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Title:
Falling into place
Author:
Zhang, Amy, 1996-
Personal Author:
Edition:
First Edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]

©2014
Physical Description:
296 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
"One cold fall day, high school junior Liz Emerson steers her car into a tree. This haunting and heartbreaking story is told by a surprising and unexpected narrator and unfolds in nonlinear flashbacks even as Liz's friends, foes, and family gather at the hospital and Liz clings to life"--
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780062295040

9780062367884
Format :
Book

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One cold fall day, high school junior Liz Emerson steers her car into a tree. This haunting and heartbreaking story is told by a surprising and unexpected narrator and unfolds in nonlinear flashbacks even as Liz's friends, foes, and family gather at the hospital and Liz clings to life. This riveting debut will appeal to fans of Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver, and 13 Reasons Why, by Jay Asher.

"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 did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? The 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.


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Booklist Review

Liz Emerson can't remember the last time she was happy, and for years, she has been destroying the people around her. If Newton's laws of motion hold true, her present unhappiness is but an equal and opposite reaction to past cruelties. So she attempts to end her life by intentionally driving her car off the interstate. At the hospital where she is brought after the crash, she hovers between life and death, and an unidentified narrator teases out a fuller examination of the reasons behind Liz's misery. Liz's last seven days are spliced with scenes from both the present and past. Teenage author Zhang has a knack for metaphor, particularly in relation to her recurring physics theme, as in her description of Liz and her best friends: They had acceleration, she, Kennie, and Julia. . . . They were the catalysts, the fingers that tipped the first domino. An impressive debut from such a young writer, this should appeal to readers who sobbed through Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why (2007).--Colson, Diane Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Zhang debuts with the haunting story of a suicide attempt gone awry as high school junior Liz Emerson drives her Mercedes off the road, winding up in a coma. The reasons for Liz's actions and her substantial self-hatred emerge in chapters that alternate between the present, as friends and family gather at the hospital to find out whether Liz will pull through, and the weeks leading up to the car crash, along with examples of Liz's cruelty over the years. Among the sources of guilt and pain swirling around Liz's brain are her father's death, her mother's absentee parenting, her friends' drug problem and abortion (both of which Liz had a hand in), her own struggles with bulimia and loneliness, and the many classmates' reputations she has helped ruin. At times, the story takes on the feel of a novel-length guilt trip, all but entreating readers to recognize how they could be kinder in their own lives. But Zhang writes with confidence and finesse, and many readers will be moved as Liz recognizes the lives she has damaged. Ages 14-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-Liz Emerson, a junior, "accidentally" runs her car off an icy roadway. Ashamed and depressed about the person she has become; detesting the loneliness when her widowed businesswoman mother travels; tired of being equally admired and deservedly hated by peers, she decides to end it all. Told from the inventive and effective viewpoint of Liz's childhood "imaginary friend," illuminating scenarios fluctuate between the hospital where Liz hangs on to life, to Liz's early youth, to past and present interactions between Liz and those around her. Liz and her two best friends, Kennie and Julia, party hearty often and treat others cruelly, yet it's Liz who confronts the guys' basketball team as they sexually taunt a lesbian classmate. Liz pushes pregnant Kennie to have an abortion, prods Julia into drug dependency, and plots to bully Liam who has a crush on her, yet she silently acknowledges and internalizes her faults, wishing someone would make her pay. After an unsuccessful last-ditch effort to get help, she designates herself as that someone by planning her suicide. Although the subject matter is heavy and there are a few easily brushed-off awkward moments, the breezy yet powerful and exceptionally perceptive writing style, multifaceted characters, surprisingly hopeful ending, and pertinent contemporary themes frame an engrossing, thought-provoking story that will be snapped up by readers of Todd Mitchell's Backwards (Candlewick, 2013) and Gayle Forman's If I Stay (Dutton, 2009.)-Diane P. Tuccillo, Poudre River Public Library District, CO (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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