When We Collided by Emery Lord
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Total Pages: 352
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 Vivii would come along.
Vivii 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.
This is going to shock some people, but When We Collided is the first Emery Lord book that I’ve read. I know, I know! I have others on my TBR list (going to go ahead and bump those up now…), but this was the first one I got to, and WHEW, what a way to start. Anyways, just need to say that I’m in love, I’m in love, and I don’t care who knows it! Emery’s writing style is to die for; it’s so beautiful and descriptive and real. Truly lovely, and this definitely gets me excited to read her other novels. Now, onto the story.
Vivi and Jonah as characters were spectacular polar opposites, and it was awesome! Jonah is such a sensitive soul, a truly kind and wonderful human. Through his interactions with his family (who remind of the Garrett family from My Life Next Door), we learn so much about why he is the way that he is. Jonah’s character made me want to be a better person, and had me analyzing my own life and how I handle situations. Then there is Vivi, this complete firecracker who takes no prisoners and makes life her bitch! I was jealous of her and the way that she viewed life, the way that she LIVED life. She made me want to call in sick and go on adventures, to just live life to the freaking fullest and it was so damn exhilarating! This book emotionally hit close to home for me with regards to Vivi. It was difficult at times and eye opening at others, and really helped me to connect with her as a character and the overall story. Sorry, I know that’s vague, but I don’t want to give anything away.
Can we talk about the TITLE for a second? I can’t even explain how spot on it is. Sometimes when I’m reading a book the title might make sense, it might tie into the story a little, but this one, GAH! It’s also ridiculously accurate in explaining the relationship between Vivi and Jonah, as well as young love in general. So passionate, so epic, so destructive, and so life altering. Emery Lord hits the nail on the head. This story of falling in love when you’re young is raw, it’s real, and it’s relatable. Reading about Vivi and Jonah, I became so invested in their story and their individual lives. Emery really dragged me through the wringer, but it was so SO worth it.
ALL THE STARS!
How did you feel about the ending of this?
Do you want a sequel as badly as I do for this?