When it Happens by Susane Colasanti
An off-the-wall love story told in two voices. Straight-laced Sara dreams of two things: getting into her first-choice university and finding true love. Rock-loving slacker Tobey also dreams of two things: winning Battle of the Bands – and winning Sara. He is determined to make her fall in love with him. Tobey's quirky wit and big blue eyes are hard for Sara to ignore. But can a scruffy rock-star wannabe ever win the heart of a girl who’s both beautiful and brainy? Sara and Tobey's intense connection will have you rooting for them from the very minute they meet! (from goodreads)
Lately I’ve been really into contemporary reads, probably most of this year & When it Happens is no exception to the love I’ve been feeling for all these reads. It is told in alternating POV with Sara & Tobey going through their senior year of high school, each with different goals.
Sara is a smart, determined & driven character who has her sights set on NYU & finding true love. Seems tacky the last part but it wasn’t, Sara’s fling with Dave at the start made her realise that people aren’t who they seem & more loving, caring, understanding boys are around *cough Tobey cough*. Tobey has had his sights set on Sara since before summer break, determined once school goes back to win her over, but Dave is in the way. Sara is oblivious to everything that happens with Dave & then with Tobey at the start. Tobey is in a band with no College aspirations, just wanting to become a musician, he is smart but never does his homework & his ambition is to win battle of the bands & to make Sara fall in love with him.
It’s a light romance contemporary read compared to some I’ve read recently, but no the less the things that they go through & experience happens right when they need it or need to understand. The fact that Sara motivates Tobey to pursue more is great because it added to his character.