We’ll Never Be Apart
by Emiko Jean
published on October 6th 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers
young adult | mystery | thriller | contemporary | romance
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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?
This is one of those times where you have to ask yourself if there’s such a thing as reading too much. This was a decent and well-written debut, but it was so predictable.
Confined to a mental ward to recuperate, all 17-year-old Alice can think of is the fire that killed her boyfriend and left her scarred. The fire that her twin sister Cellie set.
And now she’s ready to teach Cellie some lessons. She’s ready to right some wrongs. Now, it’s time for revenge.
Cellie was your typical thriller protagonist, nothing more, nothing less. She was confused, full of hatred and a need for vengeance – and rightly so. Reading her journal entries and her thoughts made you feel every bit of her anger and hate and made her extremely easy to connect to.
The book’s main flaw is how entirely predictable it is. The twist at the ending has been used in so many psychological thrillers lately that it didn’t feel extraordinarily shocking to me. I see where Jean was trying to come from, however, and I think the ending will be more effective for those who haven’t read many of the thrillers that have been published lately. Yet, luckily, the predictability doesn’t deter from its eerie atmosphere and its addicting quality.
While it may have been a bit of a far cry away from some of the other more dark and twisted YA thrillers I’ve read (Dangerous Girls comes to mind instantly), it is still a very suspenseful novel and I’d certainly recommend it to those who haven’t read many thrillers.
Zoe is a critical reviewer. When she’s not reviewing, you can find her performing in plays / musicals, doing gymnastics, or designing websites.