Book Review: When We Collided by Emery Lord

When We Collided
Emery Lord
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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Price: Rs 350 


Seventeen year old Jonah Daniels has lived in Verona Cove, California, his whole life, and only one thing has ever changed: his father used to be alive, and now he's not. Now Jonah must numbly take care of his family as they reel from their tragedy. Cue next change: Vivi Alexander, new girl in town. Vivi is in love with life. A gorgeous and unfiltered hurricane of thoughts and feelings. She seems like she's from another planet as she transforms Jonah's family and changes his life. But there are always consequences when worlds collide ...A fierce and beautiful love story with a difference, When We Collided will thrill fans of All the Bright Places and I'll Give You the Sun.


Emery Lord is the author of Open Road Summer and The Start of Me and You. She lives in a pink row house in Cincinnati, with a husband, two rescue dogs, and a closet full of impractical shoes. Twitter: @emerylord


I bought this book a long time ago but I didn’t start reading it until this Sunday morning. It’s literally been minutes since I finished the book and I decided that I had to write a review for it right away! Because this book deserves ALL the attention it has been getting and then some more.
Emery Lord has created a brilliant world in Verona Cove where the lives of Vivi Alexanders and Jonah Daniels collides. I loved the tagline for the novel, right from the start, ‘Can you fall in love when you’re falling apart?’

Emery takes the issue of mental health head on, and leaves no stone unturned as she tried to tell a simple story without leaving out all the difficult parts. It’s pretty obvious from the start that Vivi has bipolar disorder even though it’s spelled out much later into the story. At the onset, it would seem that Jonah is the one who is grieving.

But depression and grief often borrow each other’s masks and you will never know which is which, until someone comes along and helps you. Sometimes, it’s important to ask for the help yourself.
This story was heartwarming and it doesn’t really hurt you and cut you up like other realistically depicted stories. What it does it give you hope. Hope for a better life, for a new tomorrow. Hope that this isn’t how good as it gets. There’s more, there’s always more – only if you’re willing to fight for it.

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The I loved the vibrant characters in Emery Lord’s novel. Especially the six Daniels siblings, who are in their own right, amazing and do not feel like borrowed characters. They all fit their purpose, and in the middle is Jonah, trying his very best to make it all work. To survive one fucking, god awful, never ending year. I have been through some pretty rough days and I know how dark the darkest of places can get. But one thing I’ve learned, no one can help you unless you help yourself.

Maybe that’s why some days when we don’t have the energy to jump out of bed, we should roll out and hit the floor really hard. Maybe taking that leap would hurt us. But not taking that leap of faith will hurt us even more. You know?

I love how people are finally talking about mental health and the YA community especially, has taken it upon themselves to spread more awareness about the matter. I’m just so glad that When We Collided is a wonderful addition to the ever growing collection, and also to my ever growing collection of books as well.

Don’t miss out on this book. I promise, you won’t regret it.

Book Review: Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff

Book Summary:

There was a party. There was a fight. The next morning, Sam’s best friend, Hayden, was dead. And all he left Sam was a playlist of songs and a suicide note: For Sam—listen and you’ll understand. To figure out what happened, Sam has to rely on the playlist and his own memory. But the more he listens, the more he realizes that his memory isn’t as reliable as he thought. And it might only be by taking out his earbuds and opening his eyes to the people around him that he’ll finally be able to piece together his best friend’s story. And maybe have a chance to change his own.
Part mystery, part love story, and part coming-of-age tale in the vein of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Spectacular Now, Michelle Falkoff’s debut novel is an honest and gut-wrenching first novel about loss, rage, and what if feels like to outgrow a friendship that’s always defined you—and the struggle to redefine yourself.
Michelle Falkoff is also the author of Playlist for the Dead. Her fiction and reviews have been published in ZYZZYVA, DoubleTake, and the Harvard Review, among other places. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently serves as director of communication and legal reasoning at Northwestern University School of Law. Visit her online at

The Review:

I ordered this book as it kept turning up on my “based on your browsing history” section on Amazon. No, it wasn’t because I was researching thoroughly depressing books or books about mental health. It was because I read a lot of Young Adult novels and this particular book was on a 32% discount. So I took a chance and I bought it.

While I loved the back and forth narration of the story, and getting thoroughly involved with Sam and Hayden’s lives, I was a little disappointed to not get all the answers that was burning me up. But I realized what the author, Michelle Falkoff was driving at. That bad things happen to the best of us and some of us learn to live with it, some of us explode and some of us come through. There is no explanation as to who decides to go down which road. And in real, there are no answers. It’s only fiction that every single thing needs to make perfect sense.

I know a lot readers have complained about how the story does not delve deeper into the lives of the characters, how there is no real character development. In fact when I down to type this post, a part of me was pretty disappointed by the book and wanted to write about that. But the other part of me, the one who knows that life can flip you over like a pancake whenever it wants without any further notice and flip back just as well, knows that’s exactly what Playlist for the Dead was aiming for.

That it’s okay to not have all the answers. It’s okay to begrudgingly accept the hand that’s been dealt by Fate. It’s okay to not know your little world like the back of your hand. Sometimes when things happen we’re left to grasp at straws. We could look for the needle in the haystack but we have no idea what the stupid needle looks like in the first place! And that’s exactly how Sam feels when his best friend Hayden kills himself. Even though they had been each other’s best friends, they had kept their own set of secrets which ultimately lead to the events of the novel. What Sam has been left with is a playlist of songs which claims he would understand what was going on in Hayden’s head.

But this playlist is the needle. Sam has no idea what to make of the songs, but readers such as myself get introduced to quite a few amazing tracks and artists in the process. I cannot say I enjoyed reading the book because teen suicides are not something to enjoy. But I liked how the issue has been handled and this book is more for the friend left affected by a friend’s suicide. It won’t help teenagers who are already at risk. But would help their friends identify them if they are at risk.

In a nutshell, this book tried a unique take on an age-old problem. It’s definitely worth checking out.


Book Blast: The Conspiracy at Meru by Shatrujeet Nath

The Conspiracy at Meru (Vikramaditya Veergatha # 2)


Vikramaditya and his Council of Nine have fought valiantly to repel the rampaging hordes from Devaloka and Patala – but Avanti has been brought to its knees. Ujjayini lies battered its citizens are scared and morale is badly shaken. Meanwhile, the barbaric Hunas and Sakas are gathering on the horizon and cracks are emerging between the allied kingdoms of Sindhuvarta.

The only silver lining is that the deadly Halahala is safe. For now.

Bent on vengeance, Indra is already scheming to destroy Vikramaditya, while Shukracharya has a plan that can spell the doom for the Guardians of the Halahala. How long can the human army hold out against the ferocity and cunning of the devas and asuras? And will Vikramaditya’s love for his queen come in the way of his promise to Shiva?

The deadly Halahala, the all-devouring poison churned from the depths of the White Lake by the devas and asuras, was swallowed by Shiva to save the universe from extinction.
But was the Halahala truly destroyed?
A small portion still remains – a weapon powerful enough to guarantee victory to whoever possesses it. And both asuras and devas, locked in battle for supremacy, will stop at nothing to claim it.
As the forces of Devaloka and Patala, led by Indra and Shukracharya, plot to possess the Halahala, Shiva turns to mankind to guard it from their murderous clutches. It is now up to Samrat Vikramaditya and his Council of Nine to quell the supernatural hordes – and prevent the universe from tumbling into chaos!
A sweeping tale of honour and courage in the face of infinite danger, greed and deceit, The Guardians of the Halahala is a fantastical journey into a time of myth and legend.

About the Author
Door-to-door salesman, copywriter, business journalist & assistant editor at The Economic Times; Shatrujeet Nath was all this before he took to writing fiction full-time. He debuted with The Karachi Deception in 2013, followed by The Guardians of the Halahala and The Conspiracy at Meru, the first two books in the Vikramaditya Veergatha series. At present, he is writing volume three of the series. Shatrujeet lives in Mumbai, but spends much of his time in the fantasy worlds of his stories.

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