Happenstance by Jamie McGuire
Release Date: May 9, 2014
My rating: 4-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.
Jamie McGuire has yet to fail me. Her stories always have me wanting more and more of the story. This novella is no different!
This is a quick read, but a quick read that leaves you questioning its length. It sure seems like more than 100 pages because of all of the events that take place throughout this journey.
Erin vows to make through the last few months of school. She has been bullied since elementary school. Although she doesn’t know why, she doesn’t really care. Once she graduates, she will be out of the town for good! Her mother doesn’t care about her, or even love her. Her only friend is her co-worker.
Weston is the all-American boy. Everyone loves him. Popular. Rich. Gorgeous. And all of a sudden has an interest in getting to know Erin. He can’t explain it. He is just tired of acting like the person everyone expects him to be. He has always felt something for Erin and he is tired of not standing up for her.
The connection that develops between these two is sweet and endearing… Then tragedy strikes. Secrets that no one knew existed come out. Even through tragedy, these two come out stronger and better off than before.
I am curious as to where the second book goes. I hope it follows these two through their summer and start of college. It would be very interesting how things go after all of the changes that transpire at the end of this book!
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Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.
Her most recent novel, Walking Disaster debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She has also written bestselling contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster, and the Providence series.
Jamie now lives in Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.