The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
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.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advanced reviewer copy.
The Year We Fell Apart is an amazing young-adult novel full of all the emotional struggles that one might face when ones life is turned upside down. The wrong decisions you might make thinking they were for the right reasons, and act out all in pain. That is exactly what Harper has done.
Harper has had two close friends since she was young, Declan and Cory. At some point her and Declan’s friendship shifted and became more than just friends, but everything changes when Declan’s life is turned upside down. Declan’s mom dies tragically, and while Harper tries to be there for him he is very upset. Declan’s father doesn’t think he can take care of him on his own and sends him away.
Declan and Harper continue to date but things feel strained. Harper feels like she has been left behind and that Declan will move on. She feels alone. Harper starts drinking and partying, and decides to breakup with him. She feels she is saving him from worse heartbreak.
Harper is dealing with her moms cancer and the one person who could relate and who she wants to talk to she has pushed away. She knows she doesn’t deserve Declan but she wants him. Declan, however, doesn’t know how to be her friend and his moods run hot and cold.
Can Harper and Declan put the past in the past? Will Declan find out why Harper abandoned him when he needed her the most? Can Harper be strong enough to be there for her family?
This book really was an amazing journey and I loved every step along the way. Harper was so perfectly flawed, and I felt for her. I loved when she was herself but got that a lot of the time she was covering over her pain. I think we have all been there at some point. I wish there had been an epilogue, that was the only thing, but amazing and I am giving this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.
About the author:
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.