Reader Reviewed We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan, Brian Conaghan
  

We Come Apart

Written by Sarah Crossan, Brian Conaghan

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February 2017 MEGA Book of the Month | In a nutshell: unputdownable story, beautifully told | Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan are two of our most garlanded YA authors: she won the 2016 Carnegie Medal, the UK’s top children’s book award; he has just been awarded the 2016 Costa Children’s Book Award. In this fine and extremely moving novel, they share the writing honours. The narrative is split between two young protagonists, English Jess, whose lines are written by Crossan, and Nicu, newly arrived from Romania, voiced by Conaghan. The two meet on a programme for young offenders and secretly, necessarily without the knowledge of friends and family, become close. We suspect it’s unlikely things will end well for these star-cross’d lovers but the authors keep us hoping for the happy ending we want for them and to the very last page. Nicu’s narrative in particular lightens the tone, sharp and often funny, his interior monologues disarmingly honest. The authors have chosen to write in blank verse, and it strips setting and emotions to the absolute essence, succinctly creating the dull North London streets, and distilling the characters’ experiences and emotions into spare, shining lines. Highly recommended. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

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  • Humaira, age 18  - 'I think this book is an important one. It's more than two kids falling in love. It's about how we see people and accept them for who they are...I love that no words were wasted telling this story. Truly beautiful and captivating.'
  • Rosa Boran, age 17 - 'A wonderful love story featuring two very damaged young people who blossom when they find one another. A gem.'
  • Rebekah Marsh, age 14 - 'I was unable to loosen my grip on it for hours - a totally inspirational and unique read that will never be topped by another young adult novel.'
  • Sofia, age 17 - 'A heart-breaking portrayal of friendship, love and being different.'
  • Edel Waugh  - 'I recommend this to all fans of a good tearjerker.'
  • Bethan Scarr, age 15 - 'A read in one sitting, with intriguing characters who you really get to know.'
  • Ruth Ward, Library & Resources Manager, Great Torrington School - 'The writing flows with a beautiful rhythm yet the story is as bittersweet as it could be.  Recommended!'
  • Kirsty Wray, age 13 - 'Written in poetry, this novel is a beautiful, heart-breaking and bittersweet story of friendship. Jess and Nicu sacrifice their own chances for each other which is narrated so brilliantly well.'
  • Great Torrington School, Year 9 Student - 'I thought this book was interesting. The storyline was shaped well around the characters’ lives and everything seems vividly realistic.'
  • Aimee Sweet, age 15 - 'We Come Apart is a refreshing read that brings to mind the hardships people face every day and the fact that we do NOT have to face them alone. Brilliant.'

Synopsis

We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan, Brian Conaghan

Jess would 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.

Nicu thinks Jess is beautiful. His dad brought Nicu and his mum here for a better life, but now all they talk about is going back home to find Nicu a wife. The last thing Nicu wants is to get married. He wants to get educated, do better, stay here in England. But his dad's fists are the most powerful force in Nicu's life, and in the end, he'll have to do what his dad wants.

As Nicu and Jess get closer, their secrets come to the surface like bruises. The only safe place they have is with each other. But they can't be together, forever, and stay safe - can they? An extraordinary, high-impact, high-emotion collaboration between two Carnegie honoured rising stars of YA.

Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan first met at a dinner to celebrate their respective books being shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal. After meeting only once the two began to write a collaborative novel, told in verse. Sending chapters back and forth on WhatsApp Sarah and Brian created the extraordinary We Come Apart.

Reviews

Praise for One:

This is a strikingly brave, sensitive and unusual book that pack such a powerful emotional punch, I defy anyone not to weep at the end Daily Mail

One of the most powerful as well as the most unusual novels of the year Independent on Sunday

Read, think, enjoy and weep, because the novel is quite simply an achingly sad and beautiful story about what makes any of us human Telegraph

Praise for When Mr Dog Bites:

Beautifully observed and hilariously uncomfortable Guardian

This is a portrayal of young male bonding, complete with all the lively banter of true camaraderies, at its most tender and affectionate Irish Times

An outstanding debut, packed with energy and a brilliant distinctive voice Bookseller

Surprising and charming Observer

About the Author

Sarah Crossan has lived in Dublin, London and New York, and now lives in Hertfordshire. She graduated with a degree in philosophy and literature before training as an English and drama teacher at Cambridge University. She received the 2016 CILIP Carnegie Medal for her astonishing novel One, which also won the YA Book Prize,CBI Book of the Year Award and the CliPPA Poetry Award. Since completing a masters in creative writing, she has been working to promote creative writing in schools. Look at her website and on Twitter

Brian Conaghan was born and raised in the Scottish town of Coatbridge but now lives in Dublin. He has a Master of Letters in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. For many years Brian worked as a teacher and taught in Scotland, Italy and Ireland. His novels include The Boy Who Made it Rain, published in 2011, When Mr Dog Bites which was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal in 2015, attracted both praise and controversy for its honest, moving and humorous depiction of a teenage boy with Tourette's syndrome and The Bombs That Brought Us Together, published in 2016 to critical acclaim. View Brian Conaghan on Twitter

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Format

Hardback
336 pages

Author

Sarah Crossan, Brian Conaghan
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Author's Website

www.sarahcrossan.com

Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

9th February 2017

ISBN

9781408878859

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