If you didn’t know, When We Collided by Emery Lord officially came out on the fifth of April! When We Collided follows the story of Vivi and Jonah. In the town of Verona Cove, Vivi is the new girl whilst Jonah is the boy with the tragic past. Since the death of Jonah’s father, Jonah has carried the weight and burden of his whole family on his shoulders. He is expected to look after them, pay their finance and organize his sibling’s life. However, he feels lost in this vastly different lifestyle. Vivi is the new girl, she is the “wild child,” she changes everything in Jonah’s life. When Vivi and Jonah are together it seems like an explosion but sometimes explosions can go too far and both of them have to bear the consequences.
If you haven’t picked this up, I definitely recommend it but I’ll explain more in my review later on. First up, I am so excited and honoured because I got the chance to interview Emery Lord! I loved Open Road Summer and had a major book hangover after reading it, which goes to show how much I loved it. When We Collided is her latest novel, which I highly recommend if you are looking for a unique contemporary! Without further ado, lets get right into the interview with the one and only, Emery Lord:
what is one writing tip you have for all the aspiring writers out there?
Protect your wonder!
when in your life did you decide to write this book; what was your inspiration?
I started in 2013. My inspiration is always part my curiosity (What would it be like to live in a vacation town? What would it be like to have a bunch of siblings? And so on) and part things that are happening in my own life (grieving a family member, depression, etc.)
what is your favourite young-adult book, what are some book recommendations?
My favorite YA books are, in fact, by Australia’s very own Melina Marchetta. I would recommend every last one—I can’t pick!!
have you ever met someone who has an amazing love story and relationship?
Of course! I hesitate to call us AMAZING, but I started dating my husband was I was 16, and he is still my favorite human on Earth.
What are your advice and tips on how to improve your mental health?
Well, different things (and combinations of things) work for different people, so I guess my advice is to be gentle with yourself and realize you’re in control of how you manage your health. I’m personally open to a lot of things because I like to see what suits me! Whether it’s yoga and meditation and/or therapy and/or medication or simpler lifestyle things like long walks and good sleep, I think being open to possibilities is a huge help!
Title: When We Collided
Author: Emery Lord
Release Date: April 2016
Retail Price: $17.99
Overall Rating: 8/10
Genre: Romance, Drama, Contemporary and Coming of Age
Do you ever just listen to a song, with catching lyrics and beautiful music and feel this chilling sensation up all over your arms? You’ve probably
heard of this sensation before, in TV shows and from friends. Emery Lord’s When We Collided left me with tingling shivers. I’ve never felt goosebumps like I did whilst reading this book. I’ve never shed a tear of happiness and hope but I truly did with this book. I loved it so much. It definitely did not disappoint and I can safely say that it blew me away.
The storyline for this book was so unique. It was refreshing and intriguing at the same time. I thought it would be like a copy of We Were Liars or All The Bright Places but When We Collided took the themes from these books and twisted them into this book. Hope, family, loss, mental illness and coming of age: all of these themes fitted into this book perfectly like a puzzle. Emery Lord’s writing was perfect. Writing contemporary books are literally like an art. You have to capture the voices of all the characters into a concise and descriptive writing and Emery Lord did that with both Jonah and Vivi’s voices. I actually really enjoyed the dual perspectives in this book. Since Jonah and Vivi were such contrasting characters, I thought it was very fitting how we got to see both of their thoughts. I didn’t find myself getting confused with both characters because of their different voices.
Another element I loved about the plot was how much it left the reader hooked. I was perpetually page turning throughout the book. It was so spontaneous and exciting that I constantly needed to read it to catch up. I don’t think I found myself bored during any part of it. Jonah and Vivi were constantly on some kind of adventure or argument and it really kept me entertained throughout the novel. However, it did feel a bit choppy at times, which brought the book down for me.
I absolutely loved the idea of the metaphor with the planet colliding. The thought of having two completely different people collide together but breaking away to follow their own separate paths is heartbreaking and eye-opening at the same time. I feel like Emery Lord took the whole typical plot of “two very different people who fall in love,” very differently and I loved what she did with it. The romance between Jonah and Vivi is so unique I fell in love with the idea. Their relationship was so cute and heartbreaking at the same time and I have never read anything quite like their love story, which was so refreshing. Lately, I’ve been reading a few cliche love stories and When We Collided’s love story was so unlike what I’ve read before.
Vivi’s character was very bubbly and quirky. It was enjoyable to read from her perspective but at times, I found myself cringing more than once. However, I loved how she kind of acted like a beacon and life saver for Jonah, I thought that was so cute. Jonah’s character was that boy that I felt so sympathetic for. I loved how much his character developed throughout the story. He was a character I truly admired because of his courage and his ending chapter was amazing!
Overall, I highly enjoyed this novel and it’s definitely one of my top ten books this year, so far. If you loved Museum of Intangible Things, The Fault In Our Stars, We Were Liars or All The Bright Places you will definitely fall in love with this book! Emery Lord brought this explosive book that was amazing. It was both unique and intriguing and for me it was a highly enjoyable read!
what did you think of when we collided