The Girl Who Fell
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The Girl Who Fell

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In this gripping debut novel, 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 Doyle 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.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 356 pages
  • 140 x 211 x 33mm | 408g
  • SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Simon Pulse
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1481437259
  • 9781481437257
  • 1,178,129

Review quote

The opening pages find the protagonist Zephyr in a dark house, alone, and about to come face to face with a tormentor. Flash back to three months earlier. Senior year is not exactly perfect with Zephyr's dad suddenly taking off, but at least her field hockey team is on track for playoffs, and hopefully an acceptance letter from Boston College will arrive soon. Having the new cute guy, Alec, take an interest doesn't hurt, either. As Zephyr's relationship with Alec intensifies, her friendships suffer. His jealousy and insecurity weave a dangerous web, threatening to trap Zephyr. When he turns physically violent, the teen's friends step up to help her realize she needs out. Ending the relationship won't be easy. Parker expertly presents the complexity of abusive relationships. Having Zephyr, an intelligent, strong-willed, and practical character, trapped by a manipulative abuser illustrates how dating violence and abuse can happen to anyone. As for the often misdirected question "How does someone let this happen?" Zephyr never makes a conscious decision to let Alec control her. She finds herself justifying his manipulative behaviors as love. She is slowly pushed to and past her personal limits, emotionally and even sexually. Parker's powerful cautionary tale highlights a terrifying reality for many teens. Zephyr's story outlines warning signs that may be a lifesaver to others in similar situations. VERDICT-An invaluable addition to any collection.--School Library Journal *STARRED REVIEW* "January 1, 2016 "show more

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