Happenstance: A Novella Series
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#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.
A heartfelt novella
Happenstance is a gorgeous little gem that I devoured in under an hour. I've been anticipating this novella for months and I wasn't disappointed.
Erin Easter is one of three Erins in the town of Blackwell, Oklahoma. The other two are BFFs and basically the mean girls of the school. Our Erin is poor and bullied, but overwhelmingly strong.
Weston Gates is the man. A God. He's the guy you pine for in school. Those traits should make him the typical despicable jock, but he proves himself to be exactly the opposite of what everyone sees.
If you've ever been picked on in life, you'll fully relate to this story. I don't just mean in the insults, but also the feelings the hate procures inside of you. There were many times my heart ached for this outcast of a girl. People can be cruel for no reason and this is depicted well here. But as much as you'll pity her, you'll also recognize she's better than the entitled children and deserves success outside of small town politics. Erin Easter shines like a bright beacon in the small, dark town and there are a few people who notice. Weston is one and oh my! As I mentioned above, he's THE GUY at school. The downside is he's the boyfriend of Erin A, Alder, who's the queen of mean. Something shifts in him and he joins team Easter. That alone is enough to win me over, but then he has some swoonworthy lines and you will fall. Hard. These two are a team when an event rocks the town and causes an avalanche of crazy. It is a bit shocking, and I admit that I wasn't at all saddened by what occurred. It emitted a sense of relief inside me.
As is always the case when Ms. McGuire tells a story, I was ENTHRALLED from page one. Happenstance flows beautifully from beginning to end and I felt everything from happiness to sadness and all emotions in between. Anger probably owns the top spot, alongside a smidge of jealousy. The plot will keep you reading and the good Erin will have you rooting for her in no time.
Erin Easter is the awkward, unappreciated duckling who is slowly transitioning into a beautiful, inspiring swan. Weston Gates is the boy who's known since kindergarten. Happenstance is their beginning and I can't wait to see what else Jamie has in store for them!
Another 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Awesome Book by the Awesome Jamie McGuire!!!!
Jamie McGuire has done it again, beautiful story, can't wait for the rest of the books!!!! #HappyDanceForHappenstance #MacPack ❤️
This book was so touching! It pulled at my heart strings the way Easter was tormented by the mean girls. And her upbringing without support. But, through unfortunate tragedy Easter's story changes, and happiness is thinkable.
I was completely submerged in this Novella! Knowing there are three more Novellas to this series, I knew more was to come. And I can't wait!