I just finished reading The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin and it gave me so many feels (it’s a free read until February 6th, so you can check it out for yourself)! It also just so happens to be the perfect book to read in the dead of winter because it takes place in summer. So in addition to being a great story, it reminds me that there is warm light at the end of this cold winter tunnel! Here’s a little more about the book:
Few things come as naturally to Harper as epic mistakes. In the past year she was kicked off the swim team, earned a reputation as Carson High’s easiest hook-up, and officially became the black sheep of her family. But her worst mistake was destroying her relationship with her best friend, Declan.
Now, after two semesters of silence, Declan is home from boarding school for the summer. Everything about him is different—he’s taller, stronger…more handsome. Harper has changed, too, especially in the wake of her mom’s cancer diagnosis. While Declan wants nothing to do with Harper, he’s still Declan, her Declan, and the only person she wants to talk to about what’s really going on. But he’s also the one person she’s lost the right to seek comfort from. As their mutual friends and shared histories draw them together again, Harper and Declan must decide which parts of their past are still salvageable, and which parts they’ll have to let go of once and for all.
We all have mistakes we wish we could take back, but the way Harper faces hers in the face of family tragedy is pretty inspiring. This playlist I made for The Year We Fell Apart is perfect to listen to while you’re reading or reminiscing about this beautifully written story.