Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Before I Read Falling Into Place

Before I read a book, I look at its cover. Despite what people say, you can tell a lot about a book based simply on what it looks like on the outside. Although you cannot judge a story by its cover, the outward appearance can draw you in and make you want to read the words inside. I love talking about covers maybe as much as I love talking about the novels themselves, so I started a feature to spotlight these essential works of art.

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

Release: September 9, 2014 from Greenwillow Books
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? Amy Zhang’s haunting and universal story will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman, and Jay Asher.
Falling Into Place has one of those brilliantly descriptive covers, one that tells viewers so much but will become even more meaningful once they have read the story it contains. I adore the little details the designer included, from the deconstructed road to the hand catching the car to the mathematical equations in the background. While they tell me that this book contains a tragedy with a physics twist, they do not fully explain the significance of the hand or the extent to which science intertwines with the story. I cannot wait to grab a copy as soon as this book releases and uncover all of its secrets.


  1. i just published something incredibly similar to what you have mentioned in your first paragraph. i agree i think that book covers do draw you in and i'm guilty to have purchased some books that i have no idea what they are about, or if they're any good, just because they look nice!
    falling into place has an amazing cover and i'd love to see more of these posts!
    one girl one book

  2. First off, I'd like to say that this feature is amazing. The cover does speaks volume about the book. Also, the synopsis is amazing. It promises so much. Thank you for bringing this book to my attention.

  3. The cover looks amazing! I really want to read this book now! The synopsis is so intriguing and mysterious.


  4. Emily - I love how you recap your thoughts before AND after you've read a book! It makes it so interesting to see how your thoughts compare!

    This is one of my most anticipated titles in fall, so I hope you enjoy it! Can't wait to hear your thoughts! :D

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

  5. I love these Before You Read posts because it really makes me pay attention to the details, which I love. I loved the cover already, but for whatever reason, I just NOW discovered the mathematical equations. It makes me love it even more. I read the book and I NEED you to read it so we can discuss.


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