Going in to When We Collided, I was pretty clueless about the plot and wasn’t really expecting much, but had heard from quite a few people that it was a lovely read and definitely a big contemporary for 2016. After reading the first few chapters, I wasn’t sure what to think of the book. Yes, it was a well-written YA contemporary with fairly interesting characters, but at the beginning, it lacked the spark that gets me hooked. Little did I know that a few chapters later, I would have become fully invested into Vivi and Jonah’s relationship.
I found it a lot easier to connect with Vivi once I learned more about the character and her mental illness; it was a lot easier to understand why she did some things which I didn’t necessarily completely understand in the moment. I love that the author has a lot of experience with Bipolar Disorder so really knows what she’s talking about, and I think she makes it really easy for a reader, like me, who doesn’t know much about it at all, to understand. Vivi’s character development was excellent – it was easy to stay engaged and interested in her character until the last page.
I feel like Jonah was the perfect match for Vivi, at least throughout most of the book. No matter what he went through, and he went through quite a lot, he remained the sweet and level-headed character that Vivi needed to help balance out her excitable and adventurous personality. I just wish that he sometimes realised that he was great person and did great things with or without Vivi by his side.
I think the dual-narrative in this book was the perfect choice to show the thoughts of both characters and see what they each go through. The issues raised in this book are often avoided and not talked about, and I think Emery Lord did an excellent job of discussing them whilst also creating complex and eye-opening characters.
Author: Emery Lord
Title: When We Collided
Audience: Teens/Young Adults
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Published: April 2016
Star Rating: ★★★★☆