Friday, January 8, 2016

Monday Reviews - On a Friday! - We'll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews - On a Friday! Basically, this is when I review the books I read on my own time, not books that were sent for review! This week, I am reviewing We'll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean!

Recently I picked up this book and it was so fantastic, it made it to my top 15 of 2015 list! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


Oh my gosh.

This book was phenomenal! I tore through it like no tomorrow. The writing was beautifully constructed, the story was well planned and the twist was done so well I didn't even get a hint that it was coming!

This book feels like a mix between Its Kind Of A Funny Story and The Dead House. It has everything I love in a book, suspense, an undetectable twist, a mental hospital and mental illness galore! (ok, so that sounds worse than it is... but I do love a good MI novel)

I don't want to say too much about the twist because it's such a great aspect of the story but I will say that the PTSD that Alice and Celia suffered, and the death of their grandfather is a pivotal moment in their lives. Eep! I'm getting antsy just thinking about it again!

The writing in this book is so spectacular, I was reading the journal entry of the death of the grandfather on the girls birthday and I felt like I was there. All they had to eat for days was birthday cake, getting blacker and blacker. I can see the blackened yellow cake with icing balloons. I can smell the grandfather rotting in the living room. I can see the girls trying to gnaw through the cans of beans because they weren't allowed to use the can opener without their grandfather. I can feel them trying to preserve heat, sleeping with five blankets, because the heat is off in the dead of winter and the girls don't know how to turn it on. The book is so well written you are literally with the girls, starving and freezing.

I also enjoyed how this book touched on the difficult aspects of orphanage/orphanhood?  and the foster system. I've never really read a book about foster kids, or one that was such an honest portrayal of the experiences of these kids. It was really eye opening to me, that while there are some good stories, there are a lot of bad situations.

The ending of this book, especially the epilogue was fantastic! It kind of freaked me out a bit, knowing that Alice still had a long way to go, Celia was still there and they would really never be apart.

Highly highly recommend! Definitely one of my favourites of the past year!