One cold fall day, high school junior Liz Emerson steers her car into a tree. This haunting and heartbreaking story is told by a surprising and unexpected narrator and unfolds in nonlinear flashbacks even as Liz's friends, foes, and family gather at the hospital and Liz clings to. One cold fall day, high school junior Liz Emerson steers her car into a tree. This haunting and heartbreaking story is told by a surprising and unexpected narrator . Falling into Place - Amy Zhang It is then, when she releases her need to understand, that everything falls into place. Her hair falling out of the hasty braid.
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I rarely miss a chance to read about someone trying to kill himself. A bit morbid, but that's me!
I also had to find out who the 'unexpected and surprising narrator' was. I had a theory which quickly turned out to be wrong. In the end, I was pleased with the answer. Liz Emerson's a popular girl who does whatever she wants. She doesn't care about hurting others and enjoys humiliating other, less popular students. Everything is perfect at first glance but once she goes home she's all alone.
Her mother is always away, working and her dad died while she was a little kid. She has two close friends but she never reveals her struggle with depression to them. She has a boyfriend but he cheats all the time. Then there's Liam, a guy she humiliated just because she could. Liz is horrible and yet, even she has redeemable qualities. I loved the mysterious narrator.
His voice was so distinctive, soothing, and pleasant. He was trying to get through to Liz so she could see things in a different light. Liam's character was also great. He saw Liz for what she really was, not just some shallow, cruel girl. I wanted to hug him almost all the time and I actually cried a bit after the crown scene. Last few chapters were pure torture. By then I was a sobbing mess and couldn't even read like a normal person because of the tears. If you want to still be my friend, you'll need to read this book by October.
See, I'm not a complete tyrant. I'm giving everyone of you a month to download this perfection and read it. If I was able to finish it in one sitting, I'm sure you will find the time in September. Do yourself a favor and pre-order Falling into Space right now! It will be money well spent because you will be reading it to your gran-kids one day until the books starts falling apart.
This book. I was on the fence when I started it. The writing style is a little confusing in the beginning, it switches a lot between the present, the past, the even older past, and different POVs. So until you familiarize with it, it can be confusing and a little off-putting. But once that happens…man. This struck deep with me. It resonates with you and it Fuck.
It resonates with you and it makes you think and feel and just a plethora of sentiments, all poured on you. This is not an easy story to read. How much do we really influence each other?
How much do our actions count? We never think about this. We never think something small might count. We never take into consideration that something small might generate a bigger wave than we thought. The reader gets to experience the big picture this way, and see things not only from one perspective, but several.
The big surprise was the narrator. You only find out who it is at the end and, for me, it was a shock, but it made everything even more meaningful.
I was in tears by the end of it and it has easily become one of my favourites of the year, so far. Favourite quotes: So she chose to stop existing. Gravity pulled at her more aggressively than usual. When she closed her eyes, she could feel it, dragging her deeper, deeper. I would have pulled her back.
Also, feel free to share your thoughts, comment or tell me anything: Words cannot describe how beautiful and important this book is. I can't even voice my thoughts right now. All of my reviews are spoiler free unless stated otherwise so you can go ahead and read my review! This story is told from a mysterious unknown perspective that outlines in a non-linear fashion, the main characters life up until the moment she decides to drive her car off the icy motor Words cannot describe how beautiful and important this book is.
This story is told from a mysterious unknown perspective that outlines in a non-linear fashion, the main characters life up until the moment she decides to drive her car off the icy motorway. It was so extraordinarily beautiful in the way the story was told and I think this book has such value in regards to its content. What an important and poignant story! I loved reading about Liz Emerson and her life. All of the characters were so flawed and realistic and it just goes to show that in real life people suffer with so many issues and I loved how the characters went through so much such as mental illness, drug abuse, pregnancy, family issues, etc.
The way it was written blew me away. I was in tears at the end of the book because I had so many feelings! I was just so attached to the story and the characters that I felt everything they did. Absolutely perfect. Such a beautiful story that I recommend for mature YA readers.
I enjoyed it so much that halfway through reading my eARC, I downloadd the physical book so I could own it on my shelf forever. Review and Playlist also posted at Young Adult Hollywood. Listen to Falling Into Place fanmix on 8tracks. Falling Into Place rendered me speechless. By the end of the book I was bawling and hiding in my room trying my very best to restrain the sobs.
Liz Emerson is the definition of a bully, a bad girl and a bitch. I sympathized and rooted for her. I was hooked from the very first page. I had already foretold this book would be my undoing and I was right. This book is highly recommended for fans of If I Stay and to all readers who are looking for a good realistic fiction book.
View all 3 comments. I could not put Falling Into Place down. It just sort of crept up on me, dug its claws into me and I just had this pit in my stomach until I could finish it. The plot mixed with the way it made me feel propelled me forward.
It was tragically beautiful and heartwrenching and really, really stripped down the characters: At a glance, these characters could have been one dimensional but as the story is told it really strips down the characters, and the relationships I would say in all their complexities and they just became so vulnerable to me.
Which you could say there are a few. The narrator is fascinating: It made me weep at 1am. Who Should Save The Date: She looked around and saw all the broken things in her wake, and then she looked inside herself and saw the spidering cracks from the weight of all the things she had done.
Sep 13, Mia Nauca rated it it was amazing. Este libro fue realmente sorprendente. De verdad que al terminarlo dije inmediatamente 5 estrellas, sin pe Este libro fue realmente sorprendente.
De verdad que al terminarlo dije inmediatamente 5 estrellas, sin pensarlo. I recently had a friend asking me for reasons to live. Which brings me back to this book. Liz is a fundamentally awful person. At her school in Meridian I recently had a friend asking me for reasons to live. At her school in Meridian High, she is the popular mean girl, the bully, the star soccer player.
But inside, Liz is shattered. Inside, Liz is breaking. And no one knows. And now the only thing keeping her alive is the machine moving her lungs. And yet, the question remains: They started things that grew into nothing things that were much greater than themselves.
A touch, a nudge in the wrong direction, and everyone fell down. Everything about this book — the mysterious narrator, the perfectly flawed characters, the alternating timelines, the writing, the sheer brilliance of the plot execution — is done with utmost care. The emotional intelligence required to grasp this level of understanding of the human psyche is far more than what that age calls for. But Zhang has done it, and the result is beautiful.
Liz is a very unlikeable protagonist. What struck me the most about her character was how we each have a part of Liz in us. She craves for the sky; the shard of light through the network of clouds. In short, she lives up to the expectations of the people, which is, to be a bitch.
But very rarely have I come across a realistic YA novel which portrays a flawed character so well and manages to gather sympathy. I wonder what the author went through to come up with a character like Liz.
Julia and Kennie play an equally important role in the book. Their characters never swap places, you never mix them up. Their backstories are aligned perfectly so. I related to Julia the most, who is the sensible and rational one among the three.
But she is also the one whose life Liz destroyed. When Julia is ready to forgive, Liz is not there to listen. Kennie on the other hand, is like the Gretchen in the Mean Girls trio.
I also loved Liam Oliver, the fourth main character. Very little is revealed about him and yet his role has a great impact. The friendship and the bonding between the three girls in spite of everything else surprised me.
There is also so much about family and relationships and broken people. Within these pages, there are so many subtle observations on human emotions, the characters, and life in general, that made me pause a moment to just sit back and admire the page. Liz goes to her guidance counselor as a last resort, but somehow ends up getting guiltier and depressed than before.
I think that was an important part. Even now, if you are having second thoughts about reading this book, what can I say, your loss. If not for the very common trope of depression and suicide among high-school students, read it for the writing. But be aware that the characters are here to teach you something, not to make you like them. Try as she might, she will never grow wings. Once again, this book has managed to break my heart and impact my life with its very existence.
I, for one, am at a loss of words. Apr 03, Djezelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: View all 4 comments. Feb 17, C. Drews rated it really liked it Shelves: That was beautiful but depressing but sweet. Which is a lot for a book to be all at once! But honestly? I really liked it. It was the writing the won me over all up, but the story Obviously it's a contemporary and so charges into a lot of the common YA contemporary tropes.
This I found a teeny bit tedious. Everything from mean girls to absentee parents to screwed up teens. It ad That was beautiful but depressing but sweet. It adds to the conversation. Brilliant, is that not? The book isn't so much about Liz, as about everyone in her life. The book's equally about their failings and friendships. It's sad. Julia has a drug addiction and Kennie is the ditzy blonde who sleeps with everyone and makes really really bad decisions.
Liz is the Queen B. Their clique isn't original, but it fleshes everyone out. I want to hear about Julia and Kennie! I want to know about Liam! I want to know reasons, and I go them. Huzzah for moi. The writing is beautiful. Short chapters. Punchy short sentences. It's in mostly 3rd person, but present tense, which I adore and don't read enough of. I love the whimsicalness of the style It was a recount of Liz's life, and while it was written super interestingly, it honestly just told me everything.
There are hardly any actual scenes. And I also have a bit of a beef with the imaginary friend narrator.
The only point to having the Imaginary Friend narrator was so that we could dip into anyone's POV whenever we wanted. That bugged me. I thought the friend might do something. Have an active role? They just narrate and half the time they don't even make any first person comments. That really disappointed me, because I thought the Imaginary Friend was going to be something big and unique. Not so much. It all felt depressing most of the way through.
It starts off with Liz's car crash. Then it has a series of backflashes to her life pre-crash and then it pops to the present. It was perfection and not confusing at all. But I felt really bogged down. And a bit unattached to tell the truth. Liz was a pretty mean girl. I had trouble connecting to her on any level.
The end though? And I think the last sentences were almost the most powerful of the book.
Go Liz! And sad. All at once. All in all, it was a fantastic book I'd utterly recommend. It fell short story and character wise in a few places for me, buuuut This is so difficult to review. Probably the hardest review I had to write in Let's start with some positive things: I loved the writing style and how the book was structured.
The back and forth and the whole atmosphere were great. The thing about this book is that I couldn't stand the main character. I pretty much couldn't stand any of the characters and that's a big problem with books in general. Maybe it's because I didn't grow up in the same society, the typical American high school set This is so difficult to review.
Maybe it's because I didn't grow up in the same society, the typical American high school setting you see in movies where everyone tries to fit in and if you're different from normal you're screwed for the whole time. I was bullied by pretty much everyone in middle school and that sucked pretty hard, but in the three years I went I got my little revenges and made some really good friends that helped me cope with the rest of the class that tried to bring me down because I wasn't dressing like eveyone else, I wasn't talking like everyone else and overall couldn't stand everyone else.
That being said I sometimes understand bullying - I can kind of understand where everything is coming from. I didn't quite understand it in this book. Like I said before I liked how the author gave us a clear picture of the main character with the writing and everything I just didn't like her as a person. This book felt semi-realistic. I could easily picture this as a movie more than as a book but it didn't feel real, not for a moment.
It was just too much. Everyone had something really problematic going on and it was too much. Overall, I kind of regret downloading this. I thought I was going to like it a little bit more but, with a main character like this, it was really difficult. Mar 01, Blythe rated it really liked it Shelves: This book and If I Stay are very similar to each other; of course there are many differences, but the barebones of each are very close.
NOW, with that having been said, the biggie: In basically all aspects. Visit Stay Bookish for more book reviews! Three reasons why you really ought to read this book: The writing is stunning, the characters are realistically complex and the story is earnest, courageous and also important.
We are blurs of motion. We are racing, and we are both winning, because we do not race each other. We race the world, and as fast as it Visit Stay Bookish for more book reviews! We race the world, and as fast as it rotates, as fast as it revolves, we are faster. The way she incorporates these physics theories into her story and uses them as metaphors- sublime. Also, the use of a mysterious narrator worked incredibly well for me. What stood out the most though is the essence of the writing and its unflinching and honest depiction of its characters.
She thought, Hello, gravity, and tried to spread her arms so that it would catch her. Hello, good-bye. But the world did not fade completely. We get to read their perspectives, discern their connection and relationship with Liz and how that had pushed her even further into darkness but we also see these characters for who they are, what their own story is. That said, I truthfully was able to sympathize with her despite never being in her shoes.
I was so surprised to find tears in my eyes when I closed the book. Well, hello, darling with the ocean eyes, How many secrets keep us apart? A sea of poems, a field of sighs, Can I cross and return to the start?
It opens your eyes to harsh cruelties, hopelessness and depression, and the fact that even the unbreakable can break.
While it maybe painful and heartbreaking, Falling Into Place is a beautifully poignant novel in its totality. Falling into Place isn't necessarily a new story, but it's powerful and emotional all the same. In this novel, we follow high school Queen Bee Liz Emerson as she crashes her car and tries to commit suicide. As us readers question 3. As us readers question why she has killed herself, we look for answers in Liz's past via flashbacks, and in the present as we see the effect her suicide has on those who know her.
Zhang has an absolutely lyrical writing style. Her way of stringing words together is gorgeous, and I was completely captivated in her writing.
However, I did feel she told more than she showed, especially when it came to discussing the characters. Everything we knew about them was because Zhang told us so rather than figuring it out for ourselves. As a protagonist, Liz was a bit hard to connect to for the majority of the story. She's your stereotypical "popular" girl. She bullied other people, she gets drunk constantly, she thinks she's better then everyone else because of her social status. Frankly, she was a jerk. I never really felt it was easy to connect to her because she made such horrible choices and did such horrible things to people.
I did respect her change of heart and her realization that what she had done has hurt so many people, but that came somewhat late in the story. I also wanted to know more about the side characters. What is life like for Julia and Keenie, Liz's best friends and fellow mean girls?
Or Liam, one of the only who sees Liz despite her flaws and imperfections? I felt they were all certainly well-developed, but I wanted to know more about their backstories and how they added to Liz's story. Also, the ending was a bit too abrupt for my liking. I am a huge fan of open endings because they can be so thought-provoking and can really be great discussion influences. However, for the open ending in Falling into Place , I felt that there needed to be an additional scene inserted between the ending and the second-to-last scene.
All in all, Falling into Place is a very worthy debut novel, and I have no doubt that readers will enjoy it. A few minor things kept me from really loving it, but it was wonderful all the same. View all 5 comments. Feb 20, Victoria victoriashaz rated it really liked it. 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? It spoke to me in the most painful manner. No other book in recent memory has made me cry so much. The rest of the time I was uncomfortable.
Comfort in Sports Sometimes people have no capacity to connect with others. When that happens, they find solace elsewhere. Liz found her escape in sports. Soccer often was her only source of joy. No matter how badly her world was falling apart, on the pitch everything was right. It was a rare thing, and it was from those exceedingly rare moments that her weird zeal for soccer took root and grew into something immense. Inhaling is becoming an exceedingly difficult task.
The rush of cars grows farther and farther away, the world blurs at the edges, and Liz is gripped by an inexplicable urge to get to her feet and chase the cars, redefine the world. In this moment, she realizes what death really means. It means that she will never catch them. Inertia and force and mass and gravity and equal and opposite reactions still do not quite fit together in her head, but she is ready to let go.
She is ready for it all to end. We lie on the red-checkered blanket with weeds and flowers all around us, caught in the fleece. Our breaths carry our dandelion wishes higher, higher, until they become the clouds we watch. Sometimes we looked for animals or ice cream cones or angels, but today we only lie there with our palms together and our fingers tangled, and we dream. We wonder what lies beyond. One day, she will grow up and imagine death as an angel that will lend her wings, so she can find out.
I watch the spinning lights close in, wrapping the scene in long lines of ambulances and yellow tape. Sirens wail and paramedics spill out, running and slipping down the great hill in their haste.
They surround the Mercedes, crouch beside her, the glass crunching beneath their feet. So they do. They remove the glass and carry her up the hill, and no one notices the boy standing near the mangled bits of her car, watching. Then he is pushed back by a policeman, forced back to the crowd of people who have gotten out of their cars to catch a glimpse of the scene, the blood, the body.
The fact, however, is that the word alive no longer accurately describes Liz Emerson. She is being pushed into the back of an ambulance, and for her, the doors are closing. As everyone moves and rushes around her, a musical of beeping machines and panic, I just watch her, her hands, her face. Her hair falling out of the hasty braid. The foundation across her cheeks, too thin to cover the graying skin.
When I look around, I can see her heart beating on three different monitors. I can see the steam her breath makes on the mask. But Liz Emerson is not alive. So I lean forward. I place my lips beside her ear and whisper for her to stay, stay alive , over and over again.
M onica Emerson is on a plane when the hospital calls. Her phone is turned off, and the call goes straight to voicemail. An hour later, she turns on her phone and listens to her messages as she makes her way to baggage claim. The first is from the marketing division of her company—something about her next trip to Bangkok.
The second is from the dry cleaners.
The third is silent. It makes her jump, because no one ever calls her house. She has a cell and her father has three, and Julia has never understood why they needed a landline too. Regardless, she goes into the hall to answer, because conic parametric equations are giving her a headache. She twirls the phone cord around her fingers and wishes, suddenly, that she had never let Liz put her dad down as an emergency contact.
Stupid, she thought.
Yes, this is the right number. Julia pushes down her annoyance, chokes it, cinches the phone line tighter around her fingers and watches them turn purple. No, she says. Is something wrong? Is Liz okay? Another hesitation, and then a sigh. Elizabeth was admitted to St. She was in a car accident—. Julia drops the phone, grabs her car keys, and Googles directions to the hospital on the way to her car. Both Monica Emerson and Julia are too busy unraveling to remember Kennie.