Release Day Launch and Giveaway: Happenstance by Jamie McGuire
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Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Jamie McGuire LLC (May 9, 2014)
Print Length: 100 pages
#1 New York Times Bestseller Jamie McGuire returns to self-publishing with this page-turning YA account of Erin Easter, one of three Erins in the small senior class of rural Blackwell High School who not only share a first name, but also their birthday. Easter, raised by a neglectful single mom, keeps to herself and admires Weston Gates from afar. The other Erins, Erin “Alder” Alderman and Erin “Sonny” Masterson are the darlings of the community: daughters of the two wealthiest families in town, best friends, cheerleaders, and everything Easter isn’t–and they never let her forget it. Alder has even claimed Weston since the 8th grade.
Weston is a well-liked star athlete, and the son of two prominent attorneys. He struggles daily with the pressures of living up to his family name and secretly empathizes with Easter’s feeling that she belongs somewhere else; in a different life. Not until he begins sneaking nights out with Easter does he gain the courage to buck expectations and acknowledge his feelings … both for his future, and for her.
A shocking tragedy rocks the tiny town, and Easter’s life is turned upside down in the best way possible. But when the truth is revealed and everything she thinks she wanted falls into her lap, life only becomes more complicated.
Christine’s 4.5 STAR Review!!!
Jamie McGuire has done it again with a look inside a very relevant and important topic in today’s youth and really society as a whole. Jamie has taken something that occurs on a daily basis and has brought it to another level making us aware of the impacts of bullying in our world. This is a YA gem that shows us how relentless bullying, social encounters and peer pressure can affect those around us.
I loved Erin Easter from the start. She has had such a tough life growing up with no parental figure to love her and watch over her. This coupled with the constant bullying from the “Erins” and their friends really broke my heart and I wanted to fight for this girl. Throughout my read, I admired her strength to persevere and fight for her freedom for another day. Being a mother of three, I hope that my children can stand up to people who just want to shove them down….reading these situations was honestly tough for me because my mother instincts were kicking in and I wanted to help this poor girl.
Weston Gates is one of the popular kids in school and one of the Erin’s boyfriends. He seemed so different from the other kids in school despite his popularity and I enjoyed watching the relationship between him and Erin Easter grow. Though I did feel that he should have protected Erin from the start from the relentless and constant bullying, I also understand that being in that situation sometimes its easier said than done.
Though this is a short novella, a lot happens (that I will not reveal) that totally blew my mind…and I kept asking myself that despite the tragic circumstances was it wrong to feel happiness for Erin Easter’s complete 360 change in her life? I couldn’t help but feel somewhat guilty that yes I was indeed happy..and yes I am being purposely vague as you should read this and experience these feelings yourself…
Happenstance will make you feel a range of emotions with its powerful messages. This story is about the power of coincidence and how in life, hope can come from unimaginable circumstances. I applaud Jamie for addressing such an important topic..this is one that will definitely stay with you.
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New York Times best selling author Jamie McGuire has penned the Providence series and contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband and three children. She is an RT(R), a graduate of Autry and Oklahoma Northern College, and a full time writer.