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Sometimes It Happens

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  11,900 Ratings  ·  556 Reviews
This novel opens on the first day of Hannah's senior year, but the story really starts on the last day of her junior year. That's when Hannah not only gets dumped by her boyfriend, Ryan, but she also finds out her best friend, Ava, is going to be gone for the entire summer. But Ava's boyfriend, Noah, is definitely around--and such a good guy that he snags Hannah a job at t ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by Simon Pulse
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Morgan F
Hannah spends the first few days of her summer vacation before her senior year crying her eyes out and eating ice cream after she catches her boyfriend, Sebastian, making out with some girl at a party. Not exactly an auspicious start to a summer. What makes it worse is that Hannah's best friend, Ava, is totally ditching her this summer to become a camp counselor in Maine. Hannah, in an effort just to get her ass out of bed, gets a job in a diner along with Ava's boyfriend, Noah, and a hypochondr ...more
Wendy Darling
2.5 stars Um...I'm not really sure why I read this book! But I think I was in the mood for some light relief after all the post-apocalyptic novels I've been plowing through lately. Sometimes you just need a little mindless filler while you're between stories about girls with supernatural powers and stories about flesh-eating zombies.

There are a lot of reasons why I shouldn't have liked Sometimes It Happens. I hate books (or anything, really) that involve infidelity. I'm not a big realistic YA fi
“Sometimes people do things that are complicated. For complicated reasons.


I have to agree with the title.
Sometimes things just happen without us knowing how or why.
Sometimes it just happens.
Like when it rains.
You have no way of telling when it will fall (unless you work with the agency who predicts the weather).
Anyway, enough of my blabbing. :p

Sometimes it happens starts with Hannah starting her senior year with a secret.
Something happened that summer when her best
Sometimes it happens is about... Hannah, a girl whose best friend is going away for the summer and is leaving her alone.
Her best friend, Ava, decides someone needs to check up on her, so she sends her boyfriend. Hannah and Noah (the boyfriend) are friends at first and then something more. I’m not really spoiling anything because we learn all this in the first couple of pages.

Weird right? I think not! The author writes the book in a way so that the book is being told in the past and the presen
Sometimes It Happens is a fun entertaining story about the complications of friendships and relationships and even though this story is mainly about cheating, and I wouldn't normally find that subject amusing, but Barnholdt has a way with writing in-depth characters with remarkable wit. I hated Ava, I thought she was controlling, manipulative and self-absorbed so maybe it was easier to not care about her feelings in the end. Hannah and Noah has some fun and easy going chemistry and they both mad ...more
first thought upon finishing: wow. i mean, really, wow. the book wasn't that bad, but that ending? nfenx9ndfhjdxfbdn.

now, here's a bit of a more coherent review:

the plot of the book sounded interesting to me. i'm kind of into the concept of cheating, if you must know. I AM NOT SAYING I LIKE PEOPLE WHO CHEAT. i am saying i sometimes find the motives behind why they do it interesting. 'interested' does not mean 'approve', okay?

the author decided to tell this book by alternating the chapters betwee
♥ Sarah
Fun fact: I know I have no right to take this personally, but I never really got over the Brad Pitt/ Jen Anniston breakup. I’ve HATED Angelina Jolie since then. #TeamAnniston!

The one day you don’t have any make-up on (because you woke up late – stupid SNOOZE button) you bump into your crush, and/or your worst enemy.
That “blind date” your friends set you up with? Total disaster.
You wake up with a volcano-like zit on your face the first day of school.
Your dog misses the potty pad.
You read
Jun 21, 2011 NightlyReading rated it really liked it
This is the first book that I have read by Lauren Barnholdt. I really enjoyed it. I am not sure if it was a short read, or if I just could not stop reading to get to the end? But, I finished it in one evening.

Hannah, the main character, is my favorite. She is hilarious!! I love some of the things that go on in her head. They seriously make you laugh out loud! Throughout the book, I was really rooting for her to come out on top! My least favorite would have to be Ava, Hannah’s BFF. There is just
Oct 07, 2011 Bridget rated it did not like it
I hated this book. I'm just going to get that out there, I hated everything about this book. And here, in a probably incoherent rant, I am going to give you eight reasons why not to read this book.

1. The main character, Hannah, is a stupid, passive cookie cutter person who has a tendency to say "like" every other word. She's ridiculously self absorbed and I spent the whole novel wanting to shake her. She's underdeveloped, as well. (She has no interests or aspirations of her own. Her family doesn
*Contains some spoilers!*

Sometimes it happens is the story of Hannah who after having a surprisingly eventful summer is dreading going back to school as she doesn’t want to bump into three people in particular. First there’s her best friend Ava; whilst Ava was away at summer camp in Maine, Hannah slept with Ava’s boyfriend Noah. Then there’s Hannah’s ex boyfriend Sebastian who broke her heart when she caught him making out with another girl, but he still keeps randomly turning up wanting to talk
Jan 24, 2011 Jude rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites

I had been waiting to read this book for almost a year! Waiting for the release day, so when I got the ARC I was screaming with happiness!! (Thanks Heather!)

It did not disappoint. I LOVED it. The theme is girl falls in love with best friend’s boyfriend. I’ve read books with this topic before but I had not enjoyed none as much as this one. I love the relationship, how they manage the drama, that it’s fast-paced and the fact that not just the girl is respons
Lena ♫ ♪
Nov 29, 2010 Lena ♫ ♪ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Holy moly, I really didn't think I'd love this book as much as I did! Don't get me wrong, I knew I'd like it, but wow. I literally inhaled this book.

Sometimes It Happens has everything I love about contemporary ya. There's romances, backstabbing, cheating boyfriends and soooo much chemistry! I really, really enjoyed how the chapters alternate from the first day of Hannah's senior year, to the beginning of the summer, back to the first day, and so on till the day before their senior year. With t
Miranda Kenneally
Feb 25, 2011 Miranda Kenneally rated it it was amazing
So good! Alllllmmmost as good as TWO-WAY STREET. :)
Rachel Star
Jun 02, 2011 Rachel Star rated it did not like it
Unfortunatly, I didn't like Sometimes It Happens.

One of the reasons why Sometimes It Happens didn't work so well for me, was a lack of realism. It felt like the author was simply avoiding writing about anything complicated, so the main character was not allowed to deviate from the standard formula of a straight, only-child female main character with practically non-existent parents who is clearly liked by the forbidden sensitive/ musical/ writer guy, and has no dreams or aspirations of her own,
Dec 29, 2010 TinaB rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Sometimes it happens that your bff steals your boyfriend and its ok because you're the bitchy character who everyone hates...sometimes you're the everything but girl and still scum-bag boyfriends will cheat on you with someone who does it better.....goodnight this was almost worse than high school.

You know that saying while the cats away the mouse will play? Well, well, well I think we have some very naughty mice in this book. First off cheating on your girlfriend with her best friend is about t
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
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Sometimes It Happens is a fun, enjoyable and quick read that any girl is sure to love. I didn’t realise how quickly I flew through this book until I finished it. Honestly, it was a matter of hours.

The story follows Hannah; a high school student who is catches her boy friend making out with another girl at a party on the last day of school. It’s safe to say, their relationship ends. While spending the start of her summer mopping around after her
Jul 04, 2011 Jenna rated it liked it
Recommends it for: chick lit fans
I have both POSITIVE and NEGATIVE reasons why I gave this book a 3.

POSITIVE. It sure had a new and interesting way of presenting the story: switching from the past (last day of School and Summer) and the present (first day of Senior year). I didn’t know so much could happen for the First day of school that can actually constitute half of a novel. The switching of setting wasn’t confusing hence I applaud Lauren Barnholdt for having a coherent story from beginning to end. Anyway, I also liked how
Mar 05, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it
SOMETIMES IT HAPPENS, by Lauren Barnholdt, is a young adult romance about a teen girl's regrets and the repercussions of one night. This book spans a summer and the first day of senior year for these five students and the pivotal choices they make for love.

I absolutely flew through this book. Barnholdt alternated snippets of the summer and dreaded (for Hannah) first day of senior year. Hannah spent the summer dealing with her feelings after being publicly cheated on by her boyfriend. Her best fr
Apr 09, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
“Probably a lot of people’s lives are falling apart—I mean, it is sixth period, which means people have had six whole periods plus a homeroom for lives to turn to shit.”

Lauren Barnholdt can always make me smile. Her light, blink-of-an-eye, energetic, and fun style just fits perfectly in my sarcastic, as close to mean as you can get without going over sense of humor slot in my heart. The woman just gets me! :D

Sometimes It Happens possesses all the Barnholdt magic I love—the flip-flopping time lin
 Tina (Fantastic Book Review)
Talk about a stressful first day back to school as a senior - drama, drama, drama, and more drama. That pretty much sums up this book. I know we’ve all had some type of drama in high school but Hannah, the poor girl is coming unhinged by the minutes. First she gets an eye full of her boyfriend’s sleaziness, and then she has to try and deal with the fallout, plus her best friend, whom she’s been planning to spend the summer with bails on her. What is a girl to do? Fall for said best friend’s beau ...more
Aug 14, 2012 Marysue rated it it was ok
Shelves: summer
This book had an unusual set up. It alternated chapter to chapter from the last day of junior year to the first day of senior year. Then it flopped from summer to the first day of senior year. Back and forth. Every chapter, from summer to the first day of senior year. Sounds confusing? It was. Also, as I mentioned before in a previous review, I like surprises, and this book didn't offer any due to this unusual set up.

I don't like to give spoilers so I will say is that the characters didn't stan
I don't normally like tales about either cheating or going back and forth in timeline.

But they both worked for me here. Maybe because the present day tale happens on 1 day and the rest is the couple of months leading up to this day.

And as for the cheating, Ava, the BFF & girlfriend isn't the nicest of people and makes the cheating a little more palatable. Also there are clear ramifications for Hannah & Noah's actions and the author makes it very clear that they messed up big time!
Aug 05, 2016 Luisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dec 23, 2011 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Senior Year is supposed to be the best year of High School but for Hannah, all she can think about is surviving the first day without all Hades breaking loose.

Why? Well, for starters, she'll have to come face to face with Sebastian, the guy who broke her heart on the last day of Junior Year and Noah, the guy she's spent all summer with and who she thinks might just be the love of her life. Then there's Ava, her longtime BFF whose just gotten back from her summer job in Maine and from whom Hanna
Nov 25, 2010 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
It has been a while since I read a book by Lauren Barnholdt (2007 to be exact), and after reading the amazingness that is Sometimes It Happens, I am regretting this deeply. To be blunt, Sometimes It Happens rocked by socks in all ways possible.

Sometimes It Happens tells the story of Hannah, a teen girl who is just about to start her senior year. For the majority of students, the first day of senior year is supposed to be exciting, as it marks one-step closer to freedom, but for Hannah, it is th
Jan 01, 2012 Beatriz rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: someone who is really bored and wants a quick-short lecture
I'm 2 star rate just because it kept me interested enough to get to the end of the book, telling the story in an alternated way (one chapter tells what happened in the past and the next chapter what's happening in the present) probably was the main reason why it was interesting.

Overall the story is pretty predictable, since I read the resume I knew she would end up with Noah no matter what, but I kept hoping for any twist, I don't know, something like try once again with Sebastian or something e
Dec 07, 2011 Estelle rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, nook
Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

I always wonder what it is about writing that actually makes me feel the same stomach flips as the main character. Is it because I have a great grip on the characters? Is the story just so engrossing that it feels real? Or is the chemistry-building just so well-timed?

I have yet to figure it out.

But Sometimes it Happens is full of stomach flipping and secret glances and they feel pretty darn real. This book actually reminded me of a younger versio
Kristin (Beneath Shining Stars, I Read)
The first day of Hannah's senior year is not turning out the way that she expected it to. Her ex-boyfriend Sebastian still misses her (and wants to talk), her best friend Ava has changed, and Hannah's friendly relationship with Noah is on the brink of change. High school drama, Sometimes It Happens has it.

To be honest, I almost wish that Sometimes It Happens had begun with the summer and just continued straight on to their senior year instead of jumping back and forth. It's not that it doesn't
Bailey (IB Book Blogging)
Jun 30, 2011 Bailey (IB Book Blogging) rated it it was amazing
I have to say, I have a weakness for books that deal with the scandalous topic of falling in love with your best friends boyfriend. I don't know why I like these stories so much, but I can't help it! I love seeing how an author can deal with the topic in such a way where I sympathize with the friend who falls in love with the unattainable boyfriend. It is soo bad but it makes for such an enthralling and dramatic read! Sometimes It Happens far exceeded my expectations. I felt for Hannah, and I co ...more
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One little events can change your life as well as the readers opinion on the whole situation. Such was the case with this story. Yeah...the description is misleading a little.

I liked Hannah. I even felt sorry for her. Ava was a total bi#%h. It's no wonder that Hannah has no friends outside of her. I sure wouldn't want to hang out with her. So when Ava all of sudden decides to take a job as a camp counselor, Hannah has no idea who to turn. Ava, being the generous person that she is, had Noah chec
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“Sometimes people do things that are complicated. For complicated reasons.” 93 likes
“Everyone know that you should never wreck your life for a boy, and especially not one that you meet while you're in high school. Seriously, everyone knows it. You never hear someone say, "Oh, wow, you're seventeen and you really like him? That's great, you should do whatever it takes to get him, even if it means wrecking your whole like.” 34 likes
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