Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Drama Publication.Date September 9th 2014 Pages: 304 Published By: Greenwillow Books Author Amy Zhang Falling Into Place on Goodreads My review copy: Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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We lie on the red-checkered blanket with weeds and flowers all around us, caught in the fleece. Our breaths carry our dandelion wishes higher, higher, until they become the clouds we watch. Sometimes we looked for animals or ice cream cones or angels, but today we only lie there with our palms together and our fingers tangled, and we dream. We wonder what lies beyond.
One day, she will grow up and imagine death as an angel that will lend her wings, so she can find out.
Death, unfortunately, is not in the business of lending wings.
Once upon a time, it made Liz happy to TP a house with Julia and Kennie, to be invited to the best parties. Once upon a time, it made her happy to look down the social tower and see everyone below her. Once upon a time, it made her happy to stand here and see the entire sky above her.And tonight—tonight, that was what she wished for. She wished to be happy, and fell asleep with an entire sky watching over her.
Funny things, aren’t they? People. They’re so limited.
Seeing is believing and all that. As though watching Liz will keep her alive. As though by remembering, they know her, intimately. As though they guard all of her secrets, and by staying close, they can keep her safe.
I think it must be because they can only see so much of the world. All those boundaries—pupils to focus, lids to close, distances to cross, time to navigate.
Don’t they realize?
Thought exists everywhere.
What Julia doesn’t know is this: Liz knew. Liz had always known that the drug was tearing Julia’s life apart. She knew that it was her fault. She knew that the ziplock bags made Julia lonely, but she didn’t know how to help.
Some nights, Liz looked back and counted the bodies, all those lives she had ruined simply by existing. So she chose to stop existing.
She cannot bear to catch fireflies in jars. She hates zoos. She will not let her father teach her about constellations, because she will not trap the stars. She lives in a world made entirely of sky.