”We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know.” -When We Collided, Emery Lord
You have Vivi, the eccentric and dramatic girl with a dark past that brings light to a small town. Then you have Jonah, the guy who is just trying to keep it together as he carries a massive weight on his shoulders after a family tragedy. Together they helped one another bring out the best in each other before a small tragedy strikes and “tears” (brain fart) them apart. It was one of those books that you couldn’t put down and let’s be honest, I cried (both happy and sad tears).
I loved the characters especially Vivi since she reminded me of my own best friend. They share the same personality and have had a dark past yet can brighten up the world. The depiction of mental illness in this novel was very real as if the author knew what I’ve been trying to say in words. I have witnessed bipolar episodes with a loved one to know enough of what goes on in their heads and I have experienced depression myself to know exactly what it felt like for some characters.
Personally, I love when there’s a change in point of view because then you get a glimpse of what’s inside other characters’ heads, but for this novel it felt different. To me, it felt as if it was mostly about Vivi, sure we have Jonah, but when we do hear from him it’s usually to do more with Vivi’s story. And yes, it was a “romance” but didn’t really feel like it. I’m not a huge fan of instalove and that’s what this was (I like the idea of the characters slowly falling in love – but not too slow). I felt as if this love story was progressing rather quickly only for it to crumble.
I’m the end, I did really enjoy it and give it a 4.5/5.