BLOG TOUR Interview + Review: The Girl Who Fell by S. M. Parker

This is the first blog tour I’ve ever participated on and I’m so happy and excited to be part of it!

cover - the girl who fell

Release Date: March 1st 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse

His obsession.

Her fall.
High school senior Zephyr Doyle is swept off her feet—and into an intense relationship—by the new boy in school.
Zephyr is focused. Focused on leading her team to the field hockey state championship and leaving her small town for her dream school, Boston College.
But love has a way of changing things.
Enter the new boy in school: the hockey team’s starting goaltender, Alec. He’s cute, charming, and most important, Alec doesn’t judge Zephyr. He understands her fears and insecurities—he even shares them. Soon, their relationship becomes something bigger than Zephyr, something she can’t control, something she doesn’t want to control.
Zephyr swears it must be love. Because love is powerful, and overwhelming, and…terrifying?
But love shouldn’t make you abandon your dreams, or push your friends away. And love shouldn’t make you feel guilty—or worse, ashamed.
So when Zephyr finally begins to see Alec for who he really is, she knows it’s time to take back control of her life.
If she waits any longer, it may be too late.
Pre-order Links:  Amazon | Barnes and Noble Book Depository | Kobo


When I finished reading The Girl Who Fell my first thought was: “Every girl in high school must read this book.” It touched topics that are rarely touched in YA books and is very important to talk about them.

Zephyr has it all planned out. She’s very focused, she knows what she wants and where she’s going. Then she meets this boy and a lot of things changes for her, putting her future plans in jeopardy. This is not your typical love story. By the cover and premise you might think you can predict what the book is about and what will happen but trust me, you have no idea. It shows the dark side of what can seems to be a great love and a great relationship. I was really surprised. First love can be very tricky.

I recommend this to all of you who want to read something different and who wants to explore about toxic relationships. It’s a great read with unexpected turns and I loved it!

Author Interview:

Hi Melanie! Thanks so much for reading The Girl Who Fell and having us on your blog! I am so immensely grateful for your fierce support!

1. What inspired you to write “The Girl Who Fell”?

Girls. It seems like such an easy answer, but there it is. Teen girls. Giving voice to this issue when so many girls cannot be heard.

2. The main character, Zephyr, plays field hockey. Is there a specific reason why you chose this sport?

In high school, I played two sports: field hockey and downhill racing (skiing). I wanted Zephyr to be a smart, driven, strong character and wanted to ground her in a physical sport. I felt like I could write about field hockey authentically, and I liked the way her sport complimented the ice hockey in the book.

3. Most readers are used to reading about perfect love stories, how do you feel about writing about a toxic love relationship?

Great question! It’s tricky. I won’t lie. It is hard to talk about toxic love, hard to write about it, hard to read about it. First love is so intoxicating and feverish and full, but it is also dangerous. Are we giving our trust to the right person? Will they love us back? It’s all so scary. But toxic love rarely starts out as toxic, and that’s what I wanted to explore in this book.

4. What’s the message you want to give the readers through your book? Especially to the teenage girls.

I hope that one big takeaway from my book—for any reader, at any age—is that love should never hurt.

5. Any advice for aspiring authors?

Be easy on yourself.

Be hard on your characters.



Shannon Parker lives on the Atlantic coast with a house full of boys. She’s traveled to over three dozen countries and has a few dozen more to go. She works in education and can usually be found rescuing dogs, chickens, old houses and wooden boats. Shannon has a weakness for chocolate chip cookies and ridiculous laughter—ideally, at the same time. The Girl Who Fell is her first novel. Find her at

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram




Follow The Tour: 

Tuesday, Jan 12: Blessie @ Mischievous Reads Excerpt

Wednesday, Jan 13: Emily @  Emily Reads Everything Review

Thursday, Jan 14: Bex @ Aurelia Lit Review

Friday, Jan 15: Tika @ Fangirl Confessions Excerpt

Saturday, Jan 16: Kristen @ My Friends Are Fiction Review

Sunday, Jan 17Melanie @ One Less Lonely Blog Review + Interview

Monday, Jan 18Cyra @ Rattle The Pages Review + 5 Reasons You Need to Read This Book

Tuesday, Jan 19Jocelyn @ Novels and Necklaces Interview

Wednesday, Jan 20Cat @ Let the Pages Reign Review

Thursday, Jan 21Aentee @ Read at Midnight Review

Friday, Jan 22Brittany @ Brittany’s Book Rambles Review + Interview

Saturday, Jan 23Joey @ Another After Thought Review

Sunday, Jan 24Stefani @ Caught Read Handed Review + Interview

Monday, Jan 25Hanna @ Two Sister’s Blogging Review + Promo

Tuesday, Jan 26Michella @ YA Books Girl Review + Playlist

Wednesday, Jan 27Michelle @ Dreaming of Alba Review

Thursday, Jan 28Jamie @ Books and Ladders Review + Interview

Friday, Jan 29Eileen @ BookCatPin Review

Saturday, Jan 30Brian @ Brian’s Book Thoughts Review

Sunday, Jan 31Sarah @ The YA Book Traveler Review + Interview


  1. Eeee! So exciting 😀 That is such a perfect title too…it just jumps out at you, and then the more I hear about the book the more it seems to fit! I’ve missed reading book blogs…I’ve been too busy for too long. So happy to see you reading Several Short Sentences About Writing, I hope you get as much out of it as I did 🙂

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    1. Hi! Thanks for your comment! I need to get back to Several Short Sentences About Writing, I havent read it in a while. Little by little I keep buying books about writing and they’re helping a lot.


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