3 out of 4 stars
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Collision by Kristen Granata discusses depression and how to overcome this condition with the help of other people. When Merritt was only 13, her mother walked out of their house and out of her life. Since then, Merritt’s father has done nothing but drinking. Devoid of any desire to continue living, he becomes a broken man who never regains his sanity. Years later, he ends his own misery by committing suicide, leaving Merritt with nothing but a car. Consumed by grief and guilt, a wasted Merritt crashes this same car and almost dies, if not for the help of an unknown savior. After waking up from a coma, Merritt then befriends Chase, the hottest guy in town, who just returned after failing to achieve his dream to be a rock star. The two main characters obviously share a mutual attraction, but the cynic Merritt struggles to find the strength to take their relationship to the next level.
Collision is for fans of young adult and romance stories, and for anyone who would like to read about depression and how to cope with it. Please be reminded that the book contains some steamy scenes, including one sex scene. If you’re bothered by these, it's best not to read this book.
The book's strongest point is its portrayal of believable characters that surely many readers will be able to connect with. Merritt’s skepticism in relationships is understandable for it's something that stems from her family background. Moreover, the story shows a clear development in Merritt and Chase’s relationship. The involvement of Chase’s family also proves that what the two main characters had was not merely physical attraction.
I did, however, find Chase’s character a bit cliché. Chase is the handsome guy with the cool image that every girl swoons for, but no one knows Chase is actually a kind person who also has his own share of problems. This type of character has been used in so many books, especially those involving romance in the plot. I wish the author used a different male lead for a change. Nonetheless, apart from Chase’s character, there’s really nothing negative I can comment regarding the author’s ability to create realistic scenes and characters.
The book concluded with an open ending which may signify a part two. I am at odds with myself if I want this story to be a series. As much as I loved most of the characters in the book, I’m not sure if another string of dramas in the main couple’s life will keep my interest alive. I believe all Merritt’s issues could have been settled in this book. In addition, depending on how the author weaves the second book, if any, the story may become repetitive. Too much drama also tends to be exhausting.
The book is well-written, and I only noticed a few things that need to be edited. Apart from the minimal typos, the author tends to confuse the verbs lie and lay. The author should also try varying the words used in the narrative for it seems she’s quite fond of using play, nod, and rolled eyes.
I give Collision 3 out of 4 stars for its realistic portrayal of grief and depression. However, the open ending did not satisfy me, and I am not sure if I would want to read a continuation book.
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