Sometimes It Happens is a compelling read, full of drama and angst interspersed with laugh-out-loud wit.
Although the story, told in alternating chapters (present day – the first day of senior year and flash-back to the beginning of the summer), is predictable and includes the inevitable love triangle, it is also great fun and has realistic lovable characters.
Recommended age: 13+
Title: Sometimes It Happens
Author: Lauren Barnholdt
Publication Date: 12 July 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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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. — Extract from Goodreads.com