Review by Melinda Garza
In Amy Hatvany's novel, It Happens All The Time, you quickly become consumed with this emotional and very complex read. This story has alternating views between Amber and Tyler. Amber and Tyler are close friends, if not best friends. They have known each other since their teenage years when Tyler and his parents moved into the neighborhood. A short time after moving in, his parents divorce and Amber's mom and Tyler's become confidants. Amber and Tyler also trusted and depended on each other.
After Amber graduates from college, she returns to her childhood home for the summer. She and Tyler spend a lot of time together. One night they attend a party and Amber kisses Tyler but Amber is engaged to her college sweetheart. She always felt like their relationship was just one of friendship but unbeknownst to Amber, Tyler always secretly wished they would be more than just friends. This drunken kiss and what happens next when she says no and he doesn't listen, changes their lives forever and the trust they once shared is shattered.
When rape and the lack of consent in sexual interactions occur, there are dire consequences. How will they live the rest of their lives and understand what happened? Rape and its recovery is a very sensitive and heavy subject and after reading this novel, I would recommend it to all. It is an emotionally wrenching story that opens doors to the conversation of date rape. It is a definite must read!
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Amy Hatvany graduated with a degree in Sociology only to discover most sociologists are unemployed. Soon followed a variety of jobs – some of which she loved, like decorating wedding cakes; others which she merely tolerated, like receptionist.
Amy spends most of her time today with her second and final husband, Stephan. (Seriously, if this one doesn’t work out, she’s done, kaput, no more husbands.) She stays busy with her two children, Scarlett and Miles, and her “bonus child,” Anna. Their blended family also includes two four-legged hairy children, commonly known as Black Lab mutts, Kenda and Dolcé.
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