Happenstance #3

Posted 18 April 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Happenstance #3Happenstance #3 by Jamie McGuire
Series: Happenstance #3
Published by Jamie McGuire LLC on 2015-02-02
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 246
Source: personal purchase | eBook

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from personal purchase in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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From the back cover...

Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it all.

Now that Erin has learned the truth about the girls who tortured her, and about the boy she loves, she finds her time before graduation dwindling at an alarming and exciting pace. What used to be summer break was now a countdown to her final days in Blackwell. Her parents, Sam and Julianne struggle with the fear that just when they’ve found Erin, they must let her go, and the tension is higher than it’s been since Erin discovered who she really was.

Finally with the girl he’s loved since childhood, Weston grows more desperate as the summer days pass. He and Erin will go to separate colleges. His biggest fear is that this means they’ll go their separate ways. Plagued with making the best of the time he has left with Erin, and finding a way to make it last, Weston finds himself in a different state of mind hourly. He is just beginning to realize that hope is like quicksand. The harder Weston struggles, the faster Erin sinks.

My Review

This installment of Happenstance deals with Erin and Weston’s last months in high school and the beginning of college.

After everything she has been through, one would hope that things would finally go right for her.  But this is not the case.  She is still being bullyied, led by the unrequited crush of one of the Erins.  The only difference now is the support of her new parents and a newfound open support from Weston.  But his support doesn’t mean that everything is going swimmingly for the two of them.

One would think that their relationship would be stronger than ever after all they had been through together.  But now there are new obstacles, obstacles that Weston is creating for them.  His insecurities are at the center of the book this time, almost to an obsessive point.  He pushes Erin away over and over again until she finally has to cut him loose.  He fears Erin;s strength and is sure that she doesn’t need him as much as he needs her.  I think this is an important theme, as this is something that happens too often.  Too many times, a woman is strong and a man feels insecure about her strength.  To see Erin not back down from her own needs was refreshing and makes her one helluva role model for girls and women alike,

This is a good story with some strong messages.  I feel like this series would be good for someone who is being bullied, to feel less alone and to find hope in the future.

Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Cover
four-stars
Overall: 4

About Jamie McGuire

Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She attended Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.

Jamie paved the way for the New Adult genre with the international bestseller Beautiful Disaster. Her follow-up novel, Walking Disaster, debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. Beautiful Oblivion, book one of the Maddox Brothers books, also topped the New York Times bestseller list, debuting at #1.

Novels also written by Jamie McGuire include: apocalyptic thriller, Red Hill; the Providence series, a young adult paranormal romance trilogy; Apolonia, a dark sci-fi romance; and several novellas, including A Beautiful Wedding, Among Monsters: A Red Hill Novella, and Happenstance: A Novella Series.

Jamie lives on a ranch just outside of Enid, Oklahoma with her husband, Jeff, and their three children. They share their thirty acres with cattle, six horses, three dogs, and a cat named Rooster.

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