BOOK REVIEW: Falling Into Place – by Amy Zhang

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Title: Falling Into Place
Author: Amy Zhang
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Fiction
First published: September 9th 2014
Finished reading: May 17th 2015
Pages: 304
Rating 3

“Gravity is our playmate, momentum is our friend. We are blurs of motion. We are racing, and we are both winning, because we do not race each other. We race the world, and as fast as it rotates, as fast as it revolves, we are faster.”

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I know a lot of people loved this novel and I almost feel bad for ending up not liking Falling Into Place. I’m not saying this novel by Amy Zhang is a bad read and I really appreciate the fact that she is writing about a difficult theme. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t stand the main character Liz Emerson and that really took away a lot of my reading pleasure. I guess you are supposed to feel sorry for her since she is trying to commit suicide and all, but I was just really annoyed by her in general. She is just so… Superficial. And not exactly likeable. I remember it took me a long time to finish this one and I even had to read other books in between before I could finish it. The prose isn’t bad and I like the physics references and the general idea behind the story. I just wish Amy Zhang would have used a different main character for her story… Or at least made Liz more likeable.

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Liz Emerson is a popular girl who seems to have a perfect life; or at least on the outside. But inside, she is a mess. Her life is running out of control and she doesn’t know how to deal with her dark feelings. After discussing Newton’s laws of motion in her physics class, she decides to use them in real life… Putting them into practice by causing her Mercedes to run off the road. Liz Emerson decides to kill herself, thinking the world would be better without her. She didn’t succeed, although she is life threateningly injured and in a hospital… And it turns out a lot more people care for her than she originally thought. But will she ever wake up to find out? What will be the consequences of her actions?

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After reading all those raving reviews, I ended up being slightly disappointed by Falling Into Place. Liz Emerson is a very annoying character and it was hard for me to actually feel sorry for her. I wasn’t a fan of the ending either; it seemed a bit abrupt and didn’t add anything substantial to the story. The prose and pace were perfectly fine, but like I said my lack of connection to the main character took away a lot of my reading pleasure. I guess this might still be a good read for those who don’t mind YA contemporary novels about teen suicide… A lot of people do seem to love Falling Into Place.

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WWW Wednesdays #40 – May 20th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

treasureislandcityofashesI’m currently reading the second book of The Mortal Instruments series: City Of Ashes. I mainly started reading it because it was my TBR jar pick, because I wasn’t planning on continuing the series any time soon… So far it’s ok, but I still prefer The Infernal Devices. I’ve also started Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson the other day, a classic I’m not really enjoying so far.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

fallingintoplacethewickedwillriseLast week was Bout Of Books week and I was able to finish no less than six books! Woot! The last two were Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang and The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige. The first I didn’t end up enjoying as much as I initially thought, which is mostly because of the annoying characters. The Wicked Will Rise was actually better than the first book in the series, or at least it had more action in it.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

thedivinersteaseMy next TBR jar pick is The Diviners by Libba Bray; another series I’ve been wanting to read for a while now… I might take a break from the fantasy genre though and read Tease by Amanda Maciel first. I need this one for my Bookish Bingo challenge and it sounds like an interesting read.

WWW Wednesdays #39 – May 13th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

Idonttellmummyfallingintoplace started reading both Falling Into Places by Amy Zhang and Don’t Tell Mummy by Toni Maguire yesterday. The first was a TBR jar pick, and unfortunately I’m having a hard time warming up to this story… I’m not liking the main characters at all so far. The second book is a very well written memoir I have a feeling will turn out to be heartbreaking…

  • What did you recently finish reading?

unwindangelfallI’m participating in the Bout Of Books read-a-thon so I’m trying to read as much as possible. I loved the first two books of this read-a-thon; I finished Unwind by Neal Shusterman yesterday and it was definitely a strong read. I will be getting a copy of the sequel soon… Angelfall I was able to finish on Monday and I instantly became a Penryn and Raffe fan. I need to read the sequel by Susan Ee ASAP!

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

worldaftertreasureislandLike I said above, I really want to know what becomes of Raffe and Penryn! Since I have a copy of World After on my shelf, I will probably forget about my read-a-thon TBR and pick up this sequel next. Either that or Treasure Island, a classic pirate story written by Robert Louis Stevenson that I can use for my Bookish Bingo challenge… (Also not on my Bout Of Books TBR; oops!)

WWW Wednesdays #38 – May 6th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

warmbodiesshiverI started reading Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion the other day and while I’m normally not really into zombie stories, this one is pretty good so far. I’m also going to start reading Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater later today, so I will cheat and count it as currently-reading as well. 😉 I have been wanting to start this series for ages so I’m excited to finally read this one.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

mrpenumbras24hourbookstorereeltorealvideostoremurdersI finished Reel To Real: The Video Store Murders by Joyce Nance yesterday and it was without doubt an interesting read. This book is based on a true story of the video store murders in Albuquerque, and the author does a great job of getting inside the head of the killer and sidekick. I also finished Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan a few days ago, a novel that turned out to be completely different than expected but I really enjoyed reading it. Full reviews of both books are still to come…

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

fallingintoplaceangelfallI decided to use my TBR jar again and it got me Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang. While I’ve been looking forward to read this one, I’m not sure I can handle another teen suicide story right now after reading The Last Time We Say Goodbye last month and using up my supply of tissues. So I will probably stick to the YA fantasy genre and read Angelfall by Susan Ee next; another series I’ve been wanting to start reading for a while now.

Friday Finds #14 – November 7th

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FRIDAY FINDS is originally featured at Should Be Reading and showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during, in this case, the last two weeks and have added to my neverending TBR list on Goodreads. I have been trying to limit new additions in order to downsize my TBR list a bit… Below you can find some of the titles I’ve added anyway:

My finds:

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