Falling into Place

Amy Zhang

Falling into Place
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Falling into Place

Amy Zhang

One cold fall day, high school junior Liz Emerson steers her car into a tree.

This haunting and heartbreaking story is told by a surprising and unexpected narrator and unfolds in nonlinear flashbacks even as Liz’s friends, foes, and family gather at the hospital and Liz clings to life. 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 narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to love someone? To be a friend? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect?

Amy Zhang’s haunting and universal story will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver and Jay Asher.


When a car accident puts the most popular girl in school, Liz Emerson, in hospital, it seems as if the whole school has turned up to find out if she lives or dies. But was it an accident or a suicide attempt? Why would the girl who appeared to have it all seemingly throw it all away?

Written in non-linear flashbacks interweaved with scenes from the hospital as students wait, this is a fascinating and beautifully written debut about the impact our actions have upon one another. The author is barely more than a teenager herself, but her wisdom and writing talent truly shine in this heartfelt book that will have you desperate for a friend to read it so you can discuss it together.

If you liked Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher or If I Stay by Gayle Forman then you will love this.

Angela Crocombe is the Children’s Book Buyer at Readings Carlton.

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