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Review by Suze
Harper makes mistakes, she keeps screwing up. She has quite a reputation because of her behavior at parties and her drinking and she doesn't do anything to change people's minds while a lot of the rumors about her aren't actually true. Harper is hurting though. Her mother has cancer and the person she needs the most is the one person who doesn't want to talk to her. Declan and Harper used to be close, but after some stupid decisions made by Harper they're no longer together. Now that he's back from boarding school Harper wants nothing more than to be with him. Only is that also what Declan wants or has she screwed up so badly that she's lost him forever?
The Year We Fell Apart is an interesting love story. There's so much feeling in it. I immediately liked Harper. Even though she makes terrible choices sometimes she's good where it counts. She's someone who doesn't leave the reader unmoved. She can't cope with her emotions, they're overwhelming her. She wants to run away from them and that is when things start going wrong. Fortunately she has some great friends who are always there for her. I liked the meaningfulness of the friendships in this story a lot.
The Year We Fell Apart is a book about loss, pain, grief and also love and second chances. It isn't a cheerful story, but it is hopeful. I liked Emily Martin's writing style. It's easy to read and she writes in an open and honest way. The story is fast-paced. There's a lot going on, but everything that happens always remains realistic. I think that's what made me feel involved. It's easy to feel what Harper's feeling and that makes the story strong. I read it in one sitting and couldn't put it down. I think this moving story is a great read.