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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Review: When It Happens by Susane Colasanti

Released: May 4, 2006
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Rated: YA
Buy: Amazon
Reminiscent of the movie Say Anything , a debut novel for all those searching for "The One"! Sara and Tobey couldn’t be more different. She is focused on getting into her first-choice college; he wants to win Battle of the Bands. Sara’s other goal is to find true love, so when Dave, a popular jock, asks her out, she’s thrilled. But then there’s Tobey. His amazing blue eyes and quirky wit always creep into her thoughts. It just so happens that one of Tobey’s goals is also to make Sara fall in love with him. Told in alternating points of view, Sara and Tobey’s real connection will have everyone rooting for them from the minute they meet!

What I thought

I'm starting to think that maybe, just maybe, Susane Colasanti is not an author for me. I didn't mind the romance so much, but I found myself gritting my teeth through most of the novel. It has a Pride and Prejudice storyline, which I usually love, but I'm going to admit, the writing drove me up the wall.

I don't mind slang when used in character speech. But I don't like to see it in a form of writing. Let me give you a little example: Instead of: She said "I found it over here!" the author used: She's like "I found it over here" and He's all "No way, man!". Every time I read that, I wanted to snap an imaginary rubber band at the author to get her out of the habit of doing the "She's all, I'm like" crap. It may just be this novel, but I think I can honestly say I won't be missing out on anything by making this my last Colasanti novel.

Like in the other novel of hers I've read, the characters don't come to life for me. I don't connect in any way and I end up rushing through just to say I finished it and so I can move on to something good. This was definitely a novel I did not enjoy.

So I leave you this, my thoughts rolled into one short but effect thought. In the words of Meatloaf (the singer, not the food), I want my money back.

My Rating

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