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.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.
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.