Review: The Girl Who Fell

Shannon M. Parker - The Girl Who Fell
Published: March 1, 2016 by Simon Pulse
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 320
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Rating: 1.5/5

High school senior Zephyr Doyle is swept off her feet—and into an intense and volatile relationship—by the new boy in school.

His obsession.

Her fall.

Zephyr is focused. Focused on leading her team to the field hockey state championship and leaving her small town for 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 … terrifying?

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. 
Gosh, this was exhausting.

I think my standards for 2016 YA have been abnormally high, so when I first heard of The Girl Who Fell, I didn't hesitate to add it to my wishlist. The gorgeous cover. The cryptic tagline. Oh my heart.

The first chapter is a prelude to the ending, which couldn’t be far from terrifying and more horror-movie cheesy. If you’ve ever seen When A Stranger Calls, you know what I’m talking about. The lights are flickering. The telephone goes dead. Zephyr wanders around her pitch-dark house, going: “H-Hello?” Horror Movie 101: LEAVE, fool.

Prior to that nonsense, Zephyr Doyle’s life couldn’t be better. She is co-captain of the field hockey team, has a lovely pair of best friends, and a lovely companion in her dog, Finn. But when Alec Lord moves to town, it doesn’t take her two seconds to fall for him. He has an accent. He’s blonde and ominous. And after her best friend, Gregg Slice, kisses her and confesses his (undying) love, she wants only Alec.

I’m going to sound like a total asshole for saying this, but Alec wasn’t so bad in the beginning. He was tolerable. Everyone has been saying: “omg he’s such a psycho. you can see it from the beginning.” and I was waiting for that moment, where I’d be automatically nauseated by him, but his freakishness doesn’t come until later.

Honestly, Alec isn’t psychotic. Well, kinda. He’s whiny. He’s childish. Like, who has the time for that type of relationship? Alec wanted to be with Zephyr all day, every day. Don’t you have a life outside your partner? Jeeeez. Also, Alec is an “exchange student.” But soon after he arrives at the school, he’s already on the ice hockey team with Gregg. He’d be ringing up her phone, quadruple-texting her, and forcing her to cancel hangouts with her friends. The sex scenes were so weird and awkward. Alec would be constantly wanting to re-dress her. What is she, a doll?

By the way, I couldn't with these last names. Slice. Lord. Gregg was constantly referred to by his last name – Slice – (i.e. “Slice is here!”) and it just made me think of pizza.

And Zephyr had sense. When Alec was trying to pull all that unnecessary BS on her, she'd be teasing him. If Zephyr were my friend and she was trying to drop me all the time to hang with her boo, I'd drop her as a friend. Her friends were too kind. Also, Zephyr was fooling. Trying to skip college to be with a boy. Are you kidding me?

The only reason this isn't a one-star, is because relationships like this do exist. Unfortunately, there are partners who act like this, so it's understandable to see Zephyr go through such turmoil. Obviously, not a recommend from me, but it's still a realistic portrayal of a girl in an ugly relationship.