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Happenstance by Jamie McGuire review

4.5 stars


Erin Easter, one of three Erins in the small senior class of rural Blackwell High School who not only share a first name, but also their birthday. Erin Easter, raised by a neglectful single mom, keeps to herself and admires Weston Gates from afar. The other Erins, Erin A. and Erin M. are the darlings of the community: daughters of the two wealthiest families in town, best friends, cheerleaders, and everything Erin Easter isn’t–and they never let her forget it. Erin A. has even claimed Weston since the 8th grade.

Weston is a well-liked star athlete, and the son of two prominent attorneys. He struggles daily with the pressures of living up to his family name and secretly empathizes with Erin Easter’s feeling that she belongs somewhere else; in a different life. Not until he begins sneaking nights out with Erin does he gain the courage to buck expectations and acknowledge his feelings … both for his future, and for her.

But when a shocking tragedy rocks the tiny town, Erin’s life is turned upside down in the best way possible. But when the truth is revealed and everything Erin thinks she wanted falls into her lap, life only becomes more complicated.

My thoughts

Happenstance is a quick, funny and cute read. It’s a story of standing tall and facing the crowd, of letting no one pull you down. A story of wanting to stand up and make a noise against the crowd but not knowing how.

I loved how Erin and Weston interacted and how absolutely adorable they were together. The scenes in the back of his car are just so cute it had me smiling the whole time. They made the best of each of them bubble to the surface without having the sugar dripping off of it, which is a really good balance.

This is a short story about several serious issues that are displayed well, even within the numbered pages. It shows that bullying can go really far without even knowing why.

I did not see the twist coming, though. That was really intense and I’m very curious to see how Erin’s life will evolve after Happenstance.