Sunny Shelly’s Review: Whatever Happens, by Micalea Smeltzer

 

Title: Whatever Happens
Author: Micalea Smeltzer
Genre: Young Adult Romance

Release Date: July 19, 2019

Blurb

Violet Page is having a rough time. This former popular girl
is lost. Her parents uproot everything after her younger sister’s suicide,
moving states away to escape the lingering pain of loss. She doesn’t fit in
anywhere, but finds herself strangely drawn to the boy she watches view the
world through a telescope.
Finnley Crawford isn’t your typical boy next door. Being
autistic has always set him apart from kids his age. None of them quite knows
how to approach him or interact, leaving him only one friend in the form of his
support dog. His lack of friendships lead him to a unique love of space and
aspirations of one day reaching the stars. For in the stars, he sees a peace
and beauty he can’t find on Earth.
The more time these two seemingly opposite teenagers spend
together, the more they learn it isn’t what’s on the outside that counts. So much
can be found on the inside if you only care to look.
Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars
Whatever Happens is an absolutely superb, heartbreaking, powerful, emotional, magnificent story! I’m generally not a fan of the high school stories when it comes to YA fiction, but something about this blurb drew me in. I’ve never read anything my Micalea Smeltzer before, but Finn and Violet’s story absolutely blew me away!

Violet is struggling to find a new normal in the wake of her younger autistic sister’s suicide when her family relocates from Texas to Maine. The bullying that led to her sister’s death has Violet rethinking everything about her old life and how self-absorbed she was as a popular cheerleader. Now a self-imposed loner, Violet strikes up a tentative friendship with Finn, the boy next door.

Finn leads a life of solitude. Labeled by his classmates as weird and strange, he keeps to himself with just his service dog and the stars as company. Little by little, Violet works her way into his life, and the autistic teenager opens himself up to having a friend. Where nobody else ever gave Finn a second thought, Violet sees him for who he is on the inside: a magnificent, wonderful, funny and sweet human being.

It’s not long before they fall in love, but insecurities on both their parts leads to a heartbreaking break up. Finn’s fear of never being enough, and Violet’s anger toward both Finn and her sister over not being worth sticking around for keep these teenagers apart while at the same time they are thrust together as the leads in the school’s production of Beauty & The Beast. So fitting.

Despite their differences, Violet and Finn balance each other out wonderfully. She sees who he is deep down into his soul, and she gives him a strength to be brave in a way he never imagined would be possible. This story may be a clean, sweet romance, but it is so emotionally deep.

I am so glad that I took a chance on this book, because it was positively fantastic. I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Purchase Links
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Author Bio
Hi.
I’m Micalea. Ma-call-e-uh. Weird name, I know. My mom must’ve known I was going
to be odd even in the womb. I’ve written a lot of books. Like a lot. Don’t ask
me how many, I don’t remember at this point. I have an unhealthy addiction to
Diet Coke but I can’t seem to break the habit. I listen to way too much music
and hedgehogs have taken over my life. Crazy is the word that
best sums up my life, but it’s the good kind of crazy and I wouldn’t change it
for anything.
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