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We come apart

by Crossan, Sarah,

Format: Print Book 2017
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 5 copies
Available (5)
Location Collection Call #
Baldwin Borough Library Young Adult YA CRO
Location  Baldwin Borough Library
Collection  Young Adult
Call Number  YA CRO
Hampton Community Library Teen Fiction TEEN F CROSSAN
Location  Hampton Community Library
Collection  Teen Fiction
Monroeville Public Library Teen Books Y CROSSAN SARAH
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Teen Books
Moon Township Public Library Young Adult Fiction YA F CROSSAN Sarah
Location  Moon Township Public Library
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YA F CROSSAN Sarah
Northern Tier Regional Library Young Adult Fiction YA FIC CROSS
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YA FIC CROSS

Authors Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan have joined forces to tell the story of Nicu and Jess, two troubled teens whose paths cross in the unlikeliest of places.

Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess's home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship slowly blossoms into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and their hope and dreams of a better future. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves?

This illuminating story told in dual points of view through vibrant verse will stay with readers long after they've finished.

Acclaim for Brian Conaghan
Shortlisted for the 2015 Carnegie Award, When Mr. Dog Bites
Shortlisted for the CBI Book of the Year Award, When Mr. Dog Bites

Acclaim for Sarah Crossan
Winner of the 2016 Carnegie Award, One
Winner of the 2016 Bookseller's prize for YA fiction, One
Winner of the 2016 CBI Book of the Year, One
Shortlisted for the 2015 Carnegie Award, Apple and Rain
Shortlisted for the 2013 Carnegie Award, The Weight of Water

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Some books begin mired in sadness and move to hope. This is not one of them. London teen Jess is living with her mother and her mother's abusive boyfriend, Terry, who makes Jess take videos as he beats up her mom. Nicu is a Romanian whose parents are scraping up enough money to go home and get him a bride. Told in alternating chapters, this novel in verse chronicles the teens' meeting as they do community service for petty crimes. An unlikely friendship develops, fraught with ambiguity even as seeds of love take root. Things come to a head when Terry's attention turns to Jess, and Nicu learns a date has been set for him to return home and marry. All this necessitates an escape plan that goes horribly wrong. Jess is a strong character with a bitter edge, and readers will appreciate how the softer Nicu earns her trust (though his first-person accented voice at times feels inauthentic). This crushingly honest story effectively confronts issues of racism, abuse, and bullying, while admitting that often there are no easy answers to misery.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In a verse novel told through alternating points of view, Crossan (One) and Conaghan (The Bombs That Brought Us Together) introduce teenagers Jess and Nicu, who meet during mandated community service after shoplifting. Jess is standoffish, secretly struggling with her mother's abuse at the hands of Jess's stepfather. Nicu, a recent emigrant from Romania, has traveled to London with his parents to collect and sell scrap metal, saving to pay for his impending arranged marriage. Seeking connection in an unfamiliar and unfriendly landscape, Nicu is drawn to Jess, and as their tentative friendship deepens, they develop a bond built on a common heartache and hope for escape. Jess's perspective is shared through uncomplicated declarative poems that don't mince words or shy from her violent home life. In contrast, Nicu's poems, while thoughtful, are stilted, intended to reflect his unfamiliarity with English, "the tough watermelon to crack,/ a strange language with many weird wordings." Unfortunately, it's a gamble that doesn't pay off, effectively reducing his character to caricature and undermining the novel's empathetic intentions. Ages 14-up. Author's agent: (for Crossan) Julia Churchill, A.M. Heath; (for Conaghan) Ben Illis, Ben Illis Agency. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Friendship -- Fiction.
Love -- Fiction.
Romanians -- England -- Fiction.
Immigrants -- Fiction.
Family problems -- Fiction.
England -- Fiction.
Novels in verse.
Young adult fiction.
Publisher New York :2017
Contributors Conaghan, Brian, 1971- author.
Language English
Description 326 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781681192758
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