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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 importantly—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 . . .
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.
★ "An invaluable addition to any collection."School Library Journal (*starred review*)
"(T)he novel's well-drawn characters add dimension to its taut atmosphere. The result isn't a cautionary tale so much as a heart-pounding portrait of what it takes to escape from an abusive relationship." ~Booklist
"Reading the entire book in one sitting, in the wee hours of the night, I can only say WOW. I SALUTE YOU, SHANNON PARKER!" ~The Guardian
"S.M. Parker's The Girl Who Fell isn't just an entertaining contemporary YA novel. This gripping story of manipulation and abuse marks the first great book of March, and it's a shoo-in for one of the best reads this year." ~BookRiot
"Readers will identify with the strong female characters and the conflict Zephyr feels as her romance descends into something more sinister." ~VOYA
"The sheer brilliance of this book lies in the fact that the reader falls for Alec right along with Zephyr, making the realization of the toxicity of the relationship all the more heartbreaking and real." Marisa F. Reichardt, author of Underwater, Aftershocks and Juniper Jade v, Her Parents.
"Big props (to Parker) for creating a teen girl who is not ashamed of her sexuality or of her need for physical intimacy." ~Kathleen Glasgow, NYT bestselling author of Girl in Pieces.
"Cinematic and compelling, Parker's THE GIRL WHO FELL is terrifyingly vivid and breathless. This is an action-packed story that is impossible to put down or forget." Carrie Jones,New York Times and International Bestselling Author of the NEED series.
"THE GIRL WHO FELL grabbed me in the very first paragraph and never let me go. An honest, raw, thought-provoking story that tackles a heartbreaking issue with grace and strength. Absolutely beautiful." ~Marci Lyn Curtis, author of THE ONE THING.