Accidentals by Sarina Bowen
4.5 Double Negative CROWNS
I’m not a huge YA fan, but when Sarina Bowen writes a book, I read it. No blurb or cover or sample needed. I wasn’t disappointed at all. It is absolutely everything a YA book should be, and I love the wide and various topics Sarina Bowen address in this novel.
Rachel is a girl struggling to find her place after the loss of her mother. On top of dealing with the regular teenage angst of simply figuring out who you are, she is now dealing with living with a father she never even knew, who just sent checks. The novel chronicles her insecurities with their budding relationship while also dealing with trying to remain close to her mother’s memory. Through Rachel, we also get to look at relationships, intercourse, friendship, and just general evolution. There are times I wanted to tell her to speak up or say out loud the internal dialogue running through her head, but I’m an adult and she is a teen. Her reactions and commentary is very authentic and I found myself laughing and cringing and having sympathy for Rachel throughout the novel.
Frederick is the absentee father, and I adored him. Weird, right? Maybe, but he is appropriately ashamed of his actions. As the novel progresses, he also evolves into a real Dad through some outside guidance. What I think I love most about him, though, is that he still patented his way. He didn’t change he was, he just made room for her in his life. His moments with Rachel are my favorites!
Sarina Bowen also created a host of secondary characters who are just as endearing. The really added to the development of Rachel and her relationship with her father while adding significant teen topics to the plot.
This story is very low angst, low steam, but it is YA, so one should already be prepared for that. What a reader gets with The Accidentals is a finding her place in the world, coming to understand that she is loved and accepted no matter what. It really was YA perfection.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
A YA novel from USA Today bestselling author Sarina Bowen.
Never ask a question unless you’re sure you want the truth.
I’ve been listening to my father sing for my whole life. I carry him in my pocket on my mp3 player. It’s just that we’ve never met face to face.
My mother would never tell me how I came to be, or why my rock star father and I have never met. I thought it was her only secret. I was wrong.
When she dies, he finally appears. Suddenly I have a first class ticket into my father’s exclusive world. A world I don’t want any part of – not at this cost.
Only three things keep me going: my a cappella singing group, a swoony blue-eyed boy named Jake, and the burning questions in my soul.
There’s a secret shame that comes from being an unwanted child. It drags me down, and puts distance between me and the boy I love.
My father is the only one alive who knows my history. I need the truth, even if it scares me.
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About the Sarina Bowen:
Her Ivy Years and Brooklyn Bruisers books are hockey romance novels. These two connected series began breaking hearts in 2014 with The Year We Fell Down. See http://www.sarinabowen.com for updates.
HIM and US are the bestselling, hockey LGBT novels co-written with Elle Kennedy. HIM is also a finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® Award.
For lovers of angsty snowboarders, Sarina also writes the Gravity series, featuring snow sports heroes.
Sarina enjoys skiing, coffee products and a nice glass of wine. She lives with her family, six chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.