Review: It Happens All The Time

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Book Info:

From master storyteller Amy Hatvany—whose writing has been hailed as “gripping and emotionally honest” (Stephanie Evanovich, New York Times bestselling author)—comes a provocative and compelling novel about two friends whose lives are changed by a drunken kiss.

I want to rewind the clock, take back the night when the world shattered. I want to erase everything that went wrong.

Amber Bryant and Tyler Hicks have been best friends since they were teenagers—trusting and depending on each other through some of the darkest periods of their young lives. And while Amber has always felt that their relationship is strictly platonic, Tyler has long harbored the secret desire that they might one day become more than friends.

Returning home for the summer after her college graduation, Amber begins spending more time with Tyler than she has in years. Despite the fact that Amber is engaged to her college sweetheart, a flirtation begins to grow between them. One night, fueled by alcohol and concerns about whether she’s getting married too young, Amber kisses Tyler.

What happens next will change them forever.

In alternating points of view, It Happens All the Time examines the complexity of sexual dynamics between men and women and offers an incisive exploration of gender roles, expectations, and the ever-timely issue of consent.

My Thoughts:

First off, this is always a timely and important issue.

It Happens All the Time is an interesting look at the issue of date rape, to put it blankly with spoilers.

The book provides an interesting look at both sides of the situation and how both main characters react. It attempts to clear the issues of consent that so often clutter the new with different stories. Does it matter if the other person originally appeared to be consenting? What about the relationship at hand? Tons of these are cleared in the fact that- “No” is still “No.”

I did have a few problems with the main character because there was too much focus on her problems dealing with anorexia. While that is also an important issue, it at time felt like it was too much. I also have a problem with something in the ending that she did as a reaction, but that would be a spoiler. The thing I don’t like just felt over the top and like she could have got her point across another way.

Either way, this was an interesting book, especially the way that it showed both sides of the story. It released Tuesday, so it is available now.

-M

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