From two acclaimed authors comes an emotional story told in verse about friendship, love, and overcoming unbeatable odds.

Authors Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan have joined forces to tell the story of Nicu and Jess, two troubled teens whose paths cross in the unlikeliest of places.

Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess’s home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship grows into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and hopeful futures. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves?

For fans of Una LaMarche’s Like No Other, this illuminating story told in dual points of view through vibrant verse will stay with readers long after they’ve turned the last page.


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(Bloomsbury Children’s, 9 February 2017, copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed)




We Come Apart is great.

I love the fact the novel is written in verse. This works really well and makes the book stand out from other YA fiction.

I loved both characters.

Jess tries so hard to put on a brave face and act like a touch cookie who’s taking on the world. I love that she is actually very vulnerable, trying to keep her head above water and rise above her awful home life.

Nicu was amazing as well. I really felt for him, when he’s treated like a piece of crap because he foreign and the tragic events that unfolds when he’s trying to do the right thing. My heart bled for him.

I love the way Jess and Nicu friendship develops. It’s brilliantly told.

We Come Apart is incredibly sad. The ending made me cry.



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