Author: Amy Hatvany
Genre: Contemporary/Women's Fiction
Release Date: March 28, 2017
Publisher: Atria Books
From master storyteller Amy Hatvany—whose writing has been hailed as “gripping and emotionally honest” (Stephanie Evanovich, New York Times bestselling author)—comes a provocative and compelling novel about two friends whose lives are changed by a drunken kiss.
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.
It Happens All the Time is a heartfelt contemporary fiction novel that will speak to readers of all ages. It had some really great attributes and just a couple negatives for me, which I've listed below. Overall, I'd definitely recommend it for fans of contemporary fiction, women's fiction, and chick lit.
- Realistic main characters in Amber and Tyler. I was able to really connect with each of them right from the beginning and enjoyed getting to know each of them throughout the story.
- First person POV. My favorite writing style and the perfect choice for the book. It was told from alternating perspectives - from both Amber and Tyler. I loved seeing the story progress through both of their eyes and watching their relationship grow and deepen throughout the novel.
- Fantastic writing style. The author uses detailed descriptions and imagery to bring the story to life for the reader and make it feel like we're experiencing everything right alongside the main characters.
- Some parts of the story felt a slow and the majority was pretty predictable to me, but this isn't meant to be a twisty thriller or anything, so knowing how things will play out wasn't exactly a bad thing. It's just not my normal cup of tea - but other readers will sure love it.
Amy Hatvany is the author of Best Kept Secret, Outside the Lines, The Language of Sisters, Heart Like Mine, and Safe with Me. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her family.