Title: When We Collided
Author: Emery Lord
Release Date: April 7th, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
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. 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 by Emery Lord is a contemporary read that follows Vivi and Jonah, two teens who meet during Vivi’s summer stay in Verona Cove. Both teens are struggling with something that impacts their lives, but together they find a way to cope. Written in dual points of view is this beautiful story with captivating writing and unique, memorable characters.
Our first main character and one of our points of view is Vivi. Vivi is one of the most unique characters that I have encountered in a while. Her personality and style are so eccentric. Her carefree attitude, quirkiness, and her open take on like made me love her character! Despite how much she loves life, there were also parts of the book where she was not the happiest due to her mental illness. This made her character so realistic and relatable. All of the characters in this story were very easy to relate to because they were all so realistic and unique, making this story even more amazing.
Our second main character and other point of view is Jonah. He is reserved, responsible, and has a slightly negative view of life. This is expected from him since he did lose his father and was thrown the large responsibility of helping take care of his family. I really enjoyed Jonah’s character because he was so sweet and caring towards everyone! I am so glad that him and Vivi met because they changed each other for the better. They showed each other how they can start coping with their struggles and so much more.
Jonah’s family (more specifically his siblings) were so enjoyable to have in the story. Vivi had such a positive impact on all of them and uplifted their spirits. It was amazing to see everyone grow as characters and as a family along with Vivi.
Vivi and Jonah had such a great dynamic from the start. It was a little rough to start off, but that made the relationship more realistic. I did not really love how unbelievably insta-lovey it was (if you don’t like insta-love, than this book might not be for you) but it was a summer love story, so I guess that I should not have expected anything different when it came to the romance. Despite the insta-love, their relationship was so realistic. They had their ups and downs but they still loved and cared for each other regardless of their situations. They managed to look past each other’s differences, struggles, and flaws to find the goodness in each other. Just so cute!
This book handled mental illness and loss in such a fantastic way. It did not romanticize or sugar-coat things, it portrayed thing the way they are, and sometimes those things are not always great. The author, from what I read in the author’s note, struggles personally with a mental illness which is why I they were able to make things really realistic.
This book was so beautifully written and handled topics like mental illness and loss so well, which is why this book will definitely be on my list of favourite contemporaries. I also think that this would be a great book to read to help get you out of a reading slump because it is a cute and quick read!
Happy reading and have a lovely day!🌻
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