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When We Collided

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  25,056 ratings  ·  3,466 reviews
We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…

Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.

Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.

Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.

In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was just the book I needed right now. BRING ON ALL THE CONTEMPORARIES. I had to take a star off, because the relationship that takes place is totally instalove and I didn't enjoy the overall drama that came along with the relationship. Other than that I adored these characters and the journey they go on together in this book. Full video review coming soon! ...more
Wendy Darling
4.5 stars Bursting with vivid characters, infectious humor, adorable romance, and bittersweet truth--as well as one of the best depictions of depression/mental illness I've ever read.

Lovely, lovely book. It's Dessen but deeper and brighter, and painterly with words like Jandy Nelson, but sharper and more true.

Full review on the blog, with some spoilery thoughts about the ending. http://www.themidnightgarden.net/2016...
Emily May
2 1/2 stars. I feel really conflicted about this one.

When We Collided tries to be both an honest account of a girl with bipolar disorder AND a love story. Unfortunately, while it excels in the former, it fails in the latter, turning what could have been a thoughtful contemporary into an unnecessary romance.

It's such a strange book and I'm puzzled as to why the author thought it should be a romantic story at all. Especially with a dual narrative, only half of which feels particularly meaningful.
High Lady of The Night Court
Even the constellations can see us now: we are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know.

I think emery lord deserves the award for writing the most adorable characters in the history of the universe. I cannot get over how AMAZINGLY PERFECT this entire book is. I want to scream my head off right now because this is probably the fastest I've fallen in love with any characters ever. This is the most emotional, hea
Dec 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
Did someone carefully look at all my reviews/read my mind, discover my worst nightmare, and write that book? Because if so, it's called When We Collided, and it's available wherever books are sold!


The gal's a manic pixie dream girl, the guy's an extremely bland doormat. Reading this book was so unpleasant. They started quasi-dating (i.e., she force-kisses him at random times - "of all the quirks about life with Vivi, her ready-or-not approach to kissing me
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin



This book is about love and loss. Finding oneself. Helping others. Mental disorders. Grief. I think this is a wonderful book.

To the deepest, most cellular level of my being, I resent people who believe that depression is the same as weakness, that "sad" people must be coddled like helpless toddlers. So to think that Jonah-my own boyfriend, my friend, my lover, whatever he is-would believe that he knows what his mom needs better than she does? That her grief makes her unask
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think this narrative is dying down now, but it’s insane that over the course of a lifetime we were sort of expected to pick one book. One defining book that left its mark on us and changed the course of our life. The notion has been becoming ridiculous to me, but it’s even more ridiculous to me now. Because of books like these.

Certain books are made for particular milestones in your life. That makes more sense to me and this book has become my book now. My story. My vulnerability poured out a
Era ➴
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect going into this.

I went on Libby looking for something new, refreshing, light and quick. This book didn’t look like my speed, but the first chapter was pretty good so I tried it out.

It was not light and quick. It was heavy and emotional and rich. It was new and refreshing, but not how I intended it to be.

“When We Collided” is a (straight) summer romance taking place in Verona Cove, California. Verona Cove is a tight-knit, beautiful little town far away from
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
WOW wow WOW wow this book. This dang book.
As with most things, there are things I did and didn't like, but in this case likes DEFINITELY outweigh the dislikes.
I really loved being inside the two main characters heads. Both of them are dealing with some hard battles (mental illness, losing a parent) and they both help each other find more of themselves. I loved how this book dealt with mental illness and grief and I think it's SO important. I feel like this book opened my eyes to new kinds of m
Ninoska Goris
Nov 16, 2016 rated it liked it
English - Español

Vivi desperately wants to live her life to the fullest and to record her passage through life, but she has a disease that the treatment leaves her as lifeless, so she leaves the treatment.

Jonah six months ago lost his father to a heart attack. Her mother is unwilling to live and is confined to her room. He and his two older brothers have to take care of the house and their three little brothers.

Vivi and Jonah are only seventeen and have to deal with things that are too big for
I don't think I'll ever have the appropriate words to express how amazing this book is.

We need more books like this.
With these topics.
With words dripping with love and strength and acceptance.

Do yourself a favor and read it as soon as you can and then shove it into the hands of the person closest to you.
Lala BooksandLala
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hard-hitting
Another one of those books where I appreciate the topic, but didn't particularly like the story itself. ...more
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
3.5 Stars


“Every girl wants to be Dorothy Gale or maybe Glinda. I never wanted to be the tornado.”

I’m no stranger to unpopular-opinions, but I don’t often enjoy a book more than the majority of my GR friends.

My first of Emery Lord's books, the initial premise of this revolves around the typical summer romance of two teens, but in a refreshing turn-of-events, features a heavy emphasis on mental health and family dynamics.


I completely wasn’t expecting the family dynamic in this
Actual rating: 2.5/5 stars

"When we collided, we bounced each other back into orbit."

Looking back on this review (and cringing, because it was the first one I've ever written on Goodreads), I realized that I don't have much of an attachment to this story. I liked Jonah and his family, but Vivi got on my nerves, and I was very close to DNFing halfway through. It was extremely instalove-y, and I didn't really connect with any of the characters. I did like the author's writing style, but it seem
April (Aprilius Maximus)
I read the beginning and the end and skipped the middle because from the beginning, I just knew that I wasn't going to like this book. I read some reviews and I can definitely appreciate how mental illness was incorporated into the novel, but the romance was just soooooooo unnecessary and insta-lovey and I didn't like Vivi as a character. ...more
4 / 5

This was definitely a cute and easy read—not necessarily a memorable book, but nonetheless it was amusing and meaningful.

I’ve already read and enjoyed The Names they Gave Us by Emery Lord, so going into When We Collided I expected another amazing read—and I wasn’t disappointed! Thankfully, this also got me out of a small reading slump I was falling into; thank goodness for that.

Okay, so, this book seriously tricks you, ya’ll! As soon as you start, Vivi’s bubbly personality and happy o
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"

3 “personal taste” stars

5 “featuring psychological problems” stars


OK don’t shoot the messenger please but this reading has been a deception for me. I was on holiday when I came across this book with a pretty cover and high praise from USA today “A beautifully wrought portrait of bipolar disorder and depression …Full, compassionate and achingly vibrant”.


So of course I had to read it.


My main problem with the book was Viv’s personality. I really have a hard time connectin
Monica Kim: musings of monica
We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know. — Emery Lord’s, When We Collided
I was torn as to how to review Emery Lord’s “When We Collided.” I’m glad I finally read it. I thought I was in for some fun, light reading, even though the title suggests otherwise, this novel deals with some big issues I did not expect. It’s a typical YA love story that touches on some big issues, which felt like it wasn’t combined
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Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
“Even the constellations can see us now: we are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know.”

When We Collided was a book I was hoping to like. I hadn't heard much about it, but I had seen a few of my close friends had enjoyed this book which only made me want to dive in more. However, I found this book too easily predictable, the female protagonist annoying and the ending less than satisfactory. This all contribu
Joce (squibblesreads)
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
After sleeping on this review, I think I'm gonna give it the full 4. The problematic things I found were only slight, and being an #ownvoices book, I can see why some things were written how they were. There was one thing at the end of the book that smacked me in a tender spot, and I was proud of how she ended the book. The more I think about it, I find more things to applaud her for and less to say "I'd change this" to. It's not perfect and not gritty enough for my liking but the + > -. ...more
Aj the Ravenous Reader
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
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018
Vivi and Jonah, two people with different burdens to bear, teach each other about hurt and healing. I overall liked this book, despite not being too fond of the romance and all the "extra" everything seemed to be soaked in. I found it a bit annoying that every single character in this novel is a bright, unique, fascinating and completely standout person . On the plus side, the atmosphere reminded me of the island where I spent several of my past summers, so I can definitely see how summer plus a ...more
Erin Dunn
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

Confession: I decided to borrow this book from the library and read it because of the author's Twitter account. LOL! I wanted to read the book anyway, but her twitter account made me bump it up and read it now. I'm glad I did! I saw on someone's TTT post a while back that Emery Lord is a good one to follow on Twitter. So I followed her and I just love her hilarious and relatable tweets. Then I figured well if she writes this well on Twitter then surely her
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
I tried really hard to get into this book. I listened to the audio book. The narrators were not the issue. In fact, they were great. The book was just… Cliché? I'm not really sure how to describe it but it just didn't click with me. And I read the reviews so I know what mental illness Vivi has on though I guessed it from beginning but that could just be because I am currently studying psychology in college. I commend this book and the author for tackling Mental illness as always, just not the wa ...more
Nadhira Satria
My bipolar ass is very disappointed rn. The rep was good and the mania is shown well but I just can’t stand the mc and the romance ugh
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am just going to say I am not here to offend anyone- but I don't like when I don't necessarily like a novel, ((and I tell my opinion on it)) and it seems either people are just being nippy with me today or taking their anger out on me bc I don't necessarily love this novel. Just saying I'm 50 percent of the way done with this novel and it's just not for me and I seen mixed reviews on it so - I'm not the only one. :/ just saying. Maybe I'm reading peoples messages wrong or what, but don't get o ...more
Taylor Knight
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wasn't a totally into When We Collided when I started it but the more I read, it started to grow on me and by the end, I loved it for the most part.
I wasn't a fan of Vivi and she's pretty much the only reason that I didn't love this book from the start. I couldn't completely grasp her mental state and I just didn't feel like she was realistic. She was very much a manic pixie dream girl at first but the more I read, the more I could understand her so that's what led me to give this book four st
I love the hell out of this love story. Vivi and Jonah are extremely well-developed characters dealing with real issues -- Vivi, bipolar disorder, and Jonah, taking care of his siblings while his mother grieves the death of his father.

Where Lord excels is in character building and relationships. I felt tension between the two but never felt it was unrealistic or love at first sight. And more, the thing that really resonated for me, was seeing Vivi experience bipolar disorder. Seeing Vivi deal w
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, contemporary
“When we collided” is a young adult contemporary book about two teenagers, living in two different worlds and what happens to them when their paths cross one summer. Favorite quote:
“Do you know if the Verona Cove police are strict? I mean, like, on first-time offenders. Who may have created some, ahem, unsanctioned art on the local plant life. Asking for a friend, of course.”

Our heroine is Vivi, although she has bipolar disorder which caused her a lot of problems in the past, she decided to b
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