ARC Review: The Accidentals

The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen
Release Date: July 10, 2018
Genres: YA contemporary
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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.

I adore Sarina Bowen’s romance books. Her romances are always steamy and realistic. And if anyone didn’t know, YA contemporary is one of my favorite genres. So when I found out Sarina was going to try her hand at YA contemporary I was ecstatic!

Here we meet Rachel. Her mother has just died and she finds herself moving in with her biological father, who is a famous rock star, and who she has never met. Growing up, she knew her father, Freddy Ricks, was a member of her favorite band but she never met him until he was contacted to take custody of her. She finds herself moving to L.A. for the summer before her senior year, waiting for her senior year to start so she can go to the boarding school her mother attended.

Rae and Freddy spend most of the book navigating their tremulous father-daughter relationship. There is anger on Rae’s side, confusion, anxiety, and hope, as well. Rae has no idea what it’s like to have a father, and Freddy has no idea how to be a dad.

This is always the main plot to the book. But besides that, we see Rae at her new boarding school. Making friends with her roommate. Coming out of her shell by auditioning to an a cappella group. And finding first love with a boy that lives in her dorm building.

This is a very quiet book. There are no huge wtf or omg moments. But it’s heartwarming story. You can feel Rae’s confusion and hurt, but this story has the perfect balance of humor and heartache. This was an amazing coming-of-age story!

** ARC provided in exchange for an honest review **

four stars

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