Published by Simon Pulse on January 26th 2016
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.
Hi lovely readers! Today I’m reviewing The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin!
WHAT I LIKED
The main character. Harper was a great protagonist! I empathized with her and wanted things to get better for her. She was optimistic, funny, and whip-smart. She was also flawed. I hate it when main characters have zero flaws because it’s just not realistic. Harper made some pretty stupid and rash decisions which, in my opinion, made her more likable and realistic. She also owned her sexuality and condemned boys for slut-shaming!
The friendships. This book focused on both the good and the bad friendships. Harper’s friendship with Sadie was toxic to say the least. Harper wasn’t the best friend to Cody, Declan, Gwen, Mackenzie, or anyone for that matter.
The romance. The romance felt real to me. It wasn’t pushed or over exaggerated; it was just there. Harper and Declan went through a lot and they were both very broken when they finally saw each other again. It was heartbreaking. It’s so hard as the reader to watch these two intense people go through all these woes and not be able to do anything about it! I laughed, I cried, I swooned. Sigh.
The writing. Emily Martin is a gorgeous writer! She created these amazing, complex characters that I fell in love with!
The message. The main message that I got from this book was that people can change. Throughout the book, Harper was trying to become a better person. She wanted to stay clean and be nicer and I appreciated this and rooted her on.
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE
Some elements were confusing. The book started off great but introduced some people and plot lines that weren’t fully explained until later in the book. This made it confusing for me as the reader as new characters were developed and I still didn’t understand what happened in Harper’s history.
Have you read The Year We Fell Apart? Let me know your thoughts!