Friday, June 10, 2011

Sometimes It Happens

Title: Sometimes It Happens
Author: Lauren Barnhodlt
Rating: 3.5/5
Summary: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...

My Thoughts:Sometimes it happens that you steal your best friends boyfriend, but it's okay because your best friend is the snob everyone hates? Really? I had a tough time sympathizing with the main character, Hannah. Although her best friends was a snob, it did not excuse Hannah's actions in my eyes. From the start of the book, it was obvious that Ava and Noah would break up, so why didn't Hannah wait? The entire novel takes place in one day, with alternating flashbacks of the summer leading up to senior year. The romance in this book was different from many because it is one that eases into itself because of the situation Noah and Hannah are in. As events and feelings are unraveled, you're not sure how it's going to all end up, which keeps you reading until the end.I actually was really liking this book until we learn what happened that night. I could have a forgiven a kiss. It wouldn't be the first time a girl likes her best friends boyfriend. But, I never pegged Hannah as the type to sleep with him. I don't buy the whole excuse "sometimes it happens." Because, that's one of those lines that shouldn't be crossed (even if your BFF is the type of person that Ava is). Plus, it felt so rushed and lacked the romance, even if they really do really care about each other. Overall, it was an okay read.

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