Title: One small thing
Author: Erin Watt
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: HQ young adult
Publication date: June 2018
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.
This book was actually one of my most anticipated books of the year. What Tamika? A non-fantasy read was one of your most anticipated this year?! Yep that’s right. I absolutely loved When it’s real by Watt. It was such a cute, quick, fun read. So, I was hoping to get the same kind of feelings out of this read. As although I love fantasy reads I also love romances and reads that give me all the cute loved up feels. This book however was not like that. At least not in such a black and white way.
Although the synopsis hints at some traumatic past events I possibly naively thought that this would not have such a huge effect on the content and themes of the book. The first little part of this book looks like it is going to be a cute, awkward, teenage love. Party and mysterious guy included. However shortly after thing’s get much more complicated. Almost all of the relationships between the characters in this book are defined or effected by the death of the MC’s sister.
Because of this the story deals with some pretty heavy themes and ideas. Including, Death, the loss of a child, dealing with and or suppressing grief, abusive relationships and rape. So, if any of those are triggers in any way for you I would carefully consider whether or not to read this book. Death is a concept I often struggle with and is my biggest fear, so that issue was a little hard for me to read about. However, I really liked the way the book dealt with a lot of the issues. It forced me to consider my own beliefs and morals in terms of how the characters reacted and related to certain things. The romance side of things was not missing all together either and although it was done in a way that made me question if it was right, it was enough to keep me drawn in and feel more comfortable with the story.
Overall, I enjoyed this book for bringing to light certain things as well as the cute romantic moments. However, some of the themes were hard for me personally to read and process. I was also not overly satisfied with the ending of the book, it felt a bit rushed and lack lustre to me. Therefore, this book is a solid 3/5.
Have you read this book? What were your opinions? Where you expecting something a little different? Do you like Erin Watt’s other books? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time happy watching and reading!