I have yet to figure it out.
But Sometimes it Happens is full of stomach flipping and secret glances and they feel pretty darn real. This book actually reminded me of a younger version of Something Borrowed (which I was very obsessed with at the beginning of last year). Now I know when cheating comes up people launch into a huge tirade about morals. I don’t blame them. Cheating isn’t the right way to handle things but it still happens. Love can be messy. And sometimes you feel things for the “wrong” person and I like that this book developed that situation in a mature way.
Sometimes people do things that are complicated. For complicated reasons.
There couldn’t be a truer statement when it comes to these characters. Hannah is dumped by her boyfriend before the summer even begins and her best friend, Ava, ditches her for a camp in Maine (which is so unlike her), and assigns boyfriend, Noah, to “watch over” Hannah. Another character named Lacey pops up – she was probably my favorite – who has some problems that parallel Hannah’s. Practically all the stars of this book have these “hidden” complications that unfold as the book goes on.
While it’s not the most original plotline (but then again, what is original anyway?), Barnholdt alternates each chapter between the happenings of the summer and the first day back at school (present day). This tactic just builds up the intensity of all of these characters reuniting after such a crazy summer. The book (even though basically a love story) has a lot to say about friendship too — the details we pick and choose to share with one another, in hopes the other will continue to see us in a particular way. It’s not the easiest pill to swallow, but sometimes full disclosure ends up being in everyones best interest.
I’m happy to say that I enjoyed reading this book more than Barnholdt’s One Night That Changes Everything. I was actually surprised that both of these books were written by the same author. The tone, the voices, and the style are so different. While One Night was a fun and speedy read, the characters in Sometimes It Happens had more dimension and were more realistic. Plus it felt like there was a lot more riding on the events of this book.
So what happens when secrets are uncovered and truths are revealed? Pure chaos? There’s only one way to find out.