The Beginning of Everything by Robyn SchneiderThe Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

The Beginning of Everything

byRobyn Schneider

Paperback | July 29, 2014

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Robyn Schneider's The Beginning of Everything is a witty and heart-wrenching teen novel that will appeal to fans of books by John Green and Ned Vizzini, novels such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and classics like The Great Gatsby and The Catcher in the Rye.

Varsity tennis captain Ezra Faulkner was supposed to be homecoming king, but that was before—before his girlfriend cheated on him, before a car accident shattered his leg, and before he fell in love with unpredictable new girl Cassidy Thorpe.

As Kirkus Reviews said in a starred review, "Schneider takes familiar stereotypes and infuses them with plenty of depth. Here are teens who could easily trade barbs and double entendres with the characters that fill John Green's novels."

Funny, smart, and including everything from flash mobs to blanket forts to a poodle who just might be the reincarnation of Jay Gatsby, The Beginning of Everything is a refreshing contemporary twist on the classic coming-of-age novel—a heart-wrenching story about how difficult it is to play the part that people expect, and how new beginnings can stem from abrupt and tragic endings.

Robyn Schneider is a writer, actor, and online personality. She is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied creative writing, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she studied medical ethics. She lives in Los Angeles, California, but also on the internet.
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Title:The Beginning of EverythingFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:July 29, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from this was amazing! I read this book expecting something bad to happen and it did but it didn’t. What I mean is, there were terrible things that happened but good things came from it. It all started when in the seventh grade, the main character Ezra and his best friend Toby went to Disneyland in California for a field trip and something bad happened to Toby. They went on a roller coaster called The Thunder Mountain Railroad and a man and his kid were in front of them. They were enjoying the ride when the kid suddenly stood up, got decapitated and the boys head landed on Tobys lap. To this day the kids at school made fun of him about that dark day. Years later as a senior in highschool Ezra’s girlfriend Charlotte cheats on him while they are at a party. Ezra leaves the party heartbroken and full of anger, gets into his car and... To know more you should get the book and read it for yourself to find out what Ezra's tragedy is going to be. In my opinion this book has an unexpected ending which is sad and good at the same time. There is a lot of drama, like relationship problems and life issues as well. This book had its ups and downs but overall I enjoyed the plot of the story with its unexpected twist and overall great story. It’s a book that I think many people need to read because it teaches and reminds us of life lessons like, treat people the way you want to be treated, don't do drugs or drink alcohol when you are under age and that there are consequences to being irresponsible. This is why I find this book so interesting is that it tells you the consequences for your actions and I think that there are people in the world that need to be reminded of that lesson. There are too many kids in schools that are experimenting with and doing drugs and possibly drinking and that's not a good thing to be getting addicted to. In my opinion this is a book that I think everyone should read because it is what happens in reality so it is relatable. This would be a really great book for teenagers to read to either keep them away from doing drugs or drinking or maybe even help those that are using and drinking to realize doing that stuff is not worth it and that there are better things to do with your life!
Date published: 2019-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely LOVED this book I wish I could give an extra star, this book was so amazing. I fell so in love with the characters Vivi and Jonah. The story was so well written it almost brought me to tears a few times, especially Vivi's note to Jonah at the very end. Such a beautiful and complex story.
Date published: 2018-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I cried and so will you! You are taken on a rollercoaster. You fall in love with the characters and relate to them even if your situations in life are very different. Schneider explores the human condition in the best way possible. Would read it again and again.
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light & Easy read This was really enjoyable and a nice, light read - very well written. I loved the characters and could easily build a connection with them. You may shed a few tears but overall it gave me really happy vibes.
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A light, easy read I flew through this book as it is very easy to read. The plot itself reminded me of watching a classic teen comedy - nothing life changing or spectacular, but it had its moments. In agreement to some other comments, the characters can be a little obnoxious at times - especially when they're searching for meaning when there is none. Not sure if I'd go out of my way to recommend this to anyone, but it was an enjoyable YA read.
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read The book hit all emotions and can be relatable for many people.
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! This book was so beautiful and sad and had strong main characters as well as a full cast of vibrant supporting ones. It was heartbreaking and funny and full of feeling! 100% recommend!
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from CRIED AND CRIED This book was heart breaking, definitely a must read.
Date published: 2018-05-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from fell flat for me I don't think this was a particularly bad book... But I didn't really like it. I thought it was very flat and all the characters were annoying and shallow. There were also a lot of characters with nothing really making them stand out from each other, so I really only knew who about 4 of the people were. I didn't mind the writing, and over all it was an easy book to get through. I didn't feel like a chore or anything to read it. It just was very bland. It just fell flat for me, is all :(
Date published: 2018-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hits you in the feels! This book was filled with laughter and tears. I loved it! The ending was amazing and overall I loved the story and characters.
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read! This book made me laugh and cry. I could not put it down. Did not expect the ending to connect everything like that!
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved! I've read this book at least 5 times and I never get tired of it
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed Bought this since the description for the book called out to me (for lovers of John Green, Catcher in the Rye, Perks of Being a Wallflower, etc.) but it was a boring read. The characters are decent, ordinary making me passive and uninterested in their story. It is a light read but I could not get myself to finish the book.
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! Such a good read with some really good plot twists. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! Such a good read with some really good plot twists. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful read! This novel is a truthful and raw representation of mental illness, and how it looks from all sides. Jonah and Vivi's relationship was important in bringing the realities of both bipolar disorder and depression to light, and also helping each other understand that mental illness is one facet of your life, not your whole life. Beautiful read, highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ALL TIME FAVOURITE I have read this book over and over again, it is one of those reads you can never get tired of.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Simple An easy read and common plot but still enjoyable
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Important read This was a different kind of YA with a believable, albeit still eccentric, couple of teenagers. Jonah and Vivi are going through separate dark patches and their chance meeting helps them come to terms with their demons. I liked how honest the author was about depression and bipolar disorder and it was important to live the high and low episodes right alongside the characters.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay I wish I liked this book but there was something missing for me. I felt that the story was rushed towards the end which was disappointing because it is still a beautiful story. I absolutely loved Jonah and the was he is with his family.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read! i had heard a lot about this book, mostly amazing reviews. all of them were right because this book was sooooo good! i fell in love with the characters and their stories. must read this book!!!
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A moving and unique story Emery Lord is so good at giving satisfying and mature teen romance while also exploring real world issues, like short-term relationships, unrequited love, mental health, grief, fear, etc. This particular story explores grief (death of a parent, severe depression of the surviving spouse, and several children trying to keep the family afloat) and mental health issues due to bipolar disorder. Though they don't stay together, Vivi and Jonah have definitely made indelible impacts on each others lives, and hopefully on the readers as well.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reaches Out To Teens or Younger This was my favourite book when I was 14, I thought it was the best piece of writing out there because of how much I related to it. Now three years later, I think it was trying too hard to be this metaphorical, thought-provoking and poetic masterpiece of a coming-of-age story. But I still think it's a decent read, Ezra's is quite likeable in my opinion.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh This book was okay, but the ending did not give me enough closure.
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A love story that's unlike any other I think this story is important because it tells the story of living with mental illness, not suffering from it. You get to know the character before you can judge her based on her illness, and you are able to see the complexity of the situation. This book has a strong family element which I love, it truly is central to one of the main characters. Definitely pick this book up if you're looking for a different kind of contemporary.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from a subpar rendition of looking for alaska i think the author has potential, she just tried to be way too pretentious with this book. the main characters are crap but the side characters are ok. good ideas, bad execution. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun read Made for a nice quick read
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adore this book! Amazing story. Very well written and hits your emotions hard. Absolutly adore this book. 5 stars
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing A great story, well written and gets to your emotions. You just feel so much for the characters. If you're a fan of John Green you need to read this.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from SMH Talk about getting kicked while you're down. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good. This book really reached me, as the characters developed well along with the plot. Truly heartbreaking, do not read if you want a happy ending.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from pretty good Nothing amazing, although, robyn schneider in my opinion is a great writer. The book had a typical plot with a twist of an ending. if youre someone who loves to read I would recommend, other than that I would tell you to pass.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nothing exceptional A good easy beach read. Cute, but typically characters and story line. Definitely not in my top 10 but I wasn't disappointed that I read it.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I bought this book a while ago. When I finally had chance to read it, I was fascinated by Ezra world. I really enjoy the book but the end was a little bit disappointing in my opinion.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Bought the book the other day and I am already through with it. I just couldn't stop once I started! Loved it.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Nice Book Was gifted this as a present. Enjoyed the book. It was a good read. Interesting characters, set in high school. A good September read.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Kids of all ages will relate and appreciate this title.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! This book caught my eye from one of my friends read shelf. I wasn't sure what to expect and was pleasantly surprised for it to be my first book of the year. It was a quick read and I liked that about it. It didn't drag on like some teen books do which made me enjoy it even more. I like books that switch between narrators when done well and this one did it with ease.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love! Love! Love! So glad I decided to buy it. Not my top 10 favourite books but definitely up there! This book is very relatable and funny. Loved the characters and grew attached to some of them while reading it! Great book!
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome! I liked this book more than I thought I would. Robin brought characters in that were really relatable and progressed throughout the story. And it was a fresh change that she didn't end the story with a happy ending but more of a bittersweet one.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good read This is a great book about finding who you really are and what makes you truly happy after something traumatic. The main character is relatable and an interesting character who is figuring out who he truly wants to be after a car accident leaves him in bad shape. I would recommend this story, if you are in the mood for a story about finding yourself and how sometimes people enter your life to help you with that process but may not stay in your life forever. PG-13 rating.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Meh I am a sucker for happy endings and this did not have the perfect one but this was a good, fast read!
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay It wasn't a particularly deep and eye-opening book, but it was enjoyable and light. It's less sad than Eleanor and Park and it had some depth in it. If you're into morals, teen romance and motivational speeches, this is the book for you. I liked the author's style and would read other books by him.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it Cute story, not an all time favourite but easy to read and enjoy
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I enjoyed it! I loved this book so much! The story really grabbed me and pulled me in. The characters ,the plot twists, everything was just amazing! I recommend it for anyone who likes the teenage love books!
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright This novel would probably be best suited for a pre-teen or younger teen since the writing and plot were very basic. This novel had some interesting ideas but overall was not very memorable.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I thought this was a really cute story. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great read! I really enjoyed the Beginning of Everything. It has everything - quirky characters, real emotions and situations, secrecy and mystery, romance, growth. It was super easy to read through quickly. I wasn't super in love with the ending, but happy with the book overall.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing ending I liked the characters well enough but didn't care for the sudden ending. It left me wanting more but not in a good way.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from easy quick read I didnt really enjoy this book because there were a few good plot twists but other than that it was a tragedy novel. It had no meaning and I learned nothing. It only made sense until the very end and some things just didnt match up. Caught a few spelling mistakes (god, black, theme) said god instead of gold
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Loved It Robyn Schneider is an amazing writer. Such a great story line, and it was realistic and relatable. One of my favourites
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Interesting with a new twist I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It take on a lot of important issues that many other novels don't. The only criticism I have is the ending felt somewhat sudden but in context with the book it made sense.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! The book was absolutely amazing and the story was so fascinating to read through. I love the lesson in the end, and even though this book broke my heart I would read it over and over again.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I loved this book so much. I loved the characters and their quirky and interesting personalities. The storyline was fascinating and kept me reading all night. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fell in love with the characters. This was a book I was slightly unhappy to finish. I fell in love with the main character and was sad to say goodbye at the end. The storyline was good, just the right amount of tragedy and happiness.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best of the best amazing author who wrote an amazing book. robyn schneider always writes amazing books. this is by far my favourite book. it is such an amazing story with unexpected twists and turns and an unexpected ending. this is not an ordinary love story. this is even more amazing
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from When We Collided I did enjoy this novel, I think it was well written and the story and the characters were intriguing. I was disappointed with the ending. I wish we had maybe a flash forward to see ViVi and Jonah meet again, get more information about what the letter from ViVi's dads wife said etc. I would still recommend it, I just wish there was more from the ending. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the most influential, emotional, spectacular book This is by far my favourite book. it's about an everyday guy who lost so much, he's just like you and me, he can't do things that mean the world to him so he shuts down. this book connects with me in a way no book has before. it's intriguing, realistic, and beautifully written. it's not an ordinary book where they have a happy ever after which is quite refreshing. it's an amazing read and i highly guest it, mostly to teens and young adults. your only regret will be putting this book down. i wish there was more. robyn schneider is an incredible author and i suggest you read any of her work especially this book. suggested to john green fans
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun read. This book was good. It was an easy read & the story was easy to follow. I liked it :)
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from When We Collided I did enjoy this novel, I think it was well written and the story and the characters were intriguing. I was disappointed with the ending. I wish we had maybe a flash forward to see ViVi and Jonah meet again, get more information about what the letter from ViVi's dads wife said etc. I would still recommend it, I just wish there was more from the ending.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! I really enjoyed this book, thought it was a great coming of age story with some humor aspects
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quick & Easy Read The Beginning of Everything was a good story to read and follow along with, although this story does share some similarities to John Green's Paper Towns. I would still recommend everyone give it a read!
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good. The characters were so easy to fall in love with. Although some parts of the story weren't as great, the ending was bittersweet. Overall, a worthy read.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't love it I was looking so forward to reading this novel and unfortunately I didn't love it. I couldn't get into the story and I abandoned this book which is something I don't often do. Maybe it's aimed towards a younger audience because the story line does sound intriguing.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new favourite book had a great start and an even better ending
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not The Usual Love Story I liked the book because of the ending, it wasn't the usual love story where to boy and girl end up together which was refreshing to read
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and heartbreaking Before I go on with this post, I’m going to toss a trigger warning on this. For someone struggling with their own mental health, it might be a bit too much. If the subject of being bipolar can bother/trigger you, I would avoid this until you’re ready. There are times when reading that you pick up a book about a subject, and end up hating it. Not because the book itself is bad, but because the facts are completely wrong. This book had me crying because it felt so right. It’s not a typical book where someone mentions a character having bipolar, and then it focuses on all of the bad that comes along with struggling with your mental health. Don’t get me wrong, we get to see Vivi’s hard times in the book, but we get the spotlight on the incredible personality and colorful nature that is Vivi. She is the amazing and bright person we get to know and not her diagnosis. THAT is what is truly important in this book. Vivi sprang from the pages and burst into my mind like paint across a canvas. Her personality shined brightly and it was perfect. Vivi has to be one of the best female leads I’ve seen for personality. She has such a great outlook on life, even though sometimes it may seem like she is struggling. She walked into the Daniels household and brought all of her personality and colors with her, bringing into their house something they hadn’t seen in a while. Happiness and excitement. She was selfless when it came to Jonah and his siblings. She took time the first morning she met Leah to make her feel special and introduce herself. When Jonah asked him to rush to the store to help his mother during a panic attack, she dropped everything and left. No questions asked. There is a moment at the end of the book where Vivi is discussing mood stabilizers and more with Dr. Brooks. I recently had to have this exact conversation with my therapist when I started on my own stablizer for my BPD. It’s a tough medication to accept needing to take, and it takes some time to find the perfect one for you. It takes a lot of time to accept the diagnosis placed in front of you, and sometimes you just have a bad patch. This bad patch you see in the book is the closest I have seen when someone describes bipolar. It was spot on, and it hit really close to home. BPD and Bipolar are similar in a lot of ways but different in so many more. There were moments in the book when you could see her mood and emotions moving in a different direction that may seem overly dramatic to some, but to someone like myself, it was all too familiar. Jonah has my heart in so many ways. SO many. First off, his strong heart for his family. He makes each day about his siblings and making sure their needs are all met since their mother is struggling with her mental health. He wanted to make sure that life still moved forward, even though his mother felt like it had come to a complete stop. We learn about his mother’s struggle with depression and moving forward from the loss of her husband. Jonah is frustrated with this, but he comes to understand more as the book moves forward. The second reason Jonah has my heart is because he wanted to stand beside her, even after seeing the fall. The bump in the road. He wanted to stand beside her and move forward in life but she needed to go and take care of herself and he accepted it. It was tough. You know he was feeling the heartache but it was the right way for the book to end. I was 100% happy with how this book ended. Normally, I would find myself rooting for the couple to stay together but this ended so perfectly. All the loose ends tied up together. I would love to know what happens beyond the story. I want to know if Vivi becomes okay with her diagnosis and I want to hug her and tell her everything is going to be okay. This book is one of the best I have read when it comes to bipolar. It shows you what can really happen when dealing with this disorder. This is not something you can just write about and toss into a book. It takes learning and knowing. It means taking the time to write something accurate. Bipolar is so stigmatized in the world and we need books like this that people can pick up and read. It shows some of the good times and the hard times. It feels so very real because this is real. Bipolar is something many people battle with on a daily basis and I just wish people would educate themselves more. To Emery – Thank you so much for writing something so perfect. This book has to be one of my favorites this year. It had me crying. It had me emotional. Most of all, it made me think. I love books based on Mental health so much and I’m so excited to recommend this beauty to anyone looking for YA books based on mental health.
Date published: 2016-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's a Must Read! I could never get enough of Emery Lord's writing!! When We Collided has to be her best yet because it hits all the right chords. From the very first pages I knew I was going to love this book because it will make you laugh, cry and want to hug each character. It is set in a beach town that is small. Our main character Vivi is very unique and likeable and was told in dual POV's. Everyone will definitely fall in love with this book! The setting of When We Collided is set in Verona Cove where there is one of every thing like art stores, restaurants and everyone knows each other. Then enters Vivi who is such a complex character that you will become curious about her since she is full of life, creative and you could probably want to live through her since she is so care-free. I felt I got to know her throughout the book. It also brings awareness of mental illness because one of the characters suffers from bi-polar disorder. It was interesting to see the behaviours when they are off their meds as well as not being in complete control. Then enters Jonah who also has a point of view. He comes from a big family of six children who separate themselves between the littles and the bigs. I loved his family because they all take care of each other and hug them. Lord definitely showed us that important is a very important element in her books. The romance between these two was very raw, emotional and electric when they are together. Emery Lord has exceeded my expectations with When We Collided because now I will tell everyone to read it and she will become one of your favorite contemporary authors! Now I wish there was more to their story since it had a really great ending!
Date published: 2016-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Moving, passionate and raw, this is a book for any teen who loves contemporary romance! When We Collided is Emery Lord’s best book. I just have to lay this out there. It’s her tightest, most impassioned, most honest and raw piece of fiction, a book about a girl, Vivi, a seventeen year old who wants to live in the small moments in life and soak in all the beauty and fire of first love, but is hampered by her own mental health issues. Vivi and her mother move to a small California town for a summer and there, Vivi meets Jonah, a boy who is responsible for more than he has a right to be. Jonah recently lost his father, and he’s holding down two jobs while taking care of two younger siblings and working with two older siblings to make sure his mother, who has fallen into depression, is still surviving. Into this situation comes Vivi, who is full of light, and life, and beauty, who seems immeasurably confident and perfectly flighty. Jonah and Vivi quickly fall for each other, encouraging one another to pursue their dreams – him, cooking; her, art and fashion. At first, it’s hard not to think of Vivi as the perfect embodiment of a manic pixie dream girl – she’s free, she’s daring, she’s quirky, and wow, does she teach Jonah how to let go and love a little. An MPDG exists to push along a brooding male protagonist, and that’s what she does. …Except that Vivi is not an object, and Vivi refuses to be anyone’s form of wish fulfillment. Moreover, Vivi has her own goals, her own wishes, and her own needs, and it turns out that sometimes, she needs more than just the brooding, soulful young man to use as a project, even if she doesn’t know it. If it seems I’m focusing more on Vivi than Jonah…well, I am. Even though Jonah has his own beautifully formed path to take in this book in bringing his family back together again and in being the glue (as well as being sexy and good and adorable *fans self*)…for me, this book was about Vivi. It’s about how she looks at things a certain way, how much she cares. And it’s about how every day, she walks to a cliff on the oceanside and tosses a little pill into the ocean, starting her on a path to exhilarating feeling. The thing that Emery gets so right in this book is how viscerally and quickly your mind and heart can overtake you. The off-balance feeling that we start to see in Vivi as the summer progresses clashes and merges with her relationship with Jonah…love and instability become two sides of the same coin, taking Vivi much higher than she could ever expect, and then dropping her in free fall. The difference is whether she lands cushioned, or crashes so devastatingly that she doesn’t know how to pick herself up. It’s only in the landing where love and depression differ. It’s a testament to Emery’s talent that this book never feels too heavy, that it goes into dark and painful places, a first-hand experience of a person dealing with a manic-depressive episode, but I never wanted to put it down. Even though I cried four times while reading it, saw myself in Vivi, saw my husband in Jonah…I would still read it again. And again. Because what Emery has created here is a world of beauty, of light, of love and small moments that remind us that the big moments of pain and hardship? They are just “a few hard weeks in a great, big life.” Some characters in this book have mental health issues, yes, but it’s much more about the people we are and what we face. I know that sounds vague, but it’s not a book about mental health so much as it’s a book about trying new things, being tested, savouring the little things in front of us, and trying to make them better. And how, when the mental health demons get at us, we need the support and understanding and caring of our loved ones to bring ourselves out of it, to move on, and to understand what’s good for us. BONUSES: Big Families: Jonah’s family consists of him, five brothers and sisters, and his mom. Even though I’m not part of a huge family, I love the dynamics of this one, how much they share in each other’s successes and challenges and play off one another – they just seem so REAL. At one point, Vivi narrates, “Here is something I never expected to feel: love at first sight for an entire family.” And really, I feel the same way. Food As Art and Comfort: Holy cow, did Jonah’s inventions make me super hungry. Some of you might not know that I’m actually a huge foodie in real life and every single one of the descriptions of food was like, “ZOMG GIVE IT TO ME.” Throughout the book, food acts as both Jonah’s artistry, and also his way of giving comfort and safety, which I love. Wabi-sabi: The way Vivi looks at life is so magical and gorgeous that it occasionally feels a bit like a cover for who she really is – the bad and the good. And yet there is something so simple and wonderful in the way she appreciates beauty. In the book, Vivi talks about the concept of wabi-sabi: “Wabi can mean rustic or stark or transient. Sabi is like…faded. Or fad-ing. Old. Together, I guess it’s like seeing beauty in simplicity and nature. In fleeting moments and even in decay.” Whether it’s the beautiful curly hair of her boss, or the pull of the ocean, Vivi dares to look up and appreciate every moment. Quoteable Moments: It’s Emery, so you knew the writing was going to be stunning, right? “I’ve prowled the dirtiest back alleys of sadness, okay? And I know what it’s like to fight for your life on those mean streets…I’m not scared of the dark places.” “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.” “This is going to ruin a few days. It might make some weeks harder. A few hard weeks in a great, big life. You can do that. We can do that.” THE FINAL WORD I said at the beginning that When We Collided is Emery’s best book. It is. It’s not my absolute favourite (that honour still goes to Open Road Summer), because unlike in her other two books, it doesn’t have as much of a focus on female friendship, which I think I really need from her books. But it is, without a doubt, her strongest, most honest, and most understanding book. It’s a book that clearly comes from her heart and moves you to understand a girl and boy who are just struggling to survive each day, and find wonder and comfort in one another.
Date published: 2016-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life I'm pretty sure that I won't get around to writing a full review for this one. Anyhow, When We Collided is a bit different than Lord's previous books. This one deals with mental illness and grief. I think I might have an unpopular opinion here, but(and I feel awful for feeling this way) I couldn't feel for Vivi. I know she's manic and it's hard to read about. But her larger than life and reckless attitude was too much for me. Josh I love. His grief is so real. And the strain of taking care of his younger siblings well his mother drowns in her heartbreak is both admirable and sad. I can see Vivi adds something new and different to his life, and she does help him start to heal. It's just that she also adds more worry to his life and I hated seeing that. Guys, I so feel for Vivi. It's not fair that anyone goes through that, it just doesn't mean I have to like her. When We Collided obviously comes from Lord's personal experience, it truly shows that she knows just how Vivi realistically feels.
Date published: 2016-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really liked it! I found it way better than any John Green book I've read, it was really good.
Date published: 2015-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books I loved this book. It's a big mix of romance, mystery, and tragedy. And you can't forget the good quotes! ****if you loved Paper Towns or Looking for Alaska read this book!***
Date published: 2015-08-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worth the read This book will likely appeal to fans of John Green. In fact, there were parts of this story that almost screamed Looking for Alaska or Paper Towns. And while it was good, I cant really figure out what it was trying to say: the actual point of the story was and is lost on me. While I understand that not every book needs to have any kind of underlying Message About Life, I still finished this novel feeling very underwhelmed.
Date published: 2015-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A New Classic The best modern coming of age story yet!
Date published: 2015-04-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Expected something much bigger The book was very well written, I mostly enjoyed following the different well-developed, likeable characters. The only thing that kept me turning the page was the anticipation of a bigger-better story line. After finishing, I realize the story was kind of dull, and the ending was a huge let down
Date published: 2015-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining indeed. Buzzfeed recommended it and gave it quite a good rating. Started reading and fell in love almost instantly. I'm almost done and I pretty much don't want it to end. Highly recommended if you want a read that is light and also entertaining. :)
Date published: 2013-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Fortunate Findings of this Book This book is so unbelievably relatable, even for girls like me. I fell in love with Ezra in the 24 hours it took for me to inhale this book. I love it and recommend it to anyone. It's my new favourite book and love the reality band truth in the story and how it's not just some cliché.
Date published: 2013-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Great Book Such an incredible book! I would recommend it to everybody. A must read!
Date published: 2013-12-21

Editorial Reviews

“It’s an endearing book filled with similarly touching little moments and plenty of snappy dialogue.”