There is a trend in Young Adult fiction to use dark themes and or characters. Falling into Place by Amy Zhang would definitely be part of that category, although it is an overly simple categorization.
Falling into Place is the story of Liz Emerson, a popular, well-liked high-schooler. However, not all is as it seems on the surface. The story is told in pieces, often out of order, but it’s not distracting. It actually helps the reader get a bigger picture of what’s going on. Liz may be popular, but she has problems, many of them caused by her popularity or what she’s done to become and stay popular.
It is a dark and often harsh story, but one that probably needs to be told more often–about consequences and broken people. It is not all dark, though, which makes Falling into Place an even better book.There is hope and forgiveness, as there can be in real life.
I would recommend this book, especially for anyone who thinks they’d like to be popular. We never really know what’s going on in someone else’s head. Perhaps it’s best not to summarily judge and mock others.