Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Review: Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt

Sometimes It HappensSometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt
320 Pages
Release Date: July 12, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: YA Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 STARS

Goodreads Summary:
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...

     Lauren Barnholdt does it again! This is one of the best YA Contemporary Romance book that I would recommend anyone to read. I for one did not want to read it, because I don't like reading books about being in love with your best friend's boyfriend which ends up leading to bullying or major rumors. But then my sister read it and ended up loving it , so I gave it a try because I loved Two-Way Street (my second Lauren Barnholdt book) and decided it would probably be a great book. I didn't have anything to lose after all. And right when I started reading, it already had me hooked. 


     Hannah's your average teen whose constantly worrying about whether Sebastian, her boyfriend, is going to break up with her, but has her best friend, Ava, always there for her. So when she goes to the the end of the year party and she sees Sebastian making out with another girl, she breaks. Depressed, she decides to spend her summer with ice cream, especially when Ava drops the bomb that she's going to Maine as camp counselor the next day. Ava asks Noah to look after Hannah, so when Noah makes Hannah work with him and Lacey at Cooleys, a small diner, Hannah takes up the offer. Although, Noah and Hannah weren't exactly friends more like acquaintances at school, they both hit it off perfectly. Lacey, now one of Hannah's best friend, is a very nervous person but an entertaining character. She was something new and the exact opposite of Ava. Which I was happy for, Lacey helped Hannah open up and was perfectly honest with her. 

    I was glad the author decided to switch each chapter from the first day of senior year to the summer. It helped understand how Hannah was feeling and explained why. The witty dialogue was a great part of the book. It's the perfect summer read, fresh, enjoyable, and emotional. I was definitely connected to the characters and able to feel their emotions. Hannah's and Noah's relationship would be best described as real. Something that was meant to be, even though it didn't happen at a great time. I love the way how the author made everything flow and kept the book at a fast pace not leaving anyone bored. You wouldn't want to miss out on this book.

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