Thursday, April 28, 2016

Review: The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker

Release date: March 1st 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
His obsession. Her fall.

Zephyr Doyle is focused. Focused on leading her team to the field hockey state championship and attending 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…


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.

*Received a physical copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Girl Who Fell is an interesting story with a plot that many can relate to. Zephyr is like any other teenager who had everything planned out; from where she wanted to go to college to what she wanted to do there. She seemed pretty level-headed and just overall a smart girl. So when things started with Alec and he had her changing herself and re-arranging plans to make him happy, many would want to call her foolish but if you analyze her situation and the issues she had with her father's sudden departure, then maybe you could understand her. I did, so I couldn't really be mad at her for wanting to do everything to make Alec happy, even consider giving up her dream for him. That is certainly realistic and in a situation like that, many girls do such a thing. 

From the moment he came into the picture, Alec have me suspicious. There was something about him that didn't seem right, and the fact that he had her pushing her friends away to please him was just terrible. Zephyr hadn't experienced a serious relationship before, so that sort of caused her to not see how wrong Alec was for her in so many ways. There were little signs here and there, but her infatuation (because what she felt was too soon and just wasn't love) blinded her. The problem with her father may have played a part in her staying with Alec too. But I was happy that she finally came to her senses (even though it took her too long) and that she was able to see that she deserved better. Her friends were awesome in the way that they held on to their friendship and tried to help Zephyr. So happy she found happiness in the end after all.

I felt like Zephyr's character was a great depiction of many in real life. The author did a good job in the way she started their relationship to the way it ended. The writing is fluid and the overall intense feeling of the story was chilling. My issue is that it kinda dragged out a bit and what happened in the end was sort of abrupt. But still, a good story that many may relate to, and probably might save themselves from the same horror before it's too late. 

Shannon M. ParkerAbout the Author
Shannon Parker lives on the Atlantic coast in 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. 


  1. this book may be a bit hard for me. I would want to knock the girl out and say really what are you thinking. But it may surprise me in the end. Glad to see you enjoyed it.

    1. It was so frustrating situation because as the reader you see the signs easily, similar to outside looking in. But the person in the situation is finding it hard to walk away. It's a good read. Hope you'll give it a read :)

  2. Abrupt endings are so hard for me!! Still sounds like a good story - Great review!


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