How did I get it?:
Received from Harper 360 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.
I had heard so much about Falling Into Place, so I was incredibly excited to get my hands on a copy. The synopsis describes this book as haunting and I completely agree. I thought it was thought provoking and incredibly well written.
Falling Into Place is the story of Liz Emerson who has decided that the world would be better without her. It jumps around in time before Liz makes the decision to run her car off the road and in present time when Liz’s friends are hoping that she’ll pull through. I have to admit, this story is quite heavy going because of its subject matter. However, the writing is just so beautiful that it’s not a chore to get past these deep issues embedded in the story. I’m certainly excited to see where Amy Zhang takes her writing next!
I’ve mentioned countless times on this blog that I’m not always the biggest fan of books that jump around in time. Sometimes they just make the story feel jolted, but for me, Amy Zhang cleverly made this narrative work. Falling Into Place is narrated by an incredibly mysterious narrator. It makes you wonder who is telling you the story.
I wouldn’t say that this story is particularly fast paced, but at the same time I couldn’t put it down. The chapters were short, so it was easy to devour. I think it’s the characters in Falling Into Place which make the story so intriguing. They’re developed so well, even those characters which aren’t necessarily easy to like.
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