Monday, July 13, 2015

Review- Happenstance 3 by Jamie McGuire

Goodreads Summary:

Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it all. 

Now that Erin has learned the truth about the girls who tortured her, and about the boy she loves, she finds her time before graduation dwindling at an alarming and exciting pace. What used to be summer break was now a countdown to her final days in Blackwell. Her parents, Sam and Julianne struggle with the fear that just when they’ve found Erin, they must let her go, and the tension is higher than it’s been since Erin discovered who she really was. 

Finally with the girl he’s loved since childhood, Weston grows more desperate as the summer days pass. He and Erin will go to separate colleges. His biggest fear is that this means they’ll go their separate ways. Plagued with making the best of the time he has left with Erin, and finding a way to make it last, Weston finds himself in a different state of mind hourly. He is just beginning to realize that hope is like quicksand. The harder Weston struggles, the faster Erin sinks.


I have sincerely followed the Happenstance novella series, and each book has been pretty enjoyable. For really short Young Adult romance reads, that is exactly what you expect. On top of that, author Jamie McGuire, as all of her regular fan following already knows, tells really good stories. Happenstance 3 wasn't any different, but I didn't like it all that much, especially compared to the first novella in the series, which for me, was the best. The second one was good, but not that good. The third and final one was the same. I find that it was only in the first novella of the series that something actually happened, the remaining two were just an extension to an happily ever after that was going to happen in any case. 

Jamie McGuire has a knack for portraying independent, smart and genuinely nice female leads. Maybe that is the reason why her male leads sometimes seem as dickheads. I've said this before and I'll say it again, Erin was a really good protagonist and a good person as well since the beginning. We've seen a lot of changes happen in her life, but she remained herself throughout. Weston, on the other hand, wasn't as great as he first seemed to be. I started becoming less of a fan of his from the second novella, and in the third one, he was very dramatic and too possessive, especially for someone his age who has his entire life ahead of him. The whole family issue and presence made the story really sweet and warm and I appreciated that. 

I will end by saying that the Happenstance novella series has been enjoyable. I do not dislike the series or anything, but it's just that I know it could have been better. Nonetheless, as always, Jamie McGuire doesn't fail to give readers something to get lost in for the moment, and enjoy it. I highly recommend this series for those days when you're in the mood to read, but can't really pick something to read or even when you're experiencing the ever dreadful reading slump. Pick this series up. It'll make you cry sometimes but smile throughout. 



  1. Ah yes, I find that that is often the way with novellas - they don't really add anything new or special to the story. But I do like the sound of the first novella you mention! I would hope that that is how all novellas should be done.

  2. I've only read her Beautiful Disaster series, but I'll have to check this out. Thanks for sharing. Novellas often are disappointing.


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