Parker, S.M. The Girl Who Fell, 356 pgs. Simon Pulse, 2016. $17.99 Content: Language: R (87 swears; 17 F); Mature Content: R; Violence: PG-13.
Zephyr is a successful lacrosse captain and has two great best friends. Her parent’s marriage is strained ever since Zephyr’s dad left them, but is now trying to come back. When the new hottie, Alec, starts to pay attention to Zephyr she loves the way he makes her feel understood and loved and she starts to choose Alec over the things that have been most important in her life up until him.
If you read the back cover, inside flap or the 1st chapter of this book, there is no need to continue reading as far as the plot is concerned. Because a bulk of the book is already known, it makes reading it predictable and boring. Alec is manipulative, dark and creepy and the amount of emotional abuse is hard to read. It’s hard to watch Zephyr give up her drams and hide the abuse. The message of this book is important and it helps give young love a warning, but the content was rated R.
HS – OPTIONAL. Reviewer, C. Peterson.