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.
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Release Date: March 1, 2016
Genre: Young Adult. Contemporary Romance. Abuse.
Sale: At this time, this book is only $1.99
The Girl Who Fell is an excellent and realistic portrayal of teenage dating violence. It details the warning signs associated with it and how it all starts- the manipulation, isolation, emotional abuse, and finally the physical violence. Many individuals, especially those who are within the YA population, can take something away from this book- even I did and I am 31 years old! It's just an all around fantastic novel and I really couldn't recommend it enough to fellow readers.
The story starts off with a little scene that is taken from the end of the book which is essentially the culmination of the violence. For me, this is an excellent way for the book to start because it causes not only foreboding for the readers themselves but allows us to see that dating violence doesn't just start with a punch. There are a myriad of events and characteristics that lead up to it. So, with it starting off like this, we KNOW how the story is going to play out but are left in the dark as to how it got to this point- which to me, makes a lot of sense for the story.-
Another thing that I liked about this book is how normal the characters are. They don't come off as being these uber popular kids with the world handed to them. Instead, they are your boy and girl next door types. Zephyr for example is your average teenager who just wants to go to college. She could care less about boyfriends and all the drama that comes with it, so instead, she focuses on her dreams of attending college in Boston while keeping up her grades and friendships in the meantime. Alec- the villain- is at first seemingly normal. He goes to school, plays on the hockey team, and is attending Michigan State in the fall. But, underneath all the charm is something dangerous. And unfortunately for Zephyr, she doesn't realize what is happening until it's too late.
Without giving any more of the story away, I will leave it at that. This is honestly just the type of book that needs to be read on it's own. Just be aware that it is going to pull the emotions right out of you. Sure, it may not make you CRY but you will FEEL something.