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It Happens All the Time: A Novel Paperback – March 6, 2018
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"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
"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
"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 tackles an important, and timely, subject…this title will be appreciated by fans of Jodi Picoult or Diane Chamberlain.”, Library Journal
“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
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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.
This isn't an easy book to read, which is probably why it's been sitting on my tbr since pub. date, however after seeing the reco after reco - I knew I had to read it now, and I was not disappointed. Amy's complex development of both characters gives equal time to each, and takes you back and forth between present and past so once can feel the history between these two.
I'm not sure I have hated a character more than Tyler, and that is a testament to Amy's incredibly detailed writing.
Even though the topic is hard, it is a MUST READ, for everyone. Especially if you have teens or college aged children.
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.
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As Amber struggles to come to terms with what her friend has done, Tyler can't understand why she's so upset. Sure she was drunk, but so was he. And she kissed him first, and the way she was dancing with him, that proves she wanted him. Even if she did say stop.
I think this was an interesting look at how rape affects the victim and the families of the victim and rapist, while also showing that the idea of a 'typical' rapist is wrong and how an insidious rape culture has consequences.