Published by Harlequin Teen on 06/26/2018
Genres: Young Adult
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.
I have loved the writing duo Erin Watt, especially their book When It’s Real so I was excited for One Small Thing. Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, I couldn’t bring myself to finish it. I gave up at 45%, with no will left to go on.
Some blame can be placed on the formatting, due to it being an ARC. But it flowed together so terribly, that it made it difficult to follow. Paragraphs ran into the next, and made scene changes especially confusing. Eventually, I was able to mostly ignore it.
This book is the epitome of the reasons why I’m never drawn to YA novels. I’m usually turned off to them from the jump, just knowing that they’re YA, because I assume (incorrectly, in most cases) that the characters’ problems will be menial and difficult to relate to. In the past, it was never the case. YA books are some of the best written that I’ve ever read and almost always end up being a favorite. But this one was entirely different.
I felt like the storyline with Beth’s sister was trying too hard. It wasn’t at all heartbreaking the way that losing a sister should be. It was more of Beth acting like a spoiled brat, whining about how her parents just don’t understand! Oh, the drama.
And all of that drama aside, then there’s a ton more of it surrounding Chase’s character. It was all just so over-the-top. I didn’t emotionally connect to anyone in this story – in fact, they are all quite terrible. I didn’t like a single one of them.
Beth is annoying and spoiled and extremely whiney. Most of her “problems” are created by herself because she acts like a brat and goes behind her parents’ backs. Her parents were both appalling. Her “friends” were shitty, Chase had no redeemable qualities, and Jeff is a sleazy scumbag.
I just couldn’t take it anymore. I bailed before the halfway point, but I just wasn’t going to continue to put myself through it when redemption for any of the characters was so highly doubtful. I don’t really care what happens to any of them, and that’s when I know it’s time to give in. Maybe the next Erin Watt book and I will jive better.