If there is one niche that Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang falls into, it’s probably the “I’m looking for books like If I Stay” category. Or, in a larger sense, the “I’m looking for books that are about life-or-death choices” category. This would be a good book to share with large groups of teens (because after all, hasn’t everyone thought about life-or-death choices?) and it would also be a solid choice for book discussion groups.
Liz Emerson thought that her death would be quick and easy. She thought that she would drive her Mercedes off the road in a spot where she would die instantly and where her family members wouldn’t find her. But she miscalculated, and now she’s alive — barely.
Liz Emerson was one of the most well-known girls in school, but not always for the right reasons. She had friends, she had acquaintances, and she had enemies. Maybe that’s why she tried to kill herself — because she didn’t always treat people the right way. Maybe it was because she was unhappy, or lonely, or drunk. But whatever the reason, she failed in her mission. Now she’s lying in the hospital with tubes and machines keeping her alive. She didn’t want her family or friends to see her like this, but now she doesn’t have a choice.
It might be too late for Liz, or maybe there’s still time to save her. Her broken body lying in the hospital bed is pulling at the emotions of all different kinds of people. Her best friends. The boy who loved her for years but never told her. Her classmates who envied her and hated her. While Liz’s life hangs in the balance, all of those people will have time to wonder: Who is Liz Emerson, really? And why would she try to kill herself?