REVIEW: SARINA BOWEN ✭ THE ACCIDENTALS

REVIEW: SARINA BOWEN ✭ THE ACCIDENTALSThe Accidentals by Sarina Bowen
on July 10th 2018
Genres: Music
Format: eARC
Source: Nina Bocci
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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 was her only secret. I was wrong.

When she dies, he finally appears. Suddenly I have a first class ticket into my father’s exclusive world. A world I don’t want any part of – not at this cost.
Only three things keep me going: my a cappella singing group, a swoony blue-eyed boy named Jake, and the burning questions in my soul. There’s a secret shame that comes from being an unwanted child. It drags me down, and puts distance between me and the boy I love.

My father is the only one alive who knows my history. I need the truth, even if it scares me.

THE ACCIDENTALS

by Sarina Bowen

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 mistakes.

Rachel’s life changes over night when her mother passes away and her famous father enters her life. For seventeen years she has been longing for her dad to be a part of her life, now that her secret dream has come true she doesn’t know what to do with it. There are so many questions she wants to know the answer to but the biggest and most complicated of all, “why did you never want to meet me?” she doesn’t dare to ask. What’s more, she has to deal with her grief, the loneliness she feels after her mom passed away transfers from the pages right into your heart. I hurt for this young girl who didn’t have a lot of people she could turn to.

This story isn’t so much about the romance between a lovable boy called Jake and good girl Rachel but her relationship with her dad and I have to say it was my most favorite thing about it.  While the blossoming love was heartwarming and sweet the complicated ties to her father completely captivated and entangled me. Both Rachel and Frederick avoid conflict at all cost out of fear. Rachel because she’s scared of the truths she will learn, Frederick out of embarrassment. Rachel also shows some passive-aggressive behavior towards her dad which is par for the course for a seventeen year old girl who is still trying to find out who she is and most of all where she comes from.

My whole life I’d been trying to understand my missing father. And the whole time I hadn’t had the first clue about my mom.

She held on to her anger tightly and there was also this life-long guilt, inadvertently nourished by her mother, that she messed up her mom’s live.

I was totally immersed in their growing love for each other and while they got to know each other the facts Rachel knew as truth began to blur, now learning the other side of her parents’s story. Frederick was first and foremost a friend for Rachel, his paternal side started to show a little later and I thought it was in line with his character – he had been living the celebrity life and had no clue about raising a child. Granted, it took him a while until he figured out how to be a good parent but it was obvious right from the start that Frederick wanted his daughter in his life. He wanted to know her, to give her his time and ultimately his advice. And he also gave her the unconditional love only parents can give, he just needed to make Rachel understand it.

“I hear you tossed your cookies.”
I turn my face away. The mattress wiggles as he lies down on the bed next to me. One hand skims over my hair. 
“Rachel, I love you anyway.”

When I finally found out about his reasons for not being a part of Rachel’s life I was all the way there along with Rachel’s righteous anger but like Rachel I forgave him because he didn’t make excuses for himself. His unapologetic honesty was what I loved most about Frederick.

Now Jake was the best. He was a wonderful counterpart and an anchor for Rachel. Somebody she could rely on 100 percent. I know that Sarina Bowen’s heroes are always awesome but she hits me right in the feels with them every single time. And have I mentioned that he is a nerd? Yes! Totally my kind of guy.

He smiles, and it’s such a nice smile that I wish I could just climb inside it and live there.

This year in books has already been AMAZING. I keep adding to my favorites shelf and you bet that The Accidentals will go there. Ms. Bowen is one of those authors I can never go wrong with. Her characters are always relatable and lovable. She delivers every single time but I think with her Young Adult debut she has outdone herself. I adored Rachel, Frederick and Jake. I laughed, I cried a little, I felt and rooted for all of them and was hoping for things to work out. And this, people, is what I expect from a good book.

About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen is the RITA® Award winning author of over two dozen contemporary and LGTB romance novels. She most recently hit the USA Today bestseller's list in February, with Brooklynaire. Formerly a derivatives trader on Wall Street, Sarina holds a BA in economics from Yale University.

Sarina Bowen is a New Englander whose Vermont ancestors cut timber and farmed the north country since the 1760s. Sarina is grateful for the invention of indoor plumbing and wi-fi during the intervening 250 years. On a few wooded acres, she lives with her husband, two boys, and an ungodly amount of ski and hockey gear.

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