I went into this book knowing nothing about the premise. I recommend you do that with this book. I honestly thought this would be a spooky October read. We’ll Never Be Apart wasn’t so much spooky as it was surprising for me.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on October 6th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Social Issues, Physical & Emotional Abuse, Love & Romance, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Law & Crime, Action & Adventure, General, Family, Siblings
eARC provided by HMH Books for Young Readers
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.
Is the one person she trusts only telling her half the story?
Nothing is as it seems in this edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller from the debut author Emiko Jean.
This book was really fun to read. I know that sounds morbid considering the darkness within it’s pages, but I really enjoyed this story. The main protagonist, Alice, is suffering from a bit of memory loss. She has been admitted to a mental rehab called Savage Isle. The story follows Alice as she is being held and as she remembers things she writes them down in her journal. I enjoyed reading her journal just as much as her current goings on. Her journal takes us right up to the point of her being taken to the hospital. Alice is clearly innocent throughout the story because her twin sister, Celia is really mental. Alice has been protecting Celia her whole life, now she just wants to kill her.
I was so swept into this story that I was suspecting everyone except the guilty party. I liked how Alice and Chase’s friendship develops. Alice is getting over losing her first love, so she is really reluctant to feel something for another guy. At first she is really put off by him, but that slowly leads to curiosity, and that slowly leads to her being distrustful of her own feelings. I thought the kids reactions in the ward were appropriate and believable, (except for a few obvious lucky breaks by a certain character). I felt like Alice’s reluctance and avoidance of treatment was completely honest. Alice has been to this place before so we see her assimilate to the program really fast.
This story tackles the subject of foster kids in a really dark way. Of course, it is not all bad, but the trio in this story is subjected to some terrible situations. It is easy to see how they fell through the cracks of the system. These kids find ways to deal with powerlessness in really destructive ways. We get glimpses of a cutter, a wallower, control freaks, and a few pyromaniacs.
I think my favorite part of this story was the main character’s realization that her memory is not correct. She has been through so much and comes to terms with the people in her life being so wrong for her. It was so cool to see her look at people with her eyes open and accept the treatment she was being given.
For those of you that have already read this, I have a confession… View Spoiler » I had NO idea about the twist. I seriously thought Alice was going to kill Celia. Obviously, I enjoyed this book so much more because I actually believed Alice to be innocent. That should explain my rating. « Hide Spoiler For those of you that haven’t read this, well, I just have to say that I enjoyed reading this very much.