Release Date: March 1st 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse
Synopsis:His obsession.Her fall.High school senior Zephyr Doyle is swept off her feet—and into an intense relationship—by the new boy in school.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.
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This book was exciting in the ways it challenged our expectations and preconception about the YA genre. I feel privileged to be part of the blog tour. I want to share with you how this book turned tropes around on its head – as well as give you two book-inspired iPhone wallpapers to take away!
5 Ways THE GIRL WHO FELL Destroyed YA Tropes
1. The Side Characters’ Lives Doesn’t Revolve Around The Protagonist
It’s so often the case in YA that many side characters lose their agency, only fulfilling their purpose in the plot as either a dispenser of advice, or a motivation for the protagonist. We hardly glimpse at their own ambitions and plans. Their only goal seem to be servicing the main character in their story.
Zephyr’s best friend, Lizzie, defies this role. Yes, she’s an excellent friend who dispenses many warnings and advice, always steadfast and loyal. But she also has her own life outside: working towards her goal in becoming a journalist, and dealing with her own long distance relationship. Similarly, Gregg has his own group of friends and his own agency. They both love her, but they also love themselves – and that note made the book all the more authentic.
2. Family Members Don’t Magically Vanish Into Thin Air
I was impressed with how many parental figures there were in the book. Not just Zephyr’s, but also the presence of Gregg’s large and loving family. So often, books dispense with pesky parents in order to allow the protagonist more freedom in the plot. However, the author weaves the parents into the narrative and make them integral to the story. It also reminds us that it’s not just the poor, abandoned orphan that struggles with abuse from their partner. Sometimes, it could be that one girl with the seemingly charmed life.
3. The Main Character Has Real Life Goals
While in many books, I find it hard to imagine the life of the protagonist after the last page is turned: for their motivation and goals tend to lead to the endpoint of the novel – I could imagine Zephyr’s life well beyond the last sentence. She felt all the more real with her multitude of commitments: her passion for Hockey, her desire to go to Boston College. A sense of realism and depth is conveyed when I realise that Zephyr is more than a girl in the pages, she could be a real human being. Which makes her tragedy in this novel all the more alarming.
2. The Beautiful, Sweet Talking Stranger Is Too Good To Be True
If you’re like me, you’d be ready to roll your eyes every time you read about that handsome stranger who smoulders from across the room. You know the one, he pops up out of nowhere, he’s utterly gorgeous, he finds you quirky and charming and the so different to other girls. I felt strangely satisfied when this trope begins to turn on its head, and the perfect Alec increasingly unsettles the reader by his subtly controlling ways. I want to give this book to all the teenage girls in my life, the message it sends is relevant and crucial.
1. Romantic Love Isn’t The Be All And End All
I’ve seen this discussion numerous times on the blogosphere, so I know I’m not alone in how YA as a genre is predominated by all-consuming romantic love. There are teen protagonists all over who find their one true love in high school, and pledge eternal and everlasting commitment before the trilogy is over. While I am a huge fan of romance, I also love this book for taking a stance that you should not lose yourself in it. You need to be your own person. You need to value and treasure all the other meaningful relationships in your life as well. So, thank you, Shannon M Parker, for writing this novel.
iPhone 6 Wallpapers
Shannon Parker lives on the Atlantic coast with a house full of boys. She’s traveled to over three dozen countries and has a few dozen more to go. She works in education and can usually be found rescuing dogs, chickens, old houses and wooden boats. Shannon has a weakness for chocolate chip cookies and ridiculous laughter—ideally, at the same time. The Girl Who Fell is her first novel. Find her at www.shannonmparker.com
Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram
Thanks to the publisher for hosting this giveaway!
Blog Tour Schedule
Interested in more thoughts about The Girl Who Fell? Check out the rest of the blogs on this tour! All are certified awesome.
Tuesday, Jan 12: Blessie @ Mischievous Reads Dreamcast
Wednesday, Jan 13: Emily @ Emily Reads Everything Review
Thursday, Jan 14: Bex @ Aurelia Lit Review
Friday, Jan 15: Tika @ Fangirl Confessions Movie Playlist
Saturday, Jan 16: Kristen @ My Friends Are Fiction Review
Sunday, Jan 17: Melanie @ One Less Lonely Blog Review + Interview
Monday, Jan 18: Cyra @ Rattle The Pages Review + 5 Reasons You Need to Read TGWF
Tuesday, Jan 19: Jocelyn @ Novels and Necklaces Interview
Wednesday, Jan 20: Cat @ Let the Pages Reign Review
Thursday, Jan 21: Aentee @ Read at Midnight 5 Ways TGWF Destroyed YA Tropes + iPhone wallpapers
Friday, Jan 22: Brittany @ Brittany‘s Book Rambles Review + Interview
Saturday, Jan 23: Joey @ Another After Thought Review
Sunday, Jan 24: Stefani @ Caught Read Handed Review + Interview
Monday, Jan 25: Hanna @ Two Sister’s Blogging Review
Tuesday, Jan 26: Michella @ YA Books Girl Review + Playlist
Wednesday, Jan 27: Michelle @ Dreaming of Alba Review
Thursday, Jan 28: Jamie @ Books and Ladders Review + Interview
Friday, Jan 29: Eileen @ BookCatPin Review
Saturday, Jan 30: Brian @ Brian’s Book Thoughts Review
Sunday, Jan 31: Sarah @ The YA Book Traveler Review + Interview
33 thoughts on “Blog Tour: The Girl Who Fell + Giveaway + iPhone WallPaper”
well, I already wanted to read it bad, but now I NEED IT!! 😉
I didn’t know that book existed before, and, just for that sentence “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.”, I need to add it to my TBR. I love all the points you made in this post, too, and it makes me want to read it even more. I’m going to add it to my TBR right away!
Those wallpapers are gorgeous! And sorry for asking, if you’ve said it somewhere or something, but would you take requests, to do these kinds of wallpapers for special books? 🙂
Thank you so much for this discovery, Aentee! ❤
First of all I’ve been dying to read this book for a while, I’m so glad you loved it! Is this giveaway international?
I am kind of in love with this cover (and with your wallpapers). Plus your 5 ways make it look like an awesome novel. If only I wasnt repeatedly disappointed by Simon Pulse titles and if only I didnt swore to avoid their books in near future. I am seriously reconsidering this desiiton after reading this post!
Also…I’m so eager to read this book after hearing how unique it is. YA sociology is one of my favorite genres with Laurie Halse Anderson being my favorite writer. Looking forward to falling in love with S. M. Parker’s writing too 😄
These are the best tropes to defy. Exciting!
I loved how you designed this blog tour, and the wallpapers are fabulous!
Those iPhone backgrounds are utterly gorgeous!
I’m glad to see that this book is a little different. I’ll admit that I’m a little on the fence about it, but I might check it out of the library so I can read it. 🙂
Your wallpapers are gorgeous.
I really want to read this one. I guess it’s because I’m reading YA as a grown up, but a lot of times the dynamics of relationships in books really bother me. I think waaay too often female protagonists end up in situations where their is a drastically uneven balance of power and I hate it. The prime example of this is Twilight. Sooo much in those books makes me so uncomfortable.
Wow those wallpapers are awesome! I think I’m going to snatch up the Teal version! Great Post! I can’t wait to read this book! 😀
Oh my gosh I am so excited for this book now!
This book sounds quite intriguing! Would love to give this a try and awesome review btw. 😀
I think it’s funny when romance and love = endgame but it’s like…how about school? extracurriculars? getting a job?! I also appreciated the realism this story offered.
THESE WALLPAPERS ARE GORGEOUS. You are so talented!! And I completely agree with all the things you said about the book! I liked all these things about it as well.
The synopsis didn’t make me fall in love with this book, but your review did! It sounds like a great book, from what you’ve said about it – especially with how it has parents involved 🙂 So many YA books actually do dispense away with the parents, and it’s super unrealistic, but this sounds like a book I can get on board with! Plus, those wallpapers look BEAUTIFUL – I love your stop for this tour 🙂
You always slay me with your gorgeous wallpapers. Seriously, you have such a wonderful aesthetic and I adore it! Also, this book sounds great even though it’s out of my comfort zone, but I did decide to read more non-fantasy this year. I’m just so happy that more and more YA books are featuring family as important parts of a teen’s life!
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Not losing your identity in love is a huge part of this book and I loved the message! And eep thanks for your kindness about my graphics 💕💕💕
This sounds like an amazing read! I’ll definitely add this to my tbr. I was first rolling my eyes while reading the synopsis, but then it took a different turn and it seems like such an important book 😀
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I love the book’s message. I spent most of the first half of the story very annoyed with the heroine. But it paid off in the end!
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This sounds REALLY good! If I don’t win a copy, I’m definitely going to go pick it up!
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Good luck for the giveaway! Hope you can have a chance to read it.
It has been too long since I’ve last commented on your lovely blog! I want to start off by saying that I love how you made this blog tour post your own. I think this is one of the most unique, creative, and different blog tour presentations I have seen in months. It didn’t feel like the “traditional” post format or writing, and I want to commend you for that!
I was actually had never heard of this book before reading this post! Based on your five points, though, this sounds like a great read! I have encountered the ‘first-time-character-meets-random-guy-and-they-fall-in-love-with-each-other’ stereotype too many times, so I am relieved and happy to hear that it doesn’t occur in The Girl Who Fell! I’m also happy that the protagonist has aspirations in life– that definitely makes her seem more real and genuine.
I love the wallpapers you made! They are beautiful! Your designs never fail to amaze me.
Adding this book to my TBR!
Claire ❥ Cover to Cover
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Thank you so much Claire! I usually don’t personally enjoy reading blog tour posts because they feel very similar so I tried hard to distinguish my posts. Glad that you appreciated the effort!! Thank you so much for stopping by 🙂
I love your wallpapers! You always do such a beautiful job with your graphics, thanks for sharing them with us!
So many of the YA books I read last year were filled with multiple overdone tropes. I really appreciate how this book seems to turn them all on their head! The Girl Who Fell may be a little too far from my typical SF&F reading, but it sounds like a good story I would feel very comfortable recommending to friends I know who would appreciate it!
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Thank you for being such a constant support of my wallpapers and graphics!! This book is definitely a nice break from the tropes. It’s a quick and easy read and even has a mild mystery edge, so even though it’s far from my usual genre I found it engaging.
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I’m literally two seconds away from preordering this. Great friends and family and an MC with a LIFE. Omg, Aentee, I’m so excited, you loved it! Btw, as always, you did an A+ job with the wallpapers. They’re wonderful. ❤
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Ohhh I hope you’ll enjoy it Peach!! The writing is admittedly missing a punch but I really appreciated the message and realistic portrayal in this book.
Wow, I just stumbled upon your blog and this was a very powerful review. I had not heard of this book before and there is a good chance I would have dismissed it based on the cover. All 5 points that you bring up about THE GIRL WHO FELL make me want to read it. I really hate the trend in YA romance that love is all the girls are looking for and that it changes their life and makes everything perfect. Seeing this twisted on its head would be very interesting.
Christal @ Badass Book Reviews
I really loved this powerful novel and all that it had to over. It definitely DID destroy so many tropes. The dark and devastatingly handsome guy isn’t always the great guy you think he is. I love how Gregg’s family is so sweet and stays in the story throughout. I enjoyed that Zephyr had her goals and cringed when they got sidetracked part way through. Shannon did an amazing job portraying a toxic relationship, and I’m so glad everything worked out okay in the end! Lovely post ❤
Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books
I thought the synopsis was interesting, now you have totally made me want to get this book as soon as it’s out! I can somehow gather the plot and the direction of the story from your list, and I think I am going to love this book! And the wallpapers are gorgeous! Especially the one on the left!
This entire post is absolutely amazing and wonderful! I love how it truly showcases your personality and talent, while also perfectly emphasizing and highlighting the best things about THE GIRL WHO FELL. You hit the nail on the head with the tropes it destroyed, AND your wallpapers are stunning!
Brittany @ Brittany’s Book Rambles
I love edgy and gritty YA books like this because not all teen romances and hearts and flowers. I had heard of this one but I don’t think I ever read the blurb because it sounds amazing and something I really want to read. I need ot check this one out, thanks for the lovely review 🙂