Title: When We Collided
Author: Emery Lord
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Children’s
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.
Simply put, I really enjoyed the book. I understood the trials and tribulations of the characters and also I’m a sucker for any story that shows the goodness of people. I can’t say I loved it – but that may just be my personal hang up of not being able to love a tragedy.
Lord is a wonderful writer who is able to fully immerse the reader into her character’s head, which is no easy task when the story has two narrators. The thought process and the voice of the characters swiftly and fluidly move to each different perspective. And the characters are unapologetic about themselves. I wish more YA books focused on this.
Overall, When We Collided was a well written, purposeful love story that totally satisfies (even if it was a little predictable). FIP recommends it as a whimsical rainy day read. Don’t go looking for the answer to all of life’s secrets here – but you may identify your own aura.