Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt

Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt
Release Date: July 12, 2011
Publisher: SimonPulse

On the last day of her junior year, Hannah's boyfriend Sebastian dumped her. Facing a summer of loneliness, Hannah turns to her best friend Ava for comfort. Ava does what BFFs do: she stays by Hannah's side...until it's time for Ava to head up to Maine for the summer. Also left behind is Ava's boyfriend, Noah, who's such a great guy he gets Hannah a job at the diner he waits tables at. Slowly, Hannah comes out of her funk thanks to Noah's good conversation and their fun times at the diner. But things get complicated when their friendship turns into attraction--and one night, into a passionate kiss. The novel opens on the first day of senior year; the day Hannah is going to see Ava, Sebastian, and Noah all in one place. Over the course of the day secrets and betrayals are revealed, and alliances are broken and reformed. In the end, everyone is paired up once again, but not the way you might think... -

Lauren Barnholdt has done it again for me.  This is another great example of how prolific she is and how good she is with romance.  Such a warm book, and so romantic.

Hannah and Noah's budding relationship was so awesome to watch.  The tension building between these two was great... you just wanted to smack their heads together and tell them to get it over with because you knew early on that's where they wanted to go.  The only thing in the way, of course.... Ava.

Let me just say now that I had a hard time liking Ava.  She seemed like a very one-sided friend.  The kind that really wants you when SHE needs you.  The kind that is demanding, willful and selfish.  You kind of had to wonder why Noah liked her in the first place, especially since Noah was such an endearing character.  I think it was all just sexual attraction alone... and that doesn't really carry you very far.

This is one of those books that is just plain awesome escapism.  Lauren does these so well, and I always look forward to what she is going to come up with.  This book was no exception.

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