Monday, February 1, 2010

Book Review: When It Happens by Susane Colasanti


When It Happens by Susane Colasanti, 310 pages

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 in his senior year: to win Battle of the Bands and to make Sara fall in love with him. A popular jock named Dave, though, 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 like why she loves the Lloyd Dobler boom-box scene in the movie Say Anything. Can a slacker rock star wannabe win the heart of a pretty class brain like Sara?

Book Review:
This book stands out from the previous books I read for two reasons. One, the style of writing Susane uses to convey Sara and Tobey's point of views is simple and genius. The first chapter introduces the main characters according to Sara's perspective followed by Tobey's in the next chapter. Their perspectives continue to alternate throughout the book giving the reader insight into Sara's universe, her friends Maggie and Leila, their love lives, pains and college ambitions, while Tobey, Mike and Josh describe their own wonderland of girls, Sara, Battle of the Bands and college.
Second, Susane satisfies young female readers with a glimpse into high school guys mentality. As a reader, I am not left to guess how Tobey feels when Sara decides they need a break after a secret is revealed. We read it as Sara and Tobey lives it in the pages of When It Happens.

This book is really a delightful read. Very revealing on both sides and a feel good mentality about the possibilities of tomorrow for the characters. Great and relate-able plot, realistic conflicts and note that rock star wannabes have a chance too.

Liked it!