Review: When It Happens by Susane Colasanti

Review: When It Happens by Susane ColasantiWhen It Happens by Susane Colasanti
Published by Penguin on 05/04/2006
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

At the start of her senior year in high school, Sara wants two things: to get into a top college and to find true love.Tobey also wants two things for his senior year: to win Battle of the Bands and to make Sara fall in love with him. However, a popular jock named Dave moves in on Sara first. But Tobey’s quirky wit and big blue eyes are hard for Sara to ignore. Plus, he gets the little things that matter to her. Can a slacker rock-star wannabe win the heart of a pretty class brain like Sara? Hilariously and movingly told through Tobey and Sara’s authentic voices, Susane Colasanti’s debut novel sizzles in its portrayal of two young people searching for The One.

I’m sorry to say that I am not in love with this book.  I’ve heard so many good things about this book, but it just didn’t hit the right spots for me.  I will probably mention spoilers in this review, but I will warn you before I do.

This book is told in alternating points of view.  One chapter will be from Sara’s point of view, and the next chapter is from Tobey’s POV.  As I have mentioned before, generally I am not a fan of alternating POVs, but I think Colasanti handled this very well, and I actually enjoyed seeing Sara’s and Tobey’s side of things.

I loved Tobey!  He is fantastic.  Completely in love and devoted to Sara.  I also really loved the supporting characters.  Sara’s and Tobey’s friends are great.

My problem with this book was Sara.  At first I definitely related to her.  She is very shy and is focused on doing well in school.  But then she started doing some things that just frustrated me so much!

Here comes the spoilers. View Spoiler »

So, When It Happens was not my favorite book.  I am glad I read it, because now I know that Susan Colasanti probably isn’t my cup of tea.  But just because this book isn’t for me, doesn’t mean you won’t like it.  If you like comtemporary teen stories with romance, then this just might be for you.  Give it a try, and let me know what you think?


3 Responses to “Review: When It Happens by Susane Colasanti”

  1. fakesteph

    I haven’t read this, but I read the spoilers anyway. those things would probably annoy me, too, but this book does look cute.

  2. Kelley Lee

    Good review. It has been a long time since I have read this book. I am wondering if I would like it now. I remember liking it, but the parts you pointed out would completely annoy me as well.

  3. emziixgx

    I read this book a while ago but It think I had similar feelings. The book was ok enough to finish but it just was missing something

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