The Girl Who Fell from the Sky (MMGM)

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Hey everyone! I bet you all thought I was gone for good, muahahaha, but nope, I'm back! And happy August! (Sheesh, time flies by when it's summer!) It's been a while since I last posted, more than a month, actually. I've been in a blogging/reading slump for a while and have trying to get back in the swing of things. For those of you who have been wondering what I've been doing with my time since I haven't been blogging, I've gotten into the art of Bullet Journaling! ANYWAY, I'm back today with a review of The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by the lovely Heidi W. Durrow. 

Age Recommended: 10+ (It covers some serious issues, such as race and discrimination. Anyone can read it, obviously, but it may be a little hard to understand. 
Page Count: 272 pages
Publisher: Algonquin Books; Reprint edition (January 11, 2011)

Source and Format: Library and hardcover

Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I., becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy after a fateful morning on their Chicago rooftop. 

Forced to move to a new city, with her strict African American grandmother as her guardian, Rachel is thrust for the first time into a mostly black community, where her light brown skin, blue eyes, and beauty bring a constant stream of attention her way. It’s there, as she grows up and tries to swallow her grief, that she comes to understand how the mystery and tragedy of her mother might be connected to her own uncertain identity. Raised by her mother to think of herself as white, Rachel is now expected to "act black." And all the while, she keeps asking herself why she has to be defined by her skin, and whether labels say more about who she is or more about a world that attempts to brand her as black or white. 

This searing and heart-wrenching portrait of a young biracial girl dealing with society’s ideas of race and class is the winner of the Bellwether Prize for best fiction manuscript addressing issues of social justice.

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My Thoughts: 

This is overall a lovely book. Rachel's story inspires you to open your eyes to the problems in our society that may not affect you, but definitely exist. The plot is woven intricately, and I fell in love with the book as soon as I opened it. Everything in this story is there for a reason, and you'll find yourself wondering what each detail the author put in there means. 

I really enjoyed reading about the characters' pasts. They were an interesting group, and I was happy to find that many racial stereotypes were broken when you actually got to meet them. It's a great cast, and Rachel makes a lot of friends on her journey to find who she is. 

Speaking of the journey, let's talk about the plot. I really liked how it was formatted. You get the general gist of what the conflict is, but you don't get to figure out what the entire thing is until you read the book. Throughout the story, you get hints and clues and have to try to put everything together to figure out what the huge problem is. 

If you know me, you know that I'm a sucker for multiple POVs. In a lot of books, the author just tells the story in multiple POVs just for the fun of it. BUT this...this is a masterpiece. You can tell that everything is really thought out, everything is planned, everything is just discreetly set up. ALSO: My favorite part of the book may or may not be when the POVs collide. 

THE UNSATISFACTION! (also known as the ending) I was SOOOO hyped up for the ending, because everything was going so well! But as the pages slowly ran out and no solution seemed to be coming to the rescue, I started to panic. Like, really panic. So I quickly read through the last couple pages and NO. I could not believe my eyes. IT WAS A HORRENDOUS sight. The ending was unresolved. Okay, maybe I'm being a little dramatic, but it seemed rushed. I bet Ms. Durrow could write another book continuing Rachel's story. *wails in agony* It wasn't too bad of an ending, to be completely honest, but I wish there was more. 

All in all, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky is a great book. I definitely recommend it. 

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My Rating: 

(Just the ending.)

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Thanks for joining my today for MMGM and I hope you have a nice week! (Hopefully I'll be able to post more consistently, but I'm not making any promises, haha). Bye for now! :-) 

*Sorry if there are any errors, by the way! I conjured this review up really quickly, so I didn't get the chance to proofread it, but here goes!*

Signing off!


  1. I think I started this one at one point, but never finished it. I like the themes it explores, but I'm not sure I could handle the unresolved ending. I hate those! Glad to see you back!

    1. I was a little disappointed with the ending as well. Let me know if you end up finishing it, and what you thought of it! And thanks, I'm glad to be back! :-)

  2. NOOOO! NOT AN UNFINISHED ENDING!!! THOSE ARE THE WORST!!!!! Other than that, it sounds amazing!

    1. It's not too too bad of an ending...but when you close the book, you don't feel...resolved, you know? I was kind of upset with it, but the book really is interesting, so maybe it's worth it? It's up to you, haha. Thanks for reading!

  3. I have trouble liking books with multiple PoVs, but you make this one sound like the exception. Thanks for a very thoughtful review. I have put this on my TBR list.

    1. It can be hard to keep up with, I totally get it! I sometimes feel that way too. But it's SO worth it when you get to the part where the they collide. I hope you do end up reading it...Let me know what you think if you do! :-)