When We Collidedby Emery Lord
Published by Bloomsbury Childrens on April 5th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Romance
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
I was hesitant to begin reading When We Collided. Oh, I sought this book out as soon as I finished reading Ms. Lord’s The Start of Me and You. I had to have more of her writing and storytelling. But I was deathly afraid of being disappointed and let down; that somehow this next book by Ms. Lord wouldn’t be as good as The Start of Me and You. On top of that, I kept getting flashbacks of a movie with Drew Barrymore and Batman’s sidekick, Robin, when I read the synopsis and reviews. So I avoided it all together…
And then the reviews started coming. I just couldn’t ignore it anymore. This book would be important to me, I just knew it. What an emotionally draining read this story turned out to be.
I could not put this book down… nor could I stop thinking about it.
Jonah and Vivi are two very different people and their lives are about to crash together in a sweet romance. Vivi has just moved to a small coastal town in Northern California for the summer. She finds a job at a paint-it-yourself pottery place. It’s here that she meets the last type of guy she’d ever be interested in dating, chino-wearing Jonah.
Jonah is there to treat his little sister, Leah, to some painting and Vivi charms the pants off the shy little girl. Next thing you know, Leah is inviting Vivi over to Jonah’s house for dinner and play dates. Jonah’s huge family is not exactly in the position to entertain guests but for his littlest sister’s happiness, he’ll work it out.
Ms. Lord did a fantastic job of developing two completely different characters dealing with two completely types of depression. Jonah and his family are dealing with grief from their father’s sudden death a year ago. Vivi is escaping from some sort of mess she made back home between her and her best friends.
I don’t want to spoil too much about the book. But it’s so haaarrrd…
*said in best whiny voice*.
When Vivi is on the page, it is exhausting to read her POV. As the story goes on, Vivi’s normalcy becomes more and more elusive to both herself, to Jonah, and to the reader. Something is wrong but we’re not sure what.
If mental health doesn’t touch your life or you have no idea about it, it could look completely UNREAL when it’s written on the page. That’s what was amazing about Ms. Lord’s book – she made it real.
[pullquote]But what I mean is, depression, it settles like a shadow over your body while you sleep, and it mutes every frequency into blankness, into a fog. Everyone thinks you can’t laugh when you’re depressed, but I couldn’t cry either, because I couldn’t feel.”[/pullquote]
That is the most REAL description of depression I’ve ever seen, outside of my own (but this isn’t about me). I know Ms. Lord gets it, just by reading this book.
I’m diagnosed with depression, and I approve of this message, errr… book.
Just a few last thoughts…