Author: Emiko Jean
Published by: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
That’s all seventeen-year-old Alice Monroe thinks about. Committed to a mental ward at Savage Isle, Alice is haunted by memories of the fire that killed her boyfriend, Jason. A blaze her twin sister Cellie set. But when Chase, a mysterious, charismatic patient, agrees to help her seek vengeance, Alice begins to rethink everything. Writing out the story of her troubled past in a journal, she must confront hidden truths.
Is the one person she trusts only telling her half the story? Nothing is as it seems in this edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller
Okay, here’s the thing … I knew what was going on after I read the prologue, and almost quit reading because I figured why bother if I already figured it out. I thought it would be another disappointing YA mystery/thriller. Well, luckily I don’t always listen to myself and continued reading, because We’ll Never Be Apart was actually pretty good!
This is a quick read that really sucked me in and held my attention once I decided to give it a chance. It was a totally different experience reading it with certain knowledge already, and while I thought that would put a damper on it, it actually turned out that I enjoyed seeing it for what it was and how various situations were handled. So what I initially perceived to be a negative, turned out to be a positive. And I absolutely love how the author wove past and present, forming a bigger picture to unfold the truth.
Honestly, Chase is a major reason I continued reading at first. What can I say, I’m a sucker for a guy with a sense of humor and a bit of a rebel streak. And while I had major points of the story figured out, Chase kept me curious as to what his true intentions were.
Which brings us to our dear Alice. The girl is locked away in a mental ward facing the possibility of murder charges all thanks to her twin sister. Ah, siblings, right? Alice is determined to exact revenge. I’m surprised how much I enjoyed Alice, and I believe that’s partly to do with what I already knew but can’t say. Ohhh cryptic! No, but seriously, she’s a character that got increasingly interesting as the story progressed.
Overall, We’ll Never Be Apart wound up being a pleasant surprise. It may not be the most complex or intense psychological thriller, but it’s still a fun and crazy ride.
Dr. Goodman opens group therapy with a poem about acceptance. He then asks us to partner up and talk about acceptance and what that means to us. Of course Chase, my new bestie, turns his chair toward mine, leans back, and crosses his arms. Our knees brush. He assumes we’re going to be partners. He assumes wrong.
“I don’t feel like talking today.” I pull out a piece of origami paper and begin to fold.
“And I accept that,” Chase says. ”I knew we’d make a good team.”