Saturday, 14 May 2016

When We Collided by Emery Lord

Title: When We Collided
Author: Emery Lord
Published by: Bloomsbury
Publication date: 7th April 2016
Pages: 337
Genres: Young Adult/Contemporary/Mental Health
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought.

Seventeen-year-old Jonah Daniels has lived in Verona Cove, California, his whole life and only one thing has changed: his father used to be alive, and now he's not. Reeling from the tragedy, Jonah must take care of his family.

Enter Vivi Alexander, new girl in town.

Vivi is in love with life. A gorgeous, unfiltered hurricane of thoughts and feelings, she transforms Jonah's family and changes his life.

But there are always consequences when worlds collide...

In the months before I finally caved in and bought myself a copy of When We Collided by Emery Lord, I saw SO many positive reviews for it. I knew it would be good. After all, loads of bloggers I love had said it was amazing, so it had to be, right? But I didn't know it would be that good, the kind of good that can end a few bad weeks and make me think, y'know, maybe things will get better after all. And it takes a rare, special kind of book to do that.

You might be thinking something along the lines of: Amber, no offence, but this sounds pretty cliche, are you sure this is actually, like, good? I see where you're coming from. The reason it took me so long to buy a copy is because, despite all of those glowing reviews, it seemed like yet another one of those books where the protagonist is mentally ill but then along comes a Love Interest and they're Instantly Cured. Yes, this book contains romance and mental health, but it's well balanced and doesn't romanticise mental illness at all, I'm happy to say. In fact, this is one of the best and most hopeful representations of mental illness I've seen in YA. It's truly special and beautifully done.

I loved Vivi and Jonah SO MUCH. They were there for each other through everything and neither of them ran away from the other's problems. They held each other up and went above and beyond to make the other one happy. Jonah's family was pretty great, too. I loved his backstory and how real and believable it all was. I just.. gah. *jumps up and down*

As much as I want to talk about this wonderful story forever, can we talk about the outside of it for a second? I want the cover as art on my wall. It's so pretty and captures the essence of the book so well. I can't seem to find the rather talented designer but if somehow you're reading this, gold star for you. That cover is just as stunning as the writing inside. (Kind of gutted I missed out on the pre-order offer they had going on where you could get QUOTES on BEAUTIFUL MATCHING POSTCARDS. I know.)

When We Collided is one of those books that I just want to press into the hands of everyone I know. I hesitate to describe any book as perfect but, for me, this is. It showed that bad times aren't forever but for a short while in a huge and wonderful life, and I think that's something we all need to be reminded of now and again. The writing is raw, unflinching and reminiscent of Jandy Nelson and Siobhan Curham. Just like with their books, seconds after I finished When We Collided I wanted to read it again. And again. I cannot tell you how much it means to see a positive book about mental health that is also written accurately. This is the first of Lord's books that I've read but I'll definitely be looking out for her others. ❤


  1. I am not a Contemporary YA reader, but there are always books here and there, that get such fabulous reviews, I will pick one up if I see the ebook on sale, or when I am at the library. I think this is one of them. Thanks for the review. :)

  2. That cover really does look fine! I'm always curious as to how an author will portray mental illness in a book - because so much of these kind of books have been written and the subject was not properly portrayed. I'm really curious with this one though - I've heard many good things about Emery Lord!

  3. What template do you use on your blog?