Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang | Book Review #107

On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. 20306804Then, 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.

Trigger Warning: Car Accident, Suicide, Abortion, Bullying, Infidelity, Child Neglect, Depression, Bulimia, Homophobia, Parent Death, Rape, Slutshaming, Substance Abuse, Alcohol Abuse, Underage Sexual Activity

So before I started reading Falling Into Place, I thought I would really like it; because I normally love these types of stories, but not this time.

There are multiple points of views in this story, and Im not entirely sure if the story is being told in third person or by Death itself. I actually liked this about the story. By doing this Amy showed in very different ways, how someone’s death can affect someone.

Falling Into Place is such a raw story. Its so emotional, so heartbreaking. You really do see how someone with depression lives their lives. And Im not saying this story is the “go-to” story to read to understand depression. Im just saying that Falling Into Place is a story; one of many stories, that focus on depression and suicide. Falling Into Place is actually the only story Ive read where we read about the main characters life while also featuring other peoples stories, and how everyone affects someone. Your best-friends, your teachers, your parents, and people you’ve only met once before. Maybe you’ve helped someone out before, and it wasn’t a big deal to you, but to that person you helped, you could’ve really helped them in more ways than they can count.

What I got out of reading Falling Into Place is that sometimes we don’t see the world, but the world sees us. Falling Into Place is a raw, beautiful, sad and intense story. Amy’s writing is beautiful. Simply beautiful. I cannot comprehend how she wrote this book. Did she cry? I will never know.

While I didn’t love this story, I didn’t hate it either. Im surprised that I didn’t break down and cry while reading this book. I may have. I actually don’t remember.

Im sure that if I chose to pick up Falling Into Place in the future, I would this book, so, so much. This first time I read it though…touched a little too close to home.

That’s it for my review for Falling Into Place! As much as this was hard for me to read, I do think that Falling Into Place is an extremely important book that has many facets into Mental Health.

Thank you for reading,


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