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It Happens All the Time Audiobook

It Happens All the Time: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

From master storyteller Amy Hatvany - whose writing has been hailed as "gripping and emotionally honest" (Stephanie Evanovich, New York Times best-selling 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.

©2017 Amy Hatvany (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 06-06-17
    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 06-06-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Heroine was hard to empathize with"

    I am sorry if my thoughts on this book offend an rape survivor but this book created some strong emotions in me and I felt really unsettled and unsatisfied with this book’s ending. I get that the author was tackling a sensitive subject but I didn’t quite agree with certain things. I needed time to reflect so I can write my review with sensitivity, yet honesty. I do not feel like I can be honest without victimizing people who have already been brutalized. So I will keep my words brief.

    The book starts off with a history of how young Amber Bryant and Tyler Hicks became friends complete with their various family dysfunction. I believe the author was trying to lay foundation of what drove Amber and Tyler. This background led me to connect with Tyler and not so much with Amber. There were a lot of things that rubbed me the wrong. First I want to start off by saying Rape is just a horrible crime. I am not interested in victim blaming or justifications, however I do believe alcohol abuse does change the situation. I am not blaming Amber at all, but I am saying that Tyler wasn’t in a clear frame of mind to be making sure he “got” consent first. In addition, I do not agree that Tyler, whom the author had painted as a nice friend, just turned into a this monster so fast and the reader is to believe that he would take advice for a father whom he has despised just so he can avoid dealing with devastation his actions wrought. I do love that Amber talked to both her parents and they stood by her. The fact that they embraced her immediately and validated her was everything. Her parents seemed to be really good parents unlike Tyler’s parents.

    I didn’t like the hypocrisy in the end with Amber committing a crime, but it’s viewed with “understanding” and it’s okay that Tyler covered her actions up because I guess Tyler owes Amber for his part in hurting her.

    At the end of the day, I hope all rape victims get counseling and have a support for their healing. .This book was hard to review but it make me examine my own beliefs on the topic. I hope to learn more about how to help victims.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    chrispy Reno 05-31-17
    chrispy Reno 05-31-17 Member Since 2006

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    "not so much"

    I usually like Amy's books. But this one, not so much. I found the characters not likable. towards the end of the book, I really wasn't invested in them. I do not recommend.

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    Jennifer 04-05-17
    Jennifer 04-05-17 Member Since 2008
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    "I'm sorry but I absolutely hated this book."

    The story absolutely drive me crazy. I listened to the whole story trying to finally like it but it was in vain. It put me in the worst mood ever. It did not make sense that the characters could not communicate and come to some sort of resolution.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Pulaski, VA, United States 06-27-17
    Kindle Customer Pulaski, VA, United States 06-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Too far fetched."

    Accountability was one-sided. Therefore unrealistic . The performance portion was fantastic and the book was well written. Plot too far fetched to me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tanisha Meriden, CT, United States 06-18-17
    Tanisha Meriden, CT, United States 06-18-17 Member Since 2014

    a lover of books and finer things

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    "Julia was wonderful, the story was interesting but"

    I suppose the story should've taught the reader how easily an obsession can lead to tragic actions that saying I'm sorry for can't repair the damage. The problem with that is, the female lead is hard to feel sorry or sympathy for. Compassion for yes but sympathy for her is a little hard to do when she knew what she was doing and didn't stop to think of the consequences and neither did her best friend. No, means No and two wrongs don't make a right but still.

    The male narrator, Kirby Heyborne, sucks. Julia Whelan should've read the book alone. Her male character voice sounds more authoritative as a man than Kirby's. Quite frankly Kirby sounds more like a girl.

    This was an ok read but not a great one.

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    Audible 05-02-17
    Audible 05-02-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome read"

    This audiobook is the best I've heard in a long time. Thank you Audible! Yay!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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