The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
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6 important events from Rachel's life
Rachel is moving in with her grandmother after a traumatic event, which the reader is not yet aware of at this point. Rachel is young and at a turning point in her life, a new path that will force her to grow up quickly. Throughout the book the reader sees Rachel deal with maturity and the responsibilities of age.
"I open the box. Make my first deals with myself. I will not be sad. I will be okay. Those promises become my layers. The middle that no one will touch."
Rachel has met Anthony Miller and developed her first young love. She doesn't have a source of close affection in her life to give her emotional fulfillment until now. The walls that she has built while growing up have been infiltrated by her feelings, and she now knows what happiness is; she has found some peace in her chaotic life.
"I like to have this secret. Anthony Miller is only for me. Inside."
Rachel experiences a part of life that is traumatic and undeniable: watching a loved one suffer and die, knowingly. Aunt Loretta has functioned as her mother throughout her adolescence; now Rachel has lost a mother twice in her life. Rachel's life is immersed in grief and learning how to deal with loss. This death teaches her how to appreciate life even more.
"There is a way that people die. They get sick or they go away. It's not like shutting a door, or opening one, like Aunt Loretta did that last Sunday morning I saw her with the light on."
Rachel meets Lakeisha soon after Aunt Loretta passes away. While one role model is no longer a part of her life, a new one has stepped in. At first she doesn't like Lakeisha, but soon enough her social, bold personality starts to influence Rachel. Rachel matures around Lakeisha and learns to enjoy simpler things in life, teaching her a different new kind of success.
"I can tell Lakeisha is none of the things that I think are important. She's not a good student, and she's too loud."
Rachel meets Jesse at a pivotal point in her life. She has become a young woman, ready to take on the world. The connection she feels with him is unlike any other she has felt; she has found the love that can set her free from her woes, and make her feel whole again after her terrible accident and loss at a young age. The walls she built at a young age come down with him, and she grows to accept herself and be comfortable with her identity, thanks to him.
"It's strange doing these kinds of things with a boy, I never really thought of boys as people to talk to."
When Brick tells Rachel about his part in her tragedy, her eyes and her heart finally open up to the memory. She finally accepts that she is different, and that she has felt immense pain, yet alongside goodness. She finds peace within herself in a quiet moment, and comfort in the connection she has allowed to make, regardless of all of her emotional safeguards. Acceptance is the key to her balance.
"But I think, If only Robbie had been a bird. If only we had been a family that could fly."
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