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The Opposite of Falling Apart

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After losing his leg in a terrible car accident, Jonas Avery cant 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, theyll push each other to come to terms with whats holding them back, even as theyre pulled ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Wattpad Books
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NAT.orious reads ☽
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.

Overall.
update : apparently, there are people out there not absolutely loving it??? Bah. Humbug.

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
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Stephanie Fitzgerald
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Y.A. readers and teachers
Oh, where to begin? This was such a wonderful read; it was sweet and deep, alternating between the lives of Brennan (such a beautiful name!) and Jonas, two teens who meet by literally colliding (well, their cars do). These are not two typical teens; Brennan suffers with constant anxiety, and Jonas is living with a new normal since a car accident that cost him half a leg. I was immediately invested in the lives of both characters from the first page; both kids are struggling with huge issues, but ...more
Isabella
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley for this e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

*3.75
Insightful story of two teenagers about to start university. Jonas has PTSD after being in a car accident and losing half of his left leg. This is his story about dealing with the aftermath, his struggles and wondering whether he can move on. Brennan has an Anxiety Disorder and can only escape with her writing. She battles with her mind. Every day is a challenge, especially with moving away to start university. This is
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Samantha (WLABB)
Rating: 3.5 Stars

A year after losing his leg in a car accident, Jonas got into a little fender bender, which was the start of something great, for both him and the girl whose car he hit.

Both Jonas and Brennan were supposed to be getting ready to leave for college, but they were "stuck" for different reasons.

Brennan was dealing with severe anxiety. Fear and racing thoughts were keeping her from moving forward, and she didn't seem to have a lot of support at home. While Jonas was making no
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Aly
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
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
alissa avaline
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it
People are complicated beings, Brennan. We break, we fall, we piece ourselves together again. We tear relationships apart, and we glue them back together. Maybe its not always perfect, and by nature happy endings come after a lot of crap. But that doesnt mean there arent happy endings. And youll never know if you dont try, because the happiest endings always require some kind of effort on our part.

I had heard a lot of great things about this book in terms of representation. This book, like the
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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
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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 thats where we actually get to see each of them bloom. I found Brennans anxiety to be relatable to my own and really appreciated seeing mental illness and physical disability being represented in
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Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club, Netgalley, and Wattpad Books for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.

This felt like such a sad novel, and I think it actually kind of broke my heart. We have Jonas that suffers from PTSD after being in a car accident which resulted in him losing half of his leg,
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Jennie
Mar 13, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a story about two teenagers who were facing their own personal demons. Brennan has anxiety and has a hard time trusting others. Jonas has lost a leg in a car accident and has trouble accepting what happened to him. Together they make the world a little easier to manage. I thought the book was very slow and entirely too long at 400 plus pages. It has a happy ending which the reader knew was coming, but it sure took a long time to reach the end.
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 Brennans storyline. The what ifs
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Micah Good
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi! I wrote this book, and its officially out in the world now!! I really hope you enjoy it! If you like mental health rep, slow-burn romance, and stories that remind you that our flaws are what make us human, you might like this story.

Heres a playlist I made of songs that remind me of the book:

Perfect | Ed Sheeran
i cant breathe | Bea Miller
Be OK | Ingrid Michaelson
Little Do You Know | Alex and Sierra
Need the Sun to Break | James Bay
The Good Parts | Andy Grammer
Unwell | Matchbox Twenty
Heavy
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The Opposite of Falling Apart

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I could not for the life of me get into this AT ALL. And the main reason is because the writing style is just not for me. It dragged and it made the characters feel really two dimensional and boring.

I get what the author was intending to do, and I think her concept of depicting PTSD, anxiety and the affects of mental health is a great idea in hindsight but.... the execution wasnt appealing to me as a reader. It felt a bit overdone and I was bored for a
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Deekay
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, its very rare to find a YA book that tells a good story and doesnt have any typical YA drama in it, for example: relationship drama, high school drama, love triangle drama, and any other YA drama. But, this is book is excellent in so many ways, this type of YA book is very hard to find nowadays, and Im glad that this book is far different than most YA books.

This book have zero drama in it, I do admit that there are some issues in the main characters relationship, but it wasnt dramatic
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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 isnt the main focal point of this story. It focuses on the character growth along with the healing, and I liked this.

The reason why I
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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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Line Bookaholic
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book. The plot was easy to follow and kind of slow, but in a good way. The development of the characters and their relationship was well constructed and it was interesting to learn more about them and their respective problems that they had to deal with.
Jonas lost his left leg in a car accident and is bitter and angry since then. Brennan is anxious all the time and is afraid to start college in the fall. Jonas and Brennan met one day and this will totally change
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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!
Patty
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
The Opposite of Falling Apart by Micah Good is a story about overcoming disabilities, and moving forward. Jonas Avery was a star in high school, until the car accident that took part of his leg. Brennan Davis has an anxiety disorder, so everything is a challenge for her. The summer before college these two meet, and a romance begins. I found this book to be well written, but it just wasn't for me. I read to lift my spirit, and this book did not do that. If you enjoy a more serious romance, give ...more
Tash
this book comes out on my birthday! maybe it's a sign that I should def read this book haha
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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Jenny Hobson
Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Jonas feels like his world has fallen apart after a car accident caused him to lose his leg. He's shut himself away from everyone and doesn't want to get used to the prosthetic leg. Brennan is suffering from severe anxiety. Day to day things like work and friends get her head in a spin and she is struggling but won't tell anyone the extent of her problems. Jonas mum needs him to get in the car and take a permission slip to his sister for a trip. He doesnt like cars anymore but won't admit it and ...more
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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Susan
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book nailed the experience of dealing with anxiety. I identified so much with Brennan. The only thing that bothered me a little is that she never really dealt with her not taking her meds. I kept shouting at the book take your meds and go to therapy. I also enjoyed Jonas POV. It was such a great reminder not to try to read thoughts and feelings into another person. They are rarely thinking things you are imagining them to be thinking. Everybody is just walking around with their own stuff ...more
Deanna
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
First Id like to say thank you to NetGalley and Wattpad books for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!
This book was beyond cute! I absolutely loved the two main characters Jonas & Brennan. The fact that they both had medical issues was so heartwarming. I love when authors are inclusive in their stories. I really connected with Brennan and her anxiety. The author did a very good job in describing what anxiety feels like. I appreciated the accuracy of Brennans emotions and
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Ola Adamska
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2020
This story is a really interesting intake on two different disabilities (mental and psychic). How this kind of things can rule our lives? Will this battle be even fair?
Jason had The Accident that had changed his life in one moment - one minute you have all your libs, next one he does not have one limb. Will he manage to get out of this void that he had created in his mind?
Brennan lives with high anxiety and she's struggling with coping with her own life. Her mind is her worst and the most
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Gata Leitora / Cat reader
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
A strong story about resilience, strenght, struggle and love. The writer knew how to transmit all the anguish and suffering of each protagonist very well.
3,5/5 stars
Julie-Ann Johnson
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you Netgalley and Publisher for the arc!

First disclaimer: this book was not for me- and that's okay! There is a lot of merit in The Opposite of Falling Apart and It's one of those novels I know a lot of people will enjoy. I'm happy to see some disability representation, both psychiatric and physical.

Overall the plot was fairly interesting and it wasn't hard to get through this book. I can't say I was really amazed by the relationship or that I fell in love with the characters, but it was
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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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