Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt

I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like this book when I started. I was a little unsure about the infidelity aspect of the story and how Barnholdt would manage it. I didn’t know if I’d be able to like the main characters or if the story would make it seem like cheating is okay.

I was very happy with how it turned out. It was real, with both Hannah and Noah taking responsibility for how they each acted, knowing how they should have handled things and how they actually did handle them. Yes, some of it seemed a touch melodramatic, but it was written from a 17 year old’s point of view, and what teenager doesn’t over dramatize some things in life?

Each chapter seemed to end with something like a cliff hanger. You knew what would ultimately happen, but at the end of each chapter, when it switches between past and present day, you’re left wanting to know just a little bit more of the story.

As for the characters themselves, I love when they have flaws. And I don’t just mean a pimple or scar. I mean actual flaws that make them human. There wasn’t any perfection within the characters and I loved that. They were human with human problems and that made it easy to relate to.

This was a perfect end of summer read and it put Barnholdt on my list of authors I’ll be anxious to read again.

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