We Are Young

We Are Young

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Hatchette

Previously reviewed by the same author:


On the same night Evan’s mother marries local radio DJ ‘Breakfast Tim’, Evan’s brand-new step-brother Lewis is found unconscious and terribly injured, the only survivor of a horrific car crash.

A media furore erupts, with the finger of blame pointed firmly at stoner, loner Lewis. Everyone else seems to think the crash was drugs-related, but Evan isn’t buying it. With the help of her journalist father, Harry, she decides to find out what really happened that night.

As Evan delves deeper into the lives of the three teenagers who died in the crash, she uncovers some disturbing truths and a secret that threatens to tear her family – and the community – apart for ever…


I really enjoy Cat Clarke’s writing, so I jumped at the chance to read this book. I always really appreciate when authors include mental health and this story has it in abundance and deals with it very well. It’s not my favourite Cat Clarke book, but it was very enjoyable nevertheless and incredibly easy to read despite its subject matter.

It starts with Evan and Billy attending their mum’s wedding to radio presenter Tim. Although, they’re not looking forward to the wedding, they never anticipate how the night will end up. Their new stepbrother, Lewis, has been in car crash. He was in the car with strangers and is left in intensive care with some very serious injuries. Evan is determined to find out what exactly happened to Lewis. Why was he in a car with strangers?

Cat’s writing is incredibly addictive. I couldn’t help but turn the pages eager to find out what was going to happen. I loved the mysterious elements of the story. Evan was a fabulous character who I immediately warmed to. I felt she was an incredibly realistic character that many young adults will be able to relate to.

I do feel like Cat Clarke’s books are a lot darker than you first might expect. There’s so many different issues in this book and they’re all dealt with incredibly well. I loved how the main focus of the story was about mental health in young adults. It really highlighted the dangers of not getting help or speaking out about your problems.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Another wonderful read from Cat Clarke!

8 thoughts on “We Are Young

  1. I haven’t read anything by this author yet but I am really intrigued by this title. I like the fact that the characters were relatable, the themes also sound well portrayed. Glad that you recommend it Chrissi. Great review.

  2. I think I’ve read a Cat Clarke book sometime, but right now I can’t remember the title…. I’ll have to look it up, but I do remember it being quite addictive as well, I guess it’s one of the author’s talents 😀 I’m glad to hear you enjoyed and recommend this one, I’ll have to try it out 😀 Lovely review! 🙂

  3. I’m glad you enjoyed this one. It’s not easy to write about mental illness in an accurate way, good to hear Cat Clarke managed to do it well. I love the broken vinyl records on the cover! Nice review!

    Ronnie @ Paradise Found

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