That’s the thing they never tell you about love stories: Just because one ends doesn’t mean it failed. A cherry pie isn’t a failure just because you eat it all. It’s perfect for what it is, and then it’s gone.”
I was expecting a cutesy romance in the He Said, She Said POV. It started out that way actually but it turned out so much different than my expectation. I know now never to associate the term “cutesy” with Ms. Emery Lord.
When We Collided is still a love story, albeit a bitter sweet one between two people who are going through something very difficult in their lives. Vivi is on her way to learning how to live with bipolar disorder while Jonah is struggling with parental roles (alongside his two older siblings) looking after his younger ones because of the death of their father leaving their mom grieving for months now in her bedroom.
The main issues of the story are mental health and grief and I appreciate how the author buried these subject matters in the love story of the main characters. Honestly, Ms. Lord is so adept at making the reader feel emotions. She made the character, Vivi, exactly to annoy and challenge not only Jonah but us readers as well. It’s so easy to get frustrated at her mood’s drastic changes, at her “Vivi-ness” and her being too self-involved. Any normal person wouldn’t want a girl with bipolar disorder for Jonah because he is already surrounded with depression while juggling too many things in his life but she made the reader see exactly that you don’t enter a relationship because it’s easy.
This is already my third book by the author and I’ve already noticed that with her, there is no pattern. You can never tell what you’ll get in each book and I like it very much. This is definitely not your conventional romance. It doesn’t end the way a hopeless romantic hopes it would but it makes perfect sense to the story. Just a few months ago, I’ve read and seriously loved The Start of Me and You. I’m officially a fan.