Meet Vivi and Jonah: A girl and a boy whose love has the power save or destroy them.
Vivi and Jonah couldn't be more different. Vivi craves anything joyful or beautiful that life can offer. Jonah has been burdened by responsibility for his family ever since his father died. As summer begins, Jonah resigns himself to another season of getting by. Then Vivi arrives, and suddenly life seems brighter and better. Jonah is the perfect project for Vivi, and things finally feel right for Jonah. Their love is the answer to everything. But soon Vivi's zest for life falters, as her adventurousness becomes true danger-seeking. Jonah tries to keep her safe, but there's something important Vivi hasn't told him.
I had high hopes for this book. I read a book by Emery Lord last year and really enjoyed it, so when I first read the synopsis of When We Collided I thought this would be amazing, but it was definitely not.
I found the plot of this story to be quite plain and it was not at all what I was expecting. I do think that liking the plot of this book would be a personal thing and I can understand why some people would enjoy it, but it just was not for me. I personally did not really understand the point of the story and where it was going and the majority of the plot only developed very late into the book.
I found it very hard to connect with the characters and they were all very two-dimensional. This might have something to do with the fact that they are 16 and I... am not 16... but in saying that, I just really didn't like them. Vivy was way too arrogant for my liking, especially for a 16 year old. Jonah was the same, although his circumstances made it seem more realistic, I still found the characters (and their relationship) hard to believe. I know a few things are answered in the ending of the story about the character traits, and it does resolve a few issues I had with the characters, but for 80% of the story I really could not stand them. You don't really get to know any of the other characters in great detail and considering there are quite a lot of secondary characters, it would have been nice to know a bit more about them.
When We Collided deals with some very serious topics (mental illness, depression, etc.) in a way that isn't so obvious like many YA books on the market these days, which I personally found quite refreshing. I didn't actually realise exactly how much this book covered until I read the authors note.
So, even though I didn't like this book, I do think some people will love it. It is a very quick read (if you are enjoying it). It's easy to read, not overly predictable, and if you are in the mood for a YA contemporary that has humour, drama and romance definitely check this out.
Would I recommend? Maybe
If you liked: Your Voice is All I Hear by Leigh Sheier
Overall Rating: 2.5 /5
**This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Format: Paperback, 337 pages
Genre: YA Contemporary
Acquired from: Bloomsbury Australia
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