Comparing ‘We Come Apart’ by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

We Come Apart

How did I get it?:
Netgalley- thanks to Bloomsbury

Previously read by the same author:
Sarah Crossan-
The Weight of Water
Apple and Rain
One

Synopsis:

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.

Thoughts before you started reading We Come Apart?

CHRISSI: I was really intrigued to read another book in verse again. Especially after I really connected with Sarah Crossan’s ‘One.’

LUNA: Partly “this will be spectacular” and then “oho what if it doesn’t deliver”…

What did you think of Nicu and Jess?

CHRISSI: I have to admit that I liked them from the beginning. I really enjoyed how Nicu’s story was told. He was different to how the rest of his peers interacted and I really think that was captured perfectly from the very beginning. I felt sorry for Jess from the start. She clearly had a troubled life and I thought this was portrayed beautifully.

LUNA: Both their voices pulled me into the story from the start, yet I connected more with Nicu. I think it’s having an inkling of understanding about how confusing and isolating school/society in another country is. I certainly got the confusion about sayings. With Jess I learned to like her the more I got to know about her.

Best bit?

CHRISSI: It captured my attention from start to finish. That makes a great book!

LUNA: There wasn’t a single moment in this book that made me think “this is it” and so I want to answer: Everything. It’s not quite right though. I think it’s how easily I got lost in We Come Apart. The words, characters and story.

Worst bit?

CHRISSI: I can’t say there really was a worst bit for me, as I thoroughly enjoyed it all. I would have liked to have known more about what happened next to Jess and Nicu.

LUNA: The ending. I know it was the right ending, but SPOILER WARNING, it was not the riding-into-the-sunset one I hoping for. Which completely doesn’t make sense because usually I don’t buy into the “fix-it” all solution yet with everything that was happening to Nicu and Jess I wanted something to work out for them. I think that’s a testament to how much I ended up caring about both characters.

Favourite character/moment?

CHRISSI: Jess becoming less conscious of how she appears to her friends!

LUNA: I liked how the friendship between Jess and Nicu developed. The conversations at the beginning, how Jess starts to stand up to her friends. (Term applied loosely).

Was We Come Apart what you expected?

CHRISSI: It was more than I expected!

LUNA: Yes, my apprehension about this book not delivering on my high expectations was unfounded. It did. The only thing that did surprise me was that I was able to put the book down (I mean I had to due to other commitments but I didn’t loathe having to do it) – it gave me the opportunity to digest and think about what I was reading.

Would you recommend it?

CHRISSI: Of course!

LUNA: Absolutely

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One

One

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Weight Of Water

Synopsis:

Grace and Tippi are twins – conjoined twins.

And their lives are about to change.

No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world – a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends? And what about love?

But what neither Grace or Tippi realises is that a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead. A decision that could tear them apart. One that will change their lives even more than they ever imagined…

Thoughts:

I have to admit, I wasn’t the biggest fan of The Weight of Water. I have Apple and Rain coming up soon, which I hear is wonderful. However, I heard so many good things about One that I just had to check it out. I’m glad I did. It was an absolutely beautiful book. At times, I felt incredibly moved and at other times there was some lovely light humour which was much needed in a story that is really quite devastating.

I was a little worried about One being in verse. Mainly because most of the time I read poetry I feel like an uneducated idiot. It’s just not my thing, usually. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed One. It is written as a collection of poems, which can be read as each poem being a new chapter, that is exactly how I read it!

One follows the story of Grace and Tippi who are conjoined twins. Grace and Tippi have to leave their home schooling and join a school for the first time. Grace and Tippi prepare themselves to be started at and whispered about. They don’t expect to find two wonderful friends Yasmeen and Jon.

I think this book is so special because you really feel invested in Grace and Tippi’s story. It sweeps you up in the emotions and you just have to hang on for the ride. I loved reading about the family dynamics. Grace and Tippi have a younger sister who has her own troubles. It really is intense but utterly readable at the same time. It didn’t take me long to read at all. I shall certainly look forward to Apple and Rain! 

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A beautiful, heart-warming story!