Book Review: When We Collided by Emery Lord

Read between: 24th-31st July
Number of pages: 342
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Published: April 5th 2016
Synopsis: 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.

Rating:

Review:

Jonah Daniels is grieving his father. Vivi Alexander is dealing with a mental illness in her own way- by having the best summer she’s ever had. That summer, they are brought together and both of their lives are changed forever. For better? For worse? Actually, you’d probably say it was a bit of both.

There is a clear focus on mental health. The acknowledgements of the book include various helplines and it’s clear the author wrote this book to make it known that bipolar and grief are not things to hide away. You need to get them out in the open. I personally don’t suffer from bipolar disorder, like Vivi does in the book, but there are definitely people out there and this book shines a light. It makes it known, so people can recognise the signs and get help.

On a happier note- Vivi definitely lights up Jonah’s life. I love her character. She’s so bubbly and full of sass. She stands out- a vintage queen, and I love the way she interacts with Jonah’s little sister Leah, treating her less like a kid and more on her level.

I don’t usually like dual perspectives, this book is written in a dual perspective- Jonah’s and Vivi’s. However, it’s nice to switch between the two of them as it creates a better understanding of one, what they’re going through, and two, what they genuinely think of each other, even when disaster strikes. There’s a chapter of Vivi’s that is completely blank after she has a motorcycle crash. I was worried she’d died.

Thankfully, she was okay.

The moral of the story, in my eyes, is not to let your troubles get you down. Instead, you should live your live to it’s fullest. Jonah and Vivi’s relationship is proof of that-with each other they are happy. She even makes his siblings happy- which, after their loss, is just the thing they need.

Although many things happen there is still flow. We get both sides to the story which gave it much more depth that if it had been through the eyes of one person.

A story of love, loss, of friendship. That’s the best way to sum up this book. The characters definitely stay with you, especially one, just as she left her mark everywhere she went.

Vivi was here.

5/5 STARS!

I really enjoyed this book! I’d recommend it 🙂

Thanks for reading!
~Katie

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