Published by Harlequin Teen on June 26th 2018
Source: Netgalley, Harlequin Teen
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Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died. Her parents try to lock her down, believing they can keep her safe by monitoring her every move. When Beth sneaks out to a party one night and meets the new guy in town, Chase, she’s thrilled to make a secret friend. It seems a small thing, just for her.
Only Beth doesn’t know how big her secret really is…
Fresh out of juvie and determined to start his life over, Chase has demons to face and much to atone for, including his part in the night Beth’s sister died. Beth, who has more reason than anyone to despise him, is willing to give him a second chance. A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for senior year, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings get.
Now Beth has a choice to make—follow the rules, or risk tearing everything apart…again.
ONE SMALL THING
by Erin Watt
Something the author duo that is Erin Watt is doing very well is write addictive, angsty stories that keep you invested even if you want to scream in frustration. In One Small Thing it wasn’t any different. I wanted to slap the whole cast of secondary characters – all of them without exception did awful things and behaved like lunatics.
I saw a lot of readers complain about Beth’s childish behavior and yet she was actually the only one behaving like a seventeen year old. She rebelled against her parents who took protection to epic albeit insane proportion. Honestly, the things they made her put up with would have many girls on the verge of adulthood acting out. Did she make stupid decisions? Hell yes, but given the golden cage she lived in I was surprised she never totally screwed up. I also thought there was a lot of growth throughout the story – she admitted to making mistakes and tried to fix them. Also, she listened and while she not always acted the way I wanted her to it was understandable as well.
Chase was a beautiful character. Guilt-ridden but good to the chore. He was good and wise beyond his young age. That’s what his single big mistake left him with. His remorse was so hard to watch, him being bullied at school for his big f*ck up was so incredibly maddening. I wanted to hug him close.
On the surface, Chase is hard— all muscles, tough sinew and bone. But underneath, he has a tender heart. It aches for us. What he wants and what I want are at odds with what we should be wanting.
As mentioned all the secondary characters were jerks to a certain degree and they left me shouting at my Kindle. Which I did pretty much all the time because I didn’t get much reprieve. If it weren’t Beth’s parents making her life impossibly hard it was her best friend or her sister’s boyfriend.
I actually loved how Erin Watt showed us how cruel teenagers can be and how they rally to descend like a pack of wolves on an innocent victim because, dammit, nobody deserves being treated like this. To remind the reader to speak up when they witness bullying was well placed. One thing that I missed a bit was a real romance. While I understood Chase and Beth’s connection I didn’t get to see much of them as a couple – maybe this was intentional though as to not distract from the story which focused a lot on the heroine and was also only written in her point of view.
One Small Thing might not compare to the quality of The Royals but it’s still entertaining to read. Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick definitely make a very talented duo who I’ll come back to to read more of. There are a lot of lessons to be learned in this book and I’ll wrap this review up with one of my favorite quotes:
I focus on what I can control, and what I have to live for. Because there’s always something to live for. Something to be thankful for. Something to look forward to. That’s the biggest lesson I learned from Chase.