Seventeen year old Jonah Daniels has lived in Verona Cove, California, his whole life, and only one thing has ever changed: his father used to be alive, and now he’s not. Now Jonah must numbly take care of his family as they reel from their tragedy. Cue next change: Vivi Alexander, new girl in town.
Vivi is in love with life. A gorgeous and unfiltered hurricane of thoughts and feelings. She seems like she’s from another planet as she transforms Jonah’s family and changes his life. But there are always consequences when worlds collide .
A fierce and beautiful love story with a difference, When We Collided will thrill fans of All the Bright Places and I’ll Give You the Sun.
10 Random Things About When We Collided
1. I thought I made up Verona Cove: a little beach town with this perfect little grid of shops. But when I went to search flowers that grow in Northern California (where I imagined it being), I found Mendocino: which is basically the town I had created. I’d never heard of it or been! But there it was. I visited, and it felt like visiting somewhere out of my imagination.
2. I like sibling groups that I write to all sound like they were named by the same parents. So Jonah and his siblings all have Biblical names.
3. I originally named this book The History of Rain. Imagine my surprise that a book came out while I was in edits called…History of the Rain. What are the odds?! But I love the title When We Collided, and it has come to feel very right for the story.
4. The cover has always pretty much been the same paint splatter concept! Although there were versions that were more watercolor-y and some with different colors, I loved them all.
5. This was the easiest and fastest draft I’ve ever written. It felt like it existed fully-formed, and I just had to get it on the page. That hasn’t happened to me before or since!
6. However, the research and fact-checking on this book took months and months, and that process included a lot of people whose insight I am so lucky to have had.
7. I’d love to have sassy blond hair like Viv or be able to cook like Jonah. I give qualities to my characters that I can’t seem to pull off myself 😉
8. Every other book I’ve ever written features close girl friends, but I wrote the first draft without Vivi mentioning any of hers. It just wasn’t working for me—I had to add her friends in a little.
9. I make vocabulary lists for characters. Vivi’s had things like diaphanous and supernova and wonderstruck. Jonah’s had words like curry, flambé, drudge, core.
10. I had never written a little kid character before this book! It was really fun, and I was surprised how natural it felt. So there are more kids in my next book J