Welcome to my tour stop of The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. You can view the full tour schedule here.
Author: Emily Martin
Tittle: The Year We Fell Apart
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 320 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: January 26th 2016 by Simon Pulse
Source: I received an eARC of this book from FFBC for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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 become 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.
The Year We Fell Apart was one of my most anticipated reads this year and I’m glad to say, it definitely lived up to my expectations. This book was a lot different than other contemporary novels that I’ve read but I loved the realistic portrayal of characters and life itself.
Harper’s life has spun way out of control since her best friend and her first love Declan went away to boarding school. Their relationship course totally changed and they became disengaged from each other. Now, finally Declan’s home for summer break, it’s the only chance for Harper to get a second chance with him but will Declan be ready to give her that or will her past mistakes overshadow her present and destroy their relationship forever?
This book gave a realistic portrayal of life and the importance of friendship. Harper chose the easy way out when Declan was sent away to boarding school after her mother passed away, she stooped to drinking and wasting away her time with various guys just to numb the pain of Declan drifting away from her. But she never crossed the line. Harper was an extremely flawed character and she made a lot of mistakes and she kept repeating that which sometimes caused me frustration and made it difficult to like her character and sometimes I understood her situation and reasoning. Harper’s mother’s situation was portrayed realistically as well and I liked the mother-daughter relationship, she was pretty strong in such a situation and I admired her for that.
The relationship between Declan and Harper was pretty intense and filled with angst, they have always been there for each other but for a long time things have not been the same. I liked Declan but I can’t blame Harper totally for the fall out of their relationship but I loved his faith in her, he believed her more than he believed the rumours. Their fight during the end was… well intense and I ended up crying hysterically. My emotions exploded with Harper.
All the other characters played an equally important role in this book and brought diversity to the plot. I loved Cory, Harper’s best friend, he was pretty reliable and a great friend. Gwen and Mackenzie were pretty amazing too, specially Gwen, she quickly became such a good friend to Harper. But I didn’t like Sadie, at all. Yeah, I understand she was there for her in her own messed up way when Declan went away but she was a pretty crappy friend and she proved it numerous times.
Overall, The Year We Fell Apart was an amazing book which portrayed realistic characters and situations. I loved how the plot was executed, although I would have preferred an epilogue but I understand and I’m glad it ended on a positive note. The writing was smooth and beautiful and the pace was even throughout the book. I had a hard time putting this book down and I ended up reading it in one sitting. I’m glad I enjoyed the story so much.
If realistic fiction is your cup of tea, then definitely yes!
Emily Martin lives and writes in the Greater Boston area, though she will always call Michigan home. She has a penchant for impromptu dance parties, vintage clothing, and traveling to new places. When not writing, she can be found hiking New England’s peaks, searching for the perfect cup of hot chocolate, or baking something pumpkin-flavored.Emily’s debut young adult novel, THE YEAR WE FELL APART, comes out January 26, 2016 from Simon Pulse.
Her work is represented by Lara Perkins of Andrea Brown Literary.
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