Synopsis via Goodreads: 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.
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
When an ARC of One Small Thing landed on my eReader, I was hyped: (1) because I didn’t expect to get one and (2) because Erin Watt is one of my all-time favorite author duo and I literally devour all their books and this time was no different. However, while I had a hard time putting this book down, I can’t say that I actually loved it. There were a lot of things that didn’t work for me in this book and there were numerous characters that deserved a book thrown at they heads. But before I get into all that mess, let me give y’all the run down of this story.
It’s been three years since Elizabeth Jones’ sister died in a fatal car accident and life has only gotten harder for her. She desperately tries to escape from under her parent’s strict rules and one night, she finds herself at a party where she catches the eye of a guy named Chase. She feels a thrill of finally being able to be herself, where she is no longer just the girl with a dead sister. But on the first day of school, that thrill goes away once she realizes that her newfound friend is none other than the guy who killed her sister.
I think the main reason why I didn’t like this book was because I went into it with expectations that ended up not being met. When I started One Small Thing, I expected it to be very similar to When It’s Real: super cute, family-oriented, a slow-burning romance with a dash of some emotional moments. However, what I got was…
One Small Thing reminded me A LOT of Broken Prince, and while ya gurl here loved Broken Prince, I was just over the drama in One Small Thing. It felt excessive and repetitive. I truly felt like this book could’ve been another installment in The Royals series with some of the shit that went down in this book.
I also hated all of the characters in this book—save for one but I’ll get to that later. Elizabeth, Lizzie, Beth—whatever homegirl wants to be calling herself—annoyed me so much. On one hand, I felt bad for her because she was dealing with a lot of shit. Between her parents tracking her every move, her best friend giving her an attitude and basically the whole community giving her hell for defending Chase, Beth didn’t have it easy. On the other hand, I just couldn’t connect with her. I felt like Beth’s character could’ve been more fleshed out and she seemed a bit superficial at times. She also cried for every little thing and I was just over that.
I wasn’t a fan of the romance either. I didn’t really feel that strong of a connection between Beth and Chase. I also felt like the feelings were one-sided but maybe that’s because we didn’t really know how Chase felt about Beth. I didn’t get any feels nor was I rooting for these two to just skip town so they could be together. I just wanted more.
So while I’ve pretty much dragged everything I hated about this book, there were still some positives to the story. Chase is basically the saving grace in this book. Man I loved this dude and I just wanted to fight everyone that harassed him. Yeah he made a mistake, but he also did the time for his crime and on top of that, he still lives with that guilt everyday so seeing him having to deal with people trying to run him out of town everyday made me want to throw my eReader. Another positive was how quickly I devoured this book. Erin Watt sure knows how to get readers hooked so I’ll give them that.
While One Small Thing didn’t quite live up to my expectations, I feel like this book can go either way with readers. If you go into this book expecting something cute, then you might not like it. But if you’re in the mood for some drama, then hell, you might love it. As for me, well I’m caught in between loving and hating it so I’ll just sit here and hope that Erin Watt’s next release will win me over.