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It Happens All the Time: A Novel Hardcover – March 28, 2017
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Praise for It Happens All the Time:
"Spellbinding, timely, and unflinchingly honest. This novel will consume you." (Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and Missing Pieces)
“This compelling, emotional novel reads like the complex truth behind the headlines. It Happens All the Time is a full throttle story with heart." (Deb Caletti, National Book Award finalist)
“Bravely sheds light on sexual assault and consent. In alternating perspectives friends Tyler and Amber recount an alcohol-fueled night that changed the course of their lives.” (US Weekly)
“At the heart of this moving novel are characters so vivid and tragically real, you can’t help but understand them as they self-sabotage, even in unforgiveable ways. It Happens All the Time is an important exercise in empathy and an unflinchingly honest look at the impact of all too common traumas.” (Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author)
“Pulling from her personal experiences, Amy Hatvany uses her novel to bring the raw wounds of sexual assault to light. It Happens All the Time will consume you, drawing you into the very real plight of the main characters and leaving you hoping for a better future for us all.” (BuzzFeed)
“Compelling… a must read for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.” (PopSugar)
"Bravely told and intoxicatingly honest, It Happens All The Time is a compulsory read for men and women—it bravely and urgently explores the meaning of consent everyone desperately needs to understand." (Redbook)
"Hatvany (Somewhere Out There) takes a risk with this disturbing study of the sexual and power dynamics of friendship and love...[she] keeps the pace fast, slickly layering her two complicated characters...Thanks to Hatvany’s powerful storytelling, there is a richness in these conflicted characters that makes changes of head and heart seem both unpredictable and possible." (Publishers Weekly)
“It Happens All the Time delves into the issues of friendship, power dynamics, and consent. With nuance and compassion for her characters, Hatvany reveals the fallout of the ultimate betrayal of trust.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Hatvany tackles an important, and timely, subject…this title will be appreciated by fans of Jodi Picoult or Diane Chamberlain.” (Library Journal)
About the Author
Amy Hatvany is the author of nine novels, including It Happens All the Time, Somewhere Out There and Sex in the Suburbs. She lives in Seattle, Washington with her family.
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From this tangled web she spins the story's greatest gift: dual points of view that at times create a compelling he said/she said dynamic. The empathy with which she bathes both perspectives is remarkable coming from this author, who in promoting the novel admits to herself being a date rape survivor.
The best chapters, by far, are therefore found after the rape. It was then that the book turned unputdownable. Still bound by their longstanding relationship, making it impossible for them to walk away, the characters must puzzle through what happened and what they are going to do about it.
Our recent election brought many sexual assault victims out from the shadows. They are going to want to flock to this book. Rich with discussion material for book clubs.
Through Amber and Tyler, the reader explores ideas around gender roles and expectations, family and romantic relationships, consent and trauma. I found myself at times wanting to fight back in anger, or offer hugs of support, or shelter myself in silence along with the characters. No matter your age or gender - young adult to parents with adult children - someone in this novel could be you. Or maybe more than one "someone". This book will make you think about consent and rape culture in ways that may be new to you.
Kudos to Amy Hatvany for writing such a controversial and heartwrenching novel. In “It Happens All the Time”, the topic of rape and assault is discussed.
The genres of this novel are Contemporary Fiction and Women’s Fiction.
The author vividly describes her two characters as conflicted, complicated and troubled. Amber and Tyler have been friends for many years. Tyler comes from a home where his father bullied and abused him. As a result, Tyler experiences anxiety attacks. Amber has problems with her body image and becomes anorexic. Both friends are supportive and encouraging of one another.
The tragedy of this story is when one night Amber and Tyler are drinking and become intoxicated. Amber is engaged to another man, and is confused, and Tyler has different feelings for Amber that are not reciprocated. There is dancing and kissing, and more liquor. Things progress too rapidly , and Amber tries to put a stop to what is going on. Unfortunately Tyler does not get the message to stop.
The consequences of this night change Amber and Tyler’s lives. Amber is shattered by the fact that someone that she trusted and cared for betrayed her. Tyler vacillates in his feelings of what happened and makes excuses to himself.
This was an emotional read for me, and I feel this issue is so very relevant in today’s society. Both young women and men should be better educated about appropriate behavior, and what the word “No” means. Also there are pressures and entitlements to these young people who sometimes just want what they want, and can’t take responsibility for their actions. Another issue is the abundance of alcohol and drugs served at parties and colleges. Parents should prepare their children to be responsible.
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