Title: Falling Into Place
Author: Amy Zhang
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Teen Fiction
Date Published: September 9, 2014
Publisher: Green Willow Books
Synopsis: 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 told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect?
Falling into Place is one of the books that got me expeditiously hooked just by reading the synopsis at the back. Amy Zhang’s way of writing the pitch for Liz Emerson’s life got my interest and had me wanting to know more about the reason behind Liz Emerson’s decision to crash her Mercedes into a tree. Is her life really that miserable for her to commit suicide? Will she survive? Will she live?