When We Collided by Emery Lord REVIEW

When We Collided Book Cover When We Collided
Emery Lord
Young Adult Contemporary
Bloomsbury
April 2016

We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…

Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.

Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.

Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.

In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever.

When We Collided follows Vivi and Jonah. Vivi has just moved to Verona Cove from Seattle to escape some… Drama. Whereas Jonah is a “townie” and has been there his whole life. Both have been through some extremely tragic circumstances and theirs is a relationship that helps both of their individual healing processes.

During the first ~250 pages, I was not really enjoying it that much. I liked the plot and was eager to find out what happens, but it generally felt quick typical and the characters just said and did things that bothered me. However, that ending honestly blew me away a little.

My growing enjoyment of this novel is hard to explain. I was so ready to DNF (or not finish) this book. However, I decided to push through and by the end, I found that I actually did like it.

I do love how it opened my eyes to what this type (not going to spoil) of mental illness is like. It definitely broadened my understanding and made me appreciate what life is like in those situations.

The most difficult part about writing this review, is that I feel like talking about any plot or even character details will spoil it.
So, here is a few reasons why I believe you should consider picking this book up:

1. It’s duel point of view.
They felt like two completely different voices, which added to the scope of the plot
2. Jonah (the main boy in the book) is a chef
A seemingly small detail, but it totally added a whole heap of originality to the book.
3. The ending.
Enough said.


Now, I shall share with you all my favourite quote. I’ve put it under a spoiler tab, because I think it’s a) best to experience the quote in context and b) it spoils the ending a little.

Spoilers

Thanks for reading 😉

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