From the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author duo of The Royals series and When It’s Real comes a sensational new novel about a girl falling for the one boy she should never have met…
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. 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.
Harlequin Books | 9 July 2018 | AUD$19.99
My Blurb (2.5 out of 5 stars)
I really wasn’t sure what to make of this book. I liked the cover and really, by reading the description, you know what the story is… I’m still wondering why I picked up this book in the first place?
The only thing I liked was that it was an easy & fast read. I understood Beth’s grief & anger and while, as a third party, I understood the need to forgive and am able to sympathise with Beth, I struggled to empathise with her. And I believe most readers will be in the same position.
I struggled also with the parents. It’s really hard not to be judgemental (as the novel is told from Beth’s perspective and we feel a lot of what she feels; being ignored and treated unfairly) and yet, at the same time, I cannot place myself as a parent whose child’s death preceded theirs.
I do, however, liked Chase. He was acting out and had to face the consequences. He’s trying hard to fix himself with whatever limited opportunity he has. He’s trying to do the right thing.
There is a twist; if you can call it that. It was pretty clear earlier on that there was something not quite right about one of the characters so it wasn’t that big of a surprise. If you’re looking for a fast easy read without too much thinking involved, One Small Thing is for you. I did struggle with a few things but if you don’t think too hard, I think you’d enjoy it anyway.
Thanks to Harlequin Books for copy of book in exchange of honest review
About the author
The #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, loving brainchild of Jen Frederick & Elle Kennedy