Here is the official blurb from Goodreads:

When It HappensWHEN IT HAPPENS by Susane Colasanti

At the start of her senior year in high school, Sara wants two things: to get into a top college and to find true love. Tobey also wants two things for his senior year: to win Battle of the Bands and to make Sara fall in love with him. However, a popular jock named Dave moves in on Sara first. But Tobey’s quirky wit and big blue eyes are hard for Sara to ignore. Plus, he gets the little things that matter to her. Can a slacker rock-star wannabe win the heart of a pretty class brain like Sara?

Hilariously and movingly told through Tobey and Sara’s authentic voices, Susane Colasanti’s debut novel sizzles in its portrayal of two young people searching for The One.


Voice, voice, voice. Susane Colasanti gets it, and this book is loaded with it. The story is told in alternating voices between Sara and Tobey. Sara is a smart girl. Tobey is the bad boy musician. You think you know the whole story based on that – good girl meets bad boy and they fall in love. You might be a little right.

And yet… My enjoyment of the story wasn’t lessened by a single iota. Tobey’s voice is so tremendously authentic. When he sat around talking to his guy friends, I felt like I was back home as a teenage girl listening to my brother and his friends. The tone was fantastic and the dialogue was even better. And Tobey isn’t just a bad boy. He’s actually a very sweet boy with a crush on a girl who hardly knows that he exists. I adored his attempts to get Sara’s attention, including a bargain with one of her friends. And Sara isn’t your typical smart girl. She struggles and doubts herself, and she felt like someone I knew.

The road to love is not a smooth one for Sara and Tobey. She likes another boy. Then when she finally notices Tobey, she finds out that he’s kept bits of his past from her. But when these two are falling or in love, the dialogue sparkles and the tension is nicely done.

There were a few sections that were slow (especially scenes repeated in both POVs). There were also times that I wished Sara would get a clue a little faster. She was fairly naive and slow to forgive in parts, and I was impatient to see this sweet couple together. In the end, though, I know this is a book that I will reread.

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