Published by Simon Pulse on March 1st 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: Free for Review
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His obsession.Her fall.
In this dark kissing book, high school senior Zephyr Doyle is swept off her feetÂ—and into an intense relationshipÂ—by the new boy in school.
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 teamÂ’s starting goaltender, Alec. HeÂ’s cute, charming, and most important, Alec doesnÂ’t judge Zephyr. He understands her fears and insecuritiesÂ—he even shares them. Soon, their relationship becomes something bigger than Zephyr, something she canÂ’t control, something she doesnÂ’t want to control.
Zephyr swears it must be love. Because love is powerful, and overwhelming, andÂ…terrifying?
But love shouldnÂ’t make you abandon your dreams, or push your friends away. And love shouldnÂ’t make you feel guiltyÂ—or worse, ashamed.
So when Zephyr finally begins to see Alec for who he really is, she knows itÂ’s time to take back control of her life.
If she waits any longer, it may be too late.
I don’t know what to say about this book. It seems horrible to say that I loved it because it covers such a terrible subject. When you want to rant and rave and scream about a book, its hard when its about an ugly subject. It’s hard to make people understand that the book is great because of the subject matter, not in spite of it. Difficult topics are what makes reading interesting and important.
To be completely honest, though, I didn’t love this book. However, I respected it. It’s well written, it’s a very easy, engaging read and most importantly, it’s an essential book for teenage girls.Â What happens in this book isn’t pretty. Alec and Zee’s relationship escalates quickly from a close friendship to romance to something much darker. It is very realistic and it’s very hard to watch.
So why didn’t I love it. I’m going on and on about what a great, important book this was.Â Why wasn’t it for me? I wish I knew. Sometimes there’s a great book and you know its great when you are reading it but it’s just not the book for you. I really wanted to like this one. It just didn’t make me feel anything. I think that this is the sort of book that should make you feel… something… and it really missed that for me. That emotional response piece isn’t something that I can pinpoint. It’s intangible. It’s not something that I can define. It just wasn’t there for me.
Despite my weird, indescribable, hesitancy with this book, I still think you should read it. Â Give this book a chance and let me know what you think about it!
Shannon Parker lives on the Atlantic coast with a house full of boys. SheÂ’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 laughterÂ—ideally, at the same time. The Girl Who Fell is her first novel. Find her at www.shannonmparker.com
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