|Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt,|
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Sometimes It Happens
by Lauren Barnholdt
Genre: YA, contemporary
Editions available: Hardcover, paperback, Kindle, ebook
Published: July 12th 2011 by Simon Pulse
This novel opens on the first day of Hannah's senior year, but the story really starts on the last day of her junior year. That's when Hannah not only gets dumped by her boyfriend, Ryan, but she also finds out her best friend, Ava, is going to be gone for the entire summer. But Ava's boyfriend, Noah, is definitely around--and such a good guy that he snags Hannah a job at the diner where he works. Hannah and Noah move from coworkers, to friends....and one night, to something more.
Now it's back to school, where Hannah will see Ryan, Ava, 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, Hannah will learn a lot about love, friendship...and herself.
*This was originally posted on Goodreads for a quick review.
The story was okay, I liked the book. The author wrote a novel about real-life problems of an American teenager. I have nothing against the book except the characters.
Hannah and Ava are best friends. But I'm concerned how they treat each other--it's not like they are best friends. They lie, they would get annoyed at each other without opening it up. It's like they were not that close. Or like their friendship is not real. Until the end of the book proves it.
The story was told from Hannah's perspective. I can honestly say that she's not the kind of main character I would like to be. She's sometimes annoying. She only cares about non-important things. She kept on eating and doesn't even want to talk to her mother. I don't think she's been a good girl in any of the pages. She complains a lot and sounds like she hates the world.
I also wished I knew Noah more. If I did, maybe it would convince me that he's really a nice guy.
The ending was the kind of ending you'd expect from a contemporary drama. The thing that would stop right there wherein it's actually the start of something. But still, I wished for more.