When It Happens by Susane Colasanti

August 19, 2008

Title: When It Happens

Author: Susane Colasanti

Rating: ★★★★ ½

Number of Pages: 310

Edition: Paperback

Summary: Seniors Tobey and Sara have different goals. Tobey, a known slacker, wants to become famous for his music with his band. Sara, smart and pretty, wants to get into her first-choice college: NYU. Tobey and Sara both have great friends: Mike and Josh, and Laila and Maggie, respectively. But that’s definitely not all they have in common. They are both looking for “something real” in the love department. Sara wants Dave, whom she has been waiting to call her all summer. Dave, popular and gorgeous, seems very interested in her. Tobey, on the other hand, has had his eyes on Sara for a while and will do anything to make her understand they are meant to be. Over time, everything falls into place for Tobey and Sara. And it’s definitely “something real”.


My Review (spoiler-free): Ah, this is such an outstanding book. I love love stories like this. This is a real love story (not like Twilight, in my opinion…). I love how it’s told in alternating points of view (Sara and Tobey’s). Susane Colasanti writes very well, I totally could connect with the characters’s problems and insecurities. It’s like she’s one of us. It’s amazing. I do have some tiny complaints (I did not rate it five stars as you can see): sometimes I got lost while there was dialogue between Mike, Josh, and Tobey or Maggie, Laila, and Sara. It’s like I didn’t know who was saying what. Also, Maggie and Laila were hard to differentiate (even though it should have been easy) because they talk alike. I love Tobey for Sara. He’s cute, witty, musical, and laid-back. Sara is very much like me and I liked her as a character. I laughed a lot of times while reading. This book is not all happy-feeling. There are parts where it wasn’t all lovey-dovey and serious matters were faced. I hardly read books where the characters are 18-ish. I definitely want to read more. When I finished, I wanted more. In the end, I loved loved loved this book. You should most definitely pick this one up; I promise it won’t disappoint.


My Thoughts (read this if you’ve read the book, it contains spoilers): Yay, spoilers! I thought Dave was such a bleep. He was trying to sleep with Sara… it was so annoying! And he’s a virgin; it was hilarious. What he did while Tobey was playing Battle of the Bands was irritating as well. He’s just mad Sara left him for a better guy like Tobey. I feel bad for Sara and her relationship with her mom. I also feel bad about Maggie and what happened with her parents. I understand why Sara got mad about Cynthia being Tobey’s first time and it was so adorable how he got her back by doing the boom box scene! It was so wow how they had literally everything in common. They were so meant to be. I wonder what happens to them after the book, when they go to college. I want to read Susane Colasanti’s other book,Take Me There.


Sorry it’s a little late… I finished it before last night but couldn’t get on because Tropical Storm Fay kicked off my internet.

Have something to say about the book? Comment below :). Remember to advise if your comment contains spoilers!


  1. This sounds like a cute book!

  2. Oh I’ve been wanting to read her book for awhile right now! I love books when they are told in alternative P.O.V.

    I haven’t read any of her books yet but I know what you mean about how sometimes it’s hard to distinguish what each characters are saying. I hate whenever that happens. lol


    Thanks for the comment on my review! I know I haven’t posted up a review for a while. (It’s only gonna get worse when school starts = [ )

  3. I definitely want to read this one! 🙂

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