Monday, 4 April 2016

Book Review: When We Collided by Emery Lord

Title: When We Collided
Author: Emery Lord
Author Info: Website|Tumblr|Twitter
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Publication Date: 7th April 2016
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
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.
My Thoughts
I've not read anything by Emery Lord before, but the synopsis and cover for When We Collided had me looking closer and wanting to read this. I went into this book with no idea of what to expect, and found myself wanting to know what was going on.

Vivi is a unique character in every way, her fashion sense, her personality, and how she invades Jonah's life. Jonah is the opposite, he is responsible for taking care of his family, his siblings and his Mum. He works to pay bills and rarely has time for himself, until her met Vivi.

When We Collided was a book that had me wanting to know more. I really liked how it's told from both perspectives, Jonah and Vivi, so we get to see the bigger picture. When I first met these characters I really didn't know how they would end up together, how thier opposite personalities would work, but they surprised me at how well they did work. Vivi brings Jonah out of the tough times, giving him hope and something to look forward to, and Jonah has a somewhat stable and occasionally calming effect on Vivi, letting her focus on things, like spending time with his family.

Throughout the book we get an idea that there is something going on with Vivi, and underlying aspect to her personality that isn't really elaborated on until much further into the book, I saw the signs and put things together quite early on, but seeing it all play out was a different experience for me.

Final Verdict
When We Collided was a really enjoyable book, I fell in love with the characters and the world Emery has created. I may have even shed a tear or ten at the end of the book.

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