One Small Thing
Author: Erin Watt
Publication Date: June 26, 2018
Genre: YA contemporary
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died. Her parents try to lock her down, believing they can keep her safe by monitoring her every move. When Beth sneaks out to a party one night and meets the new guy in town, Chase, she’s thrilled to make a secret friend. It seems a small thing, just for her.
Only Beth doesn’t know how big her secret really is…
Fresh out of juvie and determined to start his life over, Chase has demons to face and much to atone for, including his part in the night Beth’s sister died. Beth, who has more reason than anyone to despise him, is willing to give him a second chance. A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for senior year, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings get.
Now Beth has a choice to make—follow the rules, or risk tearing everything apart…again.
Let me start by saying that I am not a contemporary fan but I will read anything Erin Watt writes. These two ladies are amazing.
I really enjoyed this book, it dealt with a lot of hard hitting topics including: death, grief, sexual and emotional abuse, family, friendship, bullying and rebellion.
The story follows our main character Beth who is in her final year of high school, she just wants to enjoy her last year with her friends, touring collages and going to parties. Her parents have other Ideas. Three years prior Beth’s older sister was killed in an accident which led her parents to be come incredibly overprotective and suffocating. They don’t want Beth to leave them and are trying to protect her form what happened to her sister.
Beth ends up at a party in another town where she hooks up with a guy, Chase. When school starts a few days later shes shocked to find that Chase now attends her high school, shes even more shocked when she finds out who he really is.
The two main characters in this book are great and undergo so much transformation and growth. As for the other characters in the book they are fairly annoying and unbelievable. Unbelievable in how dumb they can be, how close minded, judgemental, meek and abusive they can be.
This story will pull you in and make you feel the anger and sadness that Beth feels throughout the book. It will make you want to scream at her parents for the injustice shes subjected to. It will make you feel angry for the bullying and sexual/emotional abuse the characters undergo. It will make you feel. You will want to keep turning the pages to know what happens to Beth to see if she gets the treatment she deserves, the life she deserves. You’ll want to know what happens to the boy she made a connection with and you’ll want to know what really happened to Beth’s older sister.
These two authors are magicians.
The only reason this isn’t a 5 star read for me is because of the relationship in the book. While it is what drove the story, its not entirely believable even though this is a work of fiction you know it wouldn’t ever happen in real life. I like my contemporaries to slightly believable.
However, anyone who is looking for a quick contemporary with hard hitting topics you need to read this book.