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Sunday, April 2, 2017

BLOG TOUR: It Happens All The Time by Amy Hatvany

by Amy Hatvany

Beyond excited to be the blog tour spot today for this emotional, must read book.  Continue reading below to learn more about the book, the author and my review.


From master storyteller Amy Hatvany—whose writing has been hailed as “gripping and emotionally honest” (Stephanie Evanovich, New York Times bestselling author)—comes a provocative and compelling novel about two friends whose lives are changed by a drunken kiss.

I want to rewind the clock, take back the night when the world shattered. I want to erase everything that went wrong.

Amber Bryant and Tyler Hicks have been best friends since they were teenagers—trusting and depending on each other through some of the darkest periods of their young lives. And while Amber has always felt that their relationship is strictly platonic, Tyler has long harbored the secret desire that they might one day become more than friends.

Returning home for the summer after her college graduation, Amber begins spending more time with Tyler than she has in years. Despite the fact that Amber is engaged to her college sweetheart, a flirtation begins to grow between them. One night, fueled by alcohol and concerns about whether she’s getting married too young, Amber kisses Tyler.

What happens next will change them forever.

In alternating points of view, It Happens All the Time examines the complexity of sexual dynamics between men and women and offers an incisive exploration of gender roles, expectations, and the ever-timely issue of consent.


Amy Hatvany is the author of Best Kept SecretOutside the LinesThe Language of SistersHeart Like Mine, and Safe with Me. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her family.

Atria Books Hardcover | ISBN: 9781476704456 | On sale: March 28, 2017 | 320 pages | $26.00
Atria Books eBook | ISBN: 9781476704463 | On sale: March 28, 2017 | 320 pages | $11.99




You've been best friends with someone since you were in your teens.  This is the person you've trusted most in your life and who knows you better than anyone.  While you know he's been in love with you, in your eyes he's just a brother figure... a best friend... special and needed but whose feelings you can't reciprocate in a romantic way.  Years pass and you go away to college.  Upon your return, you spend more and more time together.  Flirtations happen and you start to see him in a new light but aren't sure why your feelings are changing.  Then one drunken evening, while insecure about other issues, you kiss him and abandon yourself for just a few minutes.  But wait.  No.  This isn't right.  Stop. STOP!  Why didn't he stop?.........

Rape is such a terrible word. A terrible action.  An assault on not only the body, but the mind as well.  Unfortunately, it happens most between people who know each other.  Women tend to feel guilty and society tends to make them feel that way - you shouldn't have worn that short dress, you shouldn't have kissed him.  You shouldn't have led him on.  Men don't understand that even if you get to the point where the condom is on and you're about to get biblical, if she says no, then you need to stop.  There seems to be a fine line and we aren't educated enough to know that the tiniest crossing of it changes the course of everything.  Amy does such a great job seeing from both perspectives.  From the point of Amber who acts out and doesn't know how to deal with the aftermath, her own guilt and post trauma.  From the point of Tyler, an all around good guy with a horrible family life, who doesn't understand what happened.  She hit on him.  She kissed him first.  It was all such a blur - didn't she want it to happen too??

Those who have had this type of trauma in their life may find this painful to read or maybe eben cathartic.  Everyone reacts differently to these types of triggers.  I think this is a beautifully written, raw, emotional, must read of a book.  Read Amy's opening.  Read the book. 

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