Saturday, 1 July 2017

ARC Review Rant: This Is How It Happened by Paula Stokes

Release Date: 11, July, 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 384
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Publisher 
Rate: 4/5


Somehow I’ve become a liar. A coward. Here’s how it happened. 

When Genevieve Grace wakes up from a coma, she can’t remember the car crash that injured her and killed her boyfriend Dallas, a YouTube star who had just released his first album. Genevieve knows she was there, and that there was another driver, a man named Brad Freeman, who everyone assumes is guilty. But as she slowly pieces together the night of the accident, Genevieve is hit with a sickening sense of dread—that maybe she had something to do with what happened.

As the internet rages against Brad Freeman, condemning him in a brutal trial by social media, Genevieve escapes to her father’s house, where she can hide from reporters and spend the summer volunteering in beautiful Zion National Park. But she quickly realizes that she can’t run away from the accident, or the terrible aftermath of it all.

Incredibly thought-provoking and beautifully told, Paula Stokes’s story will compel readers to examine the consequences of making mistakes in a world where the internet is always watching…and judging.


This book revolves around Genevieve Grace, girlfriend of the famous YouTube sensation, Dallas. A car accident results in death of Dallas but Genevieve survives. Charges are placed against Brad Freeman, whose believed to have caused this accident. Genevieve gets social media anxiety and joins her father away from her hometown. There she changes her identity and tries to forget her past but ends up tangled badly in the whole mess of Dallas' case when she regains her memory back.
This book was so slow yet so good. It is about the judgemental people on social media. How social media makes you lie due to the fear of being judged. How you don't get the courage to speak the truth. This book has a powerful message. Genevieve is a really strong character. Her character development was stupendous. The plot was really dragging and nothing happens until like 200 pages. The relationship development between her and her dad was beautiful. Her mom was really annoying and I really didn't like her. She was bossy but she really loves her daughter. Plus we get a slow torture cute romance. ♡
Overall, a really nice contemporary with a powerful message! A must read!

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