About: 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?
Having made the mistake of reading the end of Sarah Crossan’s, One in public (seriously, don’t do that!) I thought I’d switch things around this time, and started reading it in public, and finished in the privacy of home!
Probably a good idea, as while it didn’t quite destroy me quite as much as Grace and Tippie’s story did, the ending still packs an emotional punch…
Watching the prickly Jess slowly warm and open up to Nicu, was both heart-warming and heart-breaking. The former because she’s not really had kind of friendship before, heart-breaking because we learn why. Her home life is about as hard as they come.
Nicu. Nicu just wants to get to know this English girl better, and avoid the arranged marriage his family have arranged for him. But mostly just get to know Jess, and then help her.
The question is, will her family, or her old school friends let them?…
Well, you’ll need to read the book to find out. I can promise you will spend the book waiting for the anvil to fall, but it’s totally worth it.
I was provided with a review copy of We Come Apart by the publisher via Netgalley. However, I also purchased my own physical copy, as I preferred reading it in that format.