Sunday, May 17, 2015

Book Review | Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

Falling Into Place 

Author: Amy Zhang
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Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Page Number: 304
Genre: Contemporary
Publication Date: September 9, 2014
Synopsis from Goodreads:  
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.

My Review: 
I can't even. 
Meet Liz Emerson: bitch, bad baby, and the most popular girl in Meridan High.
She almost dies.
Welcome to Falling into Place. 
This book left me freaking SPEECHLESS and a sobbing, hysterical mess. 
Because of many reasons: this book was MADE for YA. It covered many of the issues today's teens face. That's why this book was special. It was beautiful, special, amazing, and just easily intriguing. Remember We Were Liars? The book that had caught onto everyone of my emotions? Think of that.

All the characters, from bitchy Liz to Julia, to Liam, had some sort of problem. It wasn't that realistic, but I hated most of the characters. Especially Liz, because she turned all these kids. Gave them a problem to deal with. And most of all, became more like Liz. It was so despairingly sad to see all these innocent little kids, go through Liz, and come out. Just like Liz. All the relationships were so sad, and I just hated Liz. For all she did. But, again, you can't help but sympathizing with Liz. Because that's what Zhang's gorgeous writing did. She made us all feel sorry, for each and every character.

Flashbacks. This book flashbacked from before she crashed, years before, how she met her friend, after the crash. Everything. It was like a memory book into Liz Emerson's life. The mysterious narrator described each event, place, date, where things happened. How each thing transformed Liz Emerson, and everyone around her's life. 

The science. I was recently reviewing Newton's Laws of Motion in my physics class when I read this book, and I learned something: not only do these things happen in motion, but in real life too. Take this quote for example:  
  She did not realize that the equal and opposite reaction was this: every terrible, horrible, bitchy thing Liz had ever done had bounced back to her.
This quote now hangs on my walls. It makes me think about all the bad things I've done, and thought about them. Liz Emerson makes me think about all the things I've done. And make me regret some of them. But, I also like how the cover has science symbols. It's soo pretty!!!

In conclusion, Falling into Place is an amazing hell of a ride, filled with deep thoughts, teenage issues, intriguing ideas, a fascinating narrator, a main character you hate and love, beautifully prose, and a heartbreaking world.

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