Book Review: The Girl Who Fell

Posted April 11, 2016 by Maryam in book review, Maryam / 2 Comments

Book Review: The Girl Who FellThe Girl Who Fell by S.M. Parker
Published by Simon and Schuster on March 1st 2016
Genres: young adult, contemporary, romance
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

In this gripping debut novel, 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 Doyle 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 Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book kinda took me by surprise. I mean, really. My emotions are in a turmoil over this book, so I shall try my best to write a coherent review.


I dived into this book wanting to love it, hoping it would be amazing, awesome, blow my mind into a million pieces. Why? Because that cover is amaaaazing. And yes, I totally judged a book by its cover. So imagine my surprise, when ten percent into this book and I hated it. Wait, no I didn’t hate it. Instead, I hate the main character. Zephyr. She was so irritating, whiny and too in love. I was horrified by her actions, how BLINDED she was by it all, how much disgust I felt towards her. I wanted to DNF this book, trust me, I so wanted to. But I didn’t. I wanted to know what would happen at the end. So I kept on reading.

And I surprised myself again for liking this book. Maybe even loving it a little. She fell. That’s what the cover was trying to say. This wasn’t about a girl who found her happy ending. This was about a girl who fell. And damn, did she fall really hard.

I suddenly realised that the whole point of the main character acting that way was because well, that’s the whole point? HAHA wait, let me explain it. We fall in love, every time. Whether it’s right or wrong. And even if it’s wrong, how aware are we of it? So me, being the reader, I’m the outsider. Like, I KNOW for a fact that it’s toxic. But Zeph? She didn’t.

And and before you mutter about how crazy I sounded now, you have to admit. The last 50 percent of the book made up for the annoyingness of the first 50 percent. I’m serious. This book is good. IT’S REALLY GOOD. And that’s why it went from 2 stars to 4 stars, for me. I mean, it would have been 5 stars if the main character hadn’t acted like a bumbling idiot who I would love to smack. BUT GUYS, the moral behind this story, IT’S REALLY GOOD.

I mean, y’all need to read it. And if you read it, give it a chance. Finish it. Okie?


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