We Come Apart

We Come Apart YA rising stars Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan join forces to break readers hearts in this contemporary story of star cross d lovers Jess would never have looked twice at Nicu if her friends hadn t

  • Title: We Come Apart
  • Author: Sarah Crossan Brian Conaghan
  • ISBN: 9781408878859
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Hardcover
  • YA rising stars Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan join forces to break readers hearts in this contemporary story of star cross d lovers Jess would never have looked twice at Nicu if her friends hadn t left her in the lurch Nicu is all big eyes and ill fitting clothes, eager as a puppy, even when they re picking up litter in the park for community service He s so not herYA rising stars Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan join forces to break readers hearts in this contemporary story of star cross d lovers Jess would never have looked twice at Nicu if her friends hadn t left her in the lurch Nicu is all big eyes and ill fitting clothes, eager as a puppy, even when they re picking up litter in the park for community service He s so not her type Appearances matter to Jess She s got a lot to hide.Nicu thinks Jess is beautiful His dad brought Nicu and his mum here for a better life, but now all they talk about is going back home to find Nicu a wife The last thing Nicu wants is to get married He wants to get educated, do better, stay here in England But his dad s fists are the most powerful force in Nicu s life, and in the end, he ll have to do what his dad wants.As Nicu and Jess get closer, their secrets come to the surface like bruises The only safe place they have is with each other But they can t be together, forever, and stay safe can they An extraordinary, high impact, high emotion collaboration between two Carnegie honoured rising stars of YA Perfect for fans of Patrick Ness, Malorie Blackman, Rainbow Rowell and John Green.Sarah Crossan received the 2016 CILIP Carnegie Medal for her astonishing novel One, which also won the YA Book Prize,CBI Book of the Year Award and the CliPPA Poetry Award Brian Conaghan s powerful debut, When Mr Dog Bites, was shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, Peters Book of the Year and CBI Book of the Year Award See at bloomsbury uk we come

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    1. My main confundled feeling with this book is that I don't really know what it was trying to say. Maaaaybe that's just me, so AS ALWAYS, I encourage you to read it for yourself! It's basically by two teens who have awful lives and what they choose to do about it. But their decisions made about as much sense as as the existence of marmalade. (Spoiler: there is no point in marmalade.)ANYWAY.The beginning confused the ACTUAL BRAIN out of me. It's dual narrated. In verse. And doth not deign to tell m [...]

    2. This book is definitely coming out at the right time (with what's happening around the world right now) and its message is immensely powerful.It follows two unlikely friends as they meet and get to know each other as a part of a juvenile reform course due to both Nicu and Jess being caught shoplifting. Nicu has recently emigrated to the UK from Romania and Jess lives in an unsafe and abusive home. As this book isn't officially released yet, I'll just list the things that really stuck out for me: [...]

    3. ‘But I want to stay here.’ I praying to them.‘Here, what is here?’ Tata say. ‘People hate us here.’‘Nicu, people here only see our skin, not the thing within,’ Mamica say, We Come Apart is a very heartbreaking novel beautifully written in verse about friendship and love. The themes of immigration, racism, abuse, and bullying are all very prominent to the story as well. It is a quick read that took me no more than a couple hours. The characters are strong, well-developed and real. [...]

    4. We Come Apart is a very timely story told in verse, and I liked the two main characters, but I often found the poetry disjointed and scattered, and the ending made absolutely no sense at all. Jess was also kind of a jerk to Nicu, which seemed very odd for two characters who are supposed to have some sort of connection.

    5. This was a quick pleasant read. I can't give it more than three stars though because I had quite a few issues with it. It is such a relevant book though and so I think people should read it. I'll start off with the good! Nicu was a lovely character. He was so adorable and sweet, I loved him! I'm not sure which author wrote Nicu's POV but it was amazing. The author completely submerged themselves into writing this character and I found Nicu was done very well. I would like to know who wrote Nicu [...]

    6. hardcore skimming from 50% onward there's nothing technically wrong with this book. i just found it REALLY hard to read through the verse. the plot did nothing for me and i was very uninterested after a few pages. and its so sad bc i really love sarah crossan's work but sadly this one was a total bustso the ending ??? why ???

    7. I read this book in one sitting, and that's not just because of the verse form! For a book that has way less words than your average YA, We Come Apart managed to create characters and scenarios with such depth and reality, I was blown away by how much I could empathise, with so few words to go on.I loved both Jess and Nicu's voices and how, together, they found themselves, learning that judging someone by appearance or from a first impression is counterproductive to building meaningful relations [...]

    8. I feel so bad to give this book such a low rating,but rating it any higher would feel like a fraud since my reading experience was terrible and I did not really enjoy it one bit.I understand if people do find it likeable and I certainly can appreciated some of the ideas that the authors tried to get across,but overall I was enraged from page 1.As a Romanian emmigrant myself,I found this rather rare representation of others in this position to be infuriating.Again,I do appreciate some of the thin [...]

    9. One is one of my favourite novels ever (seriously, read it). Like One, We Come Apart is told in free verse but, unlike One, we're introduced to two narrators. Jess's home life is tough and Nicu recently emigrated from Romania. When they're both arrested for theft, Jess and Nicu become unlikely companions. And Jess's friends – who throw racist remarks and abuse at Nicu – won't let them forget it.We Come Apart is very current. It's not about bullying or racism or abuse – it's about Jess and [...]

    10. I honestly tried to read this — I got through more than 30% — but I some point I had to say stop.This could have been a great story, but I couldn't deal with the broken English. Coming from a family of immigrants, I know you never immigrate to a country and suddenly master the language, but this broken English hurt my soul. You have broken and broken. There is a broken English that doesn't sound fake, and it wasn't this one.Also I didn't really like the verse aspect of this book, it wasn't m [...]

    11. “We come together. Now, we come apart”This is a very powerful read, despite the fact that it looks awfully short, each verse is loaded with such impactful words and thoughts that just makes up for the page shortage.I’m not saying that all the things that our main characters have done in this story are good but I think they are certainly justifiable. (yeah, different people, different opinions, fellas) except for the stealing of course.I don’t have much word about this book, but all I cou [...]

    12. 3.5 Stars.Jessica is a character who has endured torment and abuse, her stepfather a domineering and violent man. Although I've also experienced domestic violence as a child, I couldn't relate to Jessica and her often merciless attitude. Having committed her third offense and Nicu caught thieving, the two teens are both sentenced to the Reparation Program, an initiative to rehabilitate adolescents rather than facing prison.Nicu's narrative was captivating. Having migrated with his parents to the [...]

    13. I'm kind of mixed about this one. On the one hand it was a wonderful story of friendship and exclusion and outsiders. But on the other hand, I was only really a fan of Nicu (Jess rubbed me the wrong way) and the ending felt incredibly rushed. Longer review to come soon.

    14. [ 3.5 stars ]‘But I want to stay here.’ I praying to them.‘People hate us here. Nicu, people here only see our skin, not the thing within,’ This was a quick read but I have to admit it wasn’t what I was expecting we follow two character : Nicu who is a immigrant from Romania to earn enough money to pay the family of a bride in Romania and marry Nicu off and Jess who lives with her mum and abusive step dad . their lives come together when Nicu join Jess in some kind of community service [...]

    15. Such a relevant story considering everything that’s happening in the world right now. I really liked how realistic it was without any sugar coating. If you enjoy diverse stories, then give it a go.

    16. *ARC provided by Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review*"We never get lostAndWhen I wakeI fear that our love will never beFound."This was my first book by Sarah and Brain I was quickly blown away by them. I'll admit, I was intimidated by this book as soon as I found out that it was written in verse. I've never read a book like this and honestly, it was way out of my comfort zone. I always feel like I won't understand what the authors are trying to tell me but I'm glad this wasn't the case h [...]

    17. AS SEEN ON: A THOUSAND WORDS A MILLION BOOKSI received an ARC from Bloomsbury India, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own Quotes are subject to my ARC.“We Never Get LostAndWhen I WakeI fear that our love will never beFound.”I read We Come Apart in one sitting. In fact, I think it’s the quickest I’ve ever read a full-fledged novel. Despite the fact that it was told in verse (like the quote above), We Come Apart was SUCH a different, thought provo [...]

    18. Full review is coming really soonWe come apart is written in verses like One and it is such a fast reading. It might help you to get out of your reading slump. MIGHT.I don't think I was able to complete enjoy this book because of my bad mood and reading slump but I felt a connection with Nicu as a romanian immigrant during Brexit time. I just wanted to hug him -- I am not an immigrant (yet -- but I would love to move in the UK in a few years) and I can already feel the hate towards EU worker imm [...]

    19. This book is told in verse in alternating chapters from the two main characters' perspectives. Very appealing as well as a very quick read.The two characters manage their individual family struggles and come together through their one common characteristic of being thieves. They meet while doing community service yet continue their unlikely friendship afterwards. In today's world of intolerance, it teaches a valuable lesson of looking past surface differences and helping each other.

    20. This was my first experience of reading a book in verse, and it was really fun, the actually book itself was not fun. I'm calling it a modern tragedy because I had no hope for either of the characters' futures beyond the final page. This story was heart-breaking - not always explicitly, sometimes it was just in the assuming what the consequences were - but I couldn't put it down. We Come Apart follows a Romanian boy, Nicu, who is a refugee that has to start going to school where he is bullied to [...]

    21. The individual voices in this story, Niku and Jess, are distinct and different to anything I've read. I loved them. I swallowed this book in a big gulp in one sleepless night. Jess has a horrific homelife, she is fighting to stay in her home but the bully her mother is living with is terrorising her and her mum. She is forced to watch her mum get beaten. Niku is Romanian and has come to England with his family, he cannot speak English and is treated badly by his classmates but along with these s [...]

    22. this was a short book so i managed to read it in a single sittingi did enjoy but i found the use of verse to be unnecessary as it didn't add anything however i loved the characters, even if the plot was quite dull. also, the ending ;'(for more, read my review: sprinkledpages.a

    23. Heartbreaking and eye-opening story of Nicu and Jess. Shows the horrific, brutalizing treatment by native Englanders of foreigners in their country and the unlikely friendship between Nicu and Jess. Told in free verse poetry, this is a fast, unforgettable readTC.

    24. So. I did really like this book and I rattled through it in a morning. I'm not saying I didn't like it.I don't really know why this didn't blow me away *quite* as much as Sarah Crossan's other books. It had excellent writing (free verse, which, as I've mentioned before, I don't like as a rule, but with Sarah Crossan's writing it just really, really works), it's UKYA, slow-burn romance and massive social issues (racism, bullying, domestic violence, child abuse), but it didn't leave me bug-eyed an [...]

    25. This novel in verse is told from two viewpoints. Jess is a girl in a bad home situation. Her mother's live-in boyfriend beats her and forces Jess to take videos on his phone. She knows that her mother will take punishment if she does anything to set the boyfriend off. Nicu is a recent immigrant from Romania. He has come with his parents who want to earn enough money to buy him a wife back home. But Nicu doesn't want a wife or to go back home.The two meet as they are doing community service. Both [...]

    26. So• the Romani immigrant POV is written by a white author who decides to mimic his broken English. Because that’s totally fine and not at all borderline racist.• the Romani character’s whole character arc is: him suffering racism and prejudice, him suffering because of his culture, him falling in love with the white English character, him sacrificing himself for the white English character. Because POC are only here to make white people’s lives richer and to ultimately save them. Go fi [...]

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