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Falling into Place

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  16,839 ratings  ·  2,454 reviews
Inertia, force, mass, gravity, velocity, acceleration... cause and effect.

Liz Emerson doesn't understand any of it.

But I do.

I understand how we fall. Where we fall. Why we fall.

I understand her sadness and loneliness and silence, her shattered heart.

It doesn't have to be this way, does it?

It wasn't always this way, was it?

Stay alive, Liz Emerson, stay alive.

On the day Liz
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Greenwillow Books
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Eli I saw the narrator as being her past self. It says it kinda bluntly on page 287; "She remembered me. She remembered the girl she once was..." and so o…moreI saw the narrator as being her past self. It says it kinda bluntly on page 287; "She remembered me. She remembered the girl she once was..." and so on. Hope this helps anyone that was as clueless as I was!!(less)
Jojo Well I'm 12 and I read it, so I'd say it's suitable x…moreWell I'm 12 and I read it, so I'd say it's suitable x(less)

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Aj the Ravenous Reader

And some books leave you swimming in your own tears. This book falls under the latter.

For the record, this is the first book ever that put me in tears from start to finish. My nose has turned ugly red from excessive blowing and wiping.

This is one heck of a sad and heartbreaking story. Nobody told me Newton’s laws of motion would make you bawl out other than the reason that it’s hard enough to understand.

But the author managed to torture me further with those Physics Equations. Believe it or
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Even though that was an audiobook, I sped through pretty fast.
This is heartbreakingly beautiful and so well written. It's kind of like an If I Stay without the out of body experience, and I enjoyed it SO MUCH MORE than that.
Liz Emerson is your typical mean girl, but there's so much more going on behind that facade. I normally can't stand books that feature mean girls, but this one was so different to me.
This deals with suicide and depression in a
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, arc
I was so torn on rating this one. While I truly enjoyed the writing and the depth of the story itself is incredible, I really did not like the main character. I realize she is a character we're not supposed to like, per se. She's not likeable, period. But contrary to many books I've read with unlikeable characters (Courtney Summers' Some Girls Are come to mind), I never got to the point where I "got" her despite it all. She never learned, she never wanted to change, it was like she figured she w ...more
Aug 01, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: September 9, 2014
Rating: 1 star
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

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? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly to
I am not going to rate this book as Ms. Zhang was only in her mid teens when this was published !!!

Warm congratulations on this remarkable feat. It is clear from reading this book that Ms. Zhang is highly creative, intelligent and has the potential to be a wonderful writer. The question I have is will Ms. Zhang be content to churn out adequate chick-lit or YA (where she will likely earn more money) or strive towards becoming an award winning literary author. Selfishly I hope for the latter !

Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemps, ya
Review originally posted at Mostly YA Lit

So many publishers and bloggers recommended this one that it was at the top of my BEA list - and I'm so grateful that I've read it.

You've probably heard the premise by now. Liz Emerson is a queen bee at her high school, the kind of popular Mean Girl that you have legitimate reason to hate because she destroys lives, her own included. The book starts with Liz's attempt to commit suicide. What happens before, during, and after is told in fragmented pieces t
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a NON-SPOILER REVIEW, so you're safe to read!

Inital Reaction after finishing: I'm sitting here puffy-eyed and in awe. One of the most beautiful, subtle, effortless books that I have ever, ever read. Full review to come closer to release.

Falling Into Place is about a young girl who drives her mercedes off a bridge...on purpose. This is her story about why. It's told from multiple perspectives in non linear form, but there is a mystery narrator thrown into the mix as well! Amy Zhang is a
Hari ~Brekker-Maresh~
Falling Into Place

I'm all tears, gimme a second. Until then:

Before people start complaining that suicide is downright selfish:

“Liz never thought she was better than anyone. She thought she was so much worse that in three days, she would drive her car off the road because she didn’t think that she deserved to share a planet with seven billion people who were immeasurably better than she was.”

Kay? Now that we got THAT cleared up... Let's start backwards?

THAT ENDING!! I won't say much about it,
Mental illness does not discriminate. Men struggle with anorexia and binge eating disorder, women face Cluster A personality disorders, and people of color experience depression, amongst other mood-related sicknesses. Amy Zhang highlights the unfair ubiquity of suicide in her debut novel Falling into Place. Liz Emerson, our protagonist, bullies people, has bulimia, acts as a fierce friend, lost her father at a young age, and she tries to kill herself by running her Mercedes off the road. We get ...more
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Incredible! Absolutely incredible! I am sure Falling into Place will be huge after the release date. I will be ordering it for myself because there's no way I'm going to pass the opportunity to put this among other all time favorite titles on my shelf.

This book was so complex and yet simple are the same time. It deals with a lot of topics teenagers and older crowd can identify with-bullying, loneliness, depression, suicide, teen pregnancies, cheating and addiction. I don't think I left out anyt
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book. THIS BOOK. I was on the fence when I started it. I liked it, but I didn’t like like it. The writing style is a little confusing in the beginning, it switches a lot between the present, the past, the even older past, and different POVs. So until you familiarize with it, it can be confusing and a little off-putting. But once that happens…man. This struck deep with me. It’s absolutely beautifully written. It’s like poetry, the really good kind, you know? It resonates with you and it
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Words cannot describe how beautiful and important this book is. I can't even voice my thoughts right now. Wow. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Harper Collins Australia for providing me with a review copy!
All of my reviews are spoiler free (unless stated otherwise) so you can go ahead and read my review!

This story is told from a mysterious unknown perspective that outlines in a non-linear fashion, the main characters life up until the moment she decides to drive her car off the icy motor
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
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Falling Into Place rendered me speechless. By the end of the book I was bawling and hiding in my room trying my very best to restrain the sobs.

Falling Into Place follows the story of Liz Emerson who tries to kill herself using Newton’s law. Liz Emerson is the definition of a bully, a bad girl and a bitch. She perfectly fit in the “unlikeable heroine — female characters” category but that didn
Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner)
Take from my "Save The Date" review on my blog

Why You Should Be Saving The Date for Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang:

1. I could not put Falling Into Place down. It just sort of crept up on me, dug its claws into me and I just had this pit in my stomach until I could finish it. The plot mixed with the way it made me feel propelled me forward.

2. It was tragically beautiful and heartwrenching and really, really stripped down the characters: At a glance, these characters could have been one dimension
I recently had a friend asking me for reasons to live. He/she was depressed and thought that their life was worthless. I knew how a wrong word from my side would result in something tragic, so I didn’t say much. If you’re depressed and you’re reading this, please know that you’re valued.

Which brings me back to this book.

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang is about Liz Emerson and how she decided to end her life. Liz is a fundamentally awful person. At her school in Meridian
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
I liked the writing style and how the book was structured. The back and forth and the whole atmosphere were great.

The thing about this book is that I couldn't stand the main character. I pretty much couldn't stand any of the characters.
Maybe it's because I didn't grow up in the same society, the typical American high school setting you see in movies.
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015

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similar to if i stay, this novel was told in flashbacks, like a patchwork of memories and moments. it certainly built up the story and fit well; i wouldn’t be able to imagine it being told any other way. amy zhang executed the novel perfectly with these snapshot stories. without realizing it, the plot was built in a beautiful crescendo. everything was satisfying, which is so rare to see in contemporary novels. the only negative aspect i could find was that w
C.G. Drews
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
That was beautiful but depressing but 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 so charges into a lot of the common YA contemporary tropes. This I found a teeny bit tedious. Everything from mean girls to absentee parents to screwed up teens. But it stands out from all the other contemporaries and that's the IMPORTANT thing. It ad
4.5 stars, probably.

all right, so I'm about to say something pretty big. This book and If I Stay are very similar to each other; of course there are many differences, but the barebones of each are very close. NOW, with that having been said, the biggie: I very much prefer Falling Into Place to If I Stay. In basically all aspects.

and leaving off with that, review to come.
C. Maria
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a really enjoyable and quick read for me.

I like how the story approaches some difficult topics like abortion, bulimia, bulling and suicide. I didn't like the main character and we are supposed not to like her - she is really mean - almost to the point of evil.

One thing I absolutely loved from the moment I started reading was the writing just wonderful, sublime, beautiful, amazing. I also like how the book was structured - the chapters, the alternating POV's and the alternation between
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
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Falling Into Place has got to be one of the most outstanding YA debut novels I’ve read this year. Three reasons why you really ought to read this book: The writing is stunning, the characters are realistically complex and the story is earnest, courageous and also important.

“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
Victoria | victoriashaz
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I...I have no real words for how this book made me feel. Zhang has written something here that reached me straight to the core. Her prose is incredibly well written. The perspective of the work is a mix of third person omniscient and first person, but the prose and perspective flow incredibly well and work in a way that I could never have imagined.
Much like The Great Gatsby, you are not supposed to like the girls in this book, especially our main character Liz. They are catty and mean and awfu
3.5 Stars
Falling into Place by Amy Zhang is an incredibly well-done debut, and Amy Zhang has definitely met my expectations with this. A mash-up of Gayle Forman's If I Stay and Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall, Falling into Place brews with emotion and sensitivity.

Falling into Place isn't necessarily a new story, but it's powerful and emotional all the same. In this novel, we follow high school Queen Bee Liz Emerson as she crashes her car and tries to commit suicide. As
Lauren (Bookworm Boutique)
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Please note: this book deals with a lot of triggers including suicide, depression, and drug use, please be aware of this before picking up Falling into Place!

I decided to write a review on this book because when I finished it, I honestly had no idea how I really felt about it... at all. First things first, I have to say how much I loved Amy Zhang's writing style. I know I say this all the time, so if you've been dedicated and have read all my reviews, you'll know this, but I really am not a fan
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

some quick thoughts:
-so well-written. really beautiful prose. it's effortless, too. flows like river water.
-well-rounded characters. maybe not so realistic, but there's depth to the main characters that adds so many more dynamics to the story.
-definitely a character-driven story. plot is similar to if i stay, in the way that the plot is just a patchwork quilt of flashbacks and memories and events.
-the author is a high schooler. just let that sink in. do you feel as underachieving as i d
Sarah (on a break for health reasons)
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who can stand extremely unlikable characters and still care for their story.
Because Liz Emerson held so much darkness within her that closing her eyes didn't make much of a difference at all.
What a cruel little book this is. If I could use one word to describe it, it would be heartbreaking.

One day the most popular girl at school takes her car and drives off a cliff.
This is Liz Emerson’s story, equally loved by everyone and equally hated by them.
It is told by an unknown and very surprising narrator.

What I love the most about Falling into place is that it consta
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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I went into this book fully knowing that I would cry, and cry I did. I cried tears of sadness, because this book is so sad for every character, but this book was also so raw and beautiful.

Liz Emerson tries to take her own life by driving her car off the road. She miscalculates and ends up in the hospital in critical condition and will most likely survive the night. Throughout this book we get to see the perspectives of her f
This was a really interesting book that I think evokes a lot of feelings.

Liz Emerson held so much darkness within her that closing her eyes didn't make much of a difference at all.

I really enjoyed this book. The writing was really well done, especially the narration. The reader doesn't know who's narrating the story until the very end but there are hints throughout the book of who it is. Honestly, I was bit disappointed about who the real narrator was. I was expecting this huge reveal and by th
Mac Dubista Keso The Bibliobibuli v(=∩_∩=)
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Mac Dubista Keso The Bibliobibuli v(=∩_∩=) by: Anna Katrina Alano
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Laurence R.
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dying-to-read
I think this book might've depressed me a little. But I swear it's good. ...more
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