I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.When We Collided by Emery Lord
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on 2016-04-05
Genres: Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
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Meet Vivi and Jonah: A girl and a boy whose love has the power save or destroy them.
Vivi and Jonah couldn't be more different. Vivi craves anything joyful or beautiful that life can offer. Jonah has been burdened by responsibility for his family ever since his father died. As summer begins, Jonah resigns himself to another season of getting by. Then Vivi arrives, and suddenly life seems brighter and better. Jonah is the perfect project for Vivi, and things finally feel right for Jonah. Their love is the answer to everything. But soon Vivi's zest for life falters, as her adventurousness becomes true danger-seeking. Jonah tries to keep her safe, but there's something important Vivi hasn't told him.
This book is so incredibly good there is no way this review will be anywhere near good enough for it. But I’m going to try to write a few sentences that might help convince you that you NEED to read this book.
Emery Lord has already written two fabulous books, Open Road Summer being one of my all time favorites because I could relate to the MC so well and the relationship felt so crazy realistic and swoony. And The Start of Me and You did a great job dealing with loss and tragedy and overcoming fears and Max was the perfect nerdy male love interest. I thought there was no way that Emery could top those two books. But she did. When We Collided has a little bit of a different feel but it keeps the very complex, interesting, and realistic characters and the swoon factor. But the characters are both dealing with some difficult personal situations that they aren’t quite ready to talk about. But the closer they get, the more they open up to each other and the more they learn that real life can’t always be avoided.
It’s a tough book to read but also beautiful. The way Vivi and Jonah’s relationship develops is both fun and romantic and I got all the feels from them. There were moments that Vivi felt a bit like a manic-pixie-dream girl but as you get to know her and her past, you know she’s anything but that. She just has a desire to really live life and enjoy it and find beautiful things every day. And Jonah might seem like the perfect guy who takes care of his perfect family, but they’re all hiding a secret that might pull them all apart. The characters are so complex and the story is told from both of their points of view, which really gives us a chance to know both characters, and their voices are so unique, I couldn’t help but love them. Even the secondary characters were well developed.
As far as the plot, I don’t want to give anything away but as I was reading, I kept thinking things were going to go in a certain direction and they almost never did. There was one time when Vivi did something that I felt was very out of character and turned out how I thought it might, which disappointed me a tiny bit, but when you factor in her reasons and what’s going on with her, it’s easier to understand her actions at the time. But overall, the plot was so engaging and fast-paced, I couldn’t put the book down. I read it in 24 hours and really wouldn’t have put it down except that I actually had to do other things.
Guys, I mean it when I say you need to read this book. Besides everything else that I’ve mentioned, it is the most honest and realistic representation of mental health that I’ve read in a YA book in a long time. There was no sugarcoating done in the book, just real moments. The good and the bad. I won’t say anything else because I don’t want to give it away but read this book. Really. Go do it now. Then come back here and tell me how moved you were by this book, how emotional it was and how perfect, and how right I was about you having to read it. I can wait. I’ll even leave a few quotes from the ARC I read that helped me fall in love with this book to help get you started.
“He’s the ring to my Frodo, the wardrobe to my Lucy Pevensie. His presence in my life sets me on my journey…”
“The glow of my birthday candles and the fairy lights would have been more than enough. But Jonah Daniels? He lit up my whole world.”
“A cherry pie isn’t a failure just because you eat it all. It’s perfect for what it is, and then it’s gone.”