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Sometimes It Happens - Lauren Barnholdt Hannah Kaplan is starting her first day of senior year and it's a doozy. Three months earlier she found her boyfriend cheating on her at a party and was determined to get over it with her best friend, Ava, until Ava announced that she was leaving for the summer. Ava's parting instruction was for her boyfriend Noah to keep an eye out over Hannah to make sure she didn't stay in her room, depressed. Noah gets her a job at a local diner where he works and where Hannah meets Lacey, an eccentric but fun girl with who she becomes fast friends with. Hannah, initially frustrated about wasting her summer in a diner, comes to appreciate her new settings and the increasingly progressive amount of time she spends with Noah.And I guess you can see where this is going, because the story goes right where you expect, except the build up is slow and steady and not over-bearing and the ramifications are real and in everyone's face. The thing I liked most about the book is that there was no feigning ignorance about what happens when you go behind someone's back and rather than lying it's better to own up to your mistakes.The ending is unsure but hopeful and not in way that makes you frustrated, given the circumstances. If you're looking for an easy, slightly fluffy summer read then add this to your pile.