It Happens All The Time
Amber and Tyler have been best friends since they were kids. Now Amber is engaged to Daniel and Tyler is struggling to keep his feelings in check. Tyler has been in love with Amber since he was thirteen. Sure Amber loves Tyler too, but only as a best friend. She knows that Tyler loves her but she has no idea just how much. IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME is going to rip your heart out and shred it. What a heart breaking story that stayed with me long after I finished reading.
Over the summer, with Daniel away in Seattle, Tyler and Amber go to a party. After a night of drinking and flirting they wind up in the house in one of the bedrooms. Amber knows what she is doing is wrong. She is engaged to Daniel and shouldn’t be kissing Tyler, but she can’t seem to stop. Then after a moment of clarity she tells Tyler to stop and he doesn’t. He rapes her while she is laying there crying. It is as if he can’t hear her. Afterwards, as expected she is a hot mess and totally freaks out. She manages to get away and has Tyler’s friend take her home. Her life is never going to be the same and at first, she tries to hide what happens. She is afraid it will look like she was asking for it and maybe it is all her fault. Poor Amber, she broke my heart over and over again.
IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME is the first book I’ve read by Amy Hatvany but it surely won’t be the last. Amy pulled me right in from the very first page, shredded my heart along the way, and never let me go. This is a very hard story to read but I think it’s one that needs to be discussed. How fast society blames the victim, is truly upsetting and wrong. It has nothing to do with what the victim was wearing or how they were acting! No means no! Binge drinking and rape is always in the news and IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME. Please, if you are a parent, read this book and discuss it with your kids. Make your kids read it! This doesn’t need to keep happening. Teach your kids what is right and wrong. Once I started reading, I could not put this book down. I had to know what was going to happen to Amber and Tyler and once you start reading, you will know exactly what I mean!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
From master storyteller Amy Hatvany—whose writing has been hailed as “gripping and emotionally honest” (Stephanie Evanovich, New York Times bestselling 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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Amy Hatvany is the author of Best Kept Secret, Outside the Lines, The Language of Sisters, Heart Like Mine, and Safe with Me. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her family.
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