One Small Thing
by Erin Watt
Release Date: June 26th, 2018
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 received an ARC for an honest review
I gave this book 4.25 stars. I enjoyed the book, I pretty much read it in one sitting, however, there were a lot of things that drove me kind of crazy.
I feel such a connection to this girl. She loves to read. She volunteers at an animal shelter. She uses the word Parentals in reference to her parents. I do all of these things. I also have an older sister by two years, although she has not died in a horrible accident. Yet. The only difference being that I would have told Jeff and most of her friends to fuck right off. I have zero patience for people like them.
This novel follows our protagonist Beth and the aftermath of her sister's death. The story really makes you think about your own relationships with your siblings and how you would react if they met the same fate.
Chase is the boy Beth knows she shouldn’t like, but does. She really can’t help herself. I couldn’t help myself either, despite his past, Chase is a really good guy. The initial meeting between Chase and Beth was probably my personal favorite part of the book. Before the two of them knew who the other was before they felt the weight of the world on their shoulders. We get a brief glimpse at who they are and who they are together.
One thing Erin Watt has perfected is writing good antagonists. I can’t even express to you guys how much I hated some of the characters in this book.
My favorite part of every Erin Watt book is that the ending always justifies every horrible thing that happens during the novel. No matter how horrible some of the situations can get or how aggravating some of the characters are, you know it will come to a good peak.
Our protagonist's parents drove me absolutely insane. Talk about micromanaging. Also, thought the novel I wasn’t actually sure if I was supposed to like the protagonist's friends or not. For the most part, I didn’t like them but they would have these small moments of normalcy where I could see why she was friends with them in the first place.