Saturday, April 4, 2009

Review : When It Happens by Susane Colasanti

ABOUT THE BOOK/: At the start of her senior year, Sara wants two things: to get into a top college and to find true love. Tobey also wants two things in his senior year: to win Battle of the Bands and to make Sara fall in love with him. A popular jock named Dave, though, 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 - like why she loves the Lloyd Dobler boom-box scene in the movie Say Anything....Can a slacker rock-star wanna be win the heart of a pretty class brain like Sara?Hilariously and movingly told through Tobey's and Sara's authentic voices, Susane Colasanti's debut novel sizzles in its portrayal of two young people searching for the one.

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Elements ;

1. Shocking Factor - 7/10
2. Thrilling Factor - 8/10
3. Funny Factor - 8.5/10
4. Honesty Factor - 9/10
5. Originality Factor - 7.5/10


Narrator's Voice - 8/10

Overall conclusion
- Truth be told, I wanted to read this book just for the pretty cover. I was at the cashier when suddenly I caught my sight on When It Happens. Of course, I could only buy one book so I rushed home, called my friend and made her promise she'd buy it. I haven't even read the book jacket, but I just know its something I'd like. And I was right, partly. I didn't just like it, I loved it.

This book is fun, fresh and honest! When It Happens is the ultimate romance read. From the narrative voice, I prefer reading Sara's than Tobey because it seems like Tobey tries too hard to sound tough. I can somehow relate to Sara. She's just looking for something real because sometimes life/ highschool could get a bit over-rated. Tobey is a cute guy, he's adorable and charming, so I get how Sara can't resist him. I was rooting for Tobey since the first. I'm so happy at how Sara's and Tobey's relationship turned out. My favourite character though, would be Maggie. She's hilarious. Scenes with Sara and Tobey are sweet, romantic and well-written. I personally love the remake of the scene in Say Anything with the boom box and all. The funny and easy-going dialogue was what really got to me.

Colasanti connects the main characters through music, thus educating to those of us who needs help in that field. It's fun to read from two perspectives regarding the same situation. Although I can tell how the story goes, its great to explore the book and find some of my prediction wrong. I marvelled at the thought that this is actually a debut novel. Such an inspiring writing. The realistic take on this novel shows how high school really is. When It Happens would definitely suck you in and after you've finished the book, you'd find yourself wide awake, wishing you'd have that something 'real' too.



  1. I likeeee Tobey :D

    Rasa macam nak baca balik oh, tapi sumpah malas. Grr

  2. I have to agree with you - the cover is awesome.

    Nice review!

  3. dah banyak followers dah sekaraaang ;)

  4. agreed.
    It's such a good book, even though i read it about2 years ago:)

  5. Really enjoyed this book! Just finished reading it a day ago! LOVE Tobey!!!!

  6. I HEARRRRTTTTT this book!!!

    LOve yew Towbeeeyyy!!!

  7. it is an amazing book and i love it :) nd i LUV tobey<3

  8. I'll I can say is I LOVED the book! Susane is a awesome writer I've read almost all of her books and their great!I wish my Tobey will come soon

  9. I'm disappointed. I too bought the book because of the pretty cover and I'm a stickler for anything involving music but my copy of the book goes straight from page 154-185. I'm missing a heck of a lot.

  10. Oh my god! this book is perfect it makes so much sense im in this situation. This EXACT situation. I'm tobey :D and im happy.... :) i love her so much... jesus she makes my head spin and i make hers spin... :)

  11. title caught my eye. so far its amazing.

  12. I love this book. Finished it in a day and will probly read it again. tobey is the ultimate sweetheart <3

  13. im reading it now, but its by far a great book:) im in love with the cover, its soo amazing

  14. the sexy scene is soo graphic...

  15. WHEN IT HAPPENS is a wonderful story told in the fresh voices of Tobey and Sara. It's a romance, certainly, but there's more to it than that. Tobey and Sara are fantastic, likeable, and believable characters, with lives outside of each other, which adds an extra dimension to what would otherwise just be one of a million cheesy romance novels, but is instead a wonderfully written and almost too-good-to-be-true story of two teenagers looking for love.