Review: The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen

Posted August 14, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 8 Comments

Review: The Accidentals by Sarina BowenThe Accidentals by Sarina Bowen
Published by Indie Published, Tuxbury Publishing LLC on July 10, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Point of View: First Person
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
four-stars

A YA novel from USA Today bestselling author Sarina Bowen.

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.

Sarina Bowen has been a staple on my go to authors for great contemporary romances as well as New Adult romances. Now she’s trying her hand at Young Adult stories and The Accidentals is her first shot out of that particular gate. I’m happy to report that Sarina Bowen continues to shine in whatever writing endeavor she undertakes because I really enjoyed The Accidentals.

Rachel’s father in one of the most popular country singers in the country and she knows every single song he’s ever released, she knows so many little tidbits about him but she’s never met him in real life until her mother dies and she is given over to his care. After years and years from watching her father from afar, she’s thrown into his world while she is grieving her dead mother and she’s floundering. The only thing holding her above water is her acceptance letter to the private school that her mother attended when she was her age. She has been looking forward to going to this school for years and now that she’s finally able to go, she’s hoping for a fresh start that will help her move on from the hurt and the awkwardness of getting to know the one person that should have been in your life the whole time.

This book is told in first person, from Rachel’s perspective and being inside her head wasn’t always easy. She’s going through some really personal things and my heart hurt for her at every turn in the beginning.

There was a lot to like in this book. Seeing Rachel grow into who she was meant to be was pretty great and seeing her find her way in a new place, surrounded by new people both at school and at home was neat too because it really showed how resilient she was. She wasn’t perfect in that I did find myself frustrated with her from time to time but in the end, when it mattered, I really liked her character and who she was.

Sarina Bowen introduced us to a great cast of characters that really made this story pop just that much more. From Haze to Jake to Henry and just everyone that we meet in this book brought something to the story and I was glad to have met them all. There was an interesting mix of characters and that was cool.

As an L.A. native who lives so very close to Manhattan Beach, it was great to see a setting so close to home and picture everything so perfectly in my mind. Sarina Bowen’s efforts with this one really paid off because I enjoyed this one from beginning to end. I definitely recommend.

Final Grade

4 out of 5

four-stars


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8 responses to “Review: The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen

  1. Lovely review darling. I am glad to hear that this one worked for you, I don’t read YA, but I love seeing authors delve into other genres and be successful with it. Not many authors can do that!! 🙂

    • Rowena

      Thanks Renee! Yeah, I like contemporary YA romances and even the coming of age stories so I jumped right into this one. I’m glad I did because I enjoyed it. Sarina Bowen can literally do no wrong for me. 🙂

    • Rowena

      Thanks Quinn, it’s a good one but I would start with her Ivy Years series if you haven’t tried any of her books yet. Those completely sold her for me as an author. She’s so good!

  2. I have to give this one a try. I was a little wary of this one because it was music-oriented, but it is Sarina Bowen, and I love 90% of her books. I love the sound of Rachel’s growth.
    Lovely review, Rowena!

    • Rowena

      Thanks Nick! I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did when you get around to it. It was good, I promise! 🙂

  3. Great review, I have this on the Kindle waiting for me to be in the mood for it. I’m a fan of Bowen’s so always want to check out what she writes anyway but I’m so curious how this YA book will turn out. Glad to see you enjoyed it and it’s not a case of me buying a dud. I definitely think it sounds like something I’ll enjoy so I’ll get to it.

    • Rowena

      Thanks boo! It’s more focused on the character development of the main character and that’s really the key difference from this book to her other more adult books. Still, Sarina Bowen did a great job with it and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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