Review: ‘The Year We Fell Apart’ by Emily Martin

Review: ‘The Year We Fell Apart’ by Emily MartinThe Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin
Published by Simon Pulse on January 26th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Family, Friendship, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 316
Format: eBook
Source: borrowed from the library
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.

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It didn’t take long for me to finish this, it’s a pretty short book. I have mixed feelings.

Straight from the beginning, I knew Harper needed to go through a huge character arc. I was waiting for her to get her act together and realize how self-destructive and bratty she was. But I felt so frustrated by her because she kept flopping back and forth. Because she would say she learned and then do it all over again. I guess that’s realistic to a tee..Kicking a habit is harder.

The big thing that happened was the biggest anti-climax of them all. I didn’t get it. The whole reason she was pushing him away didn’t make any sense to me. I wished that was embellished more. Also the self-destructive phase of these teens are a little frightening and scary considering they’re smart enough in the first place to not drink when they fully know what could happen. But yes okay, teens need to learn their lesson and both Harper and Declan find out what happens when alcohol gets thrown in the mix. I thought their relationship was one of the most on-and-off relationships I have read lately. I also felt her insights to the past were disorganized and chaotic, but guess that was made to be that way since Harper is extreme with her emotions. Both of them needed to talk to a good psychiatrist. Declan was nice and supportive at times but he also showed his flaws. Good God I wanted to cut his hair though. I hate long hair on guys… The side characters were just great though.. Love Cory, Mackenzie and Gwen. Not so much Kyle or Sadie.

This is that book where you think if they only communicated better things wouldn’t have escalated.. Get the characters to talk sensibly and just get on with their lives. There were cute parts like swimming at the quarry and painting the house, but other than that I didn’t feel their connection had any chemistry. I also wanted more of a focus on friendships that Harper broke but it was shoved in and came out of nowhere. Liked the talks with the mom though. She was one fighter!

Also that cover does not depict the story at all. It needs to go a bit darker because the main character parties a lot with teenagers drinking, and smoking pot. The cover right now is too fluffy and definitely needs a change to convey the story more.

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  1. Zoey @ Uncreatively Zoey

    May 10, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    I’ve been so excited for this for so long, and then I bought it last week and returned it after reading like 20 pages and then skimming through a few later chapters. I totally agree with you about the cover. I thought it was going to be a cute and relatively fluffy read, but it was basically a big angst-fest that I wasn’t expecting, haha.

    • giselle

      May 10, 2016 at 1:36 PM

      That’s exactly what it is..One big angst-fest! The cover threw me off..Otherwise I wouldn’t have picked it up either lol

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