I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Year We Fell Apart
on January 26, 2016 Pages:
316 Format: ARC Goodreads
Few things come as naturally to Harper as epic mistakes. In the past year she was kicked off the swim team, earned a reputation as Carson High’s easiest hook-up, and officially became the black sheep of her family. But her worst mistake was destroying her relationship with her best friend, Declan.
Now, after two semesters of silence, Declan is home from boarding school for the summer. Everything about him is different—he’s taller, stronger…more handsome. Harper has changed, too, especially in the wake of her mom’s cancer diagnosis.
While Declan wants nothing to do with Harper, he’s still Declan, her Declan, and the only person she wants to talk to about what’s really going on. But he’s also the one person she’s lost the right to seek comfort from.
As their mutual friends and shared histories draw them together again, Harper and Declan must decide which parts of their past are still salvageable, and which parts they’ll have to let go of once and for all.
First off, I just thought that I’d mention I’m listening to Taylor Swift because her music could be the perfect playlist for this book in my opinion. Well, maybe not all her music, but the soundtrack Red works perfectly! So yeah, currently jamming out to T. Swizzle whilst trying to gather all of my thoughts, because this book was definitely something.
The Year We Fell Apart follows Harper, a girl whose mother recently got diagnosed with cancer and whose ex-boyfriend/best friend currently came back to town. The two of them broke up while Declan (the ex) was at a boarding school, though he never exactly knew why. However, now that Declan is back, Harper can’t help but wonder if she still has feelings for him. I mean, she, Cory, and Declan all used to be the best of friends before he left and his mother was killed. It was better times for all three of them back then.
Now, Harper spends most of her time getting drunk and partying with her new best friend. She seems to have two sides and being with this new friend really makes her become someone else. She even has a guy, Kyle, whose completely obsessed with her, or rather, what she can give to him. But now, Harper isn’t sure that it’s the life for her, because of Declan.
To be completely honest, I’d never read a book about exes getting back together, so I actually rather liked that idea! I really liked Harper as a character and adored her friendship with Cory. Cory was such a good friend to her. He always came and got her when she sounded drunk or needed a ride. Cory just wanted to make sure that Harper was always safe. They were literally awesome friends.
I also really liked Declan. I was rooting for Harper and Declan the whole time. However, I wish he was a little more understanding about Kyle at times! One of my favorite things was the way that the reader found out about why they broke up. The whole story kind of gives out hints and tidbits about what went down, but it isn’t until about 75% of the way in when you get told and it kinda just hits you RIGHT IN THE FEELS.
Trust me, if you’ve not preordered a copy of this one yet, you’re going to want to.