Google+ YA Romantics: Just Finished Reading .... We'll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Just Finished Reading .... We'll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean

We'll Never Be Apart
by Emiko Jean

Published on October 6, 2015
by HMH Books for Young Readers

Source: eARC for review from publisher

Synopsis from Goodreads: Murder. Fire. Revenge. That’s all seventeen-year-old Alice Monroe thinks about. Committed to a mental ward at Savage Isle, Alice is haunted by memories of the fire that killed her boyfriend, Jason. A blaze her twin sister Cellie set. But when Chase, a mysterious, charismatic patient, agrees to help her seek vengeance, Alice begins to rethink everything. Writing out the story of her troubled past in a journal, she must confront hidden truths.

My take: If you're looking to prolong that creepy Halloween feeling, this is definitely a book you should consider adding to your list. Alice has ben committed to a mental institution after a fire that killed her boyfriend. The doctors seem to think that she set the fire, but Alice knows the truth: it was actually her twin sister Cellie. Desperate for revenge, Alice hatches a plot to find her sister and make her pay for what she did...

I enjoyed this one. It felt a little like a cross between Girl, Interrupted and White Oleander. Alice and Cellie have had a tough life -- after the death of their grandfather, the sisters have shuttled from foster home to foster home. They have a tight bond, but it feels like that Alice must break free of her more troubled sister in order to move forward.

Am I weird that I'm kind of fascinated by stories set in psychiatric hospitals? One of my favorite parts of the story was the relationship between Alice and her roommate. The sort-of-romance with Chase worried me a bit, but it worked for me because it seemed like she was (mostly) using him to help her get to her sister.

The ending was interesting. I was surprised by it in a couple of ways. I think I was expecting something a little more out-there.  But all in all, I really enjoyed this -- a perfect October read!

13 comments:

  1. stories set in psychiatric hospitals are interesting. so yeah, you're not weird (unless i'm weird too, lol). this sounds really interesting. nice to know you enjoyed it :)

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

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    1. Ha - maybe I feel like "there but for the grace of God..."

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  2. Oh glad to see you liked this one! I feel like I have seen mixed reactions but I amreallyinterested in it. I like stories set in psych wards too so you arenot alone!

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    1. *hugs* Thanks for making me feel less weird!!

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  3. Alice's relationship with her roomie sounds really interesting

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  4. Well, I'd be lying if I said the premise doesn't appeal to me. Yes, even after Halloween. Lol :p

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  5. Oh no, I love hospital settings as well! This one was dark too! I agree that Alice's with her roomie was very interesting, especially towards the end. I felt like a lot was left unsaid.

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    1. I feel SO much better. And yes, I loved that relationship most of all!

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  6. The combination of White Oleander and Girl, Interrupted makes for quite a jarring read. I don't think I'm ready for this jelly... :D

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  7. Really enjoyed this one! Definitely agree that it has a major creep factor.

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  8. I really enjoyed this book. its a first in a while that the ending did surprise me. I got it just before the reveal and that felt good. it was a really good read.

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