In the tradition of Sarah Dessen, this powerful debut novel is a compelling portrait of a young girl coping with her mother’s cancer as she figures out how to learn from—and fix—her past.
Few things come as naturally to Harper as epic mistakes. In the past year she was kicked off the swim team, earned a reputation as Carson High’s easiest hook-up, and officially became the black sheep of her family. But her worst mistake was destroying her relationship with her best friend, Declan.
Now, after two semesters of silence, Declan is home from boarding school for the summer. Everything about him is different—he’s taller, stronger…more handsome. Harper has changed, too, especially in the wake of her mom’s cancer diagnosis.
While Declan wants nothing to do with Harper, he’s still Declan, her Declan, and the only person she wants to talk to about what’s really going on. But he’s also the one person she’s lost the right to seek comfort from.
As their mutual friends and shared histories draw them together again, Harper and Declan must decide which parts of their past are still salvageable, and which parts they’ll have to let go of once and for all.
In this honest and affecting tale of friendship and first love, Emily Martin brings to vivid life the trials and struggles of high school and the ability to learn from past mistakes over the course of one steamy North Carolina summer.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange of a review. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.
Okay, first off. Let’s take a short while to stare at that beautiful cover! I absolutely love it!!!
If I could say one statement to describe this book, it will be: “angsty, emotional but heartfelt”. This was my first read for 2016 and it made me cry. No regrets though! Besides, I sort of saw it coming since the first chapter. Upon reading it, I knew it’s going to be a rollercoaster of emotions.
I WAS RIGHT. This book got me clutching my chest while reading. I actually wanted to rip my heart off my chest so that maybe I won’t feel any pain. No kidding guys, I swear.
The Year We Fell Apart is a powerful poignant debut. It’s about Harper and Declan who used to be best friends and now have fallen apart since Declan left town for reasons. After almost a year, Declan came home and from there, they tried to patch up their relationship gradually.
“People change. And sometimes that means drifting apart. But other times it just means working harder to find some common ground.”
It was very easy to get into the book quickly. The first chapter already got me hooked! The characters were definitely relatable, so was the story in general. It definitely hit me in the right spot since I experienced something similar so this book has definitely earned a special place in my heart.
Amidst the stubbornness, Harper and Declan were pretty easy to follow. Both characters were dimensional and the emotions they portrayed were raw. This was actually why I love the book to pieces. It’s raw, honest, and realistic. Harper and Declan’s flaws contributed to the dimensionality of their characters. It made them feel very realistic and relatable.
“If you give someone the power to break your heart, you sure as hell won’t see it coming when they do.”
The other characters were really enjoyable as well! Cory was my favorite! He’s Harper and Declan’s other best friend. I love the whole idea of his character. Gwen and Mackenzie were lovely too! They’re easy to love and very supportive.
The book also touched issues like illnesses, sexual harassment and slut-shaming but Emily Martin managed to present it in a way that added depth to the story.
I think that the book ended they way it should be and I really appreciated that. I’m so glad that my first book for the year turned out to be so great! I definitely recommend this book!
I seriously love the color scheme used for the cover!