When It Happens by Susane Colasanti
Number of pages:Â 287
My copy: paperback, bought from Fully Booked
Sara and Tobey couldnâ€™t be more different. She is focused on getting into her first-choice college; he wants to win Battle of the Bands. Saraâ€™s other goal is to find true love, so when Dave, a popular jock, asks her out, sheâ€™s thrilled. But then thereâ€™s Tobey. His amazing blue eyes and quirky wit always creep into her thoughts. It just so happens that one of Tobeyâ€™s goals is also to make Sara fall in love with him. Told in alternating points of view, Sara and Tobeyâ€™s real connection will have everyone rooting for them from the minute they meet!
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Iâ€™ve been wanting to read this book ever since I spotted it as a recommended read in Amazon, and it took a while before I finally got myself a copy. When I saw it at the newly opened Fully Booked in Eastwood Mall, I grabbed it (in an impulse, I might say).
Itâ€™s an interesting read. I think the last he-said/she-said novel I read was Flipped, and I loved that novel. This one is justâ€¦well, interesting. I liked the two characters fair enough, and even the supporting characters were more interesting. I did find myself rooting for Tobey and Sara, and Iâ€™m actually quite interested to watch Say Anything, the movie mentioned in the novel.
However, thereâ€™s just something in the storytelling that felt a little off for me. I donâ€™t know if itâ€™s the present tense format, but I felt like the story lacked a bit of description, except when Sara starts painting or drawing or something. I felt like it lacked a bit of the smooth flow that other books have. I mean, for example, during one party that the characters attended, there was a part there that says: â€œGoing Under is playing. Evanescence rocks.â€ I know it may be because itâ€™s written to make it sound like how teens probably think nowadays, and maybe it just doesnâ€™t gel with me quite much. Maybe because Iâ€™m not so good with descriptions that I like books with long and flowing descriptions?
But again, the overall story is good and a pretty much enjoyable, but itâ€™s not really going to be in my favorites list. Maybe I was just too used to Sarah Dessen type novels, hence the conclusion. Iâ€™m still looking forward to reading Colasantiâ€™s other novels, though. :)
Note: Review originally posted at Refine Me