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When We Collided by Emery Lord - Review

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Where did I get it? I bought it on Kindle for 99p a couple of weeks back, and I've seen such buzz around it that I thought I'd read it now. 

What's it about? Vivi has moved to Verona Cove for the summer as her painter mother is drawing inspiration from the area. Vivi is determined to embrace all of life, to have plenty of new experiences and to forget what went wrong in Seattle. She gets a job at a pottery painting shop and there she meets Jonah. 

Jonah is the 3rd eldest of six siblings. Their dad has recently died and Jonah and his elder siblings have been keeping the family together while their mum hides away in her bedroom, griefstricken. Vivi integrates herself in Jonah's life and those of his family. 

But cracks start to appear as it becomes clearer what's going on in Vivi's mind. I won't say more because I don't want to spoil it. 

What age range is it for? 15+, there's some gory and graphic stuff. 
Are any main characters LGBTQ+? No
Are any main characters people of colour? No 
Are any main characters disabled either mentally or physically? Yes, it's a big part of the story. 
Is there any sex stuff? Yes, but it's very fade to black, and there's mentions of safe sex. 
Are drugs mentioned or used? Yes, not illegal drugs but prescription ones. 
Is there any talk of death? Yes, and there's some other gory stuff too.
Are there swear words? Very infrequently. 
Would I recommend the book? Yes, absolutely. The book has a really summery feel to it, and the setting is well-described and feels part of the novel. Vivi and Jonah are both extremely likeable characters, although I felt like Jonah was a bit too "good" for most of the book. His siblings are all well drawn, and the people at Jonah's dad's restaurant, and Vivi's mum. 
How many stars? Nine out of ten. 

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