When It Happens

Colasanti, Susane

Paperback - 2008
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
When It Happens
High school seniors Sara and Tobey attempt to figure out what is important in life as they try to balance their preparations for their futures with their enjoyment of the present.

Publisher: New York : Speak, 2008
ISBN: 9780142411551
Branch Call Number: FIC C
Characteristics: 310, 15 p. ; 21 cm.


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Jul 09, 2014
  • lauhginglexia rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

i fricking LOVEEEEEEEEE this boook it was awesome ... i wanna read alot more books like this :)

Mar 10, 2014
  • sumaiyah98 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

When it happens by Susane Colasanti is a quick, light hearted read that will have you cheering and laughing out loud. The story revolves around Sarah and Toby, both seniors in High school. Sarah really wants this guy - Dave to ask her out and Toby wants Sarah to fall in love with him. I really liked the characters in this book, the were funny and it was interesting to read the girl's and well as the boy's take on falling in love. I also really liked the contrast between the two characters, Toby was a musician who mouths off to teachers and Sarah was a studious girl who is determined to get into the university of her dreams. I know this set up is a bit generic, but it works for me every time. I also really liked how both Sarah and Toby were looking for "the one" as opposed to just looking for a girlfriend/boyfriend in high school. Their conversations were extremely deep and I wondered if people even have conversations like this in real life. I guess that was just to prove that they were soul mates.The title says When it Happens, like love is just supposed to knock on your door and you say "Oh well, I see it's time to fall in love now." I always thought that love was supposed to be something gradual, Sarah and Toby themselves take a long time to like each other. I always thought the title should be "Something real" as that came up often in the book, the idea of finding someone real, not just finding someone to make out with. Overall, this was a great read and it brushed on other topics as well, the book wasn't solely on dating. I recommend this book to people 12 and older.

Jul 24, 2013
  • xiomara_perdomo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is really good. I would definitively recommend it!!! Plus the girl in the book, Sara, wants go to NYU and so do I. She kind of gives you an idea of what she doss to get in. And tobey and Sara make a great couple!!!!

Dec 03, 2012
  • bookgeek101 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

The one reason it got 11/2 stars and not 1 is because I liked the idea. Thats it! The characters were really terrible and all their love wasn't love at all. It was just teens who 'wanted some'. I didn't like this book, and when I did want to read this book, someone posted a review similar to mine and I didn't listen.

Aug 10, 2012
  • chrisgotstacks rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

i really want to read this book so much

Aug 09, 2012
  • Kadie2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love this book. Amazing. Beautiful. Freaking fantastic.

Aug 09, 2012
  • Celandra24 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book was alright. it was kind of boring at some parts in the book and it's a really long book.

Jun 13, 2011

So I love love LOVED this book! It was kind of slow at first, but thst made it more real. their relationship was so cute. I would seriously get lost in the book. I really wish I was Sara lol, bvecauase Toby was like the greatest guy EVER. Especially... well I wont spoil it, but it is an amazing book and I definitely reccomend it.

Apr 22, 2011
  • renheart115 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

i found this story very slow and boring. it took FOREVER for them to get together, and their chemistry was horrible. i mean, they talked about random things that weren't all that interesting..and they liked each other when they didn't really know the other person. the only reason i kept reading was that I hate not finishing a story once I've started.

Apr 19, 2011
  • Myrna000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I liked it soo much!!!! They always say opposite's attract! I liked Sara and Tobey... but ii really wish that the smart friend would go out with the one who always gives advice for Tobey and always has a plan.

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Jul 24, 2013
  • xiomara_perdomo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is about a young teenage girl who balances her life between her getting good grades to get into NYU and finding something real with a guy. First, she thinks that Dave, a popular hot guy, is her something real. However, when he asks her out and she begins to know him well, she begins to realize that he's immature and only thinks about sex. Then, she meets Tobey. Tobey is also looking for something real and has a feeling Sara is his something real. He tells Sara's best friend, laila that he likes Sara and laiala tells Sara. This makes Sara think and she observes Tobey and gets a feeling that they are connected and how he might be her something real. They come together and fall in love. Sara changes Tobey's whole point of view about college and Tobey begins to get A's which make him get into the college he wants. Sara also gets into NYU. Because when you find something real, everything else falls into place....

Jun 16, 2013
  • Bluebunny11 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sara likes the popular school boy and wishes that she can go out with him and be with him... She does and its a dream come true but a diffrent boy Tobey feels like its faith and theres a conection between them... She ends up with one... But Who???

Aug 14, 2012
  • Kadie2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sara, a typical high school girl who cares much about her college future ends up dating a guy, Tobey, who has never cared much about his education. When the two bump heads, they find that they enjoy each others company greatly and are trying new things that will change their lives--for the best.

Aug 20, 2010
  • E_Kazan rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The back:
When you find something real, everything else falls into place....
Seniors in hight school, Sara and Tobey couldn't be more different. She is focused on getting into her first-choice college; he wants to win Battle of the Bands. Sara's other goal is to find true love, so when Dave, a popular jock, asks her out, she's thrilled. But then there's Tobey. His amazing blue eyes and quirky wit always creep into her thoughts. Lucky for Sara, one of Tobey's goals is also to make her fall in love with him. Told in alternating points of view, Sara and Tobey's real connection will have everyone rooting for them the minute they meet!


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Jul 24, 2013
  • xiomara_perdomo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I try to visualize my future life. The place where everything feels right and good things always happen and I can be the person I want to be. I imagine my ideal, completely confident self in a pink bubble, floating into space, letting the universe make it happen." - page 16

Jul 24, 2013
  • xiomara_perdomo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Whatever you feel is true, really true in your heart, you can make happen. And you just know, when it happens, it's for real. And there are a million possibilities. Like the possibility of going separate ways. Together."

Aug 20, 2010
  • E_Kazan rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"How did this happen again? What exactly did I do wrong?"
"Well, since you asked," Mike says, "it's like this: One, you were too much of a wimp to say anything to her. Two, you went back to school with no plan. Dave had a plan. He got Sara. You got nada." Mike leans back, balancing on the back legs of the chair."Zilch. Zero. You didn't even have the balls to go up to her. Dude. I warned you this would happen."
"Thanks. I feel so much better now."


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