BOOK: When we Collided by Emery Lord

GOODREADS:  ”In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever. Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.  Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.”

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Mainly, I appreciate the effort to raise awareness and to teach us a thing or two on different mental disorders but if I am completely honest, No. I didn’t like the story. I wasn’t drawn to it and definitely not invested in the characters. 
 
Vivi is this ball of energy, a sunshine to others and a friend to everyone. Before the said summer, she was acting out of the ordinary and was diagnosed bipolar and tried to kill herself in order to feel something, anything. Jonah is acting parent to his younger siblings while her mother grieves for the death of his father. Together with grief, he has to grow up, take care of his siblings and look after their family restaurant. 
 
Some of the lines that stuck with me:
  • The natural world makes the finest architects, designers and artists look like silly amateurs. 
  • He’s the ring to my Frodo, the wardrobe to my Lucy prevensie. His presence in my life sets me on my journey, and I can feel it, a vital mission pulsing in my bones. 
  • But life surprises you. It tells you to close your eyes and blow out the candles, and then sometimes smashes your face into the cake before you can even make a wish. 
  • Well sometimes the universe gives you back, when it doesn’t want you yet — it just wants to remind you that it could, if it wants to. 
  • He looks at me with a look of amazement, like I’m a whole galaxy, glittering and vast and uncharted. 
  • How about you just let me be me and I’ll let you be you. We’ll feel everything we feel and not apologize for it. 
  • He said the measure of the man is in those decisions. Do you keep yourself and your family in safe harbor always? or do you move forward and brave the storms? 
  • Each broken person is different and there is no right way for everyone. Just a whole lot of wrong ways. 
  • No matter what heaven you believe in, your time on this earth will end. What I’m saying is that you should listen – really listen – to the slosh of the waves and the distant call of pacific birds. You should fill your lungs with ocean air, while you still can. 
  • Sometimes you have to scream to be heard and sometimes you have to open your lungs and let the words fly because they are inside you. 
  • This is going to ruin a few days. It might make some weeks harder. A few hard weeks in a great, big life. 
  • Sometimes trying to make things better makes us better too. The point is, I’m trying to create good things in the midst of bad. 
  • Maybe we are dying planets, jonah being drawn into the darkness. When we collided, we bounced each other back into orbit. And now we have to do that – we have to return to our own paths because that’s what we gave each other. 
  • That’s the thing they never tell you about love, just because one ends, that doesn’t mean it failed. 
  • A cherry pie isn’t a failure just because you eat it all. It’s perfect for what it is and then it’s gone. And exchanging the truest part of yourself – all the things that you are – with someone? What a slice of life. One I’ll carry with me into every single someday. 
  • There are thousands upon thousands of other stories. One is that it’s hard sometimes and maybe the path isn’t perfect but you get there. Some difficult weeks in wonderful lives. 
  • Keep talking. Because even when it doesn’t feel like it, more best days are always ahead. Claim them. 
 
What are the two things I learned from this story? 
 
One is that you can certainly have a bad day, a bad week or a bad month. But you can still have the best life. 
Two, not all relationships are meant to last. But each person that you can encounter teaches you something, they have a purpose in your life. 

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