When It Happens

When It Happens

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Reminiscent of the movie Say Anything, a debut novel for all those searching for The One! From the author of the City Love trilogy.

Sara and Tobey couldn't be more different. She is focused on getting into her first-choice college; he wants to win Battle of the Bands. Sara's other goal is to find true love, so when Dave, a popular jock, asks her out, she's thrilled. But then there's Tobey. His amazing blue eyes and quirky wit always creep into her thoughts. It just so happens that one of Tobey's goals is also to make Sara fall in love with him. Told in alternating points of view, Sara and Tobey's real connection will have everyone rooting for them from the minute they meet!
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 139 x 209 x 23mm | 335g
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0142411558
  • 9780142411551
  • 133,423

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Realistic dialogue, multi-layered characters, musical references and issues that matter most to teens make this story happen. Like Sarah Dessen, Colasanti knows how teens operate. --Kirkus Reviews

It is a fully satisfying story that will please young adult readers looking for a little romance. --VOYA
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About Susane Colasanti

Susane Colasanti is the author of When It Happens, Take Me There, and Waiting for You. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree from New York University. Before becoming a full-time author, Susane was a high school Physics and Earth Science teacher for almost ten years. She lives in New York City.
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Also reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm. (www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com This is my first book by Susane. I've been wanting to read something by her for a while, I think I even have all of her books on my TBR/wish list, but I've never gotten to until now. I got When It Happens in the mail a while ago for RAK, and I'm really glad I did. This was Susane's debut novel and I'm glad I read it first. All of her books sounds really good. This was a great read! It's very cute and very hilarious at times. I was always shaking my head at how Sara and Tobey acted around each other. I loved the way the point-of-view alternated. One chapter was Sara's POV and then the next would be Tobey's. It really gave you both sides of the story and the whole process of how their relationship goes. Sara and Tobey were so realistic. Half the time when I was reading this, I got so sucked in that I forgot I was reading a book. Now THAT is a great read. When a book can completely just suck you in and make you forget that it's not real. This book has really made me realize how much I love contemporary. I mean, I love my paranormal, but I've been reading so many lately and haven't added in much contemporary. I'll definitely work on adding in a lot more of them. Overall, this book was great. A very fast, very enjoyable read. You'll be flying through the pages and finish it before you know it. I sure did, and I'm kind of sad about that because I'd love to read more about Sara and Tobey. They are so cute and they make you want to just keep reading and reading and reading more about them. *le sigh* Romaaanceee.show more
by Amanda
When her senior year starts, Sara's attention is focused on college and on Dave. Dave is a new student and a popular athlete, and Sara thinks he may just be a candidate for the "something real" she wants to find. Tobey, however, is focused on his music and on Sara. He wants Sara to fall in love with him (as he is in love with her, despite the fact that the two are not close), but unfortunately he's got Dave as competition. Despite Sara's attraction to Dave, Tobey and Sara are obviously meant to be together. They're almost unrealistically compatible, having even the little things--such as how they eat their onion rings--in common. Even more importantly, they both want the same thing. They're both searching for "the one," a soulmate, what Sara calls "something real"--could they find it in each other? Even if they do, there are still some obstacles. Tobey and Sara want different things from their futures, but can they overcome that? WHEN IT HAPPENS is a wonderful story told in the fresh voices of Tobey and Sara. It's a romance, certainly, but there's more to it than that. Tobey and Sara are fantastic, likeable, and believable characters, with lives outside of each other, which adds an extra dimension to what would otherwise just be one of a million cheesy romance novels, but is instead a wonderfully written and almost too-good-to-be-true story of two teenagers looking for love.show more
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