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One Small Thing: Book Review

One Small Thing: Book Review

TITLE: One Small Thing

Author:  Erin Watt

Expected publication: June 26th 2018

RATING: ★★★☆☆

3 out of 5 stars


Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died. Her parents try to lock her down, believing they can keep her safe by monitoring her every move. When Beth sneaks out to a party one night and meets the new guy in town, Chase, she’s thrilled to make a secret friend. It seems a small thing, just for her.

Only Beth doesn’t know how big her secret really is…

Fresh out of juvie and determined to start his life over, Chase has demons to face and much to atone for, including his part in the night Beth’s sister died. Beth, who has more reason than anyone to despise him, is willing to give him a second chance. A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for senior year, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings get.

Now Beth has a choice to make—follow the rules, or risk tearing everything apart…again.


Pages: 384

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Series? No, its a standalone.


MY REVIEW OF One Small Thing:

One Small Thing by Erin Watt was a book that I thought I would enjoy more than I actually did. Don’t get me wrong, there was times I really enjoyed this book, but as whole I’m not much of a fan of contemporary as I am of YA fantasy.

It was an overall enjoyable read but there were little bits about the book that I didn’t enjoy, such as the amount of cursing throughout the novel. I must say that although I never fully enjoy a book that is full of curse words, they at least made sense in this book (a highschool crowd, with a cast full of teenagers).

One thing that I think worked really well for this book was that it was so true to real life. It didn’t take any shortcuts and portrayed the emotions of grief as well as highschool scenes accurately. At some points, I think the characters may have been portrayed as a little bit older than they were supposed to be.

I really enjoyed the whole theme of the book and how it ties to the title, One Small Thing. If you read this book, you will know what I mean, but I definitely think that it was a nice touch and it was well done.

I loved the character Chase/Charles Donnelly. He is authentic and as a character he is well formed. He is kind and yet he is filled with guilt because of what happened (don’t want to spoil too much here!).

I have mixed feelings about the main character Beth/Lizzie/Elizabeth. At first, I thought she was totally annoying about disrespecting her parents and rebelling, but as the story went on, I started to side with her more and more.

I recommend this book to anybody who enjoys reading YA contemporary, angsty teenage love, or books about life in highschool.

Trigger warning:

This book contains some content that may not be suitable for all readers. There is death and grieving, mention of drugs and alcohol, and abusive relationships.


*Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC of One Small Thing!

Thanks for reading this book review!

Sarah June


*I receieved an ARC of One Small Thing in exchange for an honest review. Receiving a copy of this book did not change my opinion in any way.

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