’s favorite lists and it was good but I think it could have done a whole lot better.