Author: Jamie McGuire
Series: Happenstance, #1
Genre: YA, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Jamie McGuire LLC
Publication Date: May 9th, 2014
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo
"Go home. Turn off the lights. And kill yourself."
Can I just drool over this cover first? It's so simple, yet so beautiful!
This is my first Jamie McGuire read. I own Beautiful Disaster but haven't felt like reading it. After reading the synopsis I felt like I knew how this was going to play out and I was right...well partially, allow me to explain. I don't want to spoil what happens but what I thought would happen does indeed happen, but there is a certain turn of events that lead up to it that I didn't see coming! I was shocked that Jamie McGuire did that.
While some might complain that Happenstance was too short, I actually happen to like the idea of a novella series. McGuire did an excellent job of giving us all the information we needed within the short span of 100 - 131 pages, although there was only one thing I felt was missing (which you can find below).
I loved Erin, having been bullied myself I could really relate and connect with her. This book made me so angry at all the different parts in which they bullied her. They were all just so cruel!! I enjoyed how she gradually built up to standing up for herself and the support she got from Weston. Now Weston, SWOON! There was just something about his character I can't place exactly what it is but he's just so sweet and you can tell he truly cares about Erin.
There are more quotes than this that I just loved but they were spoilers!
“Neither of us felt the need to fill the silence as we watched the storm clouds slowly close in on the stars above.”
“You smell like ice cream.”
My breath caught. “So?”
“I’m just kind of wondering if you taste like it.”
Excerpt From: McGuire, Jamie. “Happenstance: A Novella.” iBooks.
Maybe it's just me, but I really would have liked it if there was a chapter or two from the other Erin's perspective. It would have been nice to have some insight as to what went wrong, why did the Erin's and other students feel the need to bully Easter? Why did they stop talking to her? I don't think we'll get that in the upcoming book but I could be wrong, although I doubt it.
Overall, Happenstance was so good, SO GOOD! I was in a really bad reading slump and this brought me out of it. I'm really impressed with Jamie McGuire's writing style and I can't wait to read more books by her! But mainly, I can't wait for Happenstance 2 to be released! 6 more days!!
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