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Sunday, April 3, 2016
WHEN WE COLLIDED by Emery Lord
Expected Publication April 5th 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens Read: April 2016 How I Got It: Ebook (approximately 352 pages) from NetGalley
Emery Lord (The Start of Me and You) has written yet another
poignant YA novel. Vivi and Jonah meet at a pottery shop and from that moment on
Vivi becomes part of Jonah’s family (along with his five brothers and sisters).
Jonah’s family is going through a rough time of loss and financial issues, but Vivi
brings life back into them. What isn’t obvious to the family though is that
Vivi has her own dark issues that she’s dealing with. Vivi and Jonah create a
sweet relationship, but their respective ailments, Jonah’s grief and Vivi’s
depression, cause rifts. There are many elements of suspense that make readers
wonder not only will Vivi and Jonah’s relationship survive, but will the
characters survive the challenging lives they’ve been given?
When We Collided is a beautifully written love story, but,
more than that, it is a well-articulated explanation of mental illness. All of
the characters have difficulties, and although Vivi states that she cannot properly
define her disease, Lord’s writing expresses it very well. In the midst of the
seriousness, Lord introduces many quirky “townie” characters, and the town itself,
Verona Cove, becomes a character too. It is important to open a dialogue about
mental illness, and Lord has done that with her incredibly moving writing.
*Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an advanced electronic copy in exchange for an honest review.