by Emery Lord
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Publication Date: April 5th 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary | Realistic Fiction
Source: For Review
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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. (Goodreads)
Emery Lord has quickly become one of my most favorite authors to read. I loved her previous books, Open Road Summer and The Start of Me and You, and I absolutely couldn't wait to read When We Collided. I knew it would not disappoint, of course, and I loved it just as much as I expected to!!
I loved the main character in the story, Vivi, the moment I first met her. I found myself relating to her in so many different ways. We see many different sides of Vivi throughout the novel, there are lots of ups and downs for her as the story goes along. I love that there are books in the world with stories like Vivi's, as I think this is a great way to get a message across to someone who may need to see it.
The character who stole the story for me would have to be Jonah. This boy has an amazing heart, and I love how much he loved his family. He had more on his shoulders than any 17 year old should ever have to bear, but he did and he set aside everything for his family, and I found that so very admirable. His family was really great as well, I loved all of his brothers and sisters, especially little Leah.
The storyline for the book is a lovely and sweet contemporary, but also carries a very strong message about mental illness. Again, I love that this message is there, and I hope that people will read this book, and relate, and know that there is so much help and hope out there for them. This story was super realistic, and beautifully written. I loved it.
Overall; I enjoyed When We Collided just as much as I expected to. The storyline and the characters were so great, and I couldn't help but completely fall in love with everything about this book. Read it. I know you'll love it.