There’s no other way to put this: When We Collided is the first novel that I’ve read concerning mental health that didn’t depress the crap outta me. It’s real, and vibrant, and necessary. I don’t mean that in a “take up the cause” kind of way. I mean it like, “Do you really want to understand this? Because this book might help you begin to understand your brother/aunt/best friend/self” kinda way. But also it’s an immensely enjoyable read. Isn’t that awesome?
I don’t even know where to start–it’s taken me a few days to really process this, but here are the main bullet points:
- I’ve been really listless, lately, and nothing catches my attention. Vivi grabbed me from page one.
- Reading about Jonah/his family’s grief while slogging through my own stuff was kind of …surreal? But also moving. Reading Vivi’s take on things was sometimes powerful and helpful. I’m having a hard time processing it all, but I know I needed it.
- This is exactly the kind of book I expect from Emery Lord. Vivid characters, fierce relationships, complex adults, real emotion.
Five huge stars to When We Collided. Read it. Love.