The Accidentals

The Accidentals

A YA novel from USA Today bestselling author Sarina Bowen. Never ask a question unless you’re sure you want the truth. I’ve been listening to my father sing for my whole life. I carry him in my pocket on my mp3 player. It’s just that we’ve never met face to face. My mother would never tell me how I came to be, or why my rock star father and I have never met. I thought it w...

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The Accidentals Reviews

  • Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

    OK OK. Hold the press..I have an announcement to make: This is one of the best books I've read this year. Leave it to Sarina Bowen to shatter my heart and put it back together, piece by piece. This book will stay with me for a very long time and I think it's my most favorite by this author so far. The Accidentals is not your usual YA romance. It introduces us to a set of characters who sneak into your heart. You will fall in love with them despite their flaws and past m

    OK OK. Hold the press..I have an announcement to make: This is one of the best books I've read this year. Leave it to Sarina Bowen to shatter my heart and put it back together, piece by piece. This book will stay with me for a very long time and I think it's my most favorite by this author so far. The Accidentals is not your usual YA romance. It introduces us to a set of characters who sneak into your heart. You will fall in love with them despite their flaws and past mistakes.

    Rachel's life changes over night when her mother passes away and her famous father enters her life. For seventeen years she has been longing for her dad to be a part of her life, now that her secret dream has come true she doesn't know what to do with it. There are so many questions she wants to know the answer to but the biggest and most complicated of all, "why did you never want to meet me?" she doesn't dare to ask. What's more, she has to deal with her grief, the loneliness she feels after her mom passed away transfers from the pages right into your heart. I hurt for this young girl who didn't have a lot of people she could turn to.

    This story isn't so much about the romance between a lovable boy called Jake and good girl Rachel but her relationship with her dad and I have to say it was my most favorite thing about it.  While the blossoming love was heartwarming and sweet the complicated ties to her father completely captivated and entangled me. Both Rachel and Frederick avoid conflict at all cost out of fear. Rachel because she's scared of the truths she will learn, Frederick out of embarrassment. Rachel also shows some passive-aggressive behavior towards her dad which is par for the course for a seventeen year old girl who is still trying to find out who she is and most of all where she comes from.

    She held on to her anger tightly and there was also this life-long guilt, inadvertently nourished by her mother, that she messed up her mom's live.

    I was totally immersed in their growing love for each other and while they got to know each other the facts Rachel knew as truth began to blur, now learning the other side of her parents's story. Frederick was first and foremost a friend for Rachel, his paternal side started to show a little later and I thought it was in line with his character - he had been living the celebrity life and had no clue about raising a child. Granted, it took him a while until he figured out how to be a good parent but it was obvious right from the start that Frederick wanted his daughter in his life. He wanted to know her, to give her his time and ultimately his advice. And he also gave her the unconditional love only parents can give, he just needed to make Rachel understand it.

    When I finally found out about his reasons for not being a part of Rachel's life I was all the way there along with Rachel's righteous anger but like Rachel I forgave him because he didn't make excuses for himself. His unapologetic honesty was what I loved most about Frederick.

    Now Jake was the best. He was a wonderful counterpart and an anchor for Rachel. Somebody she could rely on 100 percent. I know that Sarina Bowen's heroes are always awesome but she hits me right in the feels with them every single time. And have I mentioned that he is a nerd? Yes! Totally my kind of guy.

    This year in books has already been AMAZING. I keep adding to my favorites shelf and you bet that The Accidentals will go there. Ms. Bowen is one of those authors I can never go wrong with. Her characters are always relatable and lovable. She delivers every single time but I think with her Young Adult debut she has outdone herself. I adored Rachel, Frederick and Jake. I laughed, I cried a little, I felt and rooted for all of them and was hoping for things to work out. And this, people, is what I expect from a good book.

  • Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••

    Going into this book, I thought Sarina Bowen, hell yes, of course I am reading this even though I've struggled with Young Adult before, its Sarina Bowen for goodness sakes. So afterwards, I can honestly say this book is exactly what I needed, HELL YES, probably one of the most easiest books I have read this year! It’s emotional, it’s sweet, it captures you from the start and keeps you locked tight throughout. I absolutely loved this book, hands down one you need to pick up and read.

    This book ta

    Going into this book, I thought Sarina Bowen, hell yes, of course I am reading this even though I've struggled with Young Adult before, its Sarina Bowen for goodness sakes. So afterwards, I can honestly say this book is exactly what I needed, HELL YES, probably one of the most easiest books I have read this year! It’s emotional, it’s sweet, it captures you from the start and keeps you locked tight throughout. I absolutely loved this book, hands down one you need to pick up and read.

    This book takes you on a journey of a girl who loses her mother, just shy of her 18th Birthday. She has never met her father, doesn’t mean she doesn’t know who he is, but he has never been a part of her life until now. So how does she start a relationship with an absentee father for the past 17 years, yet she has idolized him from the sidelines her entire life and has followed his career as a successful rock star? The connection, the unique relationship that is built is simply beautiful. The ups and downs, the lefts and rights, it’s downright genuine and real. The relationship between Rachel and her father, it’s so beautifully done.

    This story also brings us Jake Willis. Another magical character that I wish we got more of, because what we got, I head over heals fell in love with. Jake & Rachel’s relationship is like breathing fresh air, it’s so easy, so natural, and it slowly, yet perfectly becomes such a stunning relationship.

    Each side character is so beautifully executed, each having a role in making this book simply irresistible. This book has all the feels, just enough to break you at times, but enough to completely and utterly have you swooning for most of the characters.

    Heartfelt, sweet, heartbreaking, and so downright lovable, this book is one you can’t pass by. Pick it up!!!

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    <3 5 amazing stars <3

    This is by far my favorite book from Sarina!! I loved everything about it! I devour it, I couldn’t put it down! It was addictive and the story was refreshing.I was hooked from the beginning and I didn't want to finish this story because it was simply amazing!

    Such a unique,beautiful,emotional and sweet story.Rachel was a fantastic heroine and I easily connected with her, I was so into the story that I was feeling like I was a part of it!I loved the plot so much and the

    <3 5 amazing stars <3

    This is by far my favorite book from Sarina!! I loved everything about it! I devour it, I couldn’t put it down! It was addictive and the story was refreshing.I was hooked from the beginning and I didn't want to finish this story because it was simply amazing!

    Such a unique,beautiful,emotional and sweet story.Rachel was a fantastic heroine and I easily connected with her, I was so into the story that I was feeling like I was a part of it!I loved the plot so much and the characters were original.Also the secondary characters were great and this helped a lot to the story.

    Rachel is a young girl who lost her mother.Her biological father is the only one who can help her, he is a famous rock star who she never met before.Freddy has sent checks, but never been part of her life.I loved how the story goes.Meeting for the first time, spending time together and trying to learn things for each other.

    I highly recommend it, it's a must read!Favorite book for this year!Sarina Bowen did an amazing job!!

     

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    For seventeen years it’s always just been Racheal and her mum, on her mother’s death bed she declares that now it’s time that Rachel get in touch with her father, not long after, right before Racheal’s eighteenth birthday her mother passes away from cancer. It’s then that she’s placed in a group home until she can go to boarding school in New Hampshire in the fall.

    Racheal knows nothing of her father, only the child support cheques her mother regularly got, but other than those her mother refused to speak of him, Racheal only knows his name and what she’s sourced off the internet from wikipedia and u-tube videos.

    When she meets her father for the first time and their journey is where the story came into it's own, so beautifully told, I loved their connection, their learning curves, this was just such a straight forward beautiful tale.

    Boarding school is the only thing that Racheal has set her sights on, it's the only solid thing in her future, everything else imploded the day her mother died. She’s going to the place where her mother and father supposedly met. It’s where her own story began.

    And a boy named Jake that’s attending the same school that became her pen pal who she meets the first day on campus, he was a breath of fresh air, the nerdy boy, a friendship that blossomed into so much more, a slow moving perfectly paced romance.

    What wasn’t to love about this, normally the ya genre doesn’t really do it for me, but slowly and with this one under my belt I’m changing my mind.

    It's hard to explain this book, all I can say is that it was just so real, nothing was over dramatised, it flowed perfectly, it wasn’t dramatically full of angst, which so many authors tend to do when it comes to this genre, or overly emotional it was just the perfect story, you would not know that this was this authors first tip toe into this genre because she nailed it.

    I loved the father, daughter dynamic, their connection after seventeen years of absence which was brought on by a traumatic event was heartfelt and the perfect blend of angst. There is absolutely nothing I would change about this story.

  • Stacey is Sassy

    It’s been a bloody long time since I’ve freaked out to look at the bottom of my Kindle and see 4 minutes – 99% left in my book. I really didn’t want this story to end. I was even kind of hoping that Sarina left us a little message hinting at a The Accidentals #2. I’m slightly overwhelmed, emotionally exhausted and so giddily happy that I practically ran to my study to start my review.

    BUT HOW THE HELL DO I WRITE A REVIEW TO DO IT JUST

    It’s been a bloody long time since I’ve freaked out to look at the bottom of my Kindle and see 4 minutes – 99% left in my book. I really didn’t want this story to end. I was even kind of hoping that Sarina left us a little message hinting at a The Accidentals #2. I’m slightly overwhelmed, emotionally exhausted and so giddily happy that I practically ran to my study to start my review.

    BUT HOW THE HELL DO I WRITE A REVIEW TO DO IT JUSTICE????

    See, I don’t think I’m the best judge of YA Romance stories. I’m not really a fan…except this story makes me a liar. But, I do think I’m a pretty good judge of a bloody good story and this story is BLOODY AWESOME!!

    Next part is a wee bit of a warning,

    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’ll never trust the bugger but you can really tell that he doesn’t purposely act like a self-centred, egotistical, douchewaffle, it just comes 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 just kind of wished, he’d devoted more than a few weeks and days here and there to 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 kinda sorta 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, well he 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…

    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

    finished and I would NOT be disappointed if

    decided to treat us to a wee bit more…soon…ish.

  • Katerina

    (n.)

    The key word is

    . It’s not the happiness that makes you scream until your lungs combust or tremble with the pent-up energy that has to be diffused by running and sharing this joy with the world. It’s the type of happiness that resembles those moments when you bask in the sun; listen to the melody of a violin; feel the wind rustle your hair. That’s the warm feeling that blossomed in my chest while I was reading

    .

    (n.)

    The key word is

    . It’s not the happiness that makes you scream until your lungs combust or tremble with the pent-up energy that has to be diffused by running and sharing this joy with the world. It’s the type of happiness that resembles those moments when you bask in the sun; listen to the melody of a violin; feel the wind rustle your hair. That’s the warm feeling that blossomed in my chest while I was reading

    .

    There are two things you need to know about Rachel: she has never met her father, a famous and extremely talented musician, and her mother just died. Being at the mercy of social services, Rachel has to endure a few months of humiliation and solitude until she can move to her dream prep- school, and fulfill her deepest desire: to discover what happened between her parents. Was she an accidental, the product of a one-night-stand? Or did her parents love each other, but a mysterious force tore them apart? Rachel always hoped, but never expected, that her father would show up. But he did. And he took her in, and cared for her when no one did. Between the fear of him leaving her again, the joy of joining a choir and the butterflies that seem to fly whenever Jake appears, Rachel struggles to find the truth about her past, overcome the obstacles of the present and plan a future that includes all those she loves but dares not say it.

    It was the first time I came across

    's work, and she already earned a fan;

    . It’s been so long since I read a contemporary YA book laden

    , with the perfect balance between

    and

    . There weren’t unnecessary dialogues or drama for the sake of drama; every sad event that made Rachel’s heart (and mine) splinter, every moment of camaraderie and love, every smile of a boy that gazed at the stars waiting for their explosion, they were all stops of a route that led Rachel to

    .

    Every sentence had a purpose, and shed fluorescent light on these wonderful, three-dimensional characters. The writing was so

    and

    that made me sigh with satisfaction. The way Rachel’s

    insecurities and fear of losing her father again were utterly realistic, and painful, and so was her inner battle between good Rachel and angry Rachel, that tangled, livid version of herself that wanted answers to the questions she didn't have the courage to ask. Rachel's

    with her late mother, her absent father, Aurora, Haze and, of course, Jake were depicted with

    . The dynamic between Rachel and Frederik was

    , delicate, a flower that took its time to bloom, but when it did, it was simply beautiful.

    The

    was not the main aspect of the novel, but it was radiant, and Jake's support and devotion was a fundamental factor for the development of Rachel's character. I could hear the butterflies flap their wings in every scene they had together, they were

    and heated, and I must admit that I had a crush on Jake since he confessed that his sheets have snowmen on them. He was nerdy and adorable, and I may or may not have swooned a couple of times.

    Set in a school reminding of medieval

    , with

    pouring from its pages,

    is a book that

    .

    I can't recommend it highly enough!

  • Christy

    There are a few authors who I will read any book they write. Sarina Bowen is one of those authors for me.

    was different than many of the other books of hers I have read, but I loved it all the same. 

    Rachel grew up with a single mother who was a nurse. All she knew about her father is what she read in magazines such as Spin. You see, Rachel's father is a famous rock star who she's never met. When her mother dies of cancer when Rachel is 17, that all changes. Freddy Ric

    There are a few authors who I will read any book they write. Sarina Bowen is one of those authors for me.

    was different than many of the other books of hers I have read, but I loved it all the same. 

    Rachel grew up with a single mother who was a nurse. All she knew about her father is what she read in magazines such as Spin. You see, Rachel's father is a famous rock star who she's never met. When her mother dies of cancer when Rachel is 17, that all changes. Freddy Ricks comes for his long lost daughter and knows he's got a lot of making up to do. 

    Freddy and Rachel have a tough time navigating their father daughter relationship at first. It's difficult for them both. Rachel has never had a father and Freddy has never been one. But they do their best to manage. There are many parts of this book that were emotional for me to read. My heart broke for Rachel, but I was happy with the direction her story took. 

    While this father daughter story line was going on, there was also a story of friendship between Rachel and her new roommate at school and a budding romance with a super sweet geeky guy. I loved all the different aspects of this book and how they came together to form one wonderful story.

    is a must read coming of age story that I recommend to all!

  • Sabrina

    *

    It's not usually a good thing when I say that a story pulls readers in two different directions. Typically that would be followed by me saying the story didn't have a clear direction and that it was confusing. But I'm going to say it about

    and actually mean it in a good way. Because a huge part of this book was focused on the heroine navigating her new life with a father she's only just meeting at seventeen, well really it was pretty much the main th

    *

    It's not usually a good thing when I say that a story pulls readers in two different directions. Typically that would be followed by me saying the story didn't have a clear direction and that it was confusing. But I'm going to say it about

    and actually mean it in a good way. Because a huge part of this book was focused on the heroine navigating her new life with a father she's only just meeting at seventeen, well really it was pretty much the main thing going on, but then we also got some really interesting moments between her and her love interest, Jake. And these two things ended up blending together beautifully.

    Even with so much happening in the book there was still a clear focus to it and that was Rachel. This was irrevocably her story and every other character was just along for the ride. I loved getting to experience her going through such a life changing event and seeing the impacts that other characters had on her. Seeing her trying to find her place in the world and doing so with a newly found support system was just captivating and every page sucked me in deeper. Though I did kind of want more answers about what happened with her mom and dad because I'm nosy, I was still really happy with the ending she got.

    To get personal for a second, I can honestly say this book came at the perfect time because I've been going through such a reading slump where my books have been doing nothing for me and I even had a few days where I didn't read at all. Then I picked up this book and through these pages I discovered friendship, love, and a father-daughter relationship that had me tearing up. This book is the very reason I love reading as much as I do. Ms. Bowen wrote this beautiful and heartwarming story so well I was able to escape into these pages and live through Rachel, and it was an amazing experience.

    This wasn't a romance, it wasn't a typical YA drama-filled book, it was a story of life. As pure and as simple as that, this book takes you through Rachel finding herself in this creative, and intriguing, and very real way. It wasn't sunflowers and rainbows, it was tough life situations but with a strong character that I admired and loved reading about. Definitely a recommended read for everyone.

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    I’m thinking I need to make it a point to read some more YA novels. I forgot how angsty and entertaining they can be.

    is a story about a teenager whose world is rocked to its core when her mother dies of cancer and she comes face to face with her father for the first time in her life. This story is both heartbreaking and frus

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    I’m thinking I need to make it a point to read some more YA novels. I forgot how angsty and entertaining they can be.

    is a story about a teenager whose world is rocked to its core when her mother dies of cancer and she comes face to face with her father for the first time in her life. This story is both heartbreaking and frustrating at the same time. I enjoyed this one so much but there were aspects of the story that I wish the author had spent more time exploring.

    Rachel is about to turn eighteen. Her mother died about a month before her birthday. Her father is a famous musician and she’s known about him almost her entire life, but he’s never been a part of hers except for the monthly checks he would send her mother. Her mom hardly spoke about him and she obviously held some deep feelings of resentment towards him. So when he shows up to finally claim her as his after almost eighteen years of absence, Rachel is going through inner turmoil. She’s excited because deep down he has been her hero. She’s followed his career and is in love with his music. But she feels as if she is betraying her mom by spending time with him and having actual feelings for him as well.

    Her father is able to get custody of her and takes her to California with him during her summer break before she goes off to boarding school on the East Coast. Here’s where I was feeling like the story needed more. The time they spend together went too fast for me and it seemed like they spent more time apart than actually together. I felt that if he really was remorseful for having missed out on practically her entire life, he should have made every effort to spend more time and get to know the child he left behind for his career. This was the part of the story that intrigued me the most. There were so many questions that needed answers. I wanted Rachel to get some closure. I hoped for her to get the love from the man she always dreamed would claim her as his.

    There is a romance between Rachel and the boy she meets in prep school. It was definitely sweet and I loved Jake for Rachel. I had only hoped that aside from meeting this really amazing guy that she would also be able to work through all the baggage that the years of separation from her father had created. I can’t say that it doesn’t happen. It just all felt a bit rushed and I wasn’t happy with how Frederick’s story develops. I see how it was used to help Rachel find her voice, but it could have been done differently. I found myself getting angrier as I read on because of the things that happen later on in the story with her father. I wanted to love the guy but I found him lacking.

    I have no doubt that Sarina Bowen and YA fans will enjoy this one! I have to admit, I found it hard to put down. I think it would have been a five star read for me if that father/daughter relationship had been developed further.

    Here are my overall ratings

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