Review: The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker

Review: The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker

The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker is a shockingly realistic story. It will have its readers putting themselves right into the shoes of the highly relatable main character. This is a beautifully written novel that many will enjoy and learn from.

Review: The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. ParkerTitle: The Girl Who Fell
Author: Shannon M. Parker
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: March 1, 2016
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

High school senior Zephyr Doyle is swept off her feet—and into an intense and volatile relationship—by the new boy in school.

His obsession.
Her fall.

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.


❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker

❀ Relatable and Convincing

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.

❀ A Perfect Main Character

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.

❀ Impactful Writing

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.

❀ Credibile Writing

Shannon M. 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 by Shannon M. Parker is definitely a book that will appeal to many. A must-read for everyone!

Book Quotes: The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker

“Ugh. Maybe I have turned into a sad abandonment cliché.”

About Shannon M. Parker

Shannon M. Parker

Shannon Parker lives on the Atlantic coast in a house full of boys. She’s traveled to over three dozen countries and has a few dozen more to go. She works in education and can usually be found rescuing dogs, chickens, old houses and wooden boats. Shannon has a weakness for chocolate chip cookies and ridiculous laughter—ideally, at the same time.

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11 thoughts on “Review: The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker

  1. aleciask says:

    What an interesting book and while the concept isn’t entirely unique it is something that is current in today’s world and should be given more focus on especially to younger persons.

  2. Jaime Lynn says:

    Your review for this makes it impossible to not want to read this book. I mean, I wanted to read it before, but your review absolutely makes me want it right this minute. Now, THAT is a review!

  3. Vanessa says:

    I love the review! I don’t read as much contemporary books as I do other genres, but this sounds amazing! I am definitely putting this one on my TBR list!

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