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...

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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

    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!

  • 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.**

  • Nance

    Read it in one sitting. Such an engaging read. Sad. But, uplifting. Wonderful characters. And Ms Smeltzer did her research. Hard to read. But had a heartfelt HEA. Wonderful epilogue! One of my favorites of the year!!! You just have to read this one...

  • 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

    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 .

  • Rohina

    I love this! I abso-freaking-lutely love this

    I love this! I abso-freaking-lutely love this story! So much!

    Two people who are so different from each other, find common ground and then proceed to have the most beautiful friendship and further relationship.

    Violet Page & Finely Crawford were the perfect pair in every way possible and their story... GAH! SO MANY FEELS! SO MANY OF THEM!

    This story, the characters, they made me smile, fall in love with them and broke my heart all at the same time.

    My heart especially went out to Finely. He is autistic and as I've usually read other students/children are not that friendly towards kids who are not "normal".

    One of my favourite things about this book was how it focused on the main leads, their families and their individual development.

    I also appreciated the fact that while everyone in school thought Fin was weird and did stay away from him, nobody was going out of their way to bully him or pick on him.

    I'm just... I don't think I can stop reiterating the fact that I ADORED this book. My heart was and still is full after finishing this book.

    This book was one of the rare ones where from cover-to-cover the entire book was my favourite.

    I love reading about teenagers falling in love for the very first time, especially if they are clean romances like this one. There is just something so pure and wholesome about them falling in love without the physical aspect playing a part in it.

    was everything I had hoped for it to be. The story is beautiful and the epilogue only adds to it, tying up everything perfectly.

    {Now only if I could somehow wrangle a copy of this book in India. My life would be simple}

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  • 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

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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!

  • Jeannine Allison

    YA perfection!!

    YA perfection!! 😍

  • ♡AbbyBooks♡

    The Most beautiful romance I have ever read this year. My top young adult romance for sure this year. She just learn her autistic sister killed herself. Anyone who ever had a family member who done suicide know how hard that grief can be. For months she was in her mind. But oh man when I learn that the Male lead was a autistic im all 100% here for it. The romance and the story and characters all were amazing and wish I was there friend. I love Finn and Violet story. I love how he grow with her

    The Most beautiful romance I have ever read this year. My top young adult romance for sure this year. She just learn her autistic sister killed herself. Anyone who ever had a family member who done suicide know how hard that grief can be. For months she was in her mind. But oh man when I learn that the Male lead was a autistic im all 100% here for it. The romance and the story and characters all were amazing and wish I was there friend. I love Finn and Violet story. I love how he grow with her as well. Two broken people find each other. Is just beautiful. I just hope one day adult romances will have this type of romances too. Ugh I want a Finn in my life ♡

  • 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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