I am super excited to have been invited to be a part of the FALLING INTO PLACE Blog Tour hosted by Me, My Shelf and I, and to be able to share my thoughts about the book on its release date.
When I first read the description I just knew this would be a book I would love, so I took a chance and signed up for a review spot. And I’m thrilled to say that it was even more amazing than I thought it would be.
In addition to my review, which is below the book’s description, this tour includes a fab giveaway for a copy of FALLING INTO PLACE. So if you’d like the chance to win, be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter form.
And if you’d like to check out other reviews and posts on this tour, just click the banner above for the schedule on Me, My Shelf and I or one of the links in the schedule at the bottom of this post.
About Falling into Place
Release date: September 9, 2014
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook
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.
FALLING INTO PLACE is a moving and thought provoking and beautifully written story. It is built around a devastating and dramatic event – the attempted suicide of Liz Emerson – and is told in a way that allows readers to get to know Liz, to see how she perceives herself and how others perceive her, and to see what effects her actions have on those closest to her and on someone who may know her better than she knows herself.
The story moves from present to past and to points in between, letting readers get a peek at Liz’s life, at her friends’ lives, and giving insight into how Liz got to the point where she felt the best thing for everyone would be if she didn’t exist.
FALLING INTO PLACE tells part of the story from a rather unique perspective, which adds both a sweetness and sadness to it. The story is also largely revealed through Julia and Kennie’s – Liz’s friends – POVs and through her classmate Liam’s perspective.
Amy Zhang does an amazing job of developing this character through others’ points of view. She created a character who readers can empathize with, at times like, at other times dislike, feel sympathetic toward, and feel angry at. The author touches upon a number of issues that readers can relate to and asks questions that many readers will have asked themselves at one time or another in their lives.
This story was such an unexpected surprise. Ms. Zhang crafted a story that is simple yet complex, beautiful yet terrible, gorgeous and ugly. It is sad, but not overwhelmingly so. It is tragic and emotional and heartrending. It is interesting and captivating. It is an original. And there is a maturity to it that I did not anticipate from such a young writer.
I fell madly in love with the writing from the get-go. And it didn’t take me that much longer to make a connection to the characters. Their strengths, their vulnerabilities, their fears, their regrets, their doubts, their disappointments all made them characters I could relate to.
FALLING INTO PLACE gave me a lot to think about – labels, blame, self-worth, turning points, catalysts, actions and reactions. It told the story in a new and interesting way and presented an ending that was somewhat unanticipated. It was a story I devoured in a single sitting. It is a story I will remember for a long, long while. It’s a story that feels important, is one I think is a definite must read, and one I think is definitely worth reading again.
About Amy Zhang
Amy Zhang used to have lots of imaginary friends. When people told her to grow up, she turned her imaginary friends into characters and started telling their stories. When she isn’t writing, she can be found playing piano, hitting balls on the tennis court, or struggling through her weekly existential crisis. She lives in Wisconsin with her family.
The prize: A finished copy of FALLING INTO PLACE to ONE WINNER
- Giveaway is US ONLY | Must be 13 or older to enter
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The Tour Schedule
September 2nd – Scott Reads It – Review
September 2nd – Gone with the Words – A Day in the Life of Amy Zhang
September 3rd – Fire and Ice – Spotlight
September 4th – Swoony Boys Podcast – Review
September 5th – Such a Novel Idea – Review
September 8th – Once Upon a Twilight – Music Playlist
September 9th – Fiktshun – Review
September 10th – Jean Book Nerd – Author Interview
September 10th – My Book Addiction – Review
September 11th – Chapter by Chapter – Review
September 12th – Fictitious Delicious – Review