“No matter what heaven you believe in, your time on this earth will end. What I’m saying is that you should listen—really listen—to the slosh of the waves and the distant call of Pacific birds. You should feel a boy’s pulse against your cheek; you should fill your lungs with ocean air. While you can, I mean. You should do these things while you still can.”
Genre: fiction, young adult, romance
AGE RECOMMENDED: 13 yrs and up
“Even the constellations can see us now: we are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know.”
“Wow” was what i gasped as soon as i finished this beautiful book .
‘When We Collided’ was essentially about this grief-stricken boy Jonah, who has lost his father and is left to deal with all the tension of shouldering the responsibilities of his family. This, is when the gorgeous hurricane of thoughts, Vivi Alexander turns up and transforms Jonah’s life completely!
I received a free review copy of the book from Bloomsbury India and am literally overflowing with words for this gorgeous book. ( no exaggeration. )
First of all, I would say that every single thing about this book was wonderful… everything ranging from its splendid cover to the characters to the writing style.
This was my very first book by Emery Lord but, can call her the ULTIMATE GODDESS of WRITING just yet. ( and I’m not even kidding )
The way she writes and describes every little detail is so clever and so beautiful that it gives you a feeling of her , actually taking the time to personally handpick some of the most wonderful words.
“The morning sun has edged past the horizon line, casting shadows of leaves like lace on the sidewalk. Flowers burst throughout every inch of the town… fuchsia roses crawling over trellises, forsythia blazing like yellow fireworks.”
Moreover, I really admire Emery for highlighting the issue of mental illness & depression in her book, without the book losing its overall charm because frankly speaking, I have this allergy to books that make me feel depressed. In fact, I had even stopped reading ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ by Jay Asher for that reason.
This book , however, was different.
Coming to the characters, they were the most amazing characters with a brimming amount of reality & relatability and a hint of their share of enigma and, basically, magic.
All in all, this was the kind of book you gotta grab right now!
Reading it was like walking barefoot on freshly cut grass with a glazed cupcake in your hand. It overflowed with all sorts of super-sweet, delightful and touching moments.
It definitely was one of the best books I’ve read lately and Vivi (damn ❤ ) was such a good character! Ask my heart and it would say Vivi Was Here.
– Reviewed by Nandika Kaul