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The Accidentals

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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 w
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Tuxbury Publishing LLC
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4 stars!!!

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There are a few authors who I will read any book they write. Sarina Bowen is one of those authors for me. The Accidentals was different than many of the other books of hers I have read, but I loved it all the same. 

Rachel grew up with a single mother who was a nurse. All she knew about her father is what she read in magazines such as Spin. You see, Rachel's father is a famous rock star who she's never met. When her mother dies of cancer when Rachel is 17, that all changes. Freddy Ric
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Contentment: (n.) A feeling of quiet happiness and satisfaction.

The key word is quiet. It’s not the happiness that makes you scream until your lungs combust or tremble with the pent-up energy that has to be diffused by running and sharing this joy with the world. It’s the type of happiness that resembles those moments when you bask in the sun; listen to the melody of a violin; feel the wind rustle your hair. That’s the warm feeling that blossomed in my chest while I was reading The Accidentals.
Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favs
Going into this book, I thought Sarina Bowen, hell yes, of course I am reading this even though I've struggled with Young Adult before, its Sarina Bowen for goodness sakes. So afterwards, I can honestly say this book is exactly what I needed, HELL YES, probably one of the most easiest books I have read this year! It’s emotional, it’s sweet, it captures you from the start and keeps you locked tight throughout. I absolutely loved this book, hands down one you need to pick up and read.

This book ta
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth


OK OK. Hold the press..I have an announcement to make: This is one of the best books I've read this year. Leave it to Sarina Bowen to shatter my heart and put it back together, piece by piece. This book will stay with me for a very long time and I think it's my most favorite by this author so far. The Accidentals is not your usual YA romance. It introduces us to a set of characters who sneak into your heart. You will fall in love with them despite their flaws and past m
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MY REVIEW can also be found on my blog:

THE ACCIDENTALS: Is a full length, by Sarina Bowen her first YA fiction debut novel. About Love, Loss and New Adventures.

An accidental is a note in the piece that departs from the stated key signature. But there's nothing accidental about an accidental, in spite of it's name. The use of accidentals ads colour and depth to the music effectively allowing the composure a expanded colour palate from which to paint.

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<3 5 amazing stars <3

This is by far my favorite book from Sarina!! I loved everything about it! I devour it, I couldn’t put it down! It was addictive and the story was refreshing.I was hooked from the beginning and I didn't want to finish this story because it was simply amazing!


Such a unique,beautiful,emotional and sweet story.Rachel was a fantastic heroine and I easily connected with her, I was so into the story that I was feeling like I was a part of it!I loved the plot so much and the
Stacey is Sassy
***IT'S ALIVE!!!***

I’d be happy if this book went on forever…

It’s been a bloody long time since I’ve freaked out to look at the bottom of my Kindle and see 4 minutes – 99% left in my book. I really didn’t want this story to end. I was even kind of hoping that Sarina left us a little message hinting at a The Accidentals #2. I’m slightly overwhelmed, emotionally exhausted and so giddily happy that I practically ran to my study to start my review.

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It's not usually a good thing when I say that a story pulls readers in two different directions. Typically that would be followed by me saying the story didn't have a clear direction and that it was confusing. But I'm going to say it about The Accidentals and actually mean it in a good way. Because a huge part of this book was focused on the heroine navigating her new life with a father she's only just meeting at seventeen, well really it was pretty much the main th
Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
I am proudly sporting dark smudges and Samsonite bags under my eyes. They are the battle scars of a reader who was compelled to pull an all-nighter to read The Accidentals in one sitting. I have long been a fan of Sarina Bowen’s writing, but I think this is her best work yet. It is her first Young Adult novel and she nails it! The story is breathtakingly haunting in the most wonderful way. Even my feels have feels, and I don’t know what to do with them all!

I don’t read a lot of Young Adult books
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3.75 stars!

I ended up really enjoying this book! I get apprehensive when authors known for romance decide to tackle the YA genre, because 9 times out of 10 they write a romance novel and just make the characters in their teens. I was very much impressed that Sarina Bowen gave us a true young adult novel and she did an excellent job. In fact, I would hesitate to even label this book as a romance. Yes there is a romantic storyline in it, but that’s not the true focus of the book.

The Accidental
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it

Title: The Accidentals
Series: Standalone
Author: Sarina Bowen
Release date: July 10, 2018
Cliffhanger: No
HEA(view spoiler)

I'm a big YA fan, so I was thrilled when I heard that Sarina Bowen was venturing into one of my favorite genres. She's one of my auto-read/auto-buy authors in contemporary romance, and has been for some time. What I especially loved about this book was that she really went outside of her norm by placing the father daughter relationship at the forefront of th
I am on a roll.

I'm not bothering with a review because I spent the entire day live-texting/ranting about this to a buddy (sorry Rebecca, ps please read her review, it says everything I would've said, but in a much nicer way) and that's already more time than I care to dwell on this one. I really enjoy this author but this was a total, frustrating, painful, fail for me. But everyone else loved it so what do I know.
Natasha is a Book Junkie
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Our relationship is like an experiment gone awry. Maybe my father and I will never be able to hear each other properly, because so much of our beginning was spliced off and thrown away.”

Regardless of the genre she chooses to tackle, Sarina Bowen’s superb storytelling prowess never fails to enthral, so it’s no surprise that her Young Adult debut would be something truly special. A perceptive coming-of-age tale that explores the complex entanglements of family, love, and identity on the verge
Jennifer Kyle
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars!
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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This was such a good story! I was really excited to see how Sarina Bowen would do with a Young Adult novel. Honestly, she blew me away with this story. Once I started reading this one, I didn't want to stop. I needed to know how things would work out for Rachel. I was hanging onto every word and felt like I knew this group of characters. This was one of those books that was just a joy to read.

Rachel goes through so much over the cour
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
4 « bittersweet »stars for the story and 5 stars for the cover.


« An accidental is a note in the piece that departs from the stated key signature. But there’s nothing accidental about an accidental, in spite of its name. The use of accidentals adds colors and depth to the music, effectively allowing the composer an expanded color palate from which to paint.”


Ok did you understand it?

Good! Maybe you are a musician.

Me, not so much but how cool does it sound right?


Joke aside The Accidentals was
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing

★5  STARS★

The Accidentals is the emotionally poignant story of seventeen year old Rachel Kress, and the upheaval of her life after her mothers tragic passing. 

Although her father has been absent throughout her life, she’s never been in any doubt of who he is. The “he" in question is grammy nominated and multi award winning rock star, Freddy Ricks. His musical presence has been the soundtrack to her childhood, but the reality of his enigma and physical presence strike notes of discord between w
Talia (Red Hot Ink)
This book was a toough one. I got into it blind, since I love the author, but with a general idea of what the YA genre implied. I was expecting a cute coming of age story, but this book was way heavier than that. I am not saying it in a negative way. I liked how this book played my heart strings. It was intense, and Bowen did a great job letting the characters' actions speak louder than internal monologues ever could. That being said, I did found this novel a bit too disproportioned towards sedn ...more
Quinn's Quippy Quotes
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favorites, own, paperback
Usually when I review an ARC, I take my time doing it. I review all my highlights, go over the multiple pages of notes, then I sit down the next day to write my review.

Not with this book.

This review is going to be a cathartic act for me. Because I have so much emotion inside me right now, and I'm dying to let them free.

Sarina Bowen is a top favorite author of mine. She does gut punch like nobody's business, but when I found out that she was going to write a YA novel? OMG. I couldn't wait.

Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: July 10, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Coming of Age (Musicians)
Actual Rating: 3 stars

Unpopular Opinion Alert: I liked this book but I didn't love it. It's hard for me to describe exactly why so I am just going to say that I wasn't in the mood for it.

The Accidentals is Sarina Bowen's first YA romance novel and I certainly praise her for her amazing storytelling ability. She writes perfection and in most cases, I fall deep in love with her characters and novels. Unfortunately, this
*The Angry Reader*
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, ya-na
***ARC received for an honest review***

”Music has always been my drug of choice.”

We all know Sarina Bowen is my drug of choice. And that I’m a total bitch about YA books. Common sense would dictate that maybe I hesitate when I hear SB has written her first YA. What if I hate it? What if it ruins (the completely one-sided) love affair we’ve got goin on? When you put your heart out there it can get stomped.

But I’m glad I took this risk. I went in with questions. How much angst? How much steam? Wa

I adore Bowen, and it makes me sad to report this is my least favorite work she's written. Rachel was immature, and while I didn't dislike her per se, she never truly won me over. Frederick was so unlikeable, and I could never warm to him despite his reasonings. I adored Jake and Aurora and they were the main forces that had me continuing with the book. Even with the character drama, the main issue was the choppiness of the plot. There were numerous random events occurring that were men
~ Stéphanie ~ Tied up in Romance ~
Sarina Bowen’s first YA novel left me on a high note! Throughout the story, Rachel, a shy eighteen years young woman grew on me. Her life has drastically changed when her mother died. Never knowing her famous rockstar dad is her tragedy. Alone and with no one left, Frederic finally does the right thing by taking care of her daughter.

I’m not a YA reader but for Sarina I was willing to try because I lover her writing, how she put her story together and how she gives us incredible characters. The
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it

“Have you found what you were looking for here?”
Have I? I still don’t know…”I’m working on it,” I say.

The Accidentals is a wonderfully emotional YA from Sarina Bowen, one of our much-loved Authors. A coming of age story where a seventeen year old girl is facing a tragedy whilst at the same time having to face a confusing and much-needed confrontation with the past thereby exposing vulnerability and her childlike need for love and acceptance. We loved the family dynamics of this story and how t
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure where to start with this book. There were so many facets to it, and so much to admire. First of all, I enjoy Sarina Bowens' other books. She has a way of roping in a reader on page one and keeping you tied up until the last page. Both nuanced and immersive, her contemporary YA debut sparkles just as brightly.

The Accidentals begins with Rachel, a teen who has just lost her mother, and without family to take her, she's put in the custody of her biological father, a famous rocker who s
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

This story follows the common themes in the Young Adult genre, discovering one's self, taking chances and finding a path for the future. Within those themes is the more emotional theme of finding love and acceptance from the man who ignored the heroine for seventeen years, yes 17.

Rachel Kress grew up raised by a single parent, all the while knowing her Dad was living the good life as a popular rock star. And despite never meeting the man, still looked up to Frederick Richards, aka Fred
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Edited 8/12/18
Audiobook Review

Overall 5 stars
Performance 4 stars
Story 5 stars

Even though I read the ebook, listening to the story made the emotions and moments so much more powerful in The Accidentals. This is the first title I have listened to narrated by Kate Rudd, but I really enjoyed it. She performed male and female voices very well and was able to switch seamlessly between youthful teenagers and adults. My favorite voice was definitely Rachel's roommate, Aurora. I did find the pacing of he
Janine Ballard
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-releases
4.2 stars

It’s the summer before senior year and seventeen-year-old Rachel Kress should be concentrating on grades, friends, and having fun. Instead, Rachel is grieving for her mom.

Rachel’s mother never spoke of her father at all. Rachel was in third grade when she realized that the man who sent the child support checks must be Frederick Richards, aka Freddy Ricks, whose songs caused her mom to turn off the radio. Rachel has long been her father’s fan, but she’s never been his daughter before.

Bookgasms Book Blog
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shelly
Oof. This book packed a punch, and not exactly in the way I expected it to.

If you're familiar with Sarina Bowen's writing, you'll be happy to know that the compelling storytelling and engaging writing style is present here. The Accidentals was an easy book to fall into, and it kept me hooked throughout its entirety. What's a little different here is that, while there is a romance in this story, it's not the main focus. The real star of the show is the relationship between Rachel and Frederick,
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was lovely and achy, and basically everything I want in contemporary YA. I sort of hope this ends up being more than a standalone, because there's stuff I still want to see--(view spoiler)--but if this is where it ends, I'm not at all mad.

Wonderful girl, swoony boy, good fr
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Sarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of many things, including: the True North series, Him/Us and the WAGs series with Elle Kennedy, The Ivy Years series and the Brooklyn Bruisers. And more!
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“He strums his guitar while he speaks, looking out over the crowd. They’re quiet, listening. “I don’t know if you know this about me,” he says. “But I have a beautiful daughter. Her name is Rachel, and she’s the bravest person I know.” I gasp. “Oh!” Aurora says, taking my hand. Jake squeezes my other one. “She is, naturally, a genius,” he says, and the crowd laughs. “Recently she said something so clever and true that I couldn’t let it go. So I wrote this song for her. I’m going to call it ‘Double Negative.’ It’s a song that asks for her patience. I figure by the time she turns thirty I might figure out this fatherhood thing.” He closes his eyes and begins slapping out a bluesy rhythm line on his guitar. I can’t not love you, And I can’t not care I won’t take no for an answer, And I won’t bow to despair. I don’t stop hoping, But I won’t forget to say That you’re not wrong in anger, And I can’t wish that away. You don’t believe that I am true It took far too long for me to come through. But I am your double negative Where everything wrong turns right. You might say that I am trite But don’t fight me, girl, on this tonight. I am your double negative Where everything wrong turns right.” 1 likes
“Since my mother entered the hospital three weeks ago, every minute of every day demands two dollars for four quarters.” 0 likes
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