Title: The Girl Who Fell
Author: Shannon M. Parker
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Synopsis: His obsession.
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.
Disclaimer: I received this novel on netgalley in exchange for an honest review and this in no way affects my opinion of the book.
Let me just start this review by saying OH MY WORD. This novel is PERFECTION. This novel started out light and fluffy but very quickly turns dark and scary.
Zephyr has a plan and is well on her way to achieving her plan of attending her dream school, Boston College. She works hard in both school, and on the field for her field hockey team, which she is trying to lead to state championship. But when a new boy in school catches her eye, and her heart, things start to take a different path.
Alec seems perfect. Cute, charming, and he doesn’t judge Zephyr. She finds it incredibly easy to open up to Alec and trust him with her secrets, but slowly Zephyr starts to realize that maybe this isn’t love. Maybe things have gotten completely out of control and she needs to get that control back.
I can barely put into words the emotion this book brought up in me while I was reading it and just how much I loved this novel. It was everything I was hoping for and more. This is a novel that everyone should read, as things like this do happen and it is so very raw and real. At times the story made me feel slightly uncomfortable to be reading because toxic relationships like this are something that happen every day in the world but stories that are as real as this one, are stories we need in the YA genre.
If something like this has happened to you or is happening to you, you need to know that you are not alone. This is happening to others or has happened to others and there are people willing to help you.
I will be adding this novel to the vault, and highly encourage everyone to read this novel. 5 beautifully, wonderful stars to The Girl Who Fell and Shannon M. Parker.