Image of One Small Thing


Image of One Small Thing

Watt’s latest standalone book is an emotional, feel-good read with relatable characters and super tender moments. One Small Thing is heartbreaking at times as one character tries to step out of their late sibling’s shadow, and another character seeks redemption for their part in a terrible tragedy. Some of the minor characters could have been fleshed out more, and the ending is a little rushed, but otherwise, this makes for a great summer read. One Small Thing demonstrates a different side to the writing abilities of the writing duo of Erin Watt, but one thing that all of their books have is heart.

When Beth’s sister tragically dies, her overprotective parents start to watch her every move as they don’t want to lose another child. One night at a party, Beth meets Chase, the new guy in town — or so she thinks. What Beth doesn’t realize is that Chase had something to do with her sister’s death. Everyone around her thinks that she should hate Chase, but she doesn’t. In fact, Beth finds herself having feelings for him. Will Beth go along with what the majority thinks she should feel or will she follow her heart? (HARLEQUIN TEEN, Jul., 304 pp., $18.99, 12 & Up)

Reviewed by: 
Susannah Balch