Shannon M. Parker
Release Date: March 1st 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse
High school senior Zephyr Doyle is swept off her feet—and into an intense relationship—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 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 had NO idea what to expect from this book. I only read a handful of contemporary books every year (it’s not my default genre) but I was asked to read The Girl Who Fell by a good friend of mine Brittany at http://www.bookrambles.com/
I knew this book was going to be intense right from the get go. If you look at my Goodreads status updates it’ll give you a feel so my emotional state while reading this book.
The Book and Important Messages
The Girl Who Fell ended up being a really great, crazy, scary and intense read. But my biggest praise for this book overall is the subject matter of dealing with manipulation.
Merriam Webster defines to manipulate as: a: to manage or utilize skillfully b : to control or play upon by artful, unfair, or insidious means especially to one’s own advantage.
Zephyr is just a normal teenage high school student. She has friends and is a star field hockey player with hopes going to the only school she’s ever wanted to attend, Boston College.
But because of a boy her world falls upside down.
Manipulation is scary. I know it first hand with a family member of mine. They make YOU feel guilty if you don’t give them what they want. They make YOU look like the bad guy in all circumstances.
This book was exciting, full of intense hot romance and a strong warning about being careful who you throw your life into.
THIS IS A MUST READ FOR ALL TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS especially. Those are critical years where a person is developing who they are as a person and insecurities can drive behavior and choices.
Now don’t get me wrong, this book isn’t preachy. It isn’t boring. In fact it was really well done. I enjoyed the characters and the romance plus, it made me emotionally invest in this world. Below are a few tweets I made while reading this book.
A few gifs I tweeted during this book.
— Sarah K (@thebooktraveler) November 22, 2015
— Sarah K (@thebooktraveler) November 22, 2015
I gave this book a 4 star rating. So, if you enjoy contemporary this is a must read! If you sometimes read contemporary, like me, make sure this is on your list of books to read this year.
Interview with Shannon!
Hi Sarah! Thanks so much for having me on your blog today! You have been such a huge supporter of my debut and I could not thank you enough! Your energy and kindness is humbling!
1. What was the inspiration for The Girl Who Fell?
Teen girls. They are always my inspiration.
2. Your book did an amazing job showing what manipulation looks like in other people. Was this book written out of personal experience?
Thank you, Sarah! Manipulation is such a tricky and insidious thing so I’m glad it came across as true for you while you read. The Girl Who Fell is a work of fiction. While I have not experienced Zephyr’s story, it is absolutely inspired by true events. I have seen too many people use love as a way to justify the ways in which they manipulation or control their partner.
3. What message do you hope teens and adults to glean from this book?
I’m hesitant to state what message a person should take from a book because reading is so personal, subjective and endlessly interpretable. That said, I hope my book helps readers to see that love should never hurt.
4. How long did it take you to write The Girl Who Fell?
Hmm. This is a difficult one to answer because the book started out very differently and I shelved it for many years. When I returned to the story, it took about six months to finish a solid re-draft. Then I did a round of edits with my agent and two rounds of edits with my editor at Simon & Schuster. So I’d say roughly three years total? Including all copyedits and proof-reading before going to print.
5. The Girl Who Fell has a very eye-catching cover. What was it like working with the publisher on the cover?
A dream! The cover showed up in my inbox and I fell in love! I couldn’t believe how powerful and iconic it was (I STILL CAN’T)! We didn’t make any changes from that first cover design. I think I got really lucky. My team at Simon & Schuster is beyond amazing—a perfect fit for me and my writing career.
6. For fun: Are you a big fan of hockey and field hockey?
Hockey was huge in the high school I attended. Sorry, HUGE. So, yeah. I guess that left an impression. Plus, I was raised on a farm, complete with giant pond out back. Pick-up hockey was all day, every day in the winters. When I got to high school, I played field hockey because it was the closest thing I could get to the ice.
Shannon Parker lives on the Atlantic coast with 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. The Girl Who Fell is her first novel. Find her at www.shannonmparker.com
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