Daily Archives: June 25, 2014

Falling Into Place – Amy Zhang

Falling Into Place 
By: Amy Zhang 
Available Sept 2014

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. 

This Blonde’s Review: 
No one knows what is going on in someone else’s head. We don’t know how the things we do or don’t do will impact other people’s lives. And sometimes when we see ripples all it does it cause more damages and ripples in our own. There are times when someone may think the only way to stop it is to remove themselves. That is what Liz Emerson thought. She thought life would be better without her. In this one we get to see what happens before and after her Mercedes goes off the road. We also get to see how her actions affect the people in her life after.

I don’t usually care for books that have time hops like this one, but I didn’t mind the way this one worked. This one put all time relevant to the car going off the road, weeks, days, minutes before and after. We see the way her actions ripple into others. It’s interesting seeing the way that the author shows us these things that would have looked like little things if they were given to us in order. We would have read them and waited to see something important. But hopping around the way she did made it clear that these little glimpses were important. It also gives us the chance to see the way things can snowball.

Some of my favorite parts of this book weren’t things that seemed like they should be big. It was in the reactions of a teacher. In a short hospital visit from someone who wasn’t a part of her personal life. It was the way we were able to get so much insight into Liz with the small things. I like a book that can make it clear that the small things are the big things.