Published March 28, 2017
IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME is my first read from Amy Hatvany. I’m surprised it’s taken me this long to find her. I’m certainly looking forward to reading more from her after reading this novel.
When I requested this book, I had no idea what it was about. I saw a few five-star reviews and requested it without even reading the reviews or descriptions. Even if I had known what it was about, I am sure that I would still have found this to be a very engrossing read. It’s an honest and unflinching look at some important issues that desperately need addressing.
Twenty-four year old Amber and Twenty-five year old Tyler are best friends. Both have had their own personal struggles, and they have been there for each other for many years, helping each other throughout some of the roughest times in their lives.
But one night everything changes for Amber and Tyler….their friendship and their lives will never be the same.
The very first sentence grabbed me and didn’t let go. The story is told alternately from Amber and Tyler’s perspectives. The chapters alternate following two timelines, the past and the present. With each chapter more information about the night in question and their history is unveiled.
IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME deals with many heavy issues. Amy Hatvany is a fantastic writer and draws from personal experience in regards to some of the things addressed in this novel. It’s brutally honest, compelling, and almost impossible to put down. I think that many necessary conversations could and should be started about these issues. This truly was an excellent, emotional, and very important read.
Thank you NetGalley, Atria Books, and Amy Hatvany for providing an advanced readers copy of this book for me to read in exchange for my honest review.