Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt

Thursday, August 4, 2011 |

Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt

Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Release Date: July 12, 2011
Source: Publicist


On the last day of her junior year, Hannah's boyfriend Sebastian dumped her. Facing a summer of loneliness, Hannah turns to her best friend Ava for comfort. Ava does what BFFs do: she stays by Hannah's side...until it's time for Ava to head up to Maine for the summer. Also left behind is Ava's boyfriend, Noah, who's such a great guy he gets Hannah a job at the diner he waits tables at. Slowly, Hannah comes out of her funk thanks to Noah's good conversation and their fun times at the diner. But things get complicated when their friendship turns into attraction--and one night, into a passionate kiss. The novel opens on the first day of senior year; the day Hannah is going to see Ava, Sebastian, and Noah all in one place.

Over the course of the day secrets and betrayals are revealed, and alliances are broken and reformed. In the end, everyone is paired up once again, but not the way you might think...
Filled with summer romance and drama, Sometimes it Happens is yet another impressive contemporary novel coming from Barnholdt. The characters were so down to earth and realistic, while the plot was fast moving.

The switch between the past and the present (chapters alternated between what happened during summer and the first day of senior year) was easy to follow. The plot was fast paced and had a good flow. The interchange of past and present was great way of expressing Hannah's story. Readers will be able to see how actions in the past led Hannah to the consequences she was dealing with in the present.

Hannah, was hilarious, charming, and so innocent. She's not the type of girl who wants revenge on someone even though they really deserved it. She cares and worries about everyone but not really herself. Moreover, Hannah's growth was seen throughout the novel. At the start she was this weak girl who let Ava, her best friend control her, but then she transformed to being strong and brave.

Sometimes It Happens is a page-turner with 100% real, relatable characters and an exciting plot with teen regrets and drama. You're up for a delightful emotional, authentic, and romantic roller-coaster ride!
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