The Year We Fell From Space by Amy Sarig King is by an author (A.S. King, as she writes her YA work under) I’ve been meaning to read from for years, and while it was a bit unexpected to start with a middle grade novel of hers, her latest book caught my attention and my library had an audiobook, so I decided to listen to it. It’s a sad, honest, story about a 12-year-old girl, Liberty, who is obsessed with the night sky. It’s a love she shares with her father, who has just moved out, leaving her and her younger sister alone with their mom. Liberty is also dealing with relationships at school, all while trying to figure out what her life looks like now.
I genuinely loved King’s writing in The Year We Fell From Space, it’s understated and emotional and she just perfectly captures the family dynamics and struggle that Liberty is going through. There’s a bit an odd element–Liberty talking with a meteorite–but not as much as I expected given what I’ve heard about King before. This is definitely a contemporary book, and it’s a powerful one that asks a lot of profound questions. It might not be able to answer them all, but it gives comfort and a path forward. I think this would be an excellent read for young readers whose parents are divorcing or struggling with mental health. It’s definitely a slow and introspective story, but it was a lovely introduction to King, and I look forward to reading more from her in the future.