In Review: The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen

Posted July 10, 2018 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

.In Review: The Accidentals by Sarina BowenThe Accidentals by Sarina Bowen
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: July 10, 2018
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, How I got it: From the author
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My rating:

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 was her only secret. I was wrong.

When she dies, he finally appears. Suddenly I have a first class ticket into my father’s exclusive world. A world I don’t want any part of – not at this cost.

Only three things keep me going: my a cappella singing group, a swoony blue-eyed boy named Jake, and the burning questions in my soul. There’s a secret shame that comes from being an unwanted child. It drags me down, and puts distance between me and the boy I love.

My father is the only one alive who knows my history. I need the truth, even if it scares me.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

in review my thoughts

I was so freaking excited to learn one of my favorite authors, Sarina Bowen, was publishing her first young adult book, The Accidentals. Of course, I’d be lying if I didn’t also admit I was a wee bit nervous. What if I didn’t enjoy her YA books as much as her new adult and adult books? Could I stand the disappointment? Well, I had absolutely nothing to worry about. Really, I should’ve known better than to doubt her for a second. The Accidentals was perfect. It’s one of my new favorite books from Sarina’s catalog — and from 2018 as a whole so far.

Over the last couple years, I’ve really scaled back on the amount of YA I read for a number of reasons. (None of which I’ll get into here. Ha!) But, when my favorite authors release a new book, I can’t pass it by. The Accidentals is the type of book that makes me realize why I loved YA so much in the first place. It also makes me want to reconsider how frequently I read YA books. This book had all the things I expect from Sarina — amazing characters, gorgeous writing, swoons, feels and laughs. I’d have read it from cover to cover in one sitting if not for pesky adult obligations like work.

I loved Rachel. Man, that girl put me through it all. I had so many feelings. I loved her journey to get to know her father and, you know, find out a little more about herself along the way. There were so many special little moments during this book — none of which I’m going to tell you about right now because, you know, spoilers — that pushed The Accidentals from a good book to an amazing book. Though I’d never been through the situations Rachel has, I was right there with her, experiencing all the emotions, heartbreak, happiness and even falling in love for the first time.

The Accidentals was a perfect coming of age story. It did SO MANY THINGS to my heart. Of course, it wasn’t without a super freaking swoony romance. *sigh* The love story in this book made me happier than I can even explain. The Accidentals is the type of book it’s best to just experience, knowing as little about it as possible before you go in. There are also some fantastic secondary characters who I mostly greedily hope get their own stories in the future.

Sarina rocked YA contemporary. I hope she writes more in the future. Of course, I’d pretty much read her shopping list if she published that, but that’s beside the point. 😉


My entire experience with boarding school is reading Harry Potter books. What if the sorting hat puts me in Slytherin? Are the elves friendly? Is potions class as hard as it looks?

Isn’t it true that everything we see in the night sky is really a million years old, or something? That’s a comforting though, actually. Lately my life is happening at warp speed, when I wish it wouldn’t.

Our relationship is like an experiment gone awry. Maybe my father and I will never be able to hear each other properly, because so much of our beginning was sliced off and thrown away.

“Every month I mailed a check, and every month she cashed it. And those months, they turned into years really fast. If you have a child you’ve never met, every year it gets a little easier to tell yourself that the kid is better off without you.”

About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty contemporary romance from Vermont's Green Mountains. (Her ancestors began logging and farming Vermont during the 18th century. These were rugged, outdoor types without benefit of a laptop or a good latte. It boggles the mind.)

Sarina enjoys skiing, skating and good food. She lives in Windsor County, Vermont, with her family, eight chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

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