Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: YA Psychological Fiction/Realistic Fiction/Teen Romance
What did you like about the book? We’ll Never be Apart takes place in a mental institution for teens and is largely told through the eyes of Alice Monroe, accused of murder by fire. Some chapters are told in the present, and some are pages from the journal her counselor asks her to write. Because of the setting, most readers will know that Alice will be an unreliable narrator. This is an intense, gripping, and unapologetic story. It held my interest the entire time and continued to return to me after it was finished. Author Emiko Jean also provides a thought-provoking story for teen readers, one that may help them think about resilience, survival, and what makes a good love relationship.
Anything you didn’t like about it? This is an upsetting story that may disturb some readers. Themes of abandonment, bad foster care situations, violence, pyromania are throughout. Other readers will love it! Experienced readers may see the big reveal coming. Those who have not read as broadly or who are not as familiar with the genre will be satisfyingly surprised.
To whom would you recommend this book? Teens and adults who like action and drama. Fans of titles like Gone Girl.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Teen fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Not necessarily. Because of the cover art and exciting back cover blurb (“Murder. Fire. Revenge.”) I think readers will find their way to this book without help.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Robin Shtulman, Athol Library, Athol, MA
Date of review: 10/26/16