The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo is heart-wrenching. Told from the point of view of eighth grader, Meredith Oliver and switching to her mom’s POV sporadically, we learn the story of Meredith and her archenemy, popular Lisa Bellow, as they are witness to a robbery that leads to Lisa being kidnapped.
Meredith, left behind yet again, deals with the shock and trauma that comes with this horrible event in the only way she knows how: isolating herself, blaming her mom, fantasies, and becoming friends with those Lisa left behind.
Mom Claire is cold, controlling, and hard to connect with, but the reader sees glimpses of her fears and immense love for her kids. She doesn’t know how to handle her emotions and the effect on her family is hard to see.
I don’t exactly know why I liked The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo. It felt too real to enjoy, but you also feel hopeful about Lisa’s disappearance even as you see Meredith come to the realization that things probably don’t end well.
I will say the ending drove me crazy. The reader is left with questions and assumptions but I really like to when it’s spelled out for me. I need all the pieces to the puzzle handed to me please and thank you.
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