- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Simon Pulse (March 1 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781481437257
- ISBN-13: 978-1481437257
- ASIN: 1481437259
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 962 g
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,241,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Girl Who Fell Hardcover – Mar 1 2016
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"Cinematic and compelling, Parker’s The Girl Who Fell is terrifyingly vivid and breathless. This is an action-packed story that is impossible to put down or forget." (Carrie Jones, New York Times and International Bestselling Author of the NEED series)
“The Girl Who Fell grabbed me in the very first paragraph and never let me go. An honest, raw, thought-provoking story that tackles a heartbreaking issue with grace and strength. Absolutely beautiful.” (Marci Lyn Curtis, author of The One Thing)
“Love. Devotion. Manipulation. THE GIRL WHO FELL is a heart-wrenching, realistic story of one girl’s journey to reclaim her life… and her heart from the boy she swore to love forever.” (Trisha Leaver, author of The Secrets We Keep)
The opening pages find the protagonist Zephyr in a dark house, alone, and about to come face to face with a tormentor. Flash back to three months earlier. Senior year is not exactly perfect with Zephyr’s dad suddenly taking off, but at least her field hockey team is on track for playoffs, and hopefully an acceptance letter from Boston College will arrive soon. Having the new cute guy, Alec, take an interest doesn’t hurt, either. As Zephyr’s relationship with Alec intensifies, her friendships suffer. His jealousy and insecurity weave a dangerous web, threatening to trap Zephyr. When he turns physically violent,the teen’s friends step up to help her realize she needs out. Ending the relationship won’t be easy. Parker expertly presents the complexity of abusive relationships. Having Zephyr, an intelligent, strong-willed, and practical character, trapped by a manipulative abuser illustrates how dating violence and abuse can happen to anyone. As for the often misdirected question “How does someone let this happen?” Zephyr never makes a conscious decision to let Alec control her. She finds herself justifying his manipulative behaviors as love. She is slowly pushed to and past her personal limits, emotionally and even sexually. Parker’s powerful cautionary tale highlights a terrifying reality for many teens. Zephyr’s story outlines warning signs that may be a lifesaver to others in similar situations. VERDICT-An invaluable addition to any collection. (School Library Journal *STARRED REVIEW* January 1, 2016)
Zephyr goes into her senior year knowing what she wants: a spot at her dream school, Boston College, and maybe even a place on their field hockey team. Most of all, she wants to get out of her small town, and that means no distractions. But when Zephyr meets Alec, she is willing to give a high-school romance a try. Soon, though, Alec reveals himself to be a jealous boyfriend, and with that jealousy comes danger. Parker takes well-tread themes, like small-town suffocation and love, and twists them into something ugly and fresh. The mounting suspense and pervasive sense of fear during the scenes when Alec becomes violent smack of the best kind of thriller, and the novel’s well-drawn characters add dimension to its taut atmosphere. The result isn’t a cautionary tale so much as a heart-pounding portrait of what it takes to escape from an abusive relationship. Teens who like edgier realistic fiction will be drawn to Zephyr’s story. — Molly Horan (Booklist February 1, 2015)
"S.M. Parker’s The Girl Who Fell isn’t just an entertaining contemporary YA novel. This gripping story of manipulation and abuse marks the first great book of March, and it’s a shoe-in for one of the best reads this year." (BookRiot)
"This debut novel will appeal to fans of Alex Finn’s Breathing Underwater (HarperCollins, 2001/VOYA June 2001) and other novels that explore abusive relationships. . . . Readers will identify with the strong female characters and the conflict Zephyr feels as her romance descends into something more sinister." (VOYA)
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About the Author
S.M. Parker lives on the coast of Maine with her husband and sons. She works as a literacy advocate and holds degrees from three New England universities. She can usually be found rescuing dogs, chickens, old houses, and wooden boats. She has a weakness for chocolate chip cookies and ridiculous laughter—ideally at the same time. The Girl Who Fell was her first novel. Find her at ShannonMParker.com.See all Product description
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Nonetheless, I gave this 4 stars because I could not stop reading! Compelling.
When Zephyr meets Alec, new boy and hockey player extraordinaire, she’s immediately drawn to him. How can she not be? He’s sweet, sensitive, and…sizzling hot. But eclipsing all that, Alec GETS what it’s like to be abandoned by your father. He understands her in ways nobody else can. This shared bond is immediate, and soon the two are caught up in the most intense kind of love. Except…
Slowly and subtly, with Parker’s authentic and addictive prose, I watched a strong and independent girl begin to change. I watched as Alec, brick by manipulative brick, isolates her from all the things she once held dear. I watched—with my heart in my freaking throat—as Zephyr became imprisoned without even realizing it was happening. Until things spin violently out of control.
And that’s what makes this story so chilling and compelling—its REALNESS. We have all known someone, or perhaps had our own brush with manipulation that masquerades as love. Blinded by how good it feels to be needed and wanted. Flattered to be someone’s everything. But at what cost? When does an intoxicating love become toxic?
Parker’s stunning debut explores all this and more. Quite simply, this story left me breathless. Such a raw, powerful, and thought-provoking journey! A journey that shows you can never fall so far that you cannot rise again. I wished my teen self had this book in her life.
I cannot recommend this book enough! I predict more powerful stories from this emerging author and can't wait to devour them all!!!
Ask author Shannon Parker what she thinks of THE GIRL WHO FELL and she will tell you it's a dark kissing book. And boy, she's not wrong. But it also has such lightness to it that you just need to experience in order to understand what I mean.
Zephyr is on the fast track to success: good grades, amazing athlete, and the best friends anyone could ask for. But then she meets Alec and gets caught up in a whirlwind romance that takes her by surprise. Throughout the book she has to learn for herself what "true love" really means.
I went into this one knowing that it was going to be a rough go. From the synopsis I knew it was going to be a toxic, abusive romance. And THE GIRL WHO FELL didn't pull punches. And really, it shouldn't because this sort of thing happens all the time. Don't get me wrong, usually when you first get into a relationship, your new boy/girlfriend becomes the centre of your world, but if they are telling you that you can't hang out with other people that is where the issue arises.
I think what I loved (and was scared of) the most was that even though I knew what was happening and that Zephyr was spiraling downward into making bad decisions, I could understand why she was making those decisions. I could understand her wanting to forgive Alec for his behaviour and why she kept going back. The majority of this is Parker's writing. Because I knew how bad Alec was, I knew he was responsible for all these things and yet I STILL understood why Zephyr was head over heels and blind to it all.
My only complaint is that I would have liked more of the panic. The panic when you have plans with this abuser and are with another friend or family member and you think you're going to be late, so you start to panic because you HAVE to be there or else you KNOW they will be mad at you. I wanted a little bit of that. I wanted Zephyr to feel the anxiety of Alec's wrath and rage. But, everything else was depicted so perfectly that this doesn't even really matter in the grand scheme of things.
I don't have much more I can say without spoiling it for you guys, but I highly recommend this one to everyone. It is a tough one to get through, especially if you have experienced it from one end or another, but it is so important to know that if you HAVE experienced it or know someone who has, that it DOES happen to other people. It isn't just you, you are not alone and someone will be willing to help you. I know it's hard to ask for help sometimes, but if you are feeling as though you need help, you've already made one giant leap and will be to safety soon. Pick this one up and, as weird as this sounds, you will thoroughly enjoy the experience.
Zephyr has a plan and is well on her way to achieving her plan of attending her dream school, Boston College. She works hard in both school, and on the field for her field hockey team, which she is trying to lead to state championship. But when a new boy in school catches her eye, and her heart, things start to take a different path.
Alec seems perfect. Cute, charming, and he doesn't judge Zephyr. She finds it incredibly easy to open up to Alec and trust him with her secrets, but slowly Zephyr starts to realize that maybe this isn't love. Maybe things have gotten completely out of control and she needs to get that control back.
I can barely put into words the emotion this book brought up in me while I was reading it and just how much I loved this novel. It was everything I was hoping for and more. This is a novel that everyone should read, as things like this do happen and it is so very raw and real. At times the story made me feel slightly uncomfortable to be reading because toxic relationships like this are something that happen every day in the world but stories that are as real as this one, are stories we need in the YA genre.
If something like this has happened to you or is happening to you, you need to know that you are not alone. This is happening to others or has happened to others and there are people willing to help you.
I will be adding this novel to the vault, and highly encourage everyone to read this novel. 5 beautifully, wonderful stars to The Girl Who Fell and Shannon M. Parker.