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When It Happens
ISBN: 9780142411551
Author: Colasanti, Susane
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Published: May 2008
Retail: $9.99    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: Reminiscent of the film "Say Anything," this debut novel is a sweet story about teens who are searching for The One.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Interpersonal relations; Fiction.
High schools; Fiction.
Self-actualization (Psychology); Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2008014773
Lexile Measure: 500
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
BISAC category: JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Dating & Sex
Target Age Group: Age 15-18
Target Grade: Grade 10-12
Grade level: Grade 10-12
Physical Information: 1.00" H x 100.00" L x 5.50" W
Lexile Level: 500
Bargain Category: Art/Music, High School, Middle School, Social Issues
Grade level(s): 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 107183
Reading Level: 3.5   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 8.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q55261
Reading Level: 5.7   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 16.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
Reminiscent of the movie "Say Anything," a debut novel for all those searching for The One

Sara and Tobey couldnat be more different. She is focused on getting into her first-choice college; he wants to win Battle of the Bands. Saraas other goal is to find true love, so when Dave, a popular jock, asks her out, sheas thrilled. But then thereas Tobey. His amazing blue eyes and quirky wit always creep into her thoughts. It just so happens that one of Tobeyas goals is also to make Sara fall in love with him. Told in alternating points of view, Sara and Tobeyas real connection will have everyone rooting for them from the minute they meet

Contributor Bio(s):
Susane Colasanti is the author of When It Happens, Take Me There, and Waiting for You. She has a bachelorís degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a masterís degree from New York University. Before becoming a full-time author, Susane was a high school Physics and Earth Science teacher for almost ten years. She lives in New York City.
Susane Colasanti is the author of When It Happens, Take Me There, and Waiting for You. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from New York University. Before becoming a full-time author, Susane was a high school Physics and Earth Science teacher for almost ten years. She lives in New York City.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Fall)
Slacker musician Tobey has a crush on smart Sara, who is dating popular kid Dave; eventually Sara drops Dave for Tobey. Tobey and Sara narrate alternate chapters, and while the teen slang seems forced and dated in places and the situations are not exactly unique, the characters' voices are distinct in this sweet romance. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2006 June #2)

In Colasanti's sweet debut, an unlikely pair of high school seniors fall for each other, and learn to handle the ups and downs that come with love. At the start of the book, overachiever Sara starts dating popular Dave, mainly because "after being a nobody for so long, it feels awesome to be a somebody." But when she gets paired up with smart slacker musician Tobey, they instantly connect and Sara realizes true love is "finally happening." Told through the couple's alternating perspectives, the story realistically captures the thrill of first love (Sara realizes that "When I'm with Tobey, an hour seems like a second"). After finding each other, Sara and Tobey must deal with jealous exes as well as their futures (Tobey learns to study, hoping to go to the Manhattan Music Academy and be near Sara at NYU). Readers may find the plot somewhat thin, and secondary story lines remain underdeveloped (e.g., Sara's strained relationship with her mother, who was 16 when Sara was born; her friend Maggie's struggles to deal with her parents' divorce). But the book emulates the feeling that everything but the budding romance slips to the background. Even the delectably hokey scene in which Tobey wins Sara back by standing under her window, holding up his boom box over his head (like John Cusack in her favorite scene from Say Anything ) is sure to make readers smile. Ages 12-up. (May)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2006 July)

Gr 9 Up -In the first chapter, readers find out that Sara is entering her senior year hoping that she'll find "true love." She is encouraged when Dave asks her out. He is part of the in crowd, and she begins to hang out with his friends, at the expense of her relationships with her girlfriends. Next, readers hear from Tobey. He has slept with a couple of girls, but is uncomfortable with that kind of relationship. He thinks Sara is his "real thing," and he asks her friend Laila to help him win her over. Tobey and Sara become partners in music class and find they have much in common. Dave, on the other hand, is a disappointment to her. When he pressures Sara to sleep with him, she finally realizes that she confused her attraction to his good looks and connections with honest feelings. Through alternating chapters, readers get the perspectives of Tobey and Sara about their developing relationship. The easy style of the writing reflects how teens speak, and some of the characters' language is realistically gritty. This is a fun romance with lots of dialogue that, due to the many popular-culture references, will become dated quickly.-Karen Hoth, Marathon Middle/High School, FL

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