Genre: Contemporary YA
Target audience: 12+
When It Happens is a contemporary teen love story told in alternating perspectives.
Sara is seventeen and her goal for her Senior year is to reinvent herself and find the perfect boyfriend. Her two best friends also set themselves goals. Laila wants to be Valedictorian. Maggie wants to be smarter.
The hero of this story is Tobey. He is a self-proclaimed slacker – an intelligent boy, musically gifted, but he has no respect for the system. He thinks his future lies in the band he plays guitar for with his pals. Mike is the guy with a plan, Mr Organisation and Josh is the loose cannon and the all out crazy dude. Since forever Tobey has believed that college is pointless and that you don’t have to further your education to be successful. Everyone is talking about college and Tobey has stuck his head in the sand.
Tobey has fallen for Sara but she has no idea. The whole summer long she has been dreaming up the idea of Dave the new guy at the school. He asked for her number at the end of the last school year but he never called over the summer. Sara lets the idea of him blossom into the perfect guy for her. This is in part is a story about how our fantasies never live up to reality. There is no such thing as the perfect boyfriend. But there is such a thing as the perfect guy for you.
This is your classic romantic comedy. It’s a: Will they? Won’t they? But that is its charm. When it Happens is funny, the romance is gentle and the message is life-affirming. A novel about friendship and being open to new possibilities. I really enjoyed it and I read it in a single sitting. If you’re looking for a sweet, heart-warming read, When It Happens is for you.
Recommended for fans of:
- Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
- The Statisical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith
Source: US edition bought from Waterstones.