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Sunday, February 15, 2015

[GIVEAWAY] NICOLE'S REVIEW + Novel Nails #24: Falling into Place by Amy Zhang

Title: Falling into Place
Author: Amy Zhang
Format Acquired: Paperback
Publication Date: September 9 2014
Publishing House:  Greenwillow Books
ISBN: 978006236788
Source of Copy: Fully Booked


Inertia, force, mass, gravity, velocity, acceleration...cause and effect. Liz Emerson doesn't understand any of it. But I do. I understand how we fall. Where we fall. Why we fall. I understand her sadness and loneliness and silence, her shattered heart. It doesn't have to be this way, does it? It wasn't always this way was it?

Stay alive, Liz Emerson, stay alive.

        (Image and information courtesy of Goodreads; Summary lifted from actual book)


I never really expected to like this book, I don’t really do well with books tackling suicide but I have to give credit where it’s due. Amy Zhang’s Falling into Place is an incredibly heartfelt and poignant story written in a nonlinear fashion that tells the story of one Liz Emerson’s life - the small seemingly inconsequential instances and the heartbreaking events that led to her decision to kill herself.

There is no doubt that I love this book despite the fact that I am not a fan of the main character. Which is surprising because Liz Emerson is NOT in the least bit likable. I get that she’s got her issues and she’s got a lot to deal with, depression is no laughing matter, but I never really understood her. I never really GOT her. I felt for her, I really did but she was just really unlikable and mean and a general b-word I just couldn’t! It was hard because she was a terrible person who was doing crappy things to people and ruining lives and bullying, bullying, and bullying. But she continued to do what she did despite the fact that she admitted to being a horrible human being and continued feeling sorry for herself. Rinse, lather repeat.

I may not like Liz Emerson but I have to admit that Amy Zhang crafts incredibly realistic characters. And Liz, despite all her negative points had the potential to be something more. Julia and Kennie were also very strong secondary characters and it was fascinating to see how they affected and influenced Liz and vice versa. Then there’s the boy who’s been crushing on Liz from afar, Liam. His story was quite surprising since he was a victim of Liz’s scheming and yet he managed to find it in himself to forgive her, to understand her.

There’s an air of suspense to this book, like as if at any given moment everything could come crashing down. Zhang’s book is a definite recommend although if you’re in the market for something light and fun this isn’t it. Falling into Place is like a slap to the face, a reminder of how the littlest of actions can cause a ripple that results in a tidal wave and because of this book I feel like I should be better. Could be better. Will be better.


"Novel Nails" is a feature of the blog that showcases nail art inspired by books and their covers. Nail art will be created by either Michelle or Nicole and will be featured alongside their reviews.

Here's a set inspired by the book. For more pictures and details on the mani visit my nail art blog HERE.


It's giveaway time! Good luck to everyone joining and I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did! Thank you also to the awesome people over at Fully Booked for making this happen. 

Terms and Conditions:

1. The contest is open to Philippine residents only and will be shipped by Nicole via Xend. Likewise, The Twins Read will not be held liable for any lost / damaged packages.

2. You must be 13 years old and above to join. Please ask your parent/guardian to join the giveaway for you, if you aren't.

3. If you only use ONE account to do all these tasks and enter under different names, they will still only constitute as ONE entry. 

4. If the winner does not respond to messages via Facebook, or e-mail within 48 hours, The Twins Read has the right to choose another legible winner.


  1. this is on my tbr list and your review makes me want to read this book asap :)

  2. Hi! I really like this book and unfortunately I don't have enough money to buy one. I'm really glad that you're going to give one! Your review is really helpful and I can't wait to have my own copy. I wish to win this giveaway contest!

    1. We're giving away two copies of the book. Double the chances, yeah? Fingers crossed that you win. Good luck!!

  3. Ack! I accidentally missed that this was a Philippines only contest and can't figure out how to back out. Help?

    1. Don't worry, we'll take care of it. Thanks for the heads up!

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    Have a good day! xoxo

  5. I hate Physics. :) But when I saw this book I want to have it on my own. But then I couldn't find a copy in the nearest bookstore here. So I can't read it. Now I'm given a chance, I'm hoping I'll win.
    Your review made want to read it more. It sound amazing.

  6. Hello Nicole. Fullybooked twitter brought me here.

    Gosh, I love your nail arts. Am currently going thru your other blog to admire your creations. You inspired me to do nail arts as my next learning project. Currently addicted to learning hair braids.

    Thanks for the giveaway. More power!

    1. Awesome! And thank you! Hope you have tons of fun creating nail art like I do. Good luck!

  7. Cool feature! I wish I can create nail art like you. LOL. Anyway, thank you for the giveaway! I've been wanting to read this novel and winning will give me time to read this!

  8. This has been on my to- read list ever since I saw it in the bookstore a long time ago. I really hope i'll win this giveaway!!
    Btw, those nails are so fab!!

    1. Good luck! And thank you! Falling into Place really is an amazing book.

  9. Thank you so much po for this giveaway!! I have read the book because a good friend of mine lent her copy so I would really love to finally have my own copy and I am hoping to win. Thanks again <3 The nail art rocks!