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This is How it Happened

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  826 ratings  ·  193 reviews
Somehow I’ve become a liar. A coward. Here’s how it happened.

When Genevieve Grace wakes up from a coma, she can’t remember the car crash that injured her and killed her boyfriend Dallas, a YouTube star who had just released his first album. Genevieve knows she was there, and that there was another driver, a man named Brad Freeman, who everyone assumes is guilty. But as
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Published July 11th 2017 by HarperTeen
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Paula Stokes
Oct 30, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Both the physical galley and first uploaded e-ARC to Edelweiss are missing the equivalent of a page. The e-ARC was updated on March 6th to include the missing material.

This book contains tweets and blog posts with comments, and one of the comment sections was accidentally omitted during typesetting. These comments are important for both characterization and advancing the plot, and without them there will be multiple disconnects (Wait? What? When did th
Dallas didn’t survive. He’s dead. It’s like I have to keep replaying those words in order to believe them. I know the first stage of grief is denial, but I’ve always thought of that as an active thing, a violent refusal to accept reality. What I feel is just this passive shock, this numbness. Maybe it is just the medicine, like Dr. Chao said.

I knew this was a YA contemporary about the aftermath of an accident that took the life of seventeen year old Genevieve's boyfriend Dallas, who also happens
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
“Where does seeking justice end and seeking vengeance begin?”

I really enjoy books that offer a unique social commentary, especially when it’s relevant to modern times, so I jumped at the chance to read this book. It touches on cyber-bullying, the social media jury phenomenon, and more, as well as some ever-relevant morals, such as honesty and trust.

When Genevieve wakes up in a hospital, she’s told she’s been in a coma for a week – a coma caused by the car crash that killed her youtube se
Aj the Ravenous Reader
“It won’t be easy and there are no guarantees, but I’m going to try anyway.”

I have so much appreciation for the messages of the book and I thank Ms. Paula Stokes for bringing these issues to people’s attention. Online shaming and hate culture for many people have somehow become a way of life. It’s as if people are always waiting for people to make mistakes just so they could release their unreasonable wrath with their hate comments online. It’s honestly exhausting and it’s also the same re
Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“I’m sorry, honey. Dallas didn’t survive. He’s dead.”

This was a YA contemporary story about a girl involved in a fatal car accident.

Genevieve was quite a strong character, and I felt bad for her when she heard the news that Dallas was dead, and again when she realised her part in the accident. It was brave of her to do what she did in the aftermath though.

The storyline in this was about Geneviev
Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ❤️
Very engrossing and thought provoking!

Engrossing story about a couple in a car crash. The boy dies and the girl is in a coma for days with a head injury. The boy is an up and coming singer with many fans and the driver of the other car has alcohol on his breath and in his car and a DWI on his record. The girlfriend wakes from her coma remembering nothing about the accident, while on social media fans are bullying the other driver who also remembers nothing.

As the girl slowly starts to piece tog
Natalie Monroe
Have you heard of this Thai movie called Bad Genius? It's a heist/spy thriller film set in high school. A high school honor student, who's dirt-poor, helps students cheat on their exams for money. She gradually graduates to the big leagues—a transnational operation for Thai STIC applicants.

The shit they come up with is baller. Finger taps mimicking piano chord snippets to indicate multiple choice answers. Pencils with tailored barcodes showing answers. Erasers sporting scrawled answers dropped
I'm such a fan of Paula's words, I don't even read the synopsis anymore. I know I'll always be wowed by what she does. And this was no exception.

I really liked Genevieve. She's got a lot of things going on and dealing with a blank memory doesn't help, but she's stronger than she thinks. As things get revealed, it was easy to relate to how Gen reacted. Of course Elliott was adorable and I could have read a million pages of the two of them. Gen's dad is also fantastic. Supportive and positive par
alice (arctic books)
Trigger warning: mention of suicide attempt

I was excited to read THIS IS HOW IT HAPPENED because Paula’s books are always something I enjoy. I thought this book was going to be somewhat of a thriller/mystery based upon the death of Dallas, Genevieve’s boyfriend, but it was so much more than that.

THIS IS HOW IT HAPPENED follows the aftermath of a car accident involving Genevieve, Dallas, and Brad Freeman, the other driver who is viciously attacked and violently bullied online. It’s undeniable tha
Jen Ryland
Genevieve is driving her famous YouTube musician boyfriend home from a party. The next thing she knows, she's lying in the hospital, just out of a coma, and her boyfriend is dead. The internet is going crazy with speculation about the accident and anger at the other driver, who had previous DUIs. Genevieve can't remember anything about the accident, but as things come back, she starts to panic, and flees her hometown of St. Louis to visit her dad and stepmom in Southern Utah.

At first I wasn't su
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
4.5/5 stars

This is How it Happened is a standalone YA contemporary novel.

The narrator is 17 year old Genevieve Grace. Genevieve is in her last few weeks as a high school senior when she wakes up in the hospital.

Genevieve and her rock star boyfriend were in a car accident and she has no memory of it. The book is a bit of a mystery with Genevieve trying to figure out what happened.

The book starts with a newspaper clipping about the accident. Then it goes to her waking up. Then it goes to a party
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
It pains me to give such a low rating to this book, because - even though I did not enjoy the storyline and the main character as I should have - the message behind this book is incredibly powerful and important.

We live in a world where people hide behind their keyboards, throwing hate around like knifes. They cut deep into people's hearts and minds without giving their actions a second thought.

They are not held responsible for what they write and they think they are free to let it all out, so
Samantha (WLABB)
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, contemporary, arcs
Rating: 4.5 stars

I confess, I am a Paula Stokes fangirl. I have enjoyed many of her previous books, and have always admired her ability to genre jump and do it well. This time Stokes brings us a contemporary that takes on two important issues, one being online shaming, a topic which really resonated with me.

This book begins shortly after Genevieve's boyfriend is killed in a car accident. The police have a suspect, but not the full story, as Genevieve has no memory of the crash. Immediately peopl
Jaime Arkin
I can always count on Paula Stokes to write a socially relevant story that provides a message without being preachy and that’s what she does in This Is How It Happened.

Genevieve Grace wakes up from a coma with no memory of what happened in the car crash that killed her boyfriend Dallas. Dallas was an up and coming star who had just released his first album and having started his career on YouTube had a huge fan base. Genevieve knows a few minor details, she knows that there was another driver a
Nur Fatin Atiqah
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads

I have to confess, this is the first book after so many years that I hold myself from reading the ending. It's such an accomplishment that I did it! *pat myself at the back*

Anyway, straight to the review. This Is How It Happened (TIHIH) is the first YA book that I read in 2017 after so many years. It's refreshing to be able to read a simple and light writing, perfect for a perk me up. TIHIH is my first novel from Paula Stokes, and I can't say I'm already a fan, yet her style
nick (the infinite limits of love)

I’ve read quite a few books by Paula Stokes, but every time I pick up a new book by her, I’m surprised by just how versatile she is as an author. I went into This is How It Happened thinking it was an amnesia mystery/thriller book, but this wasn’t that at all. Sure the amnesia part is true, but it was more of thought-provoking contemporary novel that tackles some relevant and important topics.

The book opened up with an article discussing an accident that leaves Genevieve in a coma, and her famou
Marta :}
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marta by: Marie
Shelves: books-i-own, ya
Review to come ❤
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight


Oh, this is a lovely gem of a book. Thought provoking and quite full of life lessons, it ended up being an awesome read for me. It started a bit slow, but after awhile, I was definitely all in. So let's check out the good parts first, shall we?

An emotionally powerful yet flawed main character kept me invested. Genevieve was obviously sympathetic at the start of the book, because o
”Our “protective bubbles”—our houses, our cars, our friends, our online identities—might make us feel secure, but most of it’s just an illusion. It’s easy to get hurt, just like it’s easy to hurt other people.”

This is How it Happened by Paula Stokes was a fast-paced book that not only tells an interesting tale, but sheds light on an important topic that’s incredibly relevant in today’s world - the power of words and how social media isn’t as innocuous as many believe it to be.

Genevieve Grac
"I know a lot of people aren't going to understand, but I don't have to defend my feelings."

"Maybe you think you're just one person. What you do doesn't really matter. You can read a few tweets or blog posts and then publicly render your judgement of a total stranger. Who cares? You're just one tiny voice in a huge ocean. But the thing about tiny voices is that when they band together they can be incredibly loud. Uncomfortably loud. Sometimes that's a good thing--a strong thing. A group of voice
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
Meh. I thought I would like this a whole lot better than I did. I love the "I can't remember" trope-- and I love the books that deal with the tough issues. This had both, but ended up feeling very bland to me. Genevieve was NOT a memorable character. She talked in her head way too much, and her emotion level was frigid. I get what the author was going for here, but the execution was not page-turning and was not giving me the feels. ...more
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Four and a half stars: A brilliant and thought provoking story that takes on two powerful and important topics. A must read, conversation starter.

When Genevieve Grace wakes in the hospital, she has no memory of the accident that injured her and killed her boyfriend Dallas, an up and coming music star and YouTube sensation. Fans have taken to the internet memorializing Dallas and vilifying Brad Freeman, the man who supposedly drove drunk and hit Genevieve and Dallas. Social media explodes with v
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fresh contemporary seekers
4 stars out of 5

I would like to thank HarperCollins International for providing me with this ARC.

I have previously read P. Stokes “Liars INC.” and I very much enjoyed her writing as well as chatting with her as part of a book club at my local bookstore. With this in mind, I was excited to see that the ARC belonged to a familiar face.
This story brings forth the story of how relationships can fall apart and how they can come back together. Instead of focusing on the life of the typical rise to
Haniya Qamar
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This book revolves around Genevieve Grace, girlfriend of the famous YouTube sensation, Dallas. A car accident results in death of Dallas but Genevieve survives. Charges are placed against Brad Freeman, whose believed to have caused this accident. Genevieve gets social media anxiety and joins her father away from her hometown. There she changes her identity and tries to forget her past but ends up tangled badly in the whole mess of Dallas' ca
Paula Stokes has been on my auto-buy authors list for a while and books like this one is the reason why. Her ability to write characters that are easy to relate to, flawed and lovable, relationships that are sweet and believable, and plots that are addicting to read, is why she has become one of my auto-buy authors and when this book comes out in physical form, I will be buying it.

Gen was a character I found easy to relate to, not because I'd ever been in her situation, but because I could see m
Susan's Reviews
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is another exceptional, hard-hitting YA novel from Paula Stokes.

Internet shaming is the main focus of this very well-written story: Genevieve and her boyfriend Dallas are involved in a terrible car accident, and Dallas is killed. When Genevieve comes out of her coma, she can't remember any details of the accident. The driver of the other car involved in the accident is blamed for Dallas's death, and he is hounded and vilified by the press and internet shamers. To Genevieve's horror, her me
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

Anyone who follows social media has seen internet trolls and knows of the prevalence of commenters to pass judgment without facts. Readers fashion themselves as police, judge, jury and executioner, thumping their chests calling for blood from alleged criminals having found them guilty by accusation, facts be damned. Nobody wants to be on the wrong side of The Internet know-it-alls.

Genevieve Grace wakes from a coma to learn the car she was driving crashed into a drunk driver, ki
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
"I don' t think you can choose to believe in God. You either do or you don't, and no matter what camp you're in, it would take something life-changing to truly lead you into the other one." ...more
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, contemporaries
“Thanks for tonight,” I say. “And thanks for not asking.”
“About your mountain lion?”
“We’ve all got our mountain lions.”
This is probably my favorite moment of the book. Or at least one of them.
I really like Paula Stokes’s books. I’ve read (and loved) her three contemporaries so far and I love how unique each feel.
After Reading Girl Against The Universe I half expected This Is How It Happened to be about therapy too. But It’s not because that’s not what Genevieve needs. Though the book is t
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Paula Stokes for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair review!

Genevieve wakes up in the hospital and she can't remember what happened. She soon finds out she was involved in car crash and it killed her YouTube sensation boyfriend Dallas Kade. As time goes on she finds out that the other driver was supposedly drunk at the time of the crash. Then an all out war ensues on Twitter attacking the man.

Genevieve doesn't remember still, but she can't help but feel bad for him. Soo
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Paula Stokes is half writer, half RN, and totally thrilled to be part of the world of YA literature. She started out writing historical fiction under a pen name and is now branching out into other YA genres.

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