I’ve wanted to read this forever!
I followed the author’s blog waaay back when she was only drafting this book. It’s infinitely awesome watch the entire process, from beginning to end (although, yes, that sounds stalkery, but I did comment on her blog pretty regularly and I am in no way a weird person). Also: Amy Zhang is a teen author! That’s exciting, right?
Thanks to HarperCollins on Netgalley for this e-ARC! Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang hits shelves on September 9th, 2014.
That was beautiful and depressing and sweet.
Which is a lot for a book to be all at once! But honestly? I really liked it. It was the writing the won me over all up, but the story…the story was really special.
Obviously it’s a contemporary and (unfortunately) plunges into many YA contemporary cliches.
This I found tedious. Everything from mean girls to absentee parents to alcoholic teens. But it stands out from all the other contemporaries and that’s the IMPORTANT thing. It adds to the conversation. Brilliant, is that not?
The book isn’t so much about Liz, as about everyone in her life.
Like her two BFF, Kennie and Julia. The book’s equally about their failings and friendships. It’s sad. Julia has a drug addiction and Kennie is the ditzy blonde who sleeps around and makes really really bad decisions. Liz is their Queen B. Their clique isn’t original, but it fleshes everyone out. THAT’S what I want! I want to hear about Julia and Kennie! I want to know about Liam! I want to know reasons, and I got them.
The writing is beautiful.
Absolutely THE BEST. Short chapters. Punchy short sentences. It’s in (mostly) 3rd person, but present tense, which I adore and don’t read enough of. I love the whimsicalness of the style…although there’s one thing I wasn’t fussed on:
It told most of the story instead of telling it.
It was a recount of Liz’s life pre-car-accident (not a spoiler! It’s in the blurb!), and while it was written interestingly, it just told me everything. There are hardly any actual scenes.
WARNING: The next bit is a mild spoiler! (Highlight it to read!) It has to do with the narrator and doesn’t spoil any of the plot…it just talks about who the narrator is. (I already knew pre-reading because I’d seen it pitched this way.) So, read if you wish it:
No joke: the book is definitely depressing.
It starts off with Liz’s car crash. Then it has a series of backflashes to her life pre-crash and then it pops to the present. It wasn’t confusing. But I felt really bogged down. And I felt bit unattached. Liz was a pretty mean girl. I didn’t connect to her, which meant I never felt bad for her.
The end though? I’m happy. And sad. All at once.
It was a fantastic book I’d recommend! It fell short (story and character wise) in a few places for me, but it was so well written. I LOVE WELL WRITTEN BOOKS.
Also: It’s written by a teen author! Yay! I’ve read a bunch of teen-author’s books this year and this (I easily say) is the best so far.