Zephyr has always been focused on her main goals. Leading her field hockey team to the championships, leaving her small town, attending Boston College. Nothing has ever gotten in the way – until Alec. He’s the new starting goalie for the hockey team, he’s cute, he’s charming, and he understands Zephyr in ways no one else ever has before. It’s absolutely thrilling – at first. Soon Zephyr begins to realize just how much Alec has talked her into changing for him and she needs to take back control of her life before she loses everything she’s worked for, before it’s too late.
This was one of those books that I think can be hard to pull of because we, as the readers who have access to the synopsis, know that Alec is not a good guy before he even meets Zephyr so we don’t fall for his charms as she’s falling. I thought the author did a great job making Alec charming and sweet and made it believable that Zephyr would fall for him even though it went against all her plans.
Zephyr was a smart, driven girl who was athletic and passionate. She knew exactly what she wanted and she was determined to get it. I loved that she played field hockey since it’s not a sport I’ve seen much of in books. She was going through a tough time at home with her father leaving and that made her vulnerable. It hurt to see this girl get manipulated and used by this guy she thought loved her. There were definitely times I wanted to scream at her that Alec was no good but she was in love, really her first big love, and she was in so deep she wasn’t hearing anyone.
There was a lot about this book that was terrifying to read. The way Alec would so easily manipulate Zephyr into doing something she was uncomfortable with or flat out didn’t want to, but he made it seem like it should be no big deal. There were so many times when it was obvious to the reader and Zephyr should have seen the signs that something wasn’t completely right but in that situation, in that moment, it was too easy to brush away a little anxiety when it made Alec so happy. If it had been a friend in her place, Zephyr likely would have seen the guy as no good and dangerous but what she thought was love blinded her. It was scary and realistic.
I liked that the book started off with a ‘now’ scene with Zephyr being scared and it set the stakes of just how far Alec would go right away. Then it flashed back three months so we saw the beginning and how things progressed to that night. This is a book that will hopefully have readers listening to their instincts in their own relationships and if something doesn’t feel right, then take the time to think about why instead of brushing it aside. The Girl Who Fell tackled an important subject realistically and it was well-done.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.