The Fall of Lisa Bellow
What happens to the girl left behind?
A masked man with a gun enters a sandwich shop in broad daylight, and Meredith Oliver suddenly finds herself ordered to the filthy floor, where she cowers face to face with her nemesis, Lisa B ...more
I came across this book by chance. I was actually searching for another book and this one popped up. I thought it sounded really interesting.
As the book opens we meet Meredith Oliver age thirteen. Meredith is in the eighth grade, she tells us how it's all downhill after grade five.
"In fifth grade you were still friends with everyone, whether you liked it or not because it was easier for the adults that way"
The play ...more
:) .....and to those who read 'advance readers'.
I know I'm not the only fan of Susan Perabo. Many community friends on Goodreads
have all said the same...."Susan's short stories -dark & light- about love and loss are
real". Susan reaches us deeply".
Well, I'm honored - and thankful to have been offered an early ...more
This is a poignant and haunting, if not slightly offbeat novel, which examines the aftermath of a robbery and the kidnapping of Lisa Bellow.
Lisa was one of the popular girls in school and could lash out with her poisonous tongue, which Meredith Oliver found herself on the receiving end of on a few occasions. But, Meredith was not going to allow Lisa’s presence in the Deli Barn deter her from getting a root beer afte ...more
But, let’s turn our attention specifically t ...more
"Underwater like Harry Houdini bogged down with ancient padlocks."
It's called helplessness.....the inability to break free from all that suffocates our ability to draw normal, slow, in-and-out breaths. The desperate desire to live simply outside of its grasp.
Meredith Oliver is suffering from profound survivor's guilt. She is a mere thirteen years ...more
The unexpected and brutally descriptive account of the first Oliver catastrophe about blew me away.....the crushing blow, the severity of the injury, the shattered hopes for the future, and OMG, the ice cream cone diagnosis. My heart broke for (17 year old) Evan, but not so for mother Claire or the way she handled the on-going aftermath of the situation. (and just wait till you see what she does!...more
A life-changing event occurs and Meredith Oliver’s previously quiet, unobserved life is suddenly thrust into the spotlight. Her occasional morning ritual of recognizing herself in the mirror, of greeting herself, grounding herself in the here and now will forever be changed on one day. That moment of sinking into the rhythmic tone of her voice and the repetitive phrase reminding her to stay in the present, in the here and now, this has become like a mantra, it’s a part of the ...more
If you are looking for a thriller, this is not it.
This story does revolve around a kidnapping, and there's certainly an element of mystery. But it’s the opposite of a thriller. The plot slowwwwwlllyyyy creeps forward, spending time on languid daydreams and conjecture, and raising questions about life and family. In summary, it’s Literary Fiction first and foremost.
Literary Fiction Checklist:
[X] Middle-Aged Woman/Man in Unhappy Marriage
[X] Parents who struggle to understand thei ...more
I am not exactly sure how I feel about this novel. I was totally engrossed in what I was reading and couldn't put it down but it wasn't necessarily what I was expecting and I think that is what spoiled it for me a little bit. I wouldn't describe it as a thriller but more of a psychological drama/literary novel. I did enjoy the characters and the authors writing style but did get annoyed at times with some of the characters "thinking" and "dialogue" expressed throughout t ...more
The intricate corridors of the human mind lie dark and serpentine with myriad doors. We open the portals that allow us to deal with a traumatic event, either ...more
This book deals with issues the whole family has, especially the daughter and how she is dealing with the post traumatic event.
Thank you to NetGalley, S ...more
The girl in our story, Meredith, d ...more
Susan Perabo has written a beautiful heartbreaking novel that inspires hope.
What it means to be a family. What it means to experience being in middle school. How much younger our children are in chronological age and the very difficult traumatic experiences some kids have to deal with astounds me.
Meredith and a fellow student that she doesn't care for named Lisa Bellow, who gets abducted during an armed robbery. This novel deals with how Meredith deals with ...more
This has been a mixed bag.
The good parts: good writing, very realistic, intimate, raw, and relatable.
The not-so-great parts: nothing much happens after the kidnapping; as the blurb conveys, this is mostly about how a family deals with traumatic events in their life. It's almost entirely a character driven novel, with two points of view: one of the thirteen-year old's Meredith ...more
Meredith Oliver and Lisa Bellow are 13 year old girls. They attend school together, but they are part of different groups, and Meredith understands that her group is eclipsed by Lisa’s group. They are the cool girls, and Lisa is the coolest girl of all. But fate flings them into a situation in which they are both at risk, and Meredith walks away, while Lisa does not.
How do you deal with being the survivor of a disaster? What if the person who does not survive is not some ...more
The Fall of Lisa Bellow is a wonderfully deep character exploration, a book that give you a real sense of feeling about the characters in it - Meredith had a quirky outlook from the start and seeing that change and alter after the event ...more
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I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Fall of Lisa Bellow. I’d never heard of Susan Perabo, but the blurb grabbed me with its promise of similarities to Everything I Never Told You and Room, two of the best books I’ve read so far in 2016. This can be a double edged sword, going into a book with such high expectations. Fortunately, Lisa Bellow lived up to this tall order.
This is the story of Meredith Oliver, an insecur ...more
At thirteen years old, nothing really important is supposed to happen to you. Your “real life” hasn’t even started yet. But the unformed Meredith shortly thereafter finds herself at the Deli Barn, where she – and Lisa Bellow, one of the most popular and mean girls in class --- find themselves unwilling participant ...more
The novel was very well put together. The writing was wonderful and the characters were incred ...more
Two middle-schoolers in the same place at the same time - one is abducted and one is left behind. Meredith is traumatized and struggling with survivor’s guilt in the tragedy’s aftermath. Meredith’s mother, Claire is flawed (what human isn’t?), but she is a sympathetic character and my heart went out to her, her feeling of helplessness and fiercely trying to protect her daughter. Although I didn’t agree wi ...more
Thanks to Netgalley I was able to read an advance copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Sometimes a book's marketing can do a disservice for readers and those who hear "thriller" and comparisons to Emma Donoghue's ROOM will ultimately be disappointed with Susan Perabo's forthcoming novel, THE FALL OF LISA BELLOW. Those who ignore such comparisons and pick up this book--which I'd describe a ...more
After I finished reading it I checked out some of the reviews on Goodreads, which is something I never do before I’ve written my own… lest I be swayed, second-guess myself or inadvertently let others’ words seep into my head.
And there were a few negative comments from those expecting a whodunnit of sorts. But… this isn’t one of those books. And I didn’t mind.
And indeed, it’s more about the ‘fallout’ of the event than the event ...more