After weeks of not active in this blog due to hectic schedule, I am now back with my review for One Small Thing by Erin Watt.
This one is way long overdue because I was planning to post this last week but because so many things happening around me, I failed.
Thank you Nina Bocci for providing me an advanced digital copy of this book thru NetGalley, you are such an angel! (Note: This does not affect my opinion on the book)
Title: One Small Thing
Author: Erin Watt
Format: Digital ARC
Published: June 26, 2018 by Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Reading Period: June 22 – 24, 2018
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.
Erin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share one creative imagination. Their greatest love (after their families and pets, of course)? Coming up with fun–and sometimes crazy–ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up.
One Small Thing is about family relationship, friendship and romantic relationship.
Beth is trap in her parents strictness and decisions. Her future depends on her parents decisions. It started when her sister, , died in a car accident. She met Chase in a party and instantly got attracted. She found that Chase was responsible for her sister’s death and she completely understand it. Chase, on the other, got out of the juvie after he got involved in a car accident that killed Beth’s sister. He is in guilt and even though attracted to Beth, he couldn’t risk a possible relationship.
Beth’s parents strictness is similar to Filipinos. They always want to dictate and control their daughter’s future. Some feels that it is suffocating and they rebel, just like what Beth did. Honestly, I can’t blame Beth if she rebels because she feels that she don’t have any power over herself. Funny how her father removes the “door” of her room as part of her punishment. However, I can’t also blame her parents strictness because they do not want to lose her, they are just protecting her. But at some point, they are being irrational and close minded, especially her father. Further, at some point, Beth is kind of annoying because she keeps on thinking about their (she and Chase) one night stand every time she sees Chase. I don’t know if it lust or love anymore.
Moreover, everyone around Beth is being an idiot. YES, even her beat friend Scarlett and especially her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Jeff. Jeff is insensitive, arrogant, conceited jerk who is too full of himself. Surprisingly, Scarlett as a best friend does not act as a best friend. She believed Jeff more than she believed Beth. It came to a point that I hate Scarlett for doing that. Well, there’s a part where Beth think that Scarlett is just blind by love and I couldn’t agree more. Love really blinds people.
On the hand, Chase is described as likable and lovable character here. A bad bot with imperfections but perfect in Beth’s eyes. Who wouldn’t fall for Chase if he always look for other’s feeling before he prioritize his. I love how he talks and comforts Beth when she needed it. Aside from that, I like it how Beth’s and her parents grow and mature in the story. The last turn of event really surprise me and if it didn’t happen, Beth’s parents won’t forgive and realize important things.
The character the development is good as well as the plot. Although some parts are predictable but bearable. I enjoyed reading this one. It’s a page-turner for me and the writing style is commendable. It’s not hard to read and it is in good pace.
One Small Things sends positivity. There are so many things to ponder after reading this book. Highly recommend this one for those who enjoys reading contemporary, and somewhat “forbidden” love.
P. S. The book mentions One Direction and it really flutters my heart. It made me miss them so much. Read the book with 1D’s song in the background.
“I’d rather laugh than cry,”
“But it didn’t take very long for the glow to fade. For the thrill of doing something new and exciting and rebellious to be replaced with bonedeep shame.”
“Everything overseas was foreign and different, but Darling is the same. That’s why we always want to come home, yeah.”
“Yes, they have loads more money, but money isn’t what makes a person valuable.”
“But the only way to move forward is to put it behind us.”
“By thinking about tomorrow. Each day that passed was one day closer to my release. No cage is forever, Beth. I tried to find one small thing that I could be grateful for each day, like the extra ten minutes of free time outside or a work release picking up trash or ice cream for dessert. That’s how I kept my sanity—I focused on one good thing instead of all the fucked-up stuff.”
“You teach people how to treat you.”
“Stop focusing on all the stuff you can’t do and start focusing on what you can do. Start thinking about something other than partying and having fun or whatever it is you’re thinking about.”
“All my life you teachers have said that we need to stand up and do the right thing. That if we see someone being bullied, we need to say something. If there’s something bad going down, we don’t turn away. That it takes one voice to make a difference. Well, I’m that voice.”
“What he wants and what I want are at odds with what we should be wanting.”
“The best we can do is to live what life we have left in the best way possible.”
“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.”