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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Review: Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt

SOMETIMES IT HAPPENS by Lauren Barnholdt
Pub. Date: July 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Format: Hardcover , 320pp
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Publisher ARC
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...

Mini Review
Talk about a stressful first day back to school as a senior - drama, drama, drama, and more drama. That pretty much sums up this book. I know we’ve all had some type of drama in high school but Hannah, the poor girl is coming unhinged by the minutes. First she gets an eye full of her boyfriend’s sleaziness, and then she has to try and deal with the fallout, plus her best friend, whom she’s been planning to spend the summer with bails on her. What is a girl to do? Fall for said best friend’s beau. Yep, you got it.

Barnholdt takes us through Hannah’s first day back at school as a senior as she waits for her day to come crashing down around her while backtracking through her last day of junior year and her summer of possibilities. I think Hannah’s growth over the summer did her some good to be quite honest. She seemed timid to me but by the end of the book, she stood up for herself and took control of her life even though she had to betray her best friend to do it. Well, it just as the book says – Sometimes It Happens.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


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  1. Sounds like a great read for girls like my daughter who is almost 14. Fantastic review!

  2. I have to admit, I love drama. And I've heard pretty good things about this book. It sounds fun, quick and entertaining. I'm glad to see you enjoyed it as well. Great review :)

  3. Lots of drama! lol Makes me glad to be past that stage in my life!

  4. Sounds very drama filled! But that's life...sounds interesting.

  5. I adore this cover and have heard really great things about this book! Thanks for the contest and great review =)

  6. I Love Lauren Barnholdt! and who does not love Drama? Great review :))

  7. Thanks for review! And even though most people deny it, everyone loves drama! Looks like a great read.

  8. I think this sounds really good and I love Lauren's books. Great review.

  9. Who doesn't love school drama? I recently read a pretty school drama book called "This Girl is Different" by JJ Johnson and I enjoyed it more than I thought I will :) So I'd love to get a chance to read Sometimes It Happens, too! :) Sounds really good!
    I like the mini review format!Even though it's short, you managed to provide us with many interesting plot information! :)

    Thanks for the chance!

  10. Isn't Drama one of the main entertainments of life? LOL

    Great Review!


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