Title : When We Collided
Author : Emory Lord
Genre : YA Contemporary, Mental Illness
Goodreads summary :
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.
Considering the fact that it took me 3 damn weeks to finish a 300-something page book, I really do not have the right to present a compact, clear opinion on the book but yet here I am, trying to right down a bit (just a bit) of what exactly I felt for the book.
I had my ups and downs with this book. I thought the beginning was interesting, the middle bored me to death but the ending suddenly had this really emotional bit which made me tear up. However, overall, the issues I had with this book far outweighed the better aspects of it and the best thing I can say about this book is that it was pretty mediocre. Not as good as I was hoping it to be, but I didn’t really have that many expectations from it anyway.
The first thing I need to address is the insta-love. This book is heavily marked with insta-love, to the point where it got extremely ridiculous to read. The characters meet and bam! Galaxies collide and the world breaks apart and they’re in love. Ah, if only it were that easy! I don’t like it when teenagers fall in love in a dramatic, hyperbolic way and make this huge, other-worldy affair of it, it takes away the realness or the practicality of the book.
Which brings me to my next point, the unnecessary emphasis on the romance. When a book which is clearly about mental illness, tries to branch out and delve into deeper matters (like love) – it gets annoying (at least to me). It also felt like the characters fell in love because of their mental illness/pain in their life, which isn’t something I particularly approve of in books.
However, the portrayal of the mental illness, however much was there in the book, was pretty darn good. I wish the book had just focused on the mental illness bit, because that would have made it so much better.
As for the characters, I really disliked Vivi. There was just something about her which never appealed to me and as the book progressed, it felt harder for me to connect with her, or understand her, or identify with the decisions she made. Jonah, on the other hand, was a ray of sunshine. I loved his internal struggles, the way he dealt with them, his own flawness and his ability to look beyond the flaws of others made him such a lovely character.
I loved that the author gave both the characters their own voices, it made reading from their perspectives so much easier and it felt like both characters had their own separate personalities.
As for the writing style, I wasn’t the hugest fan of it, and it felt as if the author was trying too hard to do some more and make the writing all fancy, which I didn’t particularly like. The book tried to be an emotional love story, but the writing didn’t have the depth enough for that. As for the actual plot of the book, it wasn’t the most imaginative or exciting, but it still kept the story going.
Overall, it wasn’t the most impressive book ever, though it did have some fine redeeming qualities to it. I probably would’ve DNF’d this had I been on my normal reading schedule, but now that the upcoming exams are making me read considerably lesser, I didn’t want to DNF the one book that I had been reading for days! It’s a book worth giving a shot if you’re a massive YA contemporary fan, but otherwise, it woud be better to just give this a pass :)