Book Review: When We Collided by Emery Lord

When We Collided
Emery Lord
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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Price: Rs 350 
Seventeen year old Jonah Daniels has lived in Verona Cove, California, his whole life, and only one thing has ever changed: his father used to be alive, and now he’s not. Now Jonah must numbly take care of his family as they reel from their tragedy. Cue next change: Vivi Alexander, new girl in town. Vivi is in love with life. A gorgeous and unfiltered hurricane of thoughts and feelings. She seems like she’s from another planet as she transforms Jonah’s family and changes his life. But there are always consequences when worlds collide …A fierce and beautiful love story with a difference, When We Collided will thrill fans of All the Bright Places and I’ll Give You the Sun.
Emery Lord is the author of Open Road Summer and The Start of Me and You. She lives in a pink row house in Cincinnati, with a husband, two rescue dogs, and a closet full of impractical shoes. Twitter: @emerylord
I bought this book a long
time ago but I didn’t start reading it until this Sunday morning. It’s
literally been minutes since I finished the book and I decided that I had to
write a review for it right away! Because this book deserves ALL the attention
it has been getting and then some more.
Emery Lord has created a
brilliant world in Verona Cove where the lives of Vivi Alexanders and Jonah
Daniels collides. I loved the tagline for the novel, right from the start, ‘Can you fall in love when you’re falling
Emery takes the issue of
mental health head on, and leaves no stone unturned as she tried to tell a
simple story without leaving out all the difficult parts. It’s pretty obvious
from the start that Vivi has bipolar disorder even though it’s spelled out much
later into the story. At the onset, it would seem that Jonah is the one who is
But depression and grief
often borrow each other’s masks and you will never know which is which, until
someone comes along and helps you. Sometimes, it’s important to ask for the
help yourself.
This story was heartwarming
and it doesn’t really hurt you and cut you up like other realistically depicted
stories. What it does it give you hope. Hope for a better life, for a new
tomorrow. Hope that this isn’t how good as it gets. There’s more, there’s
always more – only if you’re willing to fight for it.
Favourite Quote 
The I loved the vibrant
characters in Emery Lord’s novel. Especially the six Daniels siblings, who are
in their own right, amazing and do not feel like borrowed characters. They all
fit their purpose, and in the middle is Jonah, trying his very best to make it
all work. To survive one fucking, god awful, never ending year. I have been
through some pretty rough days and I know how dark the darkest of places can
get. But one thing I’ve learned, no one can help you unless you help yourself.
Maybe that’s why some days
when we don’t have the energy to jump out of bed, we should roll out and hit
the floor really hard. Maybe taking that leap would hurt us. But not taking
that leap of faith will hurt us even more. You know?
I love how people are
finally talking about mental health and the YA community especially, has taken
it upon themselves to spread more awareness about the matter. I’m just so glad
that When We Collided is a wonderful
addition to the ever growing collection, and also to my ever growing collection
of books as well.
Don’t miss out on this book.
I promise, you won’t regret it.


This review first appeared in BIBLIOTHEQUE.

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