The Lovely Bones meets Thirteen Reasons Why in this gorgeous, haunting, and tragic novel that examines the cripplingand far-reachingeffects of one person's trauma on her family, her community, and herself.
For the past eight years, sixteen-year-old Emilia DeJesus has done her best to move on from the traumatic attack she suffered in the woods behind her elementary school. She's forced down the memoriesthe feeling of the twigs cracking beneath her, choking on her own blood, unable to scream. Most of all, she's tried to forget about Jeremy Lance, the boy responsible, the boy who caused her such pain. Emilia believes that the crows who watched over her that day, who helped her survive, are still on her side, encouraging her to live fully. And with the love and support of her mother, brother, and her caring boyfriend, Emilia is doing just that.
But when a startling discovery about her attacker's identity comes to light, and the memories of that day break through the mental box in which she'd shut them away, Emilia is forced to confront her new reality and make sense of shifting truths about her past, her family, and herself.
A compulsively-readable tragedy that reminds us of the fragility of human nature.
Praise for The Fall of Innocence
* "Sanchez deftly shows the long-lasting impact of the assault. . . . An intimate and tragic look at how traumatic incidents affect individuals, their families, and others around them." Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
* "Sanchez writes with stunning detail, showcasing the beauty that can be found in small moments, in family interactions, in nature, and in seemingly everyday objects. . . and illustrates how a trauma like Emilia's has widespread effects." School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
* "It is hard to imagine a more beautifully told, more moving, or more authentic story of one family’s journey through unbearable pain." VOYA, STARRED REVIEW
"Beautifully written but ineffably sad, Emilia's story is a case study of trauma and its aftermath." BCCB
"Emilia's inner world both captivates and devastates." Publishers Weekly
"Internal and contemplative, [this novel's] haunting quality lingers." Booklist
|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.70(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Jenny Torres Sanchez (www.jennytorressanchez.com) is a full-time writer and former English teacher. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, but has lived on the border of two worlds her whole life. She is the author of Because of the Sun; Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia; and The Downside of Being Charlie. She lives in Orlando, Florida, with her husband and children. Follow her on Twitter @jetchez.
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Emilia searched the sidewalk for the little gifts her birds often left for her, trying not to think of how strange her mother had just acted. She came across the little gifts all the time—curiously tiny pencils, forgotten fallen beads, red-and-white twine from bakery boxes, so many extra smooth or unique pebbles, lovely leaves still intact, and so many lost mates of earrings. How many of these she’d collected in her room over the years. It was how her birds said they were thinking of her. They hadn’t forgotten that day when they watched from the treetops and saw what happened to her on the playground.
Excerpted from "The Fall of Innocence"
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Emilia has been trying her best to forget the attack eight years ago. But it's winter again, and the cold isn't helping her to move on. She has her Ma, her brother, and her boyfriend. But she can only find comfort with the crows that helped her from the attack. This was a hard read for me. It took me forever to finish reading this. I just didn't find it that interesting. It was very depressing and sad. But that's the thing isn't it? These are real feelings. This book may be fictional but the feelings, and the situations are actually real. Someone on this earth, has most likely experienced the depression and emotional turmoil as Emilia. I think that's why I wanted to read on and push through reading this book. It was a nice look and perspective in another person's shoes who is going through something like this. The book is written in a third person point of view, but in the perspective of different characters all through the book. Even the minor characters have chapters to themselves. Which explains that one person's tragedy can affect so many people. The book is very interesting but it can also be stressing because like I said this are just hard stuff. And I thought it was so brave too to write a book like this. It just definitely gives off a great perspective. And it just opened me up more to real people's situations. * I received an ARC