03 November 2015

Today's Read: We'll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean

We'll Never Be Apart by Emiko JeanWhat if you were committed to an institution for the criminally insane, but you were actually innocent? What if the only one who could save you is lying? Alice Monroe needs the answers to these questions because this has happened to her.

The novel opens with the thoughts of Alice's twin sister, Cellie:

Later on, when they question me, I'll say it was an accident. An unfortunate tragedy. But it was neither. When they ask me what happened that night, I'll say, It was a mistake. But it wasn't. I don't remember, I'll say. But I do.
We'll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, 2015, p. 1, ARC)

Quick Facts
  • Setting: modern times, Pacific Northwest
  • Circumstances: Seventeen-year-old Alice has been committed to a mental hospital after her boyfriend was killed in a tragic fire. She remembers little except her own innocence and the guilt of her twin sister, Cellie. When a fellow patient offers to help her, Alice begins to plot revenge against her sister.
  • Characters: Alice, wrongly accused of murder and arson; Cellie, her twin; Jason, her late boyfriend; Chase, a fellow patient who offers to help Alice put her plan to action; various nurses, doctors, and patients in Alice's present; various people from Alice's past
  • Genre and audience: psychological thriller; young adult
  • Themes: sisters, revenge, love, foster care system, mental health
  • Things to know: The prologue is from Cellie's perspective, but the rest of the book is from Alice's. We see and experience Alice's present; we learn of her past through entries in her journal. This is a debut novel, written by a high school teacher who has worked with children in foster care.
  • What others have said: I haven't started this book yet, but I took some time to read a handful of reviews (on blogs and in industry venues). The reactions are mixed, ranging from meh to wow. No one disliked the novel. Most people commented on the realistic and relatable characters. Other things I picked up in reviews were a Gothic feel and a creepy plot. Some people figured out where the book was going early on; others did not.
  • What I think: Regardless of the mixed reactions, I'm drawn to the book because it stars twins and is a psychological thriller. It's short, so I'll likely give it a try.


Karen and Gerard 11/3/15, 6:41 AM  

Sounds good, am going to look this one up.

Yvonne 11/3/15, 7:04 AM  

This sounds really intriguing. I like the cover.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea 11/3/15, 7:38 AM  

Good hook with that into; I'm curious.

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) 11/3/15, 7:48 AM  

I think I actually have this one! A friend who works for HMH YA put it in my hands and I never really too a second look because I don't read much YA. But, this plot has me intrigued. And the first paragraph is super evil sounding! I'd keep reading.

Sherry Fundin 11/3/15, 9:04 AM  

Sounds interesting. I say give it a try.
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Jackie Mc Guinness 11/3/15, 9:17 AM  

I love psychological thrillers! Will be curious about this one.

bermudaonion 11/3/15, 9:31 AM  

Oh my gosh, that sounds scary in a creepy way!

Laurel-Rain Snow 11/3/15, 10:02 AM  

I don't read many YA books, but when I do, this is the kind I enjoy. I love psychological thrillers, no matter how old the characters are...LOL.

Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

Sandra Nachlinger 11/3/15, 10:56 AM  

This sounds like a captivating story -- twins, foster care, Pacific Northwest, criminally insane. I think I'd enjoy it.
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Literary Feline 11/3/15, 10:57 AM  

I can see why you are drawn to this one, Beth. I would be too. It sounds like it could be good. I'm curious to see how it all plays out. Does Alice get her revenge? What happens to Cellie? I will have to look for this one.

Alice Audrey 11/3/15, 12:14 PM  

What a cruel little tale.

Mine's full of vampires, but less betrayal. http://www.aliceaudrey.com/?p=12941

Margot 11/3/15, 12:31 PM  

I like the opening. When I saw it is for young adults, that intrigues me. This is a tough subject, but when I think about the young adults I know, I'm guessing they would love to read and debate this subject. Thanks for the suggestion.

Suzie Quint 11/3/15, 12:31 PM  

This does sound intriguing. I especially like the themes.

Monica's Bookish Life 11/3/15, 1:42 PM  

I really like the opening and the sound of this book, so I'd keep reading!

Catherine BookClubLibrarian 11/3/15, 3:11 PM  

Your selection sounds unputdownable!

Kathy Martin 11/3/15, 5:20 PM  

What a horrifying situation for the main character. My YA teaser this week comes from The August 5 by Jenna Helland. Happy reading!

Donna H 11/3/15, 6:43 PM  

A creepy plot! I like the sound of this one. Girl Who Reads

Nise' 11/3/15, 9:35 PM  

I am on the fence about this one.

Cleo Bannister 11/4/15, 1:15 AM  

The premise is good so I'm intrigued - a book with realistic characters is worth a try every time I'd say.

Daryl 11/4/15, 9:28 AM  

its intriguing ... but .. i really dont like, feel comfortable with situations like being wrongly locked away ... its too reminiscent of a nightmare i have from time to time

Peggy Ann 11/4/15, 11:26 AM  

It does sound very intriguing. I'd keep reading.

Sharons Book Nook! 11/8/15, 9:58 PM  

Sounds good, very intriguing. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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