When We Collided by Emery Lord
Rating: 5/5 stars
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.
This book gives you all the YA feels you love and SO. MUCH. MORE. Vivi and Jonah are both broken. They’re young and dealing with a lot more than they’re equipped to handle, but they’re managing, in their own ways.
As Vivi starts falling apart you feel everything with her. You see her unraveling and can see that she’s probably going to drag Jonah along with her, but you’re just on the outside looking in. When the weight of the world becomes too much for them, you feel it as much as they do. When you see them start to figure out how to get through, you are proud and happy for them.
Each broken person is different, and there is no right way for everyone. Just a lot of wrong ways.
This is about so much more than Vivi and Jonah together. It’s about Vivi and Jonah as individuals, each learning their own path. It’s about each of them figuring out how to grow, how to move forward. This book reminds you that most weights are easier to carry when you surround yourself with the right people. It reminds you that you have family, friends, neighbors, and these are people that will always be there to help you carry the load when it gets to be too much to carry on your own. Jonah and Vivi have amazing people around them that are more than happy to help when everything gets to be too much for them.
This book deals with loss and depression in an amazing way. It shows you that everyone’s pain doesn’t look the same, that everyone doesn’t hurt in the same way. It shows you that the same thing doesn’t work for everyone, and that it’s perfectly ok to choose your own path and find what works for you. It also reminds you never to be ashamed to ask for help.
I fell in love with everything this book stands for. I also fell in love with the way it tackled huge/scary subjects.
About Emery Lord:
Emery Lord is a 20-something Midwestern girl who writes stories about high school and best friends and weird families and the crushes fluttery and so painfully awkward you could implode.
She lives in Cincinnati in a 100 year-old pink row house with a scientist, a one-eyed beagle, and a dog named Winston Churchill.