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The Year We Fell Apart Hardcover – January 26, 2016
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“A relatable story about choices and their consequences that will not disappoint fans of Sarah Dessen and Melissa Walker.” (School Library Journal)
“Martin's insight into the teen psyche is spot-on.” (Kirkus)
“A solid, nuanced love story.” (Booklist)
"In a story about forgiveness and survival, debut author Martin takes on tough issues like the fragility of girls’ reputations and the fear of potentially losing a parent." (Publishers Weekly)
This moving narrative is told through the past and present of a high-school junior. It explores motive and distance in relationships and the effects of sickness on a family. The subject matter should be inescapably miserable, but Martin seamlessly infuses humor, wit and nostalgia, bringing fun into an otherwise sad story. (RT Magazine)
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THE YEAR WE FELL APART handles the second chances, especially the ones we give ourselves, so wonderfully and perfectly, that I almost want to give second chances a second chance.
I loved Harper. I loved how selfish she was and that she was doing anything she could to escape. I liked that she acknowledged that she was even imperfect and selfish because that made me like her even more. I think we have too high of standards for female protagonists but Harper screws up multiple times in this book and it just made her feel all the more real. And I loved her for it. I loved that she struggled to be the person she was Before Declan Left and After Declan Left and had to settle for somewhere in between. Because a lot of us are the in between people -- not quite the person we were Before and not quite the person we were immediately After. I also really liked that she didn't try to stop the rumours or try to really set them straight except to the people who mattered. I liked that she kind of wore them as badges because that's the only way we learn. And ugh, I just really liked that she was willing to give herself a second chance, because we don't do that in real life too often.
I liked Declan because he wasn't perfect either. He made mistakes and had a bit of a hard time owning up to them but I just really enjoyed him and everything about him. I liked that he tried to give Harper the second chance he thought she deserved and that he was willing to (almost) look past the things she had done. It made me really like them as a couple.Read more ›
Harper is such a realistically drawn character - a girl who is lovable and sometimes hate-able, conflicted and yearning for connection, and sometimes selfish and self-destructive. The what-was and what-could-have-been and what-could-be between her and Declan is palpable, and I couldn't stop reading. As powerful as the romance is, though, this book succeeds because it is about more than just a girl trying to get her ex-boyfriend back. Harper has to navigate so many pitfalls of growing up in a society that does little service to strong girls, and in Martin's capable hands, the story wraps itself around the reader's mind and heart.
I'd love to see Emily Martin on a panel someday beside Laurie Elizabeth Flynn (author of FIRSTS) and Shannon Parker (author of THE GIRL WHO FELL) for a frank discussion of writing about young women finding their way through the minefield of modern girlhood.
Harper knows her relationship with Declan is over, but she can't help the feelings she has when he's around. She wants nothing more than to repair their relationship, but Declan obviously wants nothing to do with her. So Harper does what she's done best this past year, she lets the rumors surrounding her define her.
The Year We Fell Apart broke my heart over and over again. It did it slowly, throughout the entire book. Each major revelation crushed me and made me see each character in a different light. They were constantly evolving, as were their relationships with each other.
Harper was a tough character to like. Honestly, I wanted to give her a good shake! The way she let her bad reputation define her and how she used it to cope with life was frustrating. I hated how she became what her harassers said about her. Her way of coping hurt her more than it helped her, and it was painful to read. I wanted her to dig herself out of the hole she was creating, but she had no desire to do so.
Harper's relationship with Declan and it's demise was sad and, at times, mysterious. She obviously blamed herself, but as the story unfolded I could see that Declan wasn't as perfect as Harper made him out to be. The back and forth of their friendship/relationship during the summer made things harder for her.Read more ›
A gem of a read. An amazing debut. A great book with a great cover.
On that note, it’s been forever since I’ve read a contemporary and this book makes me want to read a gazillion more – it’s reminded me of the goodness that happens when you read about teenage issues and can just connect with it. Don’t get me wrong, I love fantasy, but it’s kind of hard to relate to a person who’s probably on her way to kill a wizard or save her kingdom. And while I would love to read more from Emily Martin, alas, at the moment she has no more. Write faster!
Okay, *flails* I can’t even begin to describe THE YEAR WE FELL APART. It was everything I could ever want and then more. Wait, no. It went BEYOND my expectations. Flawed characters, terrible mistakes, and above all else, friendship, family, and love.
Harper was a girl who I screamed at, laughed with, sympathized with, rolled my eyes at, and most of the time just wanted to hug. But oh, how I loved that she made more mistakes than I could count as well as them being the same mistakes made over and over again. I know, it doesn’t sound exciting, but it’s realistic. She was a girl with problems and she didn’t know how to handle them properly and in that way, she was really just perfect.
Can we just talk about the gazillion friendships in this book? Because those were the best. We have the one between Harper and Cory, and I LOVED it. They made fun of each other, they got mad at each other, but they were always there for each other. I’m insanely jealous of their friendship.Read more ›
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I actually enjoyed this book a lot more then I initially thought I would. Harper is someone who makes mistakes and continues to make them again and again. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Melissa K.
I won this book at a teen book festival in Charleston, and although I'm clearly not its target audience it took me back to my own high school experiences. Read morePublished 1 month ago by mjmiles
After a huge mistake resulted in being kicked off the swim team and losing one of her best friends, Harper has had time to reflect and come to terms with her actions. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lupine Smile
I bought this book thinking I wouldn't like it . I started to read this book yesterday and just finished it . I'm definitely going to read this book again . Love this book!Published 3 months ago
I picked up this book because it was recommended to fans of Sarah Dessen, but I have to say that was a bit of a misleading comparison. Read morePublished 3 months ago by QueenBook
Let me start by getting this out. Yay!!!! A 2016 debut that I have been waiting for. And it was good! *Okay, deep breath. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Laura at 125Pages
Cute story that kept me entertained the whole time. Unlike a lot of high school stories this one had more depth and originality.Published 4 months ago by Katy
THE YEAR WE FELL APART by Emily Martin
Martin did an excellent job with this book. The pacing and tension are superb and the prose is strong and original. Read more
I love how honest this book was. It wasn't the same contemporary story that has a fairytale ending and a love that you envy. It is honest. Harper's story was so hard to put down. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alli Chang