Title: When We Collided
Author: Emery Lord
Date Started: May 15
Date Finished: May 19
Format: Hardcover from local library
Meet Vivi and Jonah, two people who are vastly different even though they are the same age. Vivi is wild, fun, and goes wherever the wind takes her, even if sometimes it gets her into a lot of trouble. She just moved to Verona Cove from Seattle and is looking to start over because here no one knows what she’s done or what’s wrong with her. Jonah used to be a go-getter until his father died unexpectedly from a heart attack. Now, he has to take care of the house and take care of his younger siblings while also taking care of his mom who hasn’t quite gotten over his father’s death. When these two characters collide sparks fly. They just might be what the other needs, until their personalities start to clash…
Where to even begin with this book? Compared to Open Road Summer and The Start of Me and You, I wasn’t all that taken in with the characters. Vivi was a little bit too hyperactive for me and Jonah was just too serious for a seventeen year old. Even their relationship wasn’t all that root-worthy. I was more interested in their lives outside of their relationship. Like what is the dark secret that Vivi was hiding that dealt with not only the scar on her left arm, but the pill that she kept throwing into the ocean every morning? I was also interested in Jonah’s bounce back from his father’s death and how he handled his younger siblings while also dealing with the older ones, his mother and working at his father’s restaurant. I will say this, though, about Vivi and Jonah’s relationship – the whole flirty thing that they had happening and the philosophical conversations that they had was something more out of a friendship than an actual relationship. In fact, if that was all that Vivi and Jonah had been in this book, I’m pretty sure that I would have been okay with that.
Anyway, the dark secret that Vivi is hiding does become apparent as the book goes along – and her mother kind of points it out when she accuses her of not taking her pills – and that secret – plus a few others – kind of sends Vivi on this roller coaster of a journey that does eventually end with her falling off. Jonah’s part of the story – thankfully – ends a little bit more happily. His juggling does eventually come to an end and he even changes things up at the restaurant. But other than the ‘big accident’ there really isn’t much of a climax in this book.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. Like I said it wasn’t my favorite out of Lord’s writing. But it was still somewhat interesting.
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