We’ll Never Be Apart is a young adult psychological thriller that you’ll either love for its good writing or dislike for its unoriginal twist. I called the twist early on in the book but that did not deter me to continue with it. There are some good parts in the book and some maybe underdeveloped ones that the author could’ve explored more to enhance the story as a whole.
The start of the book was from Cellie’s point of view as she started a fire intent on killing her twin sister Alice and her boyfriend Jason. Then the next chapter until the epilogue switches to Alice’s POV at the hospital and her admittance at the same mental institution she and her twin sister have been to the first time around. There she meets fellow patient, Chase who volunteered to help her with her plan to seek Cellie for vengeance. Only things didn’t go as planned when she was finally confronted by the truths she has been hiding all her life.
The writing as I’ve mentioned was enough to get you on with it despite the easy predictability of the story. There’s something captivating about Alice and Cellie’s character. They’re a product of unhealthy childhood which leads to doing what they did in the story. I guess even If I were to be put in the same situation as Alice and Cellie, I’d also feel ruined and start to see things differently.
I would’ve like a more detailed characterization on Chase but his character was apparently not that important since half of the time, it was Alice, Jason and Cellie monopolizing the story. It would’ve been great to exploit the romance aspect between Alice and Chase. I personally think that Chase is the most interesting character in the book. What happened to him (or at least the way it was narrated) made him bland once he admitted it to Alice. Like, his character suddenly became pointless.
Overall, this is still a very engaging story that I won’t really mind recommending to people for its good writing. With this being a debut novel, I’d expect for the author to release more engaging story and perhaps new materials on her future endeavors. Congratulations Miss Emiko Jean!
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Expected publication: October 6th 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers
An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest and impartial review.