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  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142411558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142411551
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 605,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susane Colasanti lives in New York City.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Nov. 2006
Format: Hardcover
When her senior year starts, Sara's attention is focused on college and on Dave. Dave is a new student and a popular athlete, and Sara thinks he may just be a candidate for the "something real" she wants to find. Tobey, however, is focused on his music and on Sara. He wants Sara to fall in love with him (as he is in love with her, despite the fact that the two are not close), but unfortunately he's got Dave as competition.

Despite Sara's attraction to Dave, Tobey and Sara are obviously meant to be together. They're almost unrealistically compatible, having even the little things--such as how they eat their onion rings--in common. Even more importantly, they both want the same thing. They're both searching for "the one," a soulmate, what Sara calls "something real"--could they find it in each other? Even if they do, there are still some obstacles. Tobey and Sara want different things from their futures, but can they overcome that?

WHEN IT HAPPENS is a wonderful story told in the fresh voices of Tobey and Sara. It's a romance, certainly, but there's more to it than that. Tobey and Sara are fantastic, likeable, and believable characters, with lives outside of each other, which adds an extra dimension to what would otherwise just be one of a million cheesy romance novels, but is instead a wonderfully written and almost too-good-to-be-true story of two teenagers looking for love.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Claire Mill on 11 July 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I've not read anything by Susane Colasanti before, but I've had a couple of her books on my wish list for a while. I did something I rarely do with an author I've not tried before, and actually ordered 2 of her books together, this one and 'Take Me There'. I started with this one and was very happy with what I found, and glad I took the chance and ordered two of her books.

Sara is smart, like, really smart and she doesn't go for slackers. But she's a romantic as well and searching for a serious love, something that will last, someone who can be her everything. Tobey is a slacker, he doesn't work at anything but still manages to do okay in his exams. He's determined not to go to college and to make it on the music scene with his band anyway. But he's also in love with Sara. He's certain they'll be perfect together and that one of the most popular guys in school, who's just asked her out, isn't nearly good enough for her. When Tobey starts making his interest clear, sparks start to fly.

Okay, so I admit this is a fairly predictable, slightly fluffy, young adult romance, but I really enjoyed it. It's told in alternating POV's from Tobey and Sara, and we get to see the same events through both eyes at times. Which to start with, took a little getting used to as it meant it kept jumping back a little to go forward. But it does work, really well. And it makes for a good way to tell the story of these characters who were easy to like and easy to relate to. The whole high school dynamic, the geeks, the jocks, the popular girls, was all there. It wasn't softened, ignored, or over used. It was just 'this is high school' and could easily be any high school.

The way Sara and Tobey thought, the way they see things, felt very realistic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kirsty at the Overflowing Library VINE VOICE on 23 Sept. 2012
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I got this book a while back as I wanted to read more contemporary fiction and then left it on the shelf for ages. Why I did this to myself I have no idea because it was so good and I whizzed through it in a matter of hours.

When it happens is the story of Sara and Tobey and is split between their dual narrative. Sara is waiting for the perfect guy to come along and whisk her off her feet and doesn't want to settle for anything less while Tobey wants Sara to fall in love with him. The only problem is that Sara is dating David who really isn't that perfect guy she has been searching for.

I lived several things about this book. Firstly I loved both Sara and Tobey and loved seeing how their relationship develops and changes over the course of the book. I thought Tobey was particularly gorgeous in his guitar boy, arm pumping ways and I found myself loving him more and more as I got to know him. I loved the friendship between Sara and her best friends Maggie and Laila and loved how close they were. They are the kind of girls I wanted as best friends when I was 17 and never found and I just loved how supportive they were of each other without being bitchy. The story itself ticks along nicely. It isn't ground breaking and is probably quite predictable but it was really satisfying as a reader and I loved spending a few hours getting completely absorbed in it.

All in all a fabulous read which I enjoyed thoroughly.
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By SugarGlass on 21 Mar. 2014
Format: Paperback
Young Adut novels tend to be a little hit-and-miss, particularly when it's a romance story, and I think I can call this book a miss easily.

Reading When It Happens, the book lacks substance. We're never really given much of a concrete reasoning WHY Sara and Toby are so attracted to each other- they just are. Even from reading the back of the book, it's obvious that the main characters will end up together. As a result, Sara's other possible love interest, Dave, is set up to be almost cartoonishly jerkish, which leads us to wonder how great Sara's taste is if she liked him so much. It felt quite cheap, to be honest, because it's obvious from about the fourth chapter in that Dave isn't going to be a serious competitor for Sara's affections, so we're lead on a tedious journey through Sara's awkward dates with Dave that we already know won't work out. But the thing is, Tobey doesn't really see like a much worthier dating prospect. Most of what he talks about is either how "hot and smart" Sara is or his band and how his parents don't understand him, but again, we don't get much further exploration of his character. He also has a really superficial attraction to Sara, saying she is "not like most girls", which apparently means that most girls cannot be "hot and smart."

Perhaps this is a perspective problem, as it's all written in the first person, one chapter Sara's and then one Tobey's, but we rarely get much insight into how the characters feel on a deep scale, so it becomes really, really difficult to care about anything that happens to them, which isn't much. The plot never really goes anywhere unexpected, subplots that might have potential are brought up and then dropped again.
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