Title: The Accidentals
Author: Sarina Bowen
Original Publication Date: July 10, 2018
Genre(s): Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Goodreads Synopsis: Never ask a question unless you’re sure you want the truth.
I’ve been listening to my father sing for my whole life. I carry him in my pocket on my mp3 player. It’s just that we’ve never met face to face.
My mother would never tell me how I came to be, or why my rock star father and I have never met. I thought it was her only secret. I was wrong.
When she dies, he finally appears. Suddenly I have a first class ticket into my father’s exclusive world. A world I don’t want any part of – not at this cost.
Only three things keep me going: my a cappella singing group, a swoony blue-eyed boy named Jake, and the burning questions in my soul.
There’s a secret shame that comes from being an unwanted child. It drags me down, and puts distance between me and the boy I love.
My father is the only one alive who knows my history. I need the truth, even if it scares me.
My Mini Review
I was more in love with the first half of the book, the second half dragged a bit for me. In the beginning, I adored the e-mails, the different formatting for them, and all the mystery. I looked forward to the next one as much as Rachel did. Throughout the whole novel, I enjoyed the various food descriptions and how it was often included what they were eating. There were some scenes near the end that I could have done without.
As for the characters, I easily and instantly connected with Rachel. She had such a beautiful heart and I actually got a bit watery-eyed for her a few times. I just wanted to take away all of her pain and pull her into a big hug! I wasn’t a fan of Haze nor Aurora. They were both overly aggressive and not my type of humans. There were maybe too many side characters to keep track of.
I did enjoy myself the entire time I was reading though. It was such an easy read with an absolute seamless flow but, it was written more in-style of an Adult Romance. It didn’t have that “peppy” feel I usually get from a Young Adult. It also had more Christmas scenes than I expected it to, but the story doesn’t stay in only one season; making it a perfect read for this time of year while the weather is transitioning.
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Dates Read: January 14-January 22, 2019
My Favorite Quotes
“He smiles, and it’s such a nice smile that I wish I could just climb inside it and live there.”
“The dark makes everything easier to talk about.”
“I feel heavy today. Like everything is just too much effort.”