Book Review #43: When We Collided- Emery Lord



Title: When We Collided
Author: Emery Lord
Publication: April 5th 2016, Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 1619638452 / 9781619638457

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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.

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“But the point is that trying to make things better sometimes makes us better, too. The point is I’m trying to create good things in the midst of the bad. Grief or no grief. And in my case, it’s still somewhere in between.”

First of, I bought and decided to read this book because Emery Lord is the author of one of my favorite books, The Start of Me and You. But after reading the story, I got to say that sometimes, books from the same author have different outcomes.

“I keep wondering if it’ll ever hurt less. This…this hole in our lives.” “Oh, I imagine it’ll hurt less eventually. I think there will always be a hole, though. But lace is one of the most beautiful fabrics, you know. All those holes and gaps, but it’s still complete somehow- still lovely.”

When We Collided is a story of how Vivi, a girl diagnosed with bipolar disorder met Jonah, a guy who recently lost his father and needed to support his other four siblings and mother, and how their usual life turns upside down.

“My dark days made me strong. Or maybe I already was strong, and they made me prove it.”

Honestly, I expected that I’d like this book since I like Lord’s The Start of Me and You. However, I learned, that comparing her books would just lead me to disappointments. I like the twist of having a mental disorder and at the same time meeting someone that totally rocked your entire world. I love the uniqueness of its characters. However, I totally understand that Vivi is suffering from a disorder, but taking Jonah for granted and all her issues was somehow a bit much to me. Vivi’s feeling toward Jonah seemed to me like somewhat not genuine and somehow along the way, I got bored and I just finished the book for its sake. The unfolding of events didn’t seem to entice me anymore, and I just find Vivi a bit worse each passing chapter.

However, I’ll give the credit to some of the characters whom I found really strong and interesting. For instance, Vivi’s mother who tried so hard to help Vivi despite her being a hard-headed. I also liked some of the cheesy moments in here.

“Maybe in my next life, I’ll be a wave in the ocean, and you’ll be a mountain, and we’ll spend years and years brushing up against each other. You’ll shift so painfully slowly, and some days I’ll crash right into you and other days I’ll approach gently, licking your sides. That sounds like us, doesn’t it?”

The story was a bit dragging, but I like the book and its spices and twists. I will still recommend this book for it advocates our understanding of how hard it is to undergo a disorder in mental health.


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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. To know more about her, head on to her website.


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