One Small Thing by Erin Watt
Published by Harlequin Teen on June 26, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Coming of Age
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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 focused on one good thing instead of all the fucked-up stuff.” One small thing…
I knew I would like this book. It’s almost a given because of the ladies writing it. I wasn’t expecting to be so captivated by it that I started it around 10pm and by the time I looked up at the end of the book it was 3am.
Beth was amazing. She was so mature for her age and even more mature than some of the adults around her. I’m usually annoyed at least a couple of times by the girls in these YA books. With Beth though, I wasn’t even annoyed one time. I loved her. Chase…wow. Yes, he made mistakes. Yes, he paid the price and did his time. I’ve never seen a more mature man (he is one despite his age) in a YA book. I think these two made each other better even though they were fine on their own.
I’m 100% sure they based this book off of where I live. Part of the fun reading this was seeing where they were and knowing it wasn’t too far from me. The closes books ever get to me is Chicago. I love Chicago but it was neat having this take place in my area.
As much as I love this book, I’m only rating it a 4 because I figured out everything way before I was told. It kinda would have been nice to have some surprise to it. Don’t get me wrong. I recommend this book and hope you read it. I just wanted more.