We’ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean
Review by Lauren
Source: copy from BEA; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: Murder. Fire. Revenge. 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?
Review: We’ll Never Be Apart is a fascinating young adult thriller. It has a slow suspense to it, as you learn more and more about Alice’s past through her journal entries. These appear at the end of every chapter and help readers understand more of what Alice and her twin Cellie went through. In the present time, Alice is stuck at Savage Isle, a mental institution surrounded by a lake. The weather is almost always dreary and raining, painting a dark atmosphere full of secrets and suspicion.
Alice pretends not to remember much about the accident that killed her boyfriend, Jason, but she knows more than she lets on. However, she keeps this is a secret because she doesn’t want help. She wants to find her sister and exact revenge, because Cellie is the culprit. Cellie is the crazy one, not Alice.
We’ll Never Be Apart is a book you don’t want to hear too much about, as it could possibly ruin things. I thought it was well done and I loved learning about Alice’s past as she goes through her present. I was also curious about Chase, a new guy at Savage Isle who may or may not have killed someone. Despite this, Alice needs his help and she finds herself growing close to someone again. Besides Jason and Cellie, Alice has mostly been alone, going from foster care to foster care. She wants to feel independent, especially after Cellie and the fire, but at the same time, she needs someone.
This was a well written novel and definitely perfect for the current season!
One of the coping mechanisms that Alice has used since she was young is to make origami. She just needs paper and she make a whole zoo of animals, going through the motions by heart. In honor of that, I thought it would be nice to include an origami themed gift if you were going to give this book to someone!
These black and white origami stars (you get 100 stars for $8.50). I think they would look nice with the cover; the shop also offers purple stars! I like the idea putting these in a small jar and gifting them! No, they aren’t animals like in the book, but they are super cute and would make a really nice decoration.