We Come Apart
Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
from the Bloomsbury...
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.
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We Come Apart tells the story of two protagonists: Jess a girl from an abusive home and Nicu a Romanian immigrant. Told alternatively in verse this story is raw and packs an emotional punch. Jess is living with her mum and her very abusive boyfriend who makes Jess film the abuse inflicted on her mum. Her brother has left to start a new life so Jess is by herself. Nicu has just moved to London with his parents as they seek to earn enough money to get him married to a girl in Romania. He is learning English and his parts are written in broken English. After each are caught for theft they meet in a community service program. Overtime they become friends and a mild romance blossoms…but all this is during a painfully difficult time for them both.
This is not your typical romance story with a happy ending, indeed it is quite the opposite. The harsh realities of some people’s lives is exposed and the raw fact that life is not always easy is at the heart of this book. The characters are well developed and despite their harsh environment they find some small glimpses of happiness with each other. I found this book very easy to read and follow and had me emotionally invested in the two of them. A most satisfying read although heartbreaking.