Falling into Place by Amy Zhang

Falling into Place is a small, unassuming book with a rather normal cover. When it came out September 2014, it wasn’t a bestseller. Nothing about it seems particularly extraordinary. But yet, somehow, everything is. Written by teen author (no- Maya Van Wagenen isn’t the only one out there!), Amy Zhang’s Falling into Place is the story of Liz Emerson’s attempted suicide, told from everyone else’s perspective. 

There’s Julia, beautiful, smart, confident, and always stoned. There’s Kennie, vibrant, loud, charismatic, and struggling to recover from her abortion. There’s even Liam, quiet, musical, sweet, and in love with her for as long as he’s known her. And so many more people, from her mother to her physics professor.

And, of course, there’s Liz. Liz, the unofficial queen of Meridian High, who had planned her suicide for months, down to the second, to make sure it seemed like an accident. Liz, who decided the world would be better off without her.

With an atmospheric style reminiscent of E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars, Amy Zhang manages to perfectly capture heartache, grief, and utter loneliness so perfectly it aches. Falling into Place is an absolute must read for anyone who enjoyed Jay Asher’s 13 Reasons Why or Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall.

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