Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang | Book Review

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Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang | Book ReviewFalling Into Place by Amy Zhang
Published by HarperCollins on September 9th 2014
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 304
Format: ARC
Source: the Publisher

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

Currently, I am in the train on my way home. This week was my first ‘official’ week at university, and I am absolutely exhausted. But instead of listening to some music, fight to keep my eyes open so I won’t miss my stop, I turned on my laptop. Trying to stay awake is one reason, the other is that I just need to write down my feelings on Falling Into Place before I explode. You see, I read this book last weekend. Yes, I finished it last weekend, and then amidst all the lectures, tutorials, and homework assignments, I couldn’t find the time to type up this review. And it has been killing me! I have all these feelings that have been gathering and driving me nuts for the entire week and I need an outlet. So, sitting in the train on my way home, eternally grateful for the fact that we have free WIFI on the train, I will try and make some sense out of all those feelings on this book. Warning in advance: be prepared for emotional chaos!

What I thought

I hated most of the characters. I am not even kidding, in the beginning all I could think was that the main characters were horrible! They were mean, and gosh did I hate some of the things they did. I know you’re probably thinking, how can you like a book when you don’t like the main characters? And the answer is that I don’t really know. But with every word I read, and every page I turned, these characters were stripped down till there was barely anything left, anything was out in the open. They were vulnerable, and while I don’t fully understand them, I started to feel for them. Because they were just teens. Messed up, and just drowning in their own troubles and issues. No, I didn’t like the characters… but I did feel for them, because nobody deserves to feel the way Liz did, right before she crashed her car.

I was pulled into the story. At first I couldn’t really get into it, which might have been because I had trouble connecting with the characters, but somewhere I became so engrossed that I just couldn’t stop reading. I literally couldn’t put the book down. There was this point that I put it down, for whatever reason, but I picked it up within the five minutes that followed because there was this nagging in my mind and a pit in my stomach that refused to leave me alone. The story crept up on me. It got under my skin, and it left a big impression on me, one that I didn’t really expect.

The way this story is written is extremely fascinating. There’s no real order in which the story is told. The narrator knows and sees all, and the flashbacks happen in no particular order. You pretty much jump from the present to the past, to another random place within the story. After a while I figured out who the mysterious narrator was, but the way this story is told kept me on my toes the whole time. The way it is written and how the story unfolds is extremely effective, and one of the main reasons why I fell in love with this story.

Final verdict IRISJEXX!

Falling Into Place is definitely one of the ‘darker’ contemporary YA books around, quite honestly, the story was pretty depressing most of the time. If you can handle this, and if you don’t have a problem ‘not liking’  your main characters (because you probably won’t) then I’d highly recommend Falling Into Place.

To me, this book was beautiful, kinda depressing, but above all, extremely engrossing. Falling Into Place is such a unique and heart wrenching story. Everything slowly unfolds, reasons and motives are revealed, and you can just see everything leading up to that one destructive moment. It is truly beautifully written.