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After losing his leg in a terrible car accident, Jonas Avery can’t wait to start over and go to college. Brennan Davis would like nothing more than to stay home and go to school, so she can keep her anxiety in check. When the two accidentally meet the summer before they move away, they’ll push each other to come to terms with what’s holding them back, even as they’re ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: February 25th 2020 by Wattpad Books
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5 complete STARS
This book is for you if… you possess the means to consume books in any form: digital, physical, auditive. It features an underrepresented part of society that has wrongly been forced to be ashamed for way too long.

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If you don't like this book we can't be friends. It's as simple as that. This book, you guys, it's perfect. I literally want to devour this book so the happy feels never leave my body. THIS is what makes reading great. Everybody go read this book.

It makes
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Aly
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked how this book portrayed anxiety and PTSD. Sometimes I was reading and would get frustrated with Brennan that she couldn't go to class or was ghosting Jonas, or with Jonas for the way he treated his family, but then I realized, that's how it actually is. People who have anxiety or PTSD probably get frustrated with themselves and their loved ones have a difficult time sometimes too. To someone that doesn't have anxiety, it's hard to understand why someone physically can't get out of ...more
nikita ❤
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars
I didn't know it was gonna be super adorable. I started reading this book and couldn't put it down. I was so invested in the story!

This story is about Jonas, who loses half of his leg in an accident and suffers from PTSD, and Brennan, who is an aspiring writer struggling with anxiety. They both meet and become friends, and eventually fall in love.

I love romance, but more than that, I love it when the authors really focus more on the individual stories. I really loved the friendship
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Maria
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
- Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review -
4.5 stars.
Awesome story, but the pain is so raw that sometimes it becomes hard to read.
I loved Jonas and Brennan and how their friendship and romance grew ever so slowly. I loved them as young people, both broken and going through dramatic experiences. Their struggles feel real.
Jonas is a fascinating young wounded hero: with his frown and dark, feathery hair sticking up in the back, the sarcasm and the pain of adjusting to a new
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Keri (KeriBetweenPages)
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-tbr
What a cute book!

In this story we follow Jonas and Brennan. Jonas lost half his leg in a car accident and Brennan struggles with a severe anxiety disorder. After meeting after a small fender bender they develop a friendship. They both have insecurities that interfere with the blossoming relationship but that’s where we actually get to see each of them bloom. I found Brennan’s anxiety to be relatable to my own and really appreciated seeing mental illness and physical disability being represented
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Kylie Psaila
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I received a digital advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book follows two teens, Brennan and Jonas, who both have some kind of disability - mental and physical. Upon meeting due to a fender bender, they start to form a friendship and end up helping each other to heal.

Although this story has some romance in it, it isn’t the main focal point of this story. It focuses on the character growth along with the healing, and I liked this.

The reason why
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Hristina
I went into The Opposite of Falling Apart expecting what I always expect from wattpad, a messy badly-written quick read that goes back and forth and ultimately drives me to DNFing it. But this book is the opposite of that, pun intended. The Opposite of Falling Apart is the best thing that's come from wattpad and I've had the pleasure of reading.
It's written really well, even with the heavy subject matter, the paragraphs don't feel densely packed. I really enjoyed the way it was structured, and
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Elyse Alba
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book really hit me! The author did such an amazing job making me feel for the characters! You almost get 3 stories in one. Highly recommend!
Tash
this book comes out on my birthday! maybe it's a sign that I should def read this book haha
Sari
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a digital advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

What a beautiful story about overcoming obstacles. The story follows Jonas and Brennan whom are both battling either physical or psychological disabilities and their journey to helping one another heal.

I loved how Micah Good tackles disabilities with such relatable characters. As someone who has suffered from anxiety for most of my life, I really resonated with Brennan’s storyline. The ‘what
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Zan
Dec 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I don't know. I love this book's portrayal of the struggles that each of the MCs had to face, the mental and physical battles that they were subjected to. It made everything feel so personal, earnest, engaged.

However, I really don't know if I liked the main pairing much at all? It's great that Brennan and Jonas both leaned on each other and had open dialogue when it mattered, but I feel like they mean so much more as people that helped one another get back up than people who found each other
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Caitlin Reads
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book features Jonas and Brennan. Two characters that are suffering and help each other learn to live again. Jonas lost his leg and Brennan has an anxiety disorder. This book was really cute and I got through it quickly. Certain parts were tough for me to read given the serious subject matter but overall this was a good young adult read. The romance took a backseat to the growth of the characters and it was nice to see them
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Luanna
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
A beautiful story of resilience and overcoming ones flaws.
I loved how this book tackled both physical and psychological disabilities and how the characters individual struggles are dealt with. The romance was subtle and not the focus of the plot.
All the characters played their parts, had their moments to shine and felt relevant to the storyline.
The what if that the characters went through were very relatable (the whole story in fact.)

I enjoyed this book and would definitely recommended it.

I
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Michael (thechaosblooms)
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Can’t wait to re-read it once it’s published!!
Kate Larkindale
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
As someone who has written a novel about an amputee, the description of this book was enough to have me begging NetGalley for the opportunity to read this one. Thankfully they said yes!

Over a year after losing his leg, Jonas still isn't in a good place. He's still angry at the world for allowing this to happen to him and spends most of his time hiding out in his room. His prosthetic leg has been in the closet so long it has dust on it and he quit physical therapy to learn how to use it better
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Maggie Carr
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The groundbreaking addition to the #FreeYourBody movement coming February 25, 2020! This review is based on a free ARC I received in exchange for an honest review. Note: my page numbers are different than what I'm seeing recorded on Goodreads/Amazon.

Told in alternate perspectives spanning from just before college to late in their spring semester of freshman year, Jonas and Brennan met by accident (literally) and re-met at a grocery store, and again at a doctor's office. The author gave voice to
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Amy
First, thanks to NetGalley and Wattpad Books for allowing me the ARC for an honest review.

This book tested my empathy, and I like that it did. It showed me that I need to learn that healing is on each individual's terms. Here we have two 18 year olds dealing with their personal demons: Jonas is dealing with his loss of identity and self after losing the lower half of his left leg and Brennan is dealing with crippling anxiety. After a fateful run in, these two slowly become friends as they help
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Skylar Nightingale
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

I went back and forth with the rating of this book because the first twenty percent discussed their ailments, and I found myself losing interest. However, I kept reading, and I’m glad I did because the beginning allowed me to walk in their shoes. It helped the reader to empathize with their situation. The more I read the more I understood the characters and I fell in love with the storyline. The Opposite of Falling Apart also had wonderful wonderful passages and quotes.

The characters
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Silvia
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I was provided with a digital ARC of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishing house, Wattpad Books, in exchange for an honest review.

"The Opposite of Falling Apart" is the tender story of Jonas, a guy who's eighteen and sadly lost one of his legs in a car accident, and Brennan, a girl of the same age who suffers of chronic anxiety. They meet in the summer before both of them have to leave for college and they change each other lives in more ways than one.

I have to admit I was really
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Carro Herdegen
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kiss-the-book
Language: PG13 (25 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG13
As 18-year-olds the summer before starting college, Jonas and Brennan should be excitedly anticipating the transition to freedom away from home. Instead, both of these teens are struggling -- one with adjusting to life as an amputee and one with anxiety. After meeting due to yet more unfortunate and embarrassing situations in their lives, an unlikely friendship starts to form, giving both Jonas and Brennan hope to hold onto --
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Laura
I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Brennan has anxiety. Like, a lot of it. She is terrified with the idea of going to college, everything unfamiliar and new. She isn't certain she can handle it--worse, she's not certain her family does either.

Jonas has one and a half legs and a chip on his shoulder. He can't wait to get out of town and have a fresh start at college, where no one knows him or anything about the accident that took his leg.

When a fender
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Michelle (Love, Stars and Books)
(I received an eARC from Netgalley for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

Book review: The opposite of falling apart by Micah Good (3 stars)



The opposite of falling apart by Micah Good
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 3/5 stars



(Review)
(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

I related to Brennan SO MUCH because she has anxiety too and I just- I just really related because her anxiety is so similar to mine. I liked the conflict between her and
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Tristan Munoz
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Opposite of Falling Apart is about two teens (the summer before college and into Freshman year of college) who help each other through their respective difficult circumstances. Jonas is a recent amputee and Brennan has severe anxiety. While their problems are different in nature, the two have many things in common. This was a story of acceptance. Accepting that your flaws don't make you any less worthy of acceptance or love. Accepting other people’s flaws. The story reminds us that everybody ...more
Tiffany
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Jonas was in a serious car accident and has anxiety about being different with is prosthetic. Brennan has a severe case of anxiety and is doing her best to cope while preparing to leave for college. When these two unlikely characters make a connection, it is a rollercoaster of emotions as we listen to what is happening inside their minds. It really was exhausting at times, and that made it completely believable. I like how we watched them try to overcome their hardships and it gave me a better ...more
Emy
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got an ARC for Netgalley in exchange from an honest review.

The PTSD & Anxiety representation in this good is so good in my opinion. I could find myself in Briennan so MUCH and it made it hard to read, but in a good way. It's rare that one get to find a character that is basically their exact representation. I am glad I found this book.

I loved how the characters grew to love each other and how they worked with their struggles together. It is so realistic and relatable.

I definitely
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Michelle
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: anxiety, amputee
My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog!

Thank you to Wattpad Books for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Both of the main characters, Jonas and Brennan, are relatable and understandable. What they've gone through is so tough to recover from, especially when it comes to building your life back. The author here did a really great job at taking the time to encompass those struggles and feelings for each character.
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Jini Clausen
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was so sweet, and well done. There were many times in the book that I felt frustrated with the main characters, but what I love is, I felt like I gained genuine insight on what it can feel like to have an anxiety disorder, or PTSD. I think some of the inner dialogue was repetitive at times and could have been pared down, but the way the characters' friendship developed was paced well and felt authentic.
Carolline Nascimento
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved the book and the characters! See Brennan struggling with her anxiety, Jonas coping with his limb loss, and how their paths cross with each other when both are on edge of their conflicts made me want so bad for a happy ending for them! And their relationship as a whole? Ugh, my heart! I teared up a bit, I admit. And they made me laugh. But even more important: I loved them so. much. I will miss this three and a half legs couple with all my heart. ...more
Laurie Tell
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was the story of two broken people and how they helped each other heal.

I loved both characters, and was drawn into their world. I was rooting for them both, and for their real issues. I loved their growth, and their support of each other.

This story was sweet and charming and I really enjoyed it.

I want to thank the publisher and net galley for the advance copy to read. This didn't impact my review.
Tammy
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I waited a while to type this review. Brennan could be me (but not as extreme) and it really hit home. I loved the development of the friendship. It was messy and perfectly imperfect. Both Jonas and Brennan are dealing with issues that impact their every day life. The way they support each other and drive each other to be better is shown in many ways. This is one I am going to recommend to both my daughters.
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