We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan
From two acclaimed authors comes an emotional story told in verse about friendship, love, and overcoming unbeatable odds.
Authors Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan have joined forces to tell the story of Nicu and Jess, two troubled teens whose paths cross in the unlikeliest of places.
Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess’s home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship grows into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and hopeful futures. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves?
For fans of Una LaMarche’s Like No Other, this illuminating story told in dual points of view through vibrant verse will stay with readers long after they’ve turned the last page.
Thoughts before you started reading We Come Apart?
CHRISSI: I was really intrigued to read another book in verse again. Especially after I really connected with Sarah Crossan’s ‘One.’
LUNA: Partly “this will be spectacular” and then “oho what if it doesn’t deliver”…
What did you think of Nicu and Jess?
CHRISSI: I have to admit that I liked them from the beginning. I really enjoyed how Nicu’s story was told. He was different to how the rest of his peers interacted and I really think that was captured perfectly from the very beginning. I felt sorry for Jess from the start. She clearly had a troubled life and I thought this was portrayed beautifully.
LUNA: Both their voices pulled me into the story from the start, yet I connected more with Nicu. I think it’s having an inkling of understanding about how confusing and isolating school/society in another country is. I certainly got the confusion about sayings. With Jess I learned to like her the more I got to know about her.
CHRISSI: It captured my attention from start to finish. That makes a great book!
LUNA: There wasn’t a single moment in this book that made me think “this is it” and so I want to answer: Everything. It’s not quite right though. I think it’s how easily I got lost in We Come Apart. The words, characters and story.
CHRISSI: I can’t say there really was a worst bit for me, as I thoroughly enjoyed it all. I would have liked to have known more about what happened next to Jess and Nicu.
LUNA: The ending. I know it was the right ending, but SPOILER WARNING, it was not the riding-into-the-sunset one I hoping for. Which completely doesn’t make sense because usually I don’t buy into the “fix-it” all solution yet with everything that was happening to Nicu and Jess I wanted something to work out for them. I think that’s a testament to how much I ended up caring about both characters.
CHRISSI: Jess becoming less conscious of how she appears to her friends!
LUNA: I liked how the friendship between Jess and Nicu developed. The conversations at the beginning, how Jess starts to stand up to her friends. (Term applied loosely).
Was We Come Apart what you expected?
CHRISSI: It was more than I expected!
LUNA: Yes, my apprehension about this book not delivering on my high expectations was unfounded. It did. The only thing that did surprise me was that I was able to put the book down (I mean I had to due to other commitments but I didn’t loathe having to do it) – it gave me the opportunity to digest and think about what I was reading.
Would you recommend it?
CHRISSI: Of course!