With nuance and compassion for her characters, Hatvany reveals the fallout of the ultimate betrayal of trust.

IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME

A friendship is torn apart after the heartbreaking decisions of one tragic night.

From the first moment that Tyler Hicks saw Amber Bryant, he knew that she was special. After moving to a new town as a high school sophomore and dealing with his parents’ subsequent divorce, Tyler leaned on Amber—as well as her family—to help him through the difficult times. After struggling with an eating disorder that led to a heart attack, Amber needed Tyler’s friendship, too. While Amber preferred their relationship to remain platonic, Tyler dreamed of no one else but her. After moving back home from college, newly engaged to the seemingly perfect Daniel and ready to embark on her career, Amber feels confused and overwhelmed. Her relationship with Daniel has moved quickly but also transitioned into a long-distance one. While she certainly loves him, there are still elements of her life that only Tyler knows. Most confusing, Tyler is still fixated on her, and she knows it. After a night of drinking and partying, their relationship is forever changed, and Amber spirals back into a dark hole of depression and harmful behavior. The novel begins with Amber pointing a gun at Tyler and demanding that he drive, and from that moment it travels at a quick pace. From Amber's and Tyler’s alternating perspectives, Hatvany (Somewhere Out There, 2016, etc.) delves into the issues of friendship, power dynamics, and consent. While for the most part both Amber and Tyler are complex and well-developed, sometimes the heavy-handedness of the plot dominates the characters. Hatvany does well in elevating the stakes for the protagonists, both of whom have so much to lose. Similarly, the characters on the periphery are also well-done and interesting—from Tyler’s womanizing and crass father, Jason, to his EMT partner and frequent voice of reason, Mason.

With nuance and compassion for her characters, Hatvany reveals the fallout of the ultimate betrayal of trust.

Pub Date: March 28, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4767-0445-6

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: Dec. 26, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2017

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Finding positivity in negative pregnancy-test results, this depiction of a marriage in crisis is nearly perfect.

ALL YOUR PERFECTS

Named for an imperfectly worded fortune cookie, Hoover's (It Ends with Us, 2016, etc.) latest compares a woman’s relationship with her husband before and after she finds out she’s infertile.

Quinn meets her future husband, Graham, in front of her soon-to-be-ex-fiance’s apartment, where Graham is about to confront him for having an affair with his girlfriend. A few years later, they are happily married but struggling to conceive. The “then and now” format—with alternating chapters moving back and forth in time—allows a hopeful romance to blossom within a dark but relatable dilemma. Back then, Quinn’s bad breakup leads her to the love of her life. In the now, she’s exhausted a laundry list of fertility options, from IVF treatments to adoption, and the silver lining is harder to find. Quinn’s bad relationship with her wealthy mother also prevents her from asking for more money to throw at the problem. But just when Quinn’s narrative starts to sound like she’s writing a long Facebook rant about her struggles, she reveals the larger issue: Ever since she and Graham have been trying to have a baby, intimacy has become a chore, and she doesn’t know how to tell him. Instead, she hopes the contents of a mystery box she’s kept since their wedding day will help her decide their fate. With a few well-timed silences, Hoover turns the fairly common problem of infertility into the more universal problem of poor communication. Graham and Quinn may or may not become parents, but if they don’t talk about their feelings, they won’t remain a couple, either.

Finding positivity in negative pregnancy-test results, this depiction of a marriage in crisis is nearly perfect.

Pub Date: July 17, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5011-7159-8

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: May 1, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2018

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The emotions run high, the conversations run deep, and the relationships ebb and flow with grace.

REGRETTING YOU

When tragedy strikes, a mother and daughter forge a new life.

Morgan felt obligated to marry her high school sweetheart, Chris, when she got pregnant with their daughter, Clara. But she secretly got along much better with Chris’ thoughtful best friend, Jonah, who was dating her sister, Jenny. Now her life as a stay-at-home parent has left her feeling empty but not ungrateful for what she has. Jonah and Jenny eventually broke up, but years later they had a one-night stand and Jenny got pregnant with their son, Elijah. Now Jonah is back in town, engaged to Jenny, and working at the local high school as Clara’s teacher. Clara dreams of being an actress and has a crush on Miller, who plans to go to film school, but her father doesn't approve. It doesn’t help that Miller already has a jealous girlfriend who stalks him via text from college. But Clara and Morgan’s home life changes radically when Chris and Jenny are killed in an accident, revealing long-buried secrets and forcing Morgan to reevaluate the life she chose when early motherhood forced her hand. Feeling betrayed by the adults in her life, Clara marches forward, acting both responsible and rebellious as she navigates her teenage years without her father and her aunt, while Jonah and Morgan's relationship evolves in the wake of the accident. Front-loaded with drama, the story leaves plenty of room for the mother and daughter to unpack their feelings and decide what’s next.

The emotions run high, the conversations run deep, and the relationships ebb and flow with grace.

Pub Date: Dec. 10, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5420-1642-1

Page Count: 400

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Review Posted Online: Oct. 14, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2019

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