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The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Short but insightful.

Rachel is a biracial girl with light skin and blue eyes. She is also the only member of her family that survived a fall from a Chicago Housing Authority building. Did the mother and children jump, or were they pushed? Each chapter is a different character's voice reve...
Rachel is a biracial girl with light skin and blue eyes. She is also the only member of her family that survived a fall from a Chicago Housing Authority building. Did the mother and children jump, or were they pushed? Each chapter is a different character's voice revealing a little more of the mystery. As the truth is slowly revealed we gain insight into the lives of each character. Rachel is an especially poignant character. The characters were well drawn and I liked the format. I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it.

posted by novelone on April 3, 2010

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1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

The Girl Who Fell From The Sky

Here is a biracial girl that survives a tremendous fall that kills her mother and two brothers. All her life she was taught to perceive herself as white, but after moving halfway across the country to live with her grandmother, she now is told to be black. As Rachel ask...
Here is a biracial girl that survives a tremendous fall that kills her mother and two brothers. All her life she was taught to perceive herself as white, but after moving halfway across the country to live with her grandmother, she now is told to be black. As Rachel asks in the book and what I thought to myself; what does color have to do with it. Why can't she be herself? Each chapter of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky is told by a different person's point of view and at times had me confused. Although a tough subject, this was a light read, but I didn't feel connected to the characters.

posted by grumpydan on August 17, 2010

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

    Would not recommend

    The story was sad. But I could see how one event led to the next. It was interesting how the two main children came back together as young adults. However, I did not like how the story just stopped...no real ending. I would not recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

    Needed More Depth

    I found this book to be completely sophomoric. The premise of the story was good and deserved more depth. More character development would've made this a very good book. I felt that the author was way too vague and skimmed over the characters; I really didn't appreciate the writing style at all. I will give this book to my seventh grader for independent reading and see what he thinks of it, though.

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  • Posted July 4, 2010

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    The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

    The book was okay, not great. I know this is a subject matter that is rarely dealt with. The author does a fair job with the subject matter. For me, the story moved rather slowly. Definetely not one for the beach. The story is melancholy in nature to me. It is a sad woe of a bi-racial child who survives a fall from a building in which her mom and siblings end up dying. She goes to live with her grandmother and her life is chronicled as she grows and matures in her new environment. I think the character development is weak and the plot moves rather slow. The dialogue does not pop either. It is not a horrible book but there is so much out there that I want to be captivated and engaged for most of the book.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

    nobody knows the trouble we've seen

    This book was unevenly written. The style is unique and reveals itself in the process of the story. The characters aren't well developed, and the plot is fairly convienient.
    It was easy to read. Kind of depressing. Not really sure what the point was.
    Basically, a child falls from a building and lives. She sees things differently because of that experience. But other people's lives have been touched by her fall as well. The story ties people together through this tragedy.
    Kind of hard to follow in places.

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