I’m going to come right out and tell you that I loved We Come Apart. Written in free verse and alternating view points, it’s the story of Nicu, a Romanian immigrant, and Jess, a troubled British teen and it is wonderful.
Authors Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan have joined forces to tell the story of Nicu and Jess, two troubled teens whose paths cross in the unlikeliest of places.
Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess’s home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship grows into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and hopeful futures. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves?
The word I’ve used most to describe We Come Apart is painful, but it’s painful in a good way (if that makes any sense at all). It was painful for me because I felt what Nicu and Jess were going through, because the writing was so good. I don’t know how the authors split the writing, but I wish I did. They both have very troubled lives – Nicu finds himself an immigrant in Brexit Britain and is increasingly targeted by his peers, but he doesn’t particularly like being at home either, where his parents are obsessed with finding him a bride back home. Jess has a very worrying home life which she daren’t tell anyone about, and she has the worst friends in the world. And then they meet, while taking part in a young offenders’ programme, and despite Jess’s reluctance to get involved, they become friends and more, giving each other hope.
I will tell you right now, I wanted to reach into the book and remove Nicu and Jess from their terrible situations and just look afte them. Nicu in particular is just the sweetest, but I really liked seeing the way Jess’s friendship with him changes her for the better. She becomes that little bit less cynical, and a little bit more accepting.
It’s hard to talk in too much detail about We Come Apart, because I feel there are so many potential spoilers, and I don’t want to give too much away, but believe me when I say you should read this book. I really, really loved it, and I wish I’d been able to sit down and devour it in one sitting.
ARC received from the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review