It Happens All the Time
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“Bravely sheds light on sexual assault and consent. In alternating perspectives friends Tyler and Amber recount an alcohol-fueled night that changed the course of their lives.” –Us Weekly
From master storyteller Amy Hatvany—whose writing has been hailed as “gripping and emotionally honest” (Stephanie Evanovich, New York Times betselling author)—comes a provocative and compelling novel about two friends whose lives are changed by a drunken kiss.
I want to rewind the clock, take back the night when the world shattered. I want to erase everything that went wrong.
Amber Bryant and Tyler Hicks have been best friends since they were teenagers—trusting and depending on each other through some of the darkest periods of their young lives. And while Amber has always felt that their relationship is strictly platonic, Tyler has long harbored the secret desire that they might one day become more than friends.
Returning home for the summer after her college graduation, Amber begins spending more time with Tyler than she has in years. Despite the fact that Amber is engaged to her college sweetheart, a flirtation begins to grow between them. One night, fueled by alcohol and concerns about whether she’s getting married too young, Amber kisses Tyler.
What happens next will change them forever.
In alternating points of view, It Happens All the Time examines the complexity of sexual dynamics between men and women and offers an incisive exploration of gender roles, expectations, and the ever-timely issue of consent.
From Publishers Weekly
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Heartbreaking and thought provoking
Oh man this was a tough one. It is definitely sensitive subject matter but it is so relevant today. And it was done really, really well. I loved the dual povs. That definitely made the story. The characters were flawed and complex and I understood where they were coming from...which made this even more difficult to read. There were times I had to put it down. I wanted to cringe and close my eyes and stop them from doing what they were going to do or thinking what they were thinking. I hurt for them. This is definitely the type of book that would (and should) start conversations. 4.5 stars.
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