Published by Bloomsbury on April 5th, 2016
We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…
Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.
Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.
Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.
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.
Oh my gosh you guys, this book is probably my favorite book of Emery Lord’s. It was beautifully written, raw and un-apologetically honest. I don’t know much about Bipolar Disorder, but this book seemed to stay true to the difficult parts of the disorder. The majority of people I’ve talked to have said this book was very similar to what they have experienced.
I didn’t think I was going to like Jonah to be totally honest. Not only because of the name (my brother’s best friend is named Jonah and I’ve known him for ten years & also Jonah Griggs) but I was worried about how he was going to be portrayed. I really didn’t want to hear about him sacrificing his time & energy to basically raise a couple little kids along with his older siblings because their mom was in such a deep depression since her husband’s unexpected death. I know that makes me sound awful, but that’s how I was feeling initially. Until I started reading the book. Then there was just something about Jonah that made me smile. Maybe it was how devoted he was to his family. Maybe it was just how real he was with them (especially near the end of the book) I’m not sure, but he definitely grew on me. I love when that happens.
Vivi on the other hand, I loved her from the beginning. She had a sense of honesty about her even though she kept her mental illness diagnosis to herself. I spent the book a bit nervous though, especially during some of Vivi’s highs and lows. I wasn’t sure what to expect from her and I was honestly scared for her. It sounds weird, but I’m glad I was scared for her. That tells me I was invested in her and her story. I was utterly terrified for her during her manic phase and I just hoped that she would come out of this more or less okay.
The romance was great and I rooted hard for Jonah & Vivi, but I have to say, that took a backseat to all the other issues in this book. From depression to bipolar disorder to grief, to money problems. All of them were so important and Lord weaved them all into the story so well. I thought it would be impossible for me to enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed Lord’s previous books, but I was wrong. There is a reason Emery Lord is considered an auto-buy author for me.