Hi there beautiful bookworms!!
Today I wanted to discuss books that we just cannot find in in ourselves to finish! For me this is something that I try not to do, once I start something I really want to finish it but in some cases I just can’t.
Unfortunately in the last couple of days I decided to quit reading a book that I thought was going to be good, but it wasn’t. It was really over-hyped and I just could not finish it, as hard as I tried (I got through 69% of it). So let’s chat about the book:
Title: When we Collided
Author: Emery Lord
Published: April 2016 by Bloomsbury Children’s
Genre: Young Adult; Contemporary; Romance
Source: Borrowed from library
Goodreads’ Rating: 3.85/5 stars
Meet Vivi and Jonah: A girl and a boy whose love has the power save or destroy them.
Vivi and Jonah couldn’t be more different. Vivi craves anything joyful or beautiful that life can offer. Jonah has been burdened by responsibility for his family ever since his father died. As summer begins, Jonah resigns himself to another season of getting by. Then Vivi arrives, and suddenly life seems brighter and better. Jonah is the perfect project for Vivi, and things finally feel right for Jonah. Their love is the answer to everything. But soon Vivi’s zest for life falters, as her adventurousness becomes true danger-seeking. Jonah tries to keep her safe, but there’s something important Vivi hasn’t told him.
This book sounded like it was going to be a decent read, and I had seen people raving about it in the online book community so when I found it sitting in my library I thought that I would give it a go.
It started out to be a little slow, boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love and so on. The story line I don’t think was the problem, the problem was the characters, one in particular.
Jonah was lovely to read, and the chapters that were in his point of view were relatively enjoyable. It was the character of Vivi that I couldn’t handle. She was suffering from bipolar disorder. I have done a lot of study in the area of mental illness and it is something that I find fascinating but in this case the character just annoyed me. For starters she wasn’t taking her medication and the more the book went on it was obvious, but no one (her mum especially) wasn’t picking up on her manic episodes. This I just found a little bit odd. Her love for life (which in some cases can be refreshing) was a bit of a nightmare, it was just over-the-top and I wasn’t loving it.
I just spent a bit of time talking about the not-so-good parts, but I did enjoy some parts of the bits I read. Jonah was well written, he was a character you could sympathise for. He lost his dad, and was one of the siblings with the new job of looking after the family as his mum wasn’t coping. He also had a super crazy girlfriend, so that made you feel sorry for him a bit more. He was a regular 16 year old boy and I really did like his parts in the story, however, I couldn’t bring myself to finish reading it.
What books have you DNF’d?? Was this one of them?? Have any of you read this book and agree with me? or disagree with me and loved this book?? I would LOVE to hear your thoughts and opinions! Leave me a comment below and we can discuss!!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post and I look forward to reading your comments!
Until next time, happy reading!!