When We Collided by Emery LordWhen We Collided by Emery Lord

When We Collided

byEmery Lord

Hardcover | April 5, 2016

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Seventeen year-old Jonah Daniels has lived in Verona Cove, California, his whole life, and only one thing has ever changed: his father used to be alive, and now he is not. With a mother lost in a deep bout of depression, Jonah and his five siblings struggle to keep up their home and the restaurant their dad left behind. But at the start of summer, a second change rolls in: Vivi Alexander, the new girl in town.

Vivi is in love with life. Charming and unfiltered, she refuses to be held down by the medicine she's told should make her feel better. After meeting Jonah, she slides into the Daniels' household seamlessly, winning over each sibling with her imagination and gameness. But it's not long before Vivi's zest for life begins to falter. Soon her adventurousness becomes all-out danger-seeking.

Through each high and low, Vivi and Jonah's love is put to the test . . . but what happens when love simply isn't enough?

Emery Lord is the author of Open Road Summer and The Start of Me and You. She lives in a pink row house in Cincinnati, with a husband, two rescue dogs, and a closet full of impractical shoes. www.emerylord.com Twitter: @emerylord
Title:When We CollidedFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.39 × 5.83 × 1.17 inPublished:April 5, 2016Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1619638452

ISBN - 13:9781619638457


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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

Editorial Reviews

"Nothing short of heartbreaking. These are definitely two teens worth rooting for in a tale that's several clicks above the usual frothy summer romance fare." - BCCB"Lord sucks readers into the fully realized world of two teenagers and their messy, honest families. As much about the fragility of the human experience as it is about mental illness, this offers a refreshing perspective on a spectrum of mental health disorders. This love story veers away from tragedy, instead firmly entrenching itself in hope and possibility." -Booklist"Filled with raw, descriptive truths . . . a powerful book for reader engagement . . . An absolute tearjerker romance with a powerful message about weightier topics of grief and mental illness." -starred review,School Library Journal"This is more than a love story. When We Collided carefully yet effortlessly puts mental illness in conversation with the beauty and struggle of adolescence. It is a book I wish could have written, but am so much better for having read." -Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of DUMPLIN' and SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY"Searingly honest, gut-wrenchingly authentic, and deeply romantic, When We Collided is a gift of a novel. It tackles tough topics with nuance, and will make readers both laugh and cry, sometimes within the span of a page." -Jasmine Warga, author of MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES"Vivi and Jonah's story will hit you deep in a book that shows what it means not only to be a person inflicted with mental illness, but to be the people that love them. In a word, fantastic!" -Andi of Andi's ABCs"Fans of Jandy Nelson and Rainbow Rowell will fall in love with this poetic story of two damaged kids." -Daria Plumb, 2015 President of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) and secondary English Language Arts teacher"There is an honest portrayal of how life can be jagged, with rough corners and uneven edges. But if you take a closer look, there's a beauty to these misshapen moments, outlined with hope." -Blogger Ginger Phillips at GReadsBooks!"I can't shake Vivi, her mistakes and her growth, the way she changes, the way she loves, and I don't want to. She's a YA heroine who will matter so much to teens." -Angie Manfredi, Los Alamos County Library"Emery weaves an emotional tale of two people who are essentially flawed, but so very human, navigating a relationship. She truly has a feel for the seventeen-year-old within all of us girls." -Cori Smith, Joseph-Beth Booksellers"It's romance and excitement and nervousness and heartbreak and sadness. . . . The teens at my library will eat this up!" -Maggie Melson, Children's/Teen Librarian, St. Charles City-County Library District"What happens when an irrepressible spirit meets a burdened teen? Magic, that's what. Emery Lord knows how to craft a romance." -Michael Fleming, Librarian, Pacific Cascade Middle School"A fabulously entertaining story of friendship, healing, and love. Filled with laughter, heart, and a side of sass, this rock star debut will have you cheering for an encore!" -Elizabeth Eulberg, author of BETTER OFF FRIENDS, on OPEN ROAD SUMMER