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Review: We come apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

9781408878859TITLE:  We come apart
WRITTEN BY: Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
PUBLISHED BY: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
VERSION I READ: paperback
PAGES: 320
DIVERSITY: immigration.


(PLOT BY GR) 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.

I love Sarah Crossan’s writing and I couldn’t not pick up her next book “We come apart”; as “One” (her previous novel) it has been written in verses but “We come apart” has two point of views and it also has TWO DIFFERENT NARRATORS: the story has been written by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan who I don’t know but I will definitely do some research now.

“We come apart” has a current theme: immigration and a bit of Brexit in there. It tells the story of Jess, a girl with a difficult situation at home and Nicu a Romanian immigrant who has to faced the prejudice and the hate by his peers. I loved the realism of Nicu’s point of view that it was full of grammar errors as he is not fluent in english — I personally connect with Nicu so much. I could totally relate to him, especially during the part where he says the english was perfect in his head but not quite when he needs to express his thoughts out loud. THAT WAS SO ME!
Instead what confuses me was the lack of the character’s POW at the start of the chapter it could get pretty confusing. Also the grammar errors by Nicu, which as I said was pretty realistic, sometimes were kind of a nightmare for me: English is not my first language and reading a language that it’s not yours and it is full with grammar errors can be quite tricky but I think I was able to manage it pretty well.

“We come apart” is a quite fast reading as it is written in verses and the pages were flying by.

I think every EU residents and citizens should read this book to get more empathy and connection to all the people that  are trying to find a better life for themselves. This book does not apply only to Brexit but also to refugees in general: before hating the immigrants who come to your country for a job or he is running from the war just put yourself in his shoes — not everybody were lucky as you and it is not a crime to dream a better life.

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