The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin (ARC)

the year we fell apartTitle: The Year We Fell Apart
Author: Emily Martin
Publication Date: January 26th 2016 by Simon Pulse
Source: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss
Rating: ★★★★★
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Synopsis

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!

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I seriously love the color scheme used for the cover!

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Stacking the Shelves #20

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Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews which features our newest additions to our shelves.

Here’s my first book haul for 2016! Okay, technically I received them all last year

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I’ve bought On The Fence by Kasie West because I really enjoyed The Distance Between Us! The other books I received for review! I also received a few from Edelweiss and Netgalley.

For Review

Eleven Things I Promised by Catherine Clark
Shade Me by Jennifer Brown
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
Welcome To Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
Thicker Than Water by Kelly Fiore
The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin
A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry
Dead Ringer by Jessie Rosen
Tragedy Girl by Christine Hurley Deriso
Liars and Losers Like Us by Ami Allen-Vath
Counting To D by Kate Scott
The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil

I’m really excited to read these books! Thank you so much to HarperCollins International, Simon Pulse, Algonquin Young Readers, Flux, Full Fathom Five Digital, Peach Tree Publishing, Sky Pony Press and Elliott Books for the review copies!

LIFE UPDATES

The holidays were such a blast! I really enjoyed catching up with my relatives and the FOOD of course! Haha! Also last Wednesday, Jem and I hung out in BGC where we visited a couple of bookstores! We bought one book each LOL. We also got to hang out with Hazel of Stay Bookish for a while!

with Jem and Hazel!
with Jem and Hazel!

I hope 2016 has been great so far to you all!

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