‘One Small Thing’ by Erin Watt was tragic but adorable.
Synopsis: Since her sister’s death three years ago, Beth has been living with her parents constantly on her case. They take the role of overprotective parents a little too seriously and it’s starting to suffocate Beth and her relationships with them. One night of total rebellion, Beth meets Chase, a certified bad boy and after a rough start back to school, she realises he’s her sisters killer. Unsure of how to act, Beth keeps their friendship a secret but nothing stays quiet for long.
I rallied with Beth when her rebellious streaks appeared but then I also reflected along with her about what her actions were telling her parents. I found her slightly predictable and I hated that she treated Chase the same way everyone else did publicly for the majority of the book. I would have liked for her to be the bigger person in some instances and I found she was a weaker character compared to Chase. Having said that though, her feelings came across better and it was easy to understand her outlook on a lot of things but that could be put down to the book being in her POV.
Chase was the better character in my opinion. We didn’t get to see as much of him as I would have liked but I found him to be so much wiser than the rest of the characters. Juvie aged him and gave him a more adult outlook on life and the smaller things, and I’m glad he passed on that knowledge to Beth. The way he took the bullying and constant setbacks on the chin showed his maturity but also a darker side; a side where he thought he still needed punishing. You can’t help but fall a little in love with him. Well, I couldn’t anyway!
I found the concept of falling in love with your sister’s killer very interesting and I think that taboo is what captured me. It’s not far fetched, these things genuinely happen in real life. Also, as it was an accident and Chase didn’t steal the vehicle with the intention of mowing someone down, I found their love sweet and tragic. These two kids have been brought together in the most unconventional of ways and yet they somehow made it through the other side better for it. Especially when you factor in how smothering Beth’s parents are. I mean, you can’t blame them for wanting to protect their surviving child but they went to some incredible extremes!
This was a gem. I was looking for a cute, quick read but this one brought the feels too. I wasn’t expecting to finish it in under four hours. It wouldn’t let me go and I had a smile on my face when I read the last word. It was a fitting end and I’m so happy that I was able to snag this one.
“Are you ever going to let me forgive you?”
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