Review: The Accidentals – Sarina Bowen

Posted 22 October, 2018 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 12 Comments

Review: The Accidentals – Sarina BowenThe Accidentals by Sarina Bowen
Published by Tuxbury Publishing LLC on 10 July 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Purchase
5 Stars

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.

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The Accidentals had everything I love in a romance. There was heartache, there was happiness, there were awkward reunions, and sharp humor. Plus, there was a whole lot of music!

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The Accidentals is a masterpiece of feelings. It was also a different kind of romance, because the main story wasn’t about the romance – it was about family and loss. And it was also about finding what had seemed lost forever. Plus, the music made me swoon… Because music was a very important part of The Accidentals, and it added more layers to both the characters and the story itself.

Rachel had been to hell and back, and living in a group home was not her idea of being OK. However, after her mother’s death, and even if she was almost 18, she wasn’t allowed to live alone. For the first time in her life, she got to meet her famous father. And nothing was what it seemed. The difficulty of navigating a new relationship with a father who didn’t act like one made her grief take the back-burner for a while. And moving first from her home-town to LA, then across the country to go to college made her uprooting complete.

The Accidentals also touched on other subjects, most specifically consent. I found that part of the story very well done, too. Even if I would have liked more of a consequence for someone. I loved everything about this story. The characters were so realistic, and I loved how they developed through their experiences. Recommended to everyone!


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Linda is an English as foreign language teacher and has a Master's degree in English Language and Literature. She's an avid reader, blogger, compulsive one-clicker and a genre omnivore. Ever since she learnt how to read she has been seen with a book or two in her hands everywhere she goes.

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12 responses to “Review: The Accidentals – Sarina Bowen

  1. Lorna

    I have this one and came close to starting it yesterday but went with Man Card instead. I love this author so much. 5 stars! I need to get to it!

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