Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Happenstance 1-3 by Jamie McGuire

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Happenstance is a 3 Novella Series by Jamie McGuire. Each book is fairly short and I would recommend reading all 3 in succession like a full-length novel. The story was cute and had some unexpected twists (well unexpected as long as you don’t read the descriptions of the books because the descriptions online give away the major parts of the plot). 

The things that happen in the story are so unlikely/unusual that I half way expected this to turn into some kind of paranormal/sci fi book. What are the chances that in a town this small there are 3 babies born on the same day and all given the name Erin. Weston was likeable but at times was super shady/shifty I expected him to turn out to be some bad guy or something. Honestly at one point the story got a little creepy and I was expecting some sort of Harry Potter type prophecy thing to be revealed. 

This story also reminded me in some ways of Colleen Hoover’s Never Never. I wasn’t a huge fan of Never Never but I think fans of that series would really enjoy this one.

3 out of 5 stars. While it was imaginative and sections kept my attention well I thought that entire series was anticlimactic. The third book just ended up being boring but I finished it because I wanted to read the conclusion.

1-      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.

2-      Erin Easter was now Erin Alderman, because Erin Alderman was dead.
In the second installment of this USA Today bestselling series, follow protagonist Erin, a high school senior in tiny Blackwell, Oklahoma. After a terrible accident leaves two classmates dead, Erin learns that she was switched at birth. Shortly after, she moves into the home of her true parents, Sam and Julianne Alderman, transforming Erin over night from pariah of Blackwell High School, to the only child of one of the most affluent couples in town.

Also being pursued by her childhood crush, Weston Gates, the dream she once had is now reality. But when Erin stumbles upon secrets that gives her the answers she’s been searching for, she also finds a truth she never wanted to know.

3-      Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it all.
Now that Erin has learned the truth about the girls who tortured her, and about the boy she loves, she finds her time before graduation dwindling at an alarming and exciting pace. What used to be summer break was now a countdown to her final days in Blackwell. Her parents, Sam and Julianne struggle with the fear that just when they’ve found Erin, they must let her go, and the tension is higher than it’s been since Erin discovered who she really was.

Finally with the girl he’s loved since childhood, Weston grows more desperate as the summer days pass. He and Erin will go to separate colleges. His biggest fear is that this means they’ll go their separate ways. Plagued with making the best of the time he has left with Erin, and finding a way to make it last, Weston finds himself in a different state of mind hourly. He is just beginning to realize that hope is like quicksand. The harder Weston struggles, the faster Erin sinks.

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