Title: When It Happens
Author: Susane Colasanti
Source: Local Library
Reminiscent of the movie Say Anything, a debut novel for all those searching for The One!
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! (taken from goodreads.com)
The movie Say Anything has always held a special place in my heart, and like it says in the synopsis, When It Happens is reminiscent of the “smart girl meets underachiever boy” plotline. This, combined with the honest relationship between Tobey and Sara makes for an absolutely adorable read.
Sara is your pretty basic heroine- she’s friendly, smart, and always means well. While nothing about her personality stood out to me, she was easy to relate to and not annoying. Tobey, however, is a much more fascinating character. The novel alternates between Sara and Toby’s points of view, and I was consistently more intrigued by Tobey’s chapters. He sees the world through different eyes, and his constant devotion to Sara is endearing. Also, his willingness to compromise and change himself in order to please Sara is admirable.
The basic plot may revolve around the main characters' romantic relationship, but there are also elements of growing up and home life in the background. These underlying problems add a bit of depth to the story, but not a lot. When It Happens is a cute read, and the central theme is learning to love and accept someone for who they are. If you’re looking for something deeper than that, then this isn’t the book for you.
Overall, this is delightfully charming read of first love. I’m incredibly glad that I gave it a shot, and I would recommend it to anyone who can appreciate a well-told love story.