Because I’ve had access to a library for the first time in over 6 months I have been reading a ton of books. I recently hit 110 books! I’ve been reading a lot of YA books recently, because a lot of blogs that I follow have been recommending YA. Now I haven’t particularly happy with the books I’ve been reading I would say a good 95% of the YA books I’ve read these two months have been disappointing, boring, or cliche, or all of the above. I’m a firm believer that no matter how old you are, you can enjoy all types of books. You can be 90 and enjoy kid’s lit and YA. Or you could be (like I was) 15-16 and be in love with 19th century Russian writers. Books are books and they are meant for all ages.
But recently I’ve been feeling that I’ve just outgrown YA. The stories are no longer as appealing to me, and what’s worse, the aren’t convincing.
So I won’t go into all of my woes, instead I want to talk to you about a YA book that I loved.
WARNING: Minor spoilers ahead.
Today I finished this book here, titled “Falling Into Place”. Hello emotions and feels! I really really enjoyed this book.
Why you ask? Well let me tell you. First of all the writing was great. The POV is told from someone who is outside of the story (I won’t tell you who) which makes it really cool. The POV for this book hooked me right away.
The second reason I really liked this book is that the characters are real. Liz, Kennie and Julia were really believable characters. Why were they real? Because they had pretty terrible lives, lives that they ruined themselves. Liz and her friends consistently ruin other people’s lives in the book, Julia has a drug problem and even Kennie has a story that’s heartbreaking (but I won’t get into this because spoilers!)
You don’t love the main character in this book, I didn’t at least, and I would be extremely surprised if anyone does. But you do feel for her. Liz is raw. She’s unlikable and she’s just tried to commit suicide. So if the characters are unlikable why should you read this book? For me, this book made me think. It made me think about how I treat people, do I give them the respect they deserve, or do I treat people like crap? In the book Liz sufferers from bulimia, she treats her body and herself with zero respect. This made me think about how I treat my body and myself.
I like books that make me think, and this was definitely one of those books. Now I’m not saying it’s a profound book, but it isn’t your average story with no point.
Also until the last few pages you don’t know how the story is going to end. Amy Zhang’s plot is almost flawless, she brings in characters at the right time and she doesn’t give away all of the secrets in the first half.
Sometimes I feel like YA books make high school seem like such an awesome time of boyfriends and finding yourself and true love. But high school usually isn’t like that, and I felt the “Falling Into Place” really showed this.
So to conclude I gave this book 5 stars, I really enjoyed it and I recommend it to you all.
Have you read this book? Did you like, or hate it? What have you been reading recently? Let me know in the comments! 🙂