Sunday, September 4, 2011
Review: Sometimes It Happens
By Lauren Barnholdt
Release Date: July 12, 2011
On the last day of her junior year, Hannah's boyfriend Ryan 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, Ryan, 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...
I picked up this book because I really liked the cover and the description it gave, and was please to see it met all my expectations. I loved how complicated her life is on the first day of senior year, it read like a really crazy soap opera. Lauren Barnholdt did a really great job taking you from the present to the past back to the present and so forth from chapter to chapter. But each present/past chapters related to each other so well. You got to see how Noah and Hannah's relationship developed and learned how things weren't as they seemed with her best friend. When you keep things from people eventually they come out and you wonder why they did that in the first place. The characters were a joy to learn about and it was fun to see someone thrown in there who was quirky, Lacey. A hypochondriac who's best friend stole her boyfriend - sound familiar, it's very much like the main story. But all characters tie in so well and even though it may seem that the relationships are complicated it's all laid out for you to see. This book was a good quick read and I enjoy this author's works. It's true what they say - Sometimes it happens! There's just no explanation other than that statement.