The Accidentals Paperback – July 10, 2018
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- Publisher : Tuxbury Publishing LLC (July 10, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1942444621
- ISBN-13 : 978-1942444626
- Reading age : 14 - 17 years
- Grade level : 8 - 12
- Item Weight : 11.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.73 x 8 inches
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#1,517,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #1,037 in Teen & Young Adult Parents Fiction
- #2,521 in Teen & Young Adult Coming of Age Fiction
- #2,764 in Teen & Young Adult Fiction about Dating & Sex (Books)
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Rachel has had the weight of the world dumped on her shoulders and heart. Reading her navigate through her new way of life was gut wrenching but beautiful. Besides the rockstar dad, Rachel is an insanely believable character and is someone most people can . Her inner battle of good vs angry vs bad Rachel is relatable to any teenager and/ young adult. Sarina nailed the “voice” of a tragedy-stricken teen.
Jake. First, I love him. Second, I REALLY love him. He is the quintessential YA hero but has his own quirks that make him stand out. He is patient, passionate, and possibly the hottest nerd I have ever read. He is still a guy and definitely had his moments which made him all the more believable. I love that he is sweet, but is also easily frustrated when challenges arise emotionally and sexually. It shows his youth and growth potential because no 18 year old is a saint.
Again, Sarina is a word goddess. This book is John Green level with a pinch more romance. It is clever, it is packed full of situations and lessons teens learn, and it is written beautifully. If YA is your thing then don’t miss out on this one. And even if you don’t read YA, this book is still worth it. ANYONE who reads this book will most likely enjoy it.
The Accidentals made me cry A LOT. I could blame it on my cold but I was misty-eyed nearly the whole way through. What Rachel has faced in her young life broke my heart. Her strength, courage and ability to carry on with her burden of grief showed how remarkable she was.
Rachel’s parents did wrong by her…from a good…ish place. Rachel’s mum Jenny had Rachel out of wedlock very young. Her mistake was keeping Rachel away from her father. Rachel’s father, Fredrick, is a world-famous musician. His mistake was keeping himself away from Rachel. Together, they gave Rachel a mixed-up twisted view of the reality of her beginning and how she came to be. It’s only when Jenny dies, Richard finally steps up to do more than hand over a monthly cheque.
Geez, I went through highs and lows with Frederick. I would never trust him but you can really tell that he doesn’t purposely act like a self-centred, egotistical, douchewaffle, it just came naturally. When you have millions of adoring fans, people who cater to your every wish and women who throw themselves at you, who could blame him? I wished, he’d devoted more time to get to know Rachel. She shouldn't have had to ask the deep and meaningful questions, he should have offered the explanations. Initially, it was almost like he was too gutless to admit to his faults. Luckily, he gets to a point where he becomes a real Dad.
Now, I wouldn’t say this was a story focused on the romance. It almost played a second or third place to Rachel’s growth. Jake was PERFECT!! Kind of nerdy, but the hot kind of nerdy. His patience and thoughtfulness towards Rachel made me a little giddy. Where were these kind of guys while I was growing up?
There are some amazing additional characters we are introduced to. Too many to list here, but I will make special mention of Haze, who doesn’t stay for the whole story, but played an integral part of Rachel’s recovery after her mother’s death. Sure, Haze goes off the rails and I wanted to kick him in the ding-ding. For a time, though, he helped Rachel get through when there was no one else.
Rachel’s roommate, the band guys, Frederick’s driver and parents were all great. I’m not going to mention names, but there’s one person who comes in late that I hated to love. When (no ifs) you read this you’ll know who. But, this person, you just couldn’t hate even when you wanted to. They weren’t in the wrong but they came into Rachel’s life at a really awkward time. Sorry if that was vague but I don’t want to give too much away.
Anyways, I know I was a wee bit mushy gushy fangirling, but this…THIS STORY…THE ACCIDENTALS is one of my best book of 2018. I know, big call, but it was just THAT BLOODY GOOD!! I have read some awesome stories this year and I’m not discounting all the others, it’s just still a shock that I loved a Young Adult story. Will wonders ever cease…?
I was devastated when The Accidentals finished and I would NOT be disappointed if Sarina Bowen decided to treat us to a wee bit more…soon…ish.
However, I had a problem with Rachel and Frederick. At times they were immature, selfish and unthinking. Not saying what needed to be said, not recognizing how others were affected by their reunion or why they might be hurt or upset.
The relationship between Jenny and Frederick could have and should have been explored and explained more and not just glossed over with 10% left in the book. It would have added even more emotion and much needed reality to the story.
It was the secondary characters that made this book, Jake was sweet and loving, Aurora was genuine and delightful, Norah was mature and caring. As for Haze, he deserved more and honestly Rachel basically got this new life and forgot about her friend and Haze is better off.
Top reviews from other countries
Although her father has been absent throughout her life, she’s never been in any doubt of who he is. The “he” in question is grammy nominated and multi award winning rock star, Freddy Ricks. His musical presence has been the soundtrack to her childhood, but the reality of his enigma and physical presence strike notes of discord between what she thinks she knows, and the answers she still seeks.
The testament to my instant investment in this story is the result of Sarina’s flawless writing. I was immediately endeared to Rachel and the grace and bravery she exhibited at such an uncertain period in her life. The relationship between father and daughter was seamless yet fraught as they danced around the the painful decisions of the past. I felt her hesitation and curiosity and met them with my own hopeful need for her to have the happy ending she so deserved.
An additional dynamic to the story was the adorable romance between Rachel and her fellow classmate Jake. He’s sweet relief from the heaviness of home and I was grateful it gave her the reprieve to be a kid again.
With perfect pacing and development, The Accidentals is an emotionally sophisticated Young Adult debut from an author i’ve long been in adoration of.
I hadnt read the blurb for this but it did not disappoint one bit.
This starts off with Rachel having major upheaval in her life.. losing her mum is a huge shock for anyone yet alone a 17 year old whos dad is not around.
Things change for her when she meets her dad and then moves onto college where she meets some great friends... leading her into the next chapter if her life.
One of her closest friends is Jake who helps her settle in even before shes arrived to start classes.... easy to talk to and extremely nerdy hes just not what she expects when she sees him in the flesh!
This story has every emotion you can ask for thrown in and tackles some really hard hiting times that are hard to actually write well and respectfully.