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Published by Simon Pulse on January 26, 2016
Genres: Dating & Sex, Friendship, Teen, Young Adult
Source: Edelweiss, The Fantastic Flying Book Club
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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.
Let me start by getting this out. Yay!!!! A 2016 debut that I have been waiting for. And it was good! *Okay, deep breath.* The Year We Fell Apart has been on my radar for a while and I am always a little afraid when I’ve been waiting for a book that it will be, well, not good. So I am very glad that is not the case for The Year We Fell Apart. Harper and Declan are a couple you root for even through all the crap. Childhood best friends, they find love until Declan is shipped off to boarding school. Harper then free falls and becomes the queen of bad decisions. When Declan returns for the summer all the old feelings bubble up and decisions need to be made.
The feels were deep with this one. Emily Martin created characters that resonated with me. From the mains to the sides all were well fleshed out and fit well with each other. The world created was real and well encompassed the characters. The pacing was great, things unfolded naturally and were never rushed. The plot was solid and I was pleased that there was an absence of the typical YA unconcerned/absent parent. The writing, however, is where The Year We Fell Apart shone. Martin was able to craft feelings into her words and to make you genuinely care about her cast, even when they were acting ridiculous.
I am glad I was able to read this one, as it refreshed my love for the YA romance/drama. Some of the ones I have read in the last year have been disappointing as they were so fake. This was a realistic read with heart. I have a feeling The Year We Fell Apart will top the best debuts of 2016 list, and it will be well deserved. Emily Martin is an author to watch and I am excited to see what she will bring next.
Favorite lines – Eventually, all of this will be behind us, only a small part of who we are. We may never reach a life entirely absent of regret, or forget the missteps we made along the way. All we can do is keep moving.
Biggest cliché – “I will always love you, oh who is that?”
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 Debut Author Challenge
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge