Review | Happenstance by Jamie McGuire (@JamieMcGuire)

07 June 2014


Publisher: Jamie McGuire LLC
Pages: 100

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.
I went into Happenstance completely blind not knowing what it was about and without reading the synopsis. I read it because Jamie is one of my favourite authors and I had complete faith in her. I have to admit when I read the first line of the book I was worried about Erin Easter, but she totally proved I didn't need to be. You see, Erin's life is pretty much hell, she's bullied by two other Erin's and their group of friends for no apparent reason. One day they just stopped talking to her and started bullying her.
I felt sorry for Erin from the get go, I just wanted her to get her break from the incessant meaness she faced day in, day out. She really didn't deserve it and the bullying coupled with her home life would have broken the best of us. Despite this Erin keeps going, keeps her head up and battles on and then, completely out of the blue, she gains an ally. Weston. He's Alder's (the other Erin and one of the two who bully Erin) boyfriend and suddenly becomes very interested in Erin. Making it his mission to protect her and stop his so called friends from bullying Erin. 
The friendship and eventually relationship that develops really helps them both and I think it was just what Erin needed to pull herself through those last weeks of school before she was free of the Erin's and all the bullying.
For a novella this book tells an amazing story, from Weston and Erin's relationship to not one but two shocking twists that I did not see coming. At all! I really didn't see them coming and I loved that. It took the book to a whole other level and I loved seeing how Erin and Weston dealt with it. 
The book wasn't perfect, at the beginning I found it difficult to tell all the Erin's apart but then as you got further in it got much easier. I also think I would have liked to know a little bit about the ending, what happened with the families? Did Weston go to the school he wanted? Did Erin?

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