Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Book Review: It Happens All the Time

By Melissa Amster

Ever since I picked up Safe With Me and found myself glued to the pages, I have been a fan of Amy Hatvany's writing. Even with my full TBR, I have managed to read all but two of her books so far. (I still plan to!) Having said that, I was eagerly awaiting her latest novel and devoured it in a short amount of time. Once again, she didn't disappoint!

"I want to rewind the clock, take back the night when the world shattered. I want to erase everything that went wrong."

Amber Bryant and Tyler Hicks have been best friends since they were teenagers—trusting and depending on each other through some of the darkest periods of their young lives. And while Amber has always felt that their relationship is strictly platonic, Tyler has long harbored the secret desire that they might one day become more than friends.

Returning home for the summer after her college graduation, Amber begins spending more time with Tyler than she has in years. Despite the fact that Amber is engaged to her college sweetheart, a flirtation begins to grow between them. One night, fueled by alcohol and concerns about whether she’s getting married too young, Amber kisses Tyler.

What happens next will change them forever.

In alternating points of view,
It Happens All the Time examines the complexity of sexual dynamics between men and women and offers an incisive exploration of gender roles, expectations, and the ever-timely issue of consent. (Synopsis courtesy of Amazon.)

Hearing that this novel was personal to Amy Hatvany made the impact of the story even more powerful than it already was to begin with. I found it so interesting that she chose to write from two perspectives. Not only does she use them to build up to the situation at hand, but also to share their thoughts on the aftermath. This gives the story a Jodi Picoult feel, as some gray area begins to trickle in. The reader feels awful for what Amber went through, but then Tyler tries to plant that seed of doubt by also sharing what he thinks happened. He even makes the reader feel sorry for him, as well. (Yes, Amy is that incredible with her writing.)

I really have no complaints over this novel, but I would like to point out that it is not told in a linear fashion, so what happens is revealed before it actually occurs. Even so, there's an adrenaline kick during the build-up and when the actual situation happens. Both Amber and Tyler seem so genuine that it's hard to dislike either of them, while sometimes you'll also want to be mad at them in equal measures.

I do want to warn readers that there are triggers, in case they have ever been in an unwanted sexual situation of their own. I would be remiss to not give such a warning, as some parts do get intense and upsetting.

With It Happens All the Time, Amy has outdone herself once again and I am already awaiting her next novel.

Movie casting time!
Amber: Vanessa Marano 
Tyler: Max Thieriot 
Daniel: Justin Baldoni
Helen: Maura Tierney
Liz: Katherine LaNasa
Jason: Neal McDonough
Mason: Joe Manganiello

Thanks to Atria for the book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to BookSparks for sharing a copy with one lucky reader!

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28 comments:

Melissa said...

Something that happens to me all the time is I'm constantly forgetting to take out the trash outside early enough and before I know it, they've come and collected it already! So frustrating!

Janine said...

I clean all the time and no matter what, I always have to sweep again 5 minutes later because one of the cats makes a mess with litter. I hear Pono digging in the box right now.

Bonnie Franks said...

I put aside time, in my head, to get to something in the late afternoon and it just never happens.

April Sutton said...

Thank you for the chance to win.

The Book Sage said...

I am not happy that you have Sarah Jio'd me (I still have The Violets of March sitting prominently in my TBR pile). I almost hope that I don't love IHATT so that I am not tempted/compelled to add a bunch of books from another author to the stack. Having said that, I actually hope I do like it. I would much rather like a book than not like it or DNF it. Very nice review, BTW.

Margie Shaw said...

I would really love to win this book. I think I would really enjoy reading it. Thank you for this chance!

traveler said...

I have to leave early enough to avoid problems with traffic for an appointment.

cindy roesel said...

Some that happens to me all the time is ..... I CAN'T FIND ENOUGH TIME TO READ and WRITE REVIEWS .... but that's okay, because i'm reading and writing reviews all the time. I LOVE AMY'S WORK! CAN'T wait until her next novel!

Aire para respirar said...
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Aire para respirar said...

Not arriving on time despite leaving early

Nancy said...

One thing that used to happen to me all the time was I lost my glasses. Now I put them in 1 specific place so I don't lose them anymore.

Nancy
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Karen B said...

I drink instant coffee and have to set the timer so I know when the water is ready in the pan on the stove. Needless to say I've ruined several pans - but no fires!

dstoutholcomb said...

forgetting the drive-thru at Starbucks is so slow between 2:30-4:30pm

denise

Susan Dyer said...

I love your pick for Tyler!! He is awesome as Dylan on Bates Motel!

Thank you for the chance!!

Dianne Casey said...

Something that I do all the time is forgetting to make sure my phone is charged when I leave the house.

Dianne Casey said...

Something that I do all the time is forgetting to make sure my phone is charged when I leave the house.

Chrissy said...

Uffda there's a couple things that happen to me all the time but the one I'm going to pick is I look at the clock at 9:11 and 11:11 ALL. THE. TIME. It's a lil bit crazy actually. Kind of cool though too :)

Amber S said...

Spilling my coffee on myself. . . Happens to me all the time.

Laura said...

It always seems like I lose my phone when it's on silent lol.

Susan Schleicher said...

As silly as this seems, I always drop one ice cube on the floor every time I get ice out of the freezer for my drink. Even when I think I am being very careful, one gets loose and escapes my grasp. Ugh.

Mary Preston said...

I forget to lock the back door when I go out. Neighbours are home, but still..

Jennifer C said...

spending extra time planning and being organized and then forgetting a crucial item! :)

Kelly M said...

Getting in the car without my phone on me.

Tatum Rangel said...

Everytime I let my dog out to relieve herself, it seems she has to go again when I bring her back in. Perhaps it's her old age.

bn100 said...

nothing

Uma Kayla G said...

Sometime I forget my glasses in the morning - more times than I remember lol

Kimberly V said...

The kids texting me from school to say that they have forgotten something is what happens to me all the time.

tarafarah7 said...

Every single morning I wake up dead tired and say (to myself) that I plan to come home from work and take a nap. Years later, I have yet to take that nap!! :-)