Reviewed by C. Martin
Bipolar disorder can be a crushing diagnosis at any age, but this holds especially true for teenagers. At a point in your life when you’re supposed to be figuring out your basic identity, an illness that changes your very sense of self can be earth-shattering. In her new novel, When We Collided, Emery Lord explores these themes with skill, compassion, and sensitivity.
When We Collided follows the lives of vivacious seventeen-year-old Vivi, who has recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and kind, even-keeled Jonah, who struggles to hold his large family together after his father’s recent death. Vivi has just moved to Verona Cove, Jonah’s small hometown, and when the two meet, love soon blossoms. Chapters alternate points-of-view between the two, which proves valuable when Vivi’s cycling moods render her perspective unreliable. Continue reading.
When We Collided by Emery Lord
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on April 5th 2016
Genres: Death and Dying, Disabilities, Teen Years
Reading Level: High School
Review Source: Disabilities in Kid Lit
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Publisher's Synopsis: Seventeen year-old Jonah Daniels has lived in Verona Cove, California, his whole life, and only one thing has ever changed: his father used to be alive, and now he is not. With a mother lost in a deep bout of depression, Jonah and his five siblings struggle to keep up their home and the restaurant their dad left behind. But at the start of summer, a second change rolls in: Vivi Alexander, the new girl in town.
Vivi is in love with life. Charming and unfiltered, she refuses to be held down by the medicine she's told should make her feel better. After meeting Jonah, she slides into the Daniels' household seamlessly, winning over each sibling with her imagination and gameness. But it's not long before Vivi's zest for life begins to falter. Soon her adventurousness becomes all-out danger-seeking.
Through each high and low, Vivi and Jonah's love is put to the test . . . but what happens when love simply isn't enough?