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Review: When it Happens by Susanne Colasanti

An off-the-wall love story told in two voices. Straight-laced Sara dreams of two things: getting into her first-choice university and finding true love. Rock-loving slacker Tobey also dreams of two things: winning Battle of the Bands – and winning Sara. He is determined to make her fall in love with him. Tobey's quirky wit and big blue eyes are hard for Sara to ignore. But can a scruffy rock-star wannabe ever win the heart of a girl who’s both beautiful and brainy? Sara and Tobey's intense connection will have you rooting for them from the very minute they meet!


I got this book a while back as I wanted to read more contemporary fiction and then left it on the shelf for ages. Why I did this to myself I have no idea because it was so good and I whizzed through it in a matter of hours.

When it happens is the story of Sara and Tobey and is split between their dual narrative. Sara is waiting for the perfect guy to come along and whisk her off her feet and doesn't want to settle for anything less while Tobey wants Sara to fall in love with him. The only problem is that Sara is dating David who really isn't that perfect guy she has been searching for.

I lived several things about this book. Firstly I loved both Sara and Tobey and loved seeing how their relationship develops and changes over the course of the book. I thought Tobey was particularly gorgeous in his guitar boy, arm pumping ways and I found myself loving him more and more as I got to know him. I loved the friendship between Sara and her best friends Maggie and Laila and loved how close they were. They are the kind of girls I wanted as best friends when I was 17 and never found and I just loved how supportive they were of each other without being bitchy. The story itself ticks along nicely. It isn't ground breaking and is probably quite predictable but it was really satisfying as a reader and I loved spending a few hours getting completely absorbed in it.

All in all a fabulous read which I enjoyed thoroughly.


YAY! I'm glad that you enjoyed this one. I really love Susane Colasanti. I read this book and was desperate to read more from her. And I've enjoyed all of her books so far. Can't say I'm hugely impressed with this pink cover art though?