Blog Tour + Giveaway: The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin

Title: The Year We Fell Apart
Author: Emily Martin
Series: N/A, Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: January 26th 2016
Pages: 320
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

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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.

  When I first read the synopsis of The Year We Fell Apart, I immediately felt that I would click with this book, and click I did. I feel so emotionally invested and connected with this book that I still feel the feelings that I felt when I read this book whenever I remember it. One of the most emotional books that I've ever read, The Year We Fell Apart definitely tore my heart into a million pieces.

"I wonder where the invisible line is. The line that determines which parts of our past are still close enough to go back and fix, and which parts we have to live with forever"

  Gosh, I can't believe this book has 320 pages because I flew through it! That hasn't happened to me in quite a long time now, and I'm so glad that this book made me realize that I can still fly through books. While some people might think that this book is overly dramatic or even annoying, I vote on the contrary. Yes, I know that this book would not be for some people, but I always love an amazing contemporary romance novel, and I definitely got it with this book.

"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 alone the way. All we can do is keep moving."

  One of my favorite things about this book is how Cory never crushed on Harper, like what happens in most stories. Okay, some back story here; Harper, Cory and Declan are childhood best friends, and Harper and Declan ended up together but broke up because Declan moved away for school. The story of Declan and Harper is told in flashbacks, and that's how I came to really appreciate the character of Cory. Cory never liked Harper, and even if Declan and Harper hung out on their own, he never got jealous or annoying about it. After Declan left, he was still supportive and always looked out for Harper. Cory truly is the bestest best friend anyone could ever ask for, and he is one of my favorite characters of all time.

"What I need to focus on are the things that I can change."

  My gosh, the things that this book made me feel! I really felt connected to all the characters, and I really saw myself in the main character's shoes. I felt every emotion she felt, and my heart bled alongside hers. This book kind of reminds me of Lauren Gibaldi's The Night We Said Yes, only this one is much more emotional. It's so hard for me to put things into words because they're all in the heart, which is why it's been so hard for me to write this review.

"People change. And sometimes that means drifting apart. But other times it just means working harder to find some common ground.

  I can't say more, but trust me when I say that I really loved this book and I feel really connected to it. I hope you guys would give this book a chance, and I hope that you enjoy it as much, or even more, than I did. Happy reading! 

4.5 my-heart-is-dead stars.

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