Falling Into Place

Paperback | July 7, 2015

byAmy Zhang

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She would be an object in motion that would stay in motion, even if it meant flattening everything in her path.

One cold fall day, high school junior Liz Emerson steers her car into a tree. Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? This haunting, 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?

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She would be an object in motion that would stay in motion, even if it meant flattening everything in her path.One cold fall day, high school junior Liz Emerson steers her car into a tree. Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? This haunting, nonlinear novel pieces together ...

Amy Zhang was born in China, grew up in Wisconsin, and currently attends college in upstate New York. She is also the author ofThis Is Where the World Ends.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.51 inPublished:July 7, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062295055

ISBN - 13:9780062295057

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A very quick read Falling into Place starts off in the most intense way possible, our main character commits suicide. The way the book is read, are from flashbacks. All nonlinear, and also very intense because you're constantly counting down the literal minutes until you find out what happens in the end. Sometimes it would frustrate me, but I ignored it anyway because I pretty much read this in two sittings. It's not a long book at all, so you can pretty much guarantee, you'll fly through it. The characters really shine the most. Especially our main character. Told in third person narration, we know everything Liz is thinking and feeling. From the moment of the car accident, to the very end. Liz is not likable at all. She is a bully, terrible to her friends, the mean girl who tears a person down until they get bullied so badly that they move away, or setting up a guy to take the blame for drugs, calling girls slurs, breaking up couples, kissing her best friend's boyfriend, the list goes on and on and on. I don't understand her reasoning for it except that I can compare it to her being a masochist. Her mother is always gone, she lives in a beautiful home, but is constantly alone. That doesn't excuse her actions though. She is terribly depressed and I felt pity because all of her thoughts echoed what major depression feels like. But I couldn't really side with her either? The ending also left me feeling unsatisfied. I just wanted her to grow and apologize or even make amends to the lives that her actions broke. Pacing is pretty much perfect because you are constantly wanting to know whether she lived or died. Even though, Liz is unlikable, the writing is excellent, and the characters are fleshed out enough that you get a constant sense of how their lives are like. I just couldn't get the past that this character is the way she is, and yep that ending.. *sighs*
Date published: 2015-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unusual narrator works Told from a unique point of view, Falling Into Place is the story of Liz Emerson, the most popular junior in her high school, and the reasons why she decided to run her Mercedes off the road. It's about actions and consequences, and yes, Newton's Laws. This book ended up being so much more than I was expecting. Liz could have easily come off as impossible to sympathize with considering she was not a nice person, but instead I found myself caring about her and wanting someone to notice all her pain. Her two best friends were also easy to sympathize with, even though they could be just as horrible as Liz. They could be a terrifying trio of bullies willing to wreck lives, but they were also dealing with a lot on their own. The book really got into the issue of bullying, both intentional and unintentional bullying, and the consequences it can have on everyone. The narrator was so perfect. It was very non-linear but never confusing. The story would jump from person to person, or from the present to the past, so we got a complete sense of what led up to Liz's actions and the reasons for the reactions of others. The writing was really beautiful. Simple, effective, and almost poetic. It makes me very excited to see future books from Amy Zhang. I do wish the ending had been a little more dragged out, it felt a little abrupt, but it didn't ruin the story. This book probably isn't for everyone. If you don't enjoy unconventional narration or dark subject matter, it might not be for you. If you do, mark your calendar. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2014-07-08

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“Insightful . . . it’s interesting to see the mean girl through the eyes of the people who love her, despite (and sometimes because of ) her flaws.”