Sometimes It Happens

Sometimes It Happens

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On the last day of her junior year, Hannah's boyfriend Ryan 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, Ryan, 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...
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 28mm | 404g
  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • f-c jacket, no sfx, matte lam
  • 144241314X
  • 9781442413146
  • 604,050

About Lauren Barnholdt

Lauren Barnholdt is the author of the teen novels The Thing About the Truth, Sometimes It Happens, One Night That Changes Everything, Two-way Street, Right of Way, and Watch Me. She is also the author of the middle grade novels The Secret Identity of Devon Delaney, Devon Delaney Should Totally Know Better, Four Truths and a Lie, Rules for Secret-Keeping, Fake Me a Match, and the Girl Meets Ghost series. She lives in Waltham, Massachusetts. Visit her at
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Rating details

12,833 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
5 34% (4,351)
4 30% (3,873)
3 26% (3,297)
2 8% (998)
1 2% (314)

Our customer reviews

A summer can change everything. Especially friendships and lovers. When Hannah's best friend Ava leaves town, she can't help but fall in love with her best friend's boyfriend. It's a thrill and a dilemma at the same time. Lauren Barnholdt did a really good job picturing these ambivalent emotions going along with a situation like Hannah and Noah's. We get a great contrast between the things you are supposed to do, you want to do and you do in the end. Interweaving flashbacks and present events in an engaging narration, that very well increases the reader's anticipation, the story inevitably leads towards the peak of Hannah and Noah's affair. The outcome which is addressed several times. But then...pouf. Lauren Barnholdt didn't achieve to create a culmination point worth all the anticipation due to a lack of details. In the end the reader is just left with all that wondering and waiting what would really happen between the two. SOMETIMES IT HAPPENS is full of relationship drama of main protagonists and secondary characters. It was enlightening to be thrown into the whole. But the story itself had a few flaws and wasn't that thrilling as I'd imagined it to be in the end. THE VERDICT 3,5/5 ***/* SOMETIMES IT HAPPENS - An enjoyable summer read about a lot of feelings and fun that convinces with its writing and more
by MissPageTurner
Hannah is just a regular teenage girl, with a regular teenage life. She constantly works to please her boyfriend Sebastian, but there's one line she won't cross - "everything but". When she walks into a "school's out" party and sees him with another girl, her best friend Ava and her boyfriend Noah are quick to call in a guy for her to be seen with in order to save face. Ava is always there for her, and this summer they both agreed not to get jobs, but as Hannah is still recovering from her broken heart, Ava tells her that she will be spending the summer in Maine as a camp counselor - it's all last minute, and only because another counselor dropped the ball, and they needed someone in a hurry. Hannah ends up taking a job at the diner where Noah works, and becomes friends with Lacey, the other girl who works there. By the time school starts back (which is where the book opens), Hannah is nervous and scared - she and Noah have shared at least one passionate kiss (not a spoiler, as this is in the description), and she dreads facing Ava, Noah, Lacey, AND Sebastian. Ms. Barnholdt does a great job of capturing an authentic teen voice in Hannah, who alternates between true teen heartache, insecurity, and humor. I love how Hannah eventually comes to terms with herself and takes blame for her actions, and the way the story progresses allows the reader to understand how things "sometimes happen". QUOTE (from a galley; may be different in final copy): Lady Gaga wore that meat dress to the VMA's, so I should be able to dress in garbage bags. I'll get black ones to symbolize my current state of mind, like performance art or more
by Julie Smith
I wasn't really sure about this book. I usually don't like cheaters and I thought it would be difficult for me to like Hannah. I was so wrong, Sometimes It Happens was an excellent surprise for me. I loved the writing. For me, it was perfect. It was fast paced and didn't let me go until I finished the book (which is a lot, since I was reading it on my laptop). The book has two timeliness, one is following Hannah's first day of senior year, and the other one is about Hannah's summer. I usually don't like books that go back and forward, but in this case it was a great decision to write it that way, because we can't compare the old Hannah with the new Hannah. Besides, it was dramatic, because you know that something bad is about to happen at Hannah's first day of school but you don't know why. The plot of the book was the main reason why I thought I wasn't going to like it. It's about infidelity. I don't agree with the "Sometimes It Happens" line. I think if you don't want to do it, you don't. Although Hannah (and Noah) made a mistake, Ava (Hannah's best friend and Noah's girlfriend) was such a mean person that I didn't feel bad for her. It's not like Hannah and Noah just had a crazy night, they actually like and may love each other. The romance between Hannah and Noah was so heartwarming. It has a good pace (not too fast) and it wasn't only about attraction, it was about friendship. Also, I loved Hannah. At first she is this weak girl who let Ava do whatever she wants with her, but after the summer she is completely transformed into an strong and brave girl. It helped a lot that Ava wasn't with her and that she discovered she really wasn't a good friend, while at the same time meeting Lacey. Overall, I really loved this book. Awesome writing, great characters, it's perfect for summer reading!show more
by Maria Guajardo (GABY)
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