Whatever Happens

Whatever Happens

Violet Page is having a rough time. This former popular girl is lost. Her parents uproot everything after her younger sister’s suicide, moving states away to escape the lingering pain of loss. She doesn’t fit in anywhere, but finds herself strangely drawn to the boy she watches view the world through a telescope. Finnley Crawford isn’t your typical boy next door. Being aut...

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Title:Whatever Happens
Author:Micalea Smeltzer
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Edition Language:English

Whatever Happens Reviews

  • Anne Milne

    Every now and again you start to read a book and you get chills because you know you are reading something special.

    I could tell the author out alot of thought into this story. Violet and Finn have topped the list of my favourite YA couples. A different kind of love story with such a beautiful message behind it. The friendship that develops between them is written so beautifully. The patience and understanding that Violet shows Finn will have you wishing everyone was this way. Finn is such an am

    Every now and again you start to read a book and you get chills because you know you are reading something special.

    I could tell the author out alot of thought into this story. Violet and Finn have topped the list of my favourite YA couples. A different kind of love story with such a beautiful message behind it. The friendship that develops between them is written so beautifully. The patience and understanding that Violet shows Finn will have you wishing everyone was this way. Finn is such an amazing young man. I felt like I was with him as he navigates all these new experiences. If your a fan of slow build gentle love this book is for you. The way the real life issues are written make them so relatable. A truly beautiful story that I would recommend everyone reads. My only complaint it's not long enough and I need the years between chapter 37 and the epilogue.

    Reviewed by United Indie Book Blog

  • Emma Johnston

    Oh my goodness. This story was simply beautiful. It was a different kind of love but it was amazing none the less.

    Vi and Finn, oh my. I just loved them so much!

    My favourite book from Micalea Smeltzer!

  • Kari Davis

    What a stunningly beautiful story. Micalea you brought so much to this story. Two souls who are different from one another but connect in the most truthful way. If I could give this more than 5 stars I would. I never wanted their story too end. I connected easily with these two.

    Violet has recently had her whole world turned upside down. Moving to a new town means trying to move on with the tragedy that has broken her f

    What a stunningly beautiful story. Micalea you brought so much to this story. Two souls who are different from one another but connect in the most truthful way. If I could give this more than 5 stars I would. I never wanted their story too end. I connected easily with these two.

    Violet has recently had her whole world turned upside down. Moving to a new town means trying to move on with the tragedy that has broken her family. When she meets Finn she sees something in him that starts to fill the holes she has.

    Finn is different from other kids. He is autistic and kids think he’s weird and don’t truly understand who Finn is. He has some ticks, but he’s just a person like everyone else. When he meets Violet he’s a bit thrown off by her because she treats him like he’s just another guy. He likes Violet but he’s not use to feeling what he’s feeling towards her.

    These two together made me smile, made me feel and I loved how Micalea brought some needed truth. Just because someone may be different from myself or others doesn’t mean they are weird or freaks. If we all had a little compassion and got to know people, maybe the world might be a better place. Having worked around kids and adults with special needs, this book showed what they are a gift.

    Violet and Finn are exactly what I needed right now. Their love story was the kind that brought me butterflies. I felt the shy smiles, the awkward moments and the sweetness of first loves. These two were perfect for one another. They brought each other out of the darkness that they both were living in. Like stars in the sky or diamonds in the sky they sparkled together as one. It was absolutely beautiful.

    My favorite scene:

    Micalea thank you for a exquisite and lovely story. I would love too see more of these two but you gave me a HEA that was perfect for these two. I highly recommend this to everyone. It’s a ya book that has some steam, but it’s not filled with sex. It’s the little moments of first loves and it fit the story and felt real.

    ARC received for honest review

  • Jenifer Briggs

    What a beautiful, heartbreaking, powerful story Micalea Smeltzer has written! I don't usually read YA novels, but this book drew me in within the first paragraphs and I couldn't put it down!

    We meet Violet at the start of her senior year, after moving from Texas to Massachusetts after a devastating loss, she and her parents are trying to rebuild their lives and find a semblance of normalcy after Violet's fourteen year old sister committed suicide. Her losing her sister in such a way caused Violet

    What a beautiful, heartbreaking, powerful story Micalea Smeltzer has written! I don't usually read YA novels, but this book drew me in within the first paragraphs and I couldn't put it down!

    We meet Violet at the start of her senior year, after moving from Texas to Massachusetts after a devastating loss, she and her parents are trying to rebuild their lives and find a semblance of normalcy after Violet's fourteen year old sister committed suicide. Her losing her sister in such a way caused Violet to really look into herself and see the person she was becoming and did a total 180. She used to be a popular cheerleader, but now she just wants to get through her last year of high school so she can go to college and continue her life.

    She meets her next door neighbor Finn, and immediately feels a pull towards him. He's different than any boy she used to know, and not just because he's autistic (her sister had a form of autism as well) but because of who he is on the inside. She sees someone who doesn't fall into the norms of high school, and being a teenager especially, but someone who is just living day by day, just like she is.

    Eventually these two form a friendship, and even though we only get Violets POV throughout the novel, you can tell that Finn feels just as deep for her as she does for him. After a few innocent touches and kisses, and one heavy make out session, they finally declare what they are to each other.

    I love how even though they are so different, they balance each other out in the best of ways. He convinces her to try out for their school play (Beauty and the Beast!!) And they wind up both being the leads, and their chemistry offstage transfers onstage as well.

    Though Violet's feelings quickly turn into love, Finn and her have a turning point in their relationship that I expected, but it still was so heartbreaking. He never felt like he could be enough for Violet, or that be was good enough for her (though no fault of her own) he let her go. They of course find their way back to one another months later, after which Violet goes to therapy to deal with her lingering anger towards her sisters suicide, and she comes out the other side stronger than ever.

    I love how at the end, we are thrust 10 years after they graduate college, and are (literally) about to become parents. I'm a sucker for a first love turned into forever love romance!

    Another aspect that I love about this story is that Violet never cared about what Finn looked like -- she was attracted to him physically, but what she fell in love with most of all was his heart and soul, and that's something that should not be taken lightly, especially in this day and age. I also love how Micalea often shows in her writing that mental health is just as important as your physical help, and when Violet told her parents that she wanted to see a therapist, they didn't see any negatives to that. Therapy often times comes with a stigma, and if our society wasn't so closed minded, maybe we would be happier as a whole.

    I cannot gush about this story enough: their love was perfect, as was the main takeaway of this love story: it's more important who a person is in their soul, versus how they look on the outside. I love that so much.

    Go read this novel; you won't be disappointed!

    **I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**

  • Kendall {Book Crazy}

    I’ve read almost all of this author’s books and I always look forward to a new release from her! I received an ARC of this book and started reading it straightway without reading the synopsis! After reading this book, I can say that I loved it a lot! I really connected with the plot and felt like the author did a brilliant job with it! It only took me a few sittings to read as well because I didn’t want to put it down until I had finished it! There was also some romance in the plot between the m

    I’ve read almost all of this author’s books and I always look forward to a new release from her! I received an ARC of this book and started reading it straightway without reading the synopsis! After reading this book, I can say that I loved it a lot! I really connected with the plot and felt like the author did a brilliant job with it! It only took me a few sittings to read as well because I didn’t want to put it down until I had finished it! There was also some romance in the plot between the main character and her love interest and it was very sweet and I loved the way the author developed it! This book was also very emotional and it left me with tears running down my face several times! I wasn't expecting it to be so emotional, but there were some very sad moments and then some beautiful moments! The characters were also amazing and made this book even better! Violet was the main character, and in this book she and her family were dealing with a loss in their family and they were struggling! Violet tried her best in this book and my heart did go out to her because she felt a lot of guilt! I also loved the way that Violet was with her love interest! She treated him exactly how everyone else should have and this made me have a lot of respect for her! Finn was the love interest of Violet! I loved Finn in this book! He had autism, which did make him a bit different because he found it difficult to understand sarcasm and he liked routine, but he was also such a sweet guy and just wanted to be accepted the way he was! I loved Finn in his book! He was so sweet with Violet and he did grow in confidence as his relationship with her progressed! He also grew as a character too! This book was only written from Violet’s point of view, which did surprise me a little! I was expecting this book to be written from dual point of view, especially as the synopsis (which I read after I read the book lol) does gives this impression, so I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get to go inside Finn’s head! He was such an intriguing character and I would have loved to have gotten to know what he was thinking and how he felt! I did like this reading this book though Violet’s eyes and seeing how she viewed Finn though and I was still able to connect with Finn! I can also completely understand why this book is a standalone! The plot was wrapped up and there weren’t any unanswered questions! I would love to read more on Violet and Finn, but this book was left at the perfect for them and summed up their relationship! I now can’t wait to see what this author is going to release next! I’ll definitely be reading it and can’t wait to find out more about it! The cover for this book is also absolutely stunning! You can see how well it suits the book after you read it and I loved it as soon as I saw it! The images also suits the characters of Violet and Finn too! Big thank you to Micalea for an ARC of What Happens!

  • Andrea Morgan

    A beautiful story very worthy of 5 shining stars

    I absolutly adored this story, i was pulled in right from the start .Violet is dealing with heartbreaking grief and barely functioning having moved homes to try and make life easier and memories a little less painful. She forms a strong friendship with the boy next door finn which ultimately leads to a beautiful relationship ,but real raw love never run smoothly, we follow vi and finn on an emotionally powerful and heartbreaking journey of not jus

    A beautiful story very worthy of 5 shining stars

    I absolutly adored this story, i was pulled in right from the start .Violet is dealing with heartbreaking grief and barely functioning having moved homes to try and make life easier and memories a little less painful. She forms a strong friendship with the boy next door finn which ultimately leads to a beautiful relationship ,but real raw love never run smoothly, we follow vi and finn on an emotionally powerful and heartbreaking journey of not just first love but of self acceptance and worth ,of moving on from suicide and its after effects .

    "Whatever happens , you'll always love me, right?"

    This book had me crying ,laughing and oh in places it made my heart hurt but ultimately left with a huge smile on my face loved every minute of reading this book .

  • Secretly Adorkable Readers

    Micalea is a very talented author who started writing really young. She captures & draws you in every story she writes.

    Violet & Finnleys story was beautiful to say the least. This hit home & cried a little because my 24 year old stepson is minor autistic. He is photogenic but his social skills are lacking. If you are looking for a different kind of love, read "Whatever Happens". Loved this book!

  • Whoo Gives A Hoot

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    is a beautifully captivating and an emotionally heartbreaking journey that wholeheartedly captivated my heart and soul. Micaela Smeltzer's powerful storytelling ability ALWAYS has me hook, line, and sinker right from the first few words on the page and this story was no exception. This phenomenally talented author never ceases to amaze me with the stories she writes and this is hands down one of my favorites from her. I COULD NOT p

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    is a beautifully captivating and an emotionally heartbreaking journey that wholeheartedly captivated my heart and soul. Micaela Smeltzer's powerful storytelling ability ALWAYS has me hook, line, and sinker right from the first few words on the page and this story was no exception. This phenomenally talented author never ceases to amaze me with the stories she writes and this is hands down one of my favorites from her. I COULD NOT put this story down and the characters have secured a special place in my heart forever and always!

    Violet Page and Finnley Crawford were an interesting pair of characters and their love story was absolutely epic. It gave me all the warm and fuzzies deep inside my chest and was unlike ANYTHING I have ever read before. These two unique souls perfectly complimented one another and proves that love can find you at the most unexpected times. Finn definitely reminds me a lot of some of the autistic students I have worked with in the past. Micaela Smeltzer did an extraordinary job showing the truth behind people with autism and my

    heart completely fell in love!

    This story was EVERYTHING and so much more. Hands down one of my all-time young adult reads and my only complaint was that I wanted more because I never wanted to finish this story!

  • Jenna W

    Some people go a lifetime without ever looking up at the stars. They know they're there and have maybe even studied them in a textbook. Knowing basic facts about something, however, isn't seeing or understand.

    Violet Page and Finnley Crawford know this all too well. They know the consequences of things being overlooked, unseen, and cast aside. These two teenagers are each struggling through their last year of high school.

    The once-popular Violet has just moved to a new town after the death of her

    Some people go a lifetime without ever looking up at the stars. They know they're there and have maybe even studied them in a textbook. Knowing basic facts about something, however, isn't seeing or understand.

    Violet Page and Finnley Crawford know this all too well. They know the consequences of things being overlooked, unseen, and cast aside. These two teenagers are each struggling through their last year of high school.

    The once-popular Violet has just moved to a new town after the death of her sister to start fresh with her family before heading off to college. Violet is struggling to deal with her grief and discovering the person she wants to be.

    Finnley (Finn) is the handsome high school outcast. His fellow students don't understand him or his autism; they don't try to. Finn struggles with feeling misunderstood and abnormal. He keeps to himself and finds escape in astrology and books.

    When Violet notices her new neighbor is being gossiped about she decides to befriend Finn in whatever way he'll allow.

    Through their journey, they push each other to be better and cope with struggles. Together they share the stars.

    Violet and Finnley teach us... If you just take the time to look up and see the stars, you can appreciate them for their unique and magical beauty just as they are.

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    I really enjoyed this book! I love it when Micalea Smeltzer breaks outside her usual book series and does something different. 'Whatever Happens' and her book 'Bring Me Back' stand out to me as some of her best.

    When an author can bring you back from wanting to cry your eyes out and feeling heartbroken, it's a winner in my book.

    I also love that the author has a personal connection to writing the character Finn. I think sometimes in books, characters who have disabilities or difference are depicted with severe characteristics. However, with Finn, we are reminded that each person is unique regardless of the specific title(s) put on them. He feels like someone I might meet in my everyday life.

    If I had to say something negatives about the book, it would be how the characters came together in the end. It was a bit predictable for this genera, but I appreciate why it was significant for these characters.

    Also, I was waiting for Violet to tell Finn what happened to her sister. He seems interested in hearing about her as an important person to Violet, but that discussion never happened. I'm going to assume it did happen because if it didn't that would make a conversation Violet had with Finn a little confusing for him. I also wanted to see how he would react to the news.

    On a more positive note, I loved that we get a flash-forward after college. It gave the reader some peace of mind on how everything turns out down the road.

    Overall, this was a great read of you are looking for something in the YA genre with a bit of emotional content.

    I can't wait to see what Smeltzer writes next!

  • Three Chicks

    4.5 Stars

    Review by Jen Skewes

    Whatever Happens is a beautifully written story about love, friendship and so much more. It is a friendship between two young adults who are opposites n a lot of ways, but yet alike at the same time. Life isn’t always about what is on the outside, it’s the inside that also counts. And Finn and Violet learn that as their friendship begins and starts to blossom into more.

    Violet Page has been struggling lately. After her little sister’s suicide, her parents pick up and

    4.5 Stars

    Review by Jen Skewes

    Whatever Happens is a beautifully written story about love, friendship and so much more. It is a friendship between two young adults who are opposites n a lot of ways, but yet alike at the same time. Life isn’t always about what is on the outside, it’s the inside that also counts. And Finn and Violet learn that as their friendship begins and starts to blossom into more.

    Violet Page has been struggling lately. After her little sister’s suicide, her parents pick up and move, hoping to escape the pain that their loss has left. Violet was the popular girl in school, a cheerleader who had a lot of friends. But after her sister’s death, things changed, and it seems that so did her friends. Violet does not want to be that girl any more. Maybe it’s because right now she is just going through the motions, or after losing her sister she really sees what her sister was going through, the pain that she lived with. But then she meets Finn and he changes so much for her.

    Finn is the boy next door, who does not have friends. When he walks down the hallways, he is the kid that other student make fun of, think is weird. But Violet befriends him and sees what an amazing person he is. He’s cute, and fun and she loves hanging out with him. As time goes on she starts feeling a little more than friendship, but s afraid to cross that line. Finn is different, being autistic, he sees things differently than other people. Violet is not sure what to do with her feelings or how Finn feels. She just knows that she is falling for the boy next door and she is not sure what comes next!!

    I love this book. It deals with a topic that I don’t think enough people write about. It is not something that authors approach as a subject for a book, at least not that I have seen. Micalea handled it perfectly and in such a beautiful way. I loved the friendship between Finn and Violet. I loved their connection and how well they got along and understood each other. You could see and feel how much they meant to each other and how they helped each other emotionally. It was so beautiful to watch their friendship start and turn into so much more. I think my only issue was that the beginning was a little slow and I wanted a little more background story where Finn was concerned, but otherwise I loved it. A wonderful job by Ms. Smeltzer.

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