Star Rating: 5/5
Title: Falling into Place
Author: Amy Zhang
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Genre: Suicide, Contemporary, Mental Health, Young Adult
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.
I have wanted to write this review for a while but have had so much to do that I didn’t think that I could do the book justice in the little time I’d have to sit down. So now, as I sit here at 10pm on a Friday having made a good start on my coursework, I feel as though I can.
This book spoke to me on so many levels, it was so original and different both in whom is the narrator of the story (which you don’t find out until the end) and also in who the focus was on. Usually books on suicide focus on the outsiders, those who no one wants to be around and are just lonely, where as this book focuses on a popular girl who has the looks, the friends, everything. This book shows that things can affect people differently, that it doesn’t matter what appears to be on the outside, inside someone can be broken.
I really liked the way the book was written, it would jump around in time zones, in one chapter we might be 30 minutes before she commits suicide and in another we might be four weeks before and then skip right to childhood, I liked that as I read on, everything fit together and started to make more sense, I liked that her life was almost like a jigsaw and each chapter was another piece that slotted in until you get to the big picture.
I actually didn’t like Liz throughout most of the book, the times in which I did like her were the times where she realised she didn’t want to live in the world anymore, she was generally not a very nice person, she was a typical popular who got her kicks from being mean to people and it was this aspect that I found quite unique. It was the fact that she seemed to be the girl who had it all but at the same time she was he girl that was broken but no one seemed to notice.
I loved how incredibly poetic the writing style was, I loved all the relating to physics and the laws of motion, I like it when writers relate to things, maybe it speaks to the inner nerd in me. I really loved Amy Zhang’s writing and I want to see more from her.
There aren’t any words that will allow me to properly explain just how good this book was, and how and why you should read it. So I’ll leave it at that and just say if you ever see this book in a shop or online, please pick it up and I am sure you won’t regret it.
Have you read this book? What did you think?