The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin | Blog Tour

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The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin | Blog TourThe Year We Fell Apart Published by Simon Pulse on January 26, 2016
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 316
Format: ARC

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.

(Last Updated On: December 21, 2021)
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.
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  1. This sounds like such an interesting book – I've never read a book about couples coming back together, so this would also be a first for me. And I've been saying this forever but I REALLY need to read another contemporary novel soon, so I'm definitely going to add this to my TBR! 😀 Great review!

  2. Haha yes! T-Swift's Red is definitely a good album for this book. I really enjoyed this book and agree with everything you said. Cory is a best friend goal! Definitely loved seeing a platonic relationship between a guy and girl in YA. I loved how much Declan stayed around to make sure he was around for Harper.

    Great review! You echoed my sentiments about this book perfectly =)

  3. Ohmygosh this book sounds SO GOOD. I hope I find a copy to purchase immediately on release day! I love reading books about best friends and exes (I see that this is your first time reading a book about exes! I'm so glad you enjoyed – YA has lots of good ones!), and I just know that I would end up rooting for Harper and Declan.

    Great review, Krystianna! 🙂

    Yay – you enjoyed this book too! And I agree with you – the book started out slow, but once it picked up, boy, I couldn't stop reading! I adored Lorelai, and yes, she is indeed a great heroine. (And I really loved Gabril! And Kol! And everyone!)

    Fantastic review, Richa!

  4. Whoa this was your first second chance romance book? :O
    I've always really enjoyed books with that topic so I'm really looking forward to this one!

  5. I haven't read a book about exes coming back together either so that is something new for me too. It sounds like this book is about a character who is getting back to her old self and finding out what she really wants again.

  6. This kind of reminds me of Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway, which I absolutely adored. If I wasn’t excited for this already, your review has just increased my excitement. 😉 Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ♥ (And thanks for the lovely giveaway too!)

  7. Oooo! I love the name Declan. This book sounds like I'll need a bazillion tissues. Thanks so much for making me add it to my TBR pile. Yeesh! 😉

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