MY RATING: 3.5 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.
When We Collided by Emery Lord is definitely a book that comes off as being a light happy read, but in reality, it’s about a darker topic running on the lines of mental illness. I felt like When We Collided is a book that either some people really loved, or they really didn’t love it. For me, I had many ups and downs regarding the book. For instance, I LOVED the ending, the end was spectacular. But I also really didn’t like the romantic relationships.
I felt both Jonah and Vivi were very deep unique characters. I really loved reading about Vivi’s bubbly and unique personality. She was as I might say, ‘a breath of fresh air.’ Though Jonah, isn’t as solid as Vivi was, I felt he was unique in different ways. Jonah is not the perfect deliciously hot love interest. Jonah actually has struggles that unfold throughout the story that give the story an interesting plot. One of the best things about Jonah is his imperfections, he isn’t 100 percent forgiving towards Vivi, he actually gets angry at her, for good reason too. Though they both had really well written characters, their relationship was what was in the wrong for me. Both characters seemed to immediately fall in love with each other. By page 100, they were dating. It felt very insta-love and that was something that was a real downfall for me.
The darkest topic is Vivi. Though she is seemingly light and carefree ALL the time, her true underlaying darkness felt very realistic. She was a great character that flowed well with the plot, though the plot was slower in the beginning, the end speeds up to a great pace keeping me flipping the pages. Honestly, When We Collided didn’t give me any girly giggles, but it was still good.
Overall, When We Collided wasn’t the best contemporary I’ve ever read. That is just something that needs to be said for me. But it wasn’t terrible, there were definitely things lacking, perhaps it was on purpose and just not my thing, or what. But whatever it was, I felt When We Collided showed readers the dark sides of things and really people in general.