A YA novel from USA Today bestselling author Sarina Bowen.

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.

"With intense, honest depictions of hope and rejection, The Accidentals will break your heart. Highly recommend." – Miranda Kenneally, author of Catching Jordan

*Note:  This book was provided to The Book Hookup by the author’s publicist but that did not in any way influence this review!

When Rachel’s mom passes away and her musician father shows up on the scene, her life is turned upside down…and I became glued to my kindle.  The emotions that Rachel feels, both in the loss of the only parent she knew, and in the introduction of this unknown entity who is her father, were palpable.  Ms. Bowen takes what could have been a good story, after all who doesn’t like a coming of age story mixed with family drama and a bit of romance, and makes it spectacular.  She takes the characters, the interactions, and the emotions to the next level…making them real, ensuring that they grab your heart, and pulling at your heartstrings at every turn.

This might surprise some of you…after all, you know I love love.  But I was super happy with Ms. Bowen’s decision to make the relationship between Rachel and her father, Frederick, the primary focus of the book.  Watching Frederick deal with his guilt and regret while, at the same time, trying so hard to be what Rachel needs in her saddest time, both broke my heart and made it happy.  The raw emotion he feels, and the reality of their fledgling relationship, which was equal parts hot and cold, was everything.  The story continuously showed he was flawed, weak, and yet strong…all at the same time.  And we see his strength and his vulnerability in Rachel as well.  Faced with a situation that might break others, Rachel looks always to move forward, to chase her happiness.

I love Sarina Bowen’s books and this one is definitely one of my all time favorites.  She’s done a fantastic job of taking what could have been a simple young adult story and turning it into an impactful, emotional book filled with the ups and downs of love and the excitement of second chances.  I hope this is just the beginning of Ms. Bowen’s foray into the YA world because, with this story, she’s already proven herself to be force to be reckoned with in this genre.  Can’t wait to see what she’ll come up with next!

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