Sometimes it Happens by Lauren Barnholdt
Title: Sometimes It Happens
Author: Lauren Barnholt
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: July 12, 2011
Source: ARC sent by publisher
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 Mini Review:
I really, really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a wonderful and refreshing read. The story flip flops between the first day of senior high and then back to the start of summer where all of Hannah's drama begins. Hannah gets dumped by her boyfriend and then soon learns that her BFF Ava is tromping off to Maine to be a camp counselor all summer long. Ava sends her boyfriend Noah to keep a watchful eye on Hannah and keep her company. Hannah finds a job working with Noah and the ever so quirky Lexie. Soon she is pulling out of her post break-up funk and enjoying herself and her summer.
Not many pages in do you start to understand what Sometimes it Happens is. I enjoyed going back to the start of summer and learning all the odds and ends that lead up to it. Lauren Barnholdt did a fabulous job making it feel very realistic with characters you can relate too. (I could relate to Lexie in my high school days. We would have gotten along wonderfully) And you know what? Sometimes it does happen. So if you are looking for something fun and light with a side dish of heart-wrenching at times…go pick up Sometimes it Happens.