Monday, September 3, 2012

When It Happens

Review Time! When It Happens by Susane Colasanti was recently published in August here in Australia despite it being published in the US back in 2006. This is the first of Susane Colasanti's novels, it's also the first one of her novels that I've read although I do own another one of her novels! You can purchase a copy of When It Happens at Fishpond | The Nile | Booktopia | Dymocks |Angus and Robertson. Thanks to Scholastic for the review copy!

(Goodreads) An off-the-wall love story told in two voices. Straight-laced Sara dreams of two things: getting into her first-choice university and finding true love. Rock-loving slacker Tobey also dreams of two things: winning Battle of the Bands – and winning Sara. He is determined to make her fall in love with him. Tobey's quirky wit and big blue eyes are hard for Sara to ignore. But can a scruffy rock-star wannabe ever win the heart of a girl who’s both beautiful and brainy? Sara and Tobey's intense connection will have you rooting for them from the very minute they meet!

The Short Story? - I'm confused about how I feel about this novel. I enjoyed When It Happens without a doubt but somehow I feel like it wasn't the great love story that I was expecting. It was cuter and fluffier than what I expected. A very light contemporary romance, solid plot and great characters. I loved the alternating perspectives between Sara and Tobey. All in all, When It Happens wasn't what I expected but nevertheless it was very cute and very enjoyable!

The Long Story? - When It Happens in every way that counts was very enjoyable but it wasn't what I expected. Honestly, I had the novel pegged as a great heartbreaking love story and while it was a great love story - it wasn't heartbreaking. The plot was very light and fluffy. The love story was terribly cute and while there were bittersweet moments, overall the plot was very smooth. Normally those are the contemporary novels that really draw me in but I guess when I read When It Happens I wasn't really in that state of mind. I still thoroughly enjoyed it and I would highly recommend this book to fans of Elizabeth Scott and Lauren Barnholdt. The writing in this novel was beautiful and it was comfortable, the novel was set at a nice pace, it was easy to lose yourself into the story. I guess my only complaint, is that it wasn't what I expected it to be but it was a good surprise!

The characterisation is definitely my favourite part of the novel. Sara and Tobey were two very cute protagonists and the alternating perspectives really gave insight to their relationship and allowed readers to bond with them. Initially I didn't feel much of a connection to Sara and this is probably because the novel doesn't really go into the character's backgrounds. Right from the start, Sara was transforming into a better version of herself and through this journey I grew to like Sara, to understand her and to connect with her. Tobey is a huge sweetheart, I loved Tobey from start. His love for Sara was obvious and their relationship is one of those that will last forever and that is just TOO CUTE. Overall, great characterisation, supporting characters were great, antagonists were great - just a great cast!

In a nutshell, even though When It Happens wasn't all that I expected it to be ( starting to sound like a broken record!), from a none biast point of view, it was a really good book and I enjoyed it. It's light, fluffy and really cute, the characters have a great relationship and the romance is really authentic. There is a build up, there are ups and downs and there are those cute romantic declarations of love that really touched my heart. I really did enjoy When It Happens, it wasn't your typical love story but it was good different. It's a different that I would highly recommend to YA contemporary readers!

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Badass Bookie xx


  1. It sucks sometimes when things don't end up being what you expected them to be but at least you still found it enjoyable. Great review.