Oh my goodness, I feel like I have been waiting forever for Amy Hatvany to write a new novel. In reality it hasn’t been that long, but I have to tell you it took everything I have not to let out a little squeal when I saw It Happens All the Time up for review on Netgalley, and it took me about half a second to click request! Thankfully, I was approved and dutifully devoured this book with in a day and a half.
Amber Bryant and Tyler Hicks were best friends from the time they met at a party when they were just teenagers, now they are both in their twenties, and still have that strong bond that nothing-not even Amber’s fiancé – can break, well, at least that’s what they think. When Amber comes back home from college after graduating, her and Tyler get right back together back where they started as if she never left.
Family traditions keep them side by side, and it doesn’t help that their mothers are best friends. So, they spend quite a bit of time together. Eventually their mild flirtation toward each other turns into something even more. During a Fourth of July party, things start getting hot and heavy between the two best friends after a couple of drinks. Amber is sure that she wants Tyler, and Tyler is definitely sure he wants Amber (he’s only been secretly in love with her forever). That is until Amber has a moment of clarity, and while she is being stripped naked by Tyler, she has a sudden change of heart. She tells him she wants to wait, she doesn’t want to have sex with him, but Tyler is in the zone-and filled with Tequila- and doesn’t seem to hear Amber’s pleas.
Soon, the deed is done, and Amber feels quite ashamed of what happened. Her best friend did the unthinkable, and she doesn’t know how or if she will ever forgive him. This puts her in a downward spiral, that she thought she had gotten out of a long time ago. Tyler doesn’t seem to think he did anything wrong, he can’t even whisper the word “rape”. How can these two help themselves if they can’t even be honest with themselves, let alone each other?
This book was easy to read, but yet it was so complex. It created this familiarity with what seems to happen a lot in the world today, and it gave my husband and I a lot of talking points and discussion ideas while we were doing our normal every day things. Rape is rape is rape, and theres no getting around it. But, what constitutes consent? That’s what this book asks, and it also begs the question of what happens to a rape victim after they’ve been attacked? What happens when it’s someone you are extremely close to? This book really opened my eyes, and brought me into the mindset of someone who has gone through something extremely horrific. I could feel Amber’s emotions through the pages, and it was an incredible and indescribable experience. This book is on it’s fast track to my 2017 favorites! I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, thank you Amy for another hit!!