Book reviews

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

Rating: 4 out of 5.

It’s been a while since I finished this read, but let me share with you some of my thoughts.

First of all, reader discretion is advised. The entire plot of Amy Zhang’s Falling Into Place tackles difficult and sensitive topics like depression, suicide, bullying, alcohol, and drugs. It’s also focused on the teens/young adults demographic, but do not let that stop you from experiencing this read. There will always be something to learn, experience, and realize in every read.

This one’s intriguing in my opinion, with the overarching question, “Does Liz Emerson live or die?” as the primary force putting the plot in motion. I had to wait till the very last page for the answer. The agony… Haha. But it is a short read, and not a complicated one at that (considering its target audience), so I highly suggest you just enjoy Liz Emerson’s story as it unravels.

It is difficult to read in some parts because of the sensitive topics being portrayed. But there is self-reflection and self-honesty, important turning points in the storyline that aim to reach out to the reader. In the end, the novel provides a clear possibility for change, a small glimmer of hope — a light in the darkest of times. That even with so much negativity, depression, and even a steep decline into addiction, if you put your heart and your entire being into changing your ways, then there is hope.

With this, I give this book 4 stars. The use of Newton’s law is very witty, if I might add. I am also hoping for more of Liam & Liz’s story. I mean, I’m sure anyone else who has read this book will understand the need for the author to give us more of this blossoming love story.

If ever you decide to give this a read, I sincerely hope you enjoy as much as I did.

  • Title: Falling Into Place
  • Author: Amy Zhang
  • Year published: 2014
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books
  • Total number of pages: 320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-062-36786-4
  • Purchased from: WeBareBooks (IG: @webarebooks)
  • Purchase price: Php 259.00

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