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Title: The Girl Who Fell
Author: Shannon M. Parker
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: March 1, 2016
Summary (from Goodreads): His obsession.
Zephyr is focused. Focused on leading her team to the field hockey state championship and leaving her small town for her dream school, Boston College.
But love has a way of changing things.
Enter the new boy in school: the hockey team’s starting goaltender, Alec. He’s cute, charming, and most important, Alec doesn’t judge Zephyr. He understands her fears and insecurities—he even shares them. Soon, their relationship becomes something bigger than Zephyr, something she can’t control, something she doesn’t want to control.
Zephyr swears it must be love. Because love is powerful, and overwhelming, and … terrifying?
But love shouldn’t make you abandon your dreams, or push your friends away. And love shouldn’t make you feel guilty—or worse, ashamed.
So when Zephyr finally begins to see Alec for who he really is, she knows it’s time to take back control of her life.
If she waits any longer, it may be too late.
When you come across a book that is this compelling and influential, you want to hand it to everyone you know. The Girl Who Fell is a shockingly realistic story that will have its readers putting themselves right into the shoes of the highly relatable main character. It is a beautifully written novel that many will enjoy and learn from.
The Girl Who Fell is one of the most relatable and convincing books of the year. It is really admirable that Shannon M. Parker can weave a story about abuse that can speak to the reader on so many levels. This is not a topic that is new to YA, however this story is one that the reader can empathize with, as it is portrayed in a manner that is gradual and well thought out.
Zephyr is the perfect main character for The Girl Who Fell. She is smart, and has a whole future planned. One of her most notable traits is her athleticism. Zephyr plays field hockey, which is not often seen in YA books. The fact that she demonstrates so much strength and ability is very intriguing and adds to her likability. Her character is one that is relatable and the events that unfold for her in the novel really hit home as one is reading due to this fact.
Also, the writing in this novel is so impactful. Parker takes a sensitive and important storyline and really draws her readers in. While there are definitely pieces that can be taken from the story to educate and assist others, the beautiful writing and slow build up of the events really make this book an incredible resource. It is difficult to teach and entertain at the same time in a book, and this one just seems to have all of the right components to do both.
Parker gives credibility to a topic that is both necessary and essential for all to understand. Through its identifiable character and beautiful storytelling, The Girl Who Fell is definitely a book that will appeal to many. A must-read for everyone!