Vivi and Jonah couldn’t be more different. Vivi craves anything joyful or beautiful that life can offer. Jonah has been burdened by responsibility for his family ever since his father died. As summer begins, Jonah resigns himself to another season of getting by. Then Vivi arrives, and suddenly life seems brighter and better. Jonah is the perfect project for Vivi, and things finally feel right for Jonah. Their love is the answer to everything. But soon Vivi’s zest for life falters, as her adventurousness becomes true danger-seeking. Jonah tries to keep her safe, but there’s something important Vivi hasn’t told him.
How did I get the book?
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review
Review: When We Collided is one of those books that I loved from the very start. This is because Vivi and Jonah are just such wonderful characters and Vivi’s chapter (which is the very first chapter of the book) made me fall in love with her so much.
The book is narrated in alternating chapters by Vivi and Jonah and tells of their summer. Jonah is struggling, he and his older brother and sister are trying to manage the childcare of their three younger siblings, Jonah’s working to help with the bills and watching as their mother remains hidden in her room. Vivi’s arrives like a storm full of colour and laughter. She doesn’t push or demand anything; instead she brings happiness into their home.
Vivi is one of the best characters I’ve read in while. When you first meet her she’s appears like the pixie manic dream girl who is there to rescue Jonah but she is nothing like that. Vivi’s sparkle does not hide the dark – it’s there because of it.
Emery Lloyd’s pacing of this story is excellent, especially in regards to Vivi. You know at the beginning there will be changes but some are really subtle. I thought Vivi’s story was handled well and I also liked how her and Jonah’s relationship evolved over the course of the book. And what Vivi says about Cherry Pie’s is so right.