Review: The Girl Who Fell by S. M. Parker

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For high school senior Zephyr Doyle, high school life has always been about playing hockey, getting good grades that are Boston College worthy, and spending time with her best friends Gregg and Lizzie. With graduation looming, Zephyr can’t help but feel a major case of separation anxiety, even if leaving her hometown of Sudbury has been on her mind for years.

Home hasn’t exactly been the happiest place on earth ever since Zephyr’s dad upped and left. It’s like walking on eggshells every time her mom is around, even if she puts up a brave front for her. And with the last year of high school finally here, Zephyr feels like she’s losing everything that has kept her sane and happy. Everything is changing, everyone is leaving, and she has never been more terrified of the future.

Until good-looking and enigmatic transfer student Alec enters the picture.

For the first time in a long time, Zephyr cannot get a boy out of her mind. There’s something so sexy and mysterious about Alec that draws her to him. Maybe it’s the fact that he also plays hockey and will be joining Sudbury High’s hockey team as a starting goaltender. Maybe it’s the fact that she forgets to function like a normal girl whenever he’s around. Or maybe it’s the fact that out of all the girls in school, he picked her.

Things with Alec get serious pretty fast, and soon Zephyr finds herself ditching hockey events, cancelling best friend dates with Lizzie, and skipping dinner with her mom. Pretty soon, she is making one stupid decision after another and ignoring all the warning signs.

Until everything starts making sense, and Zephyr finally realizes that Alec may not have the best intentions for her after all.

I give this book two stars. One for trying to address the issue of abusive, manipulative relationships that can happen as early as high school. Another star for trying to be a scary, compelling, and suspenseful read. I just wish I liked Zephyr and hated Alec more. I just wish this book was more believable and more realistic.

I, too, was a high school senior once, but even I wouldn’t be that stupid to throw away my life plans just because of a boy. I couldn’t get past that character flaw, to be honest. Alec wasn’t even that irresistible enough. Come. On.

There were good moments, sure, but overall, it was a predictable tale. The suspense fell short, but this book was successful in its attempt to warn teenage girls that no guy should ever manipulate, terrorize, and abuse you in any way, ever. Ever!

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Burn for Burn Trilogy by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

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Lillia Cho is rich, smart, beautiful, and popular. She also knows her childhood best friend, Alex Lind, is in love with her. He’s also rich, smart, handsome, and popular. He’s one of her oldest, most dependable, and most trusted friends. Unfortunately, she just doesn’t feel anything romantic for him. So when Lillia finds out that Alex has his sights set on her younger sister Nadia, and that something went down during one of their many wild parties, Lillia swears he’ll be sorry he ever laid a hand on her sister.

Kat DeBrassio used to be friends with the most popular girls in school, Rennie Holtz and Lillia Cho. They were thick as thieves, and summers were always a blast. Until queen bee Rennie decided to stop being her friend shortly after Kat’s mother died of cancer. Rennie chose Lillia. And if that wasn’t awful enough, Rennie made Kat’s life a living hell from then on. She bullied and spread malicious rumors about her just because she wanted to. One day, Kat decides that she’s had enough. It’s time for Rennie to have a dose of her own medicine.

Mary Zane has been holding on to the humiliation and heartbreak caused by her erstwhile friend Reeve Tabatsky for years. That fateful day at the ferry dock is something that Mary will carry with her for the rest of her life. What hurts the most is that Reeve doesn’t even know how much damage he’s caused. He’s still loved by all, still popular, still good-looking, his life so full of excitement, and his future so filled with promise. But he can’t get away with what he did. It’s time people knew what a horrible person he truly is. And Mary Zane is back to make sure that he pays for what he did. No matter what.

These three girls are brought together by their desire for revenge. They cannot do it on their own, but together, they can plot the sneakiest, juiciest, and most flawless revenge plan.

What can I say? It’s wild, shameless, and fun — I loved it! I wanted to hate it simply because these teenagers are horrible. All they do is drink, party, sleep around, and hate on each other. But those things are what actually make this trilogy such a delicious read. Plenty of booze, boyfriends, bitches, and bestfriendships here. And oh, not to mention revenge plots and ghost stories that will have your heart racing and your hands clammy.

Don’t be quick to hate because there’s more to Lillia, Kat, and Mary than meets the eye. It’s not all about boys and catfights. It’s not all about fun and games, either. It also talks about serious issues like date rape, suicide, sex, and depression. They look like a mindless read, judging from the book covers, but I can’t say that they totally sucked. I enjoyed reading them and didn’t think for one minute I wasted all those hours for nothing.

The ending leaves a lot to be desired, but I can’t really talk about it without spoiling it for you. Now that I’ve finished reading all three books, I actually miss the rich and beautiful people of Jar Island. Especially Kat and Reeve. It really sucks that they’re not real, because in my head, we’re like BFFs. Once again, I’ve managed to crush on a fictional high school quarterback, who’s an asshole most of the time, but really sweet and romantic when nobody’s looking. And once again, I have to break up with these book characters and move on to my next book. Oh, I hurt.