The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

by Heidi W. Durrow
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The Girl Who Fell from the Sky 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 124 reviews.
novelone More than 1 year ago
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.
portland75 More than 1 year ago
Ms. Durrow gives the reader a unique look into the world of a biracial child. The questions they ask themselves and the questions that are asked of them by others are exposed. She keeps the reader on the edge so that they want to find out what is going to happen next. This book is great for adults and pre teens.
Teri_LaFlesh More than 1 year ago
The dream-like beauty and the poetic voices of the narrators drew me in from the first page. It was difficult to put down. I found myself reading The Girl Who Fell from the Sky while walking in the rain-and not noticing the rain. It's part mystery, part coming of age story. Within this context, Durrow explores the complexities of identity, writing with striking honesty and bravery. She truly captures the inner workings of a thoughtful, intelligent child trying to figure out who she is and her place within the world. The protagonist, Rachel, often faces conflicting information, especially when it comes to identity, and how being biracial fits within the narrow categories of race. One of the passages that struck me deeply is when Rachel says to herself: "I learn that black people don't have blue eyes. I learn that I am black. I have blue eyes. I put all these new facts into the new girl." I found The Girl Who Fell from the Sky to be an answer to Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye. Whereas in The Bluest Eye, Pecola, a neglected and abused black girl wishes for blue eyes to make her beautiful so people will love her, in The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, Rachel survives a terrible family tragedy, and because of her blue eyes and light skin, is ostracized and distrusted, and singled out for unwanted attention. Durrow gives each character a voice filled with grace and depth from their very different perspectives. Each of them contributes their stories to the puzzle of Rachel's tragic past, as well as her confusing present, creating a rich mosaic of haunting beauty that will stay with you long after you finish her story.
LeemarieLB More than 1 year ago
As a biracial person, I really enjoyed this book. It explores the questions and feelings a child/teen would have while growing up. Sometimes you may not feel you are part of your race because you are mixed and you try to find a place you belong. I enjoyed how everyone's story connected in some way. I would suggest this book to my friends!
ByteSize More than 1 year ago
Durow's book is thoughtfully written, by a young woman who has had to deal with many of the same questions as the main character, in regard to her own identity as a biracial person who straddles the lines of ethnicity. The book deals well with the issue by placing the main character in somewhat of a "fish out of water" situation, and she finds herself suddenly living in the black community for the first time. The moral of the book applies to all, not just those in the black community. Who we are transcends our environment, with the artificially created boundaries that have been constructed for us.
LaLa1831 More than 1 year ago
This book grabbed my attention from the first pages. I found myself thinking about the characters and wondering what would happen next. It sustained my attention for the first 200 pages and then it became a bit less interesting. I was hoping to learn more about Brick, the grandmother, and ultimately Rachel, but it ended without any resolution. I do recommend the book, but felt that the ending was somewhat disappointing.
krazyangel More than 1 year ago
this is a good book. it is a touching story.
19269684 More than 1 year ago
Any time I see a tale on a child dealing with being a product of an IR relationship, I feel the need to read and know. With my son being mixed, I feel I may gain some insight. This book didn't really provide that, but WOW did I experience a great deal. There was a lot of wrong in this book, but it was laced with truth and an innocent girl who longed to be touched and loved for who she was... Picture The Girl Who Fell From The Sky, by Heidi W. Durrow, is the story about a small bird who fell from the sky- spotted by a boy who's destiny was to protect it. Rachel, the daughter of a black, military man and a white Danish woman was the bird. This is her story. And yes, she did fall from the sky! This book was sweet, beautiful, enraging, honest, churlish and full of curiosity. It tells how Rachel dealt with going from being Rachel to being a girl who's not white, but not enough black to be black. She was caught in-between two worlds who didn't know how to deal with her. Her Father was afraid to be involved because of the tragedy- which I won't tell, due to it being a SPOILER! and a grandmother who did her best to erase everything in her the made her 'special'. Her grandmother loved that she was special, but hated the parts that made her special (her long hair and blue eyes). Durrow shared Rachel's story by sharing a few others as well. In her mother's words, her mother's employer & some-what friend, Rachel's father and the boy, bird watcher, "Brick" or James. What you walk away with is a superb telling of life and how no matter what background one derives, all any one person truly desires is to be loved and cared for. The characters were carefully carved and so honest and transparent, you feel you truly know each one. You grew just as angry or disgusted by Doug's actions or Grandma's words. You loved Aunt Loretta as much as Rachel and you appreciated Doug. This book is one I'll never forget. No matter where you are from or where you've been, you will find this book to be a treasure in your collection. I'm on to the next read. Have a great day! Ratings: 5 of 5 specs *What Was Mine is next. **Book is from my personal library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really. How many amongst us could not write a biography to parallel or excell this fiction. Sorry. Sad bit of literature
AmyKyle More than 1 year ago
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 real ending. I would not recommend this book.
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booksandbeverages More than 1 year ago
This was a book club pick and if y’all are thinking of what to read for your next book, definitely consider this one. What I liked about this book was that it opens the doors for discussion on mixed race, race in America and what that looks like from those who are intimately connected. I haven’t come across many novels (very few in fact) that deal with mixed race. This was a story very close and I felt deeply personal to the author’s heart (many parts of the story are her own) and I really appreciated what she did with it. “We and lonely don’t belong in the same sentence.” While I really enjoyed the story, the writing style and flow of the story sometimes distracted my reading experience. The book jumped back and forth between the narrator’s present and past, but early on it wasn’t clear. Of course, as a reader, I was able to catch on because certain point of views meant certain time frames, but early on it interrupted the flow of the story. Certain parts of the novel I completely understood (having heard this from my family who grew up in the segregated south): “I don’t wear sunscreen that Grandma tells me to. “Stay outta that sun. It’ll make you dark and dusty,” she says. I tell her that she is perpetuating racist ideas from slavery. There’s nothing wrong with being dark-skinned. Like Drew says, I tell her: Black folks have to stick together. She doesn’t like me to sass her. It’s what her mother taught her and she’s passing it on. But she hushes up then.” This was a story about this young girl finding her way and the journey wasn’t easy. She had quite a bit go against her early on, so throughout the novel you are rooting for her and through the mishaps and hard times, the author takes you right along with Rachel. I do wish she would have dived in a little deeper with Rachel. There were keys parts of the novel that were quickly glossed over where I would have loved to see how she dealt with that. I think they would have helped the reader understand Rachel even more. Also, I could have totally read certain parts too fast, but another thing I noticed was Rachel’s voice changed as she was in her environment during key years (which was understandable), but later in the novel, her voice was back to as it was at the beginning. I was curious why the shift. I also wanted more closure to the book. It ended wide open. This was a great book to discuss for book club and while there were a few things stylistically that I had to work through, I’m glad I read this book and would recommend people reading it as well. Have you had a chance to read this book? I’d love to hear your thoughts on it! (Heads up: minor language and adult themes) Originally posted at
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born_again_bookworm More than 1 year ago
This was a good, quick read. I found the story & characters interesting, and really liked how the two main characters' paths crossed in the end. I enjoyed the author's writing style and would be interested in reading more from her!
grandmapenny More than 1 year ago
Interesting story, well drawn out.
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I read this novel for my book club group. We're no strangers to difficult books and this was no exception. Though the language of the text is simple the context is anything but. It's often a struggle to read this book and not feel somehow bogged down by its content. But it's worth it. The novel is moving and makes you think, if you can get through how emotionally painful it can sometimes be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story of what happens when the paths of people searching for their idenity and place in this world intersect
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