While this wasn’t the first book I’ve ever read by Brian Conaghan, it certainly was the first of Sarah Crossan’s I’ve ever read. I didn’t know exactly if I was going to enjoy the format in which she writes, as it reminds me so much of that of poetry, and me and poetry aren’t always on the best of terms. Regardless, I flew through this. Like, I mean I sat down to read this at 1pm and finished it at 3.15pm!
Sarah and Brian’s writing was so fluid throughout the whole book, mirroring each other and I really can’t fault it at all. It’s been a while since I last read a Brian Conaghan book, and like I said I haven’t read any of Sarah’s before, and I really wouldn’t have known any different if I’d gone into this thinking there had only been one author.
Jess and Nicu’s lives intertwined so naturally, how the two of them met, and how they became involved in each others lives, and even though you were reading a different perspective every other chapter, it still felt so natural, getting both perspectives of the story, as opposed to seeing just one side of it. It is known in YA that we tend to only see one side of the story, but its not often that we get to see both main character’s stories and what is going on in their lives.
Both Jess and Nicu are looking for an escape from their lives at home, and when they find each other, there is an attraction there as if they’re both aware that they’re in situations that neither of them would like to be in and that’s when they spark it off with each other, regardless of the controversy that comes from those around them.
It’s safe to say I was hooked on this book from start to finish, especially towards the end, the suspense and build-up to only end the way it did… I actually feel robbed! All I’ll say is: don’t expect a happily ever after with this one, folks!
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.
We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
Hardback: Out Now
Paperback: Out January 11, 2018
*featured image and book cover image via Bloomsbury*