One Small Thing is a beautifully written novel about grief, and a family attempting to move on with life. I do not believe there are enough books written covering this topic especially for young people.
During the story you follow Beth and her family making attempts to get over the death of her sister. Beth and her parents certainly have different ways of trying to get on with life and they are polar opposite. Beth attempts to move on by going to parties and planning her future, whereas her parents just want to keep her home and safe and almost suffocating her, which seems to be pushing her away even more.
You follow the struggles of both Beth and her parents and her friends with moving on with life, this includes Beths sisters boyfriend who from the get go, I really disliked and my gut feeling was not wrong (you will need to read the book to find out why).
In addition, you follow Chase who played a part in Beth’s sisters death, this includes him trying to get his life back to some kind of normality which a massive secret hanging over his head. Chase ends up becoming entwined in Beth’s life and Beth almost becomes addicted to him and wants answers to questions that she has.
The writers in this book really wanted to explore grief in a way to make young people understand the impact on people can both internally and externally effect people in very different ways and gives people consent to be able to move on, but never forgetting.
I found how Erin Watts writes very clever, you could not tell that this book was written by two different authors at all, it just flowed beautifully and they both seemed to share the same passion of trying to get the story out their and covering a difficult topic of death.
About the Book
Their secret could tear everything apart……
Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died. Trapped at home by her over-bearing parents, Beth needs freedom. So when she sneaks out to a party and meets the boy everyone’s been talking about she’s shocked by their instant connection, and the part Chase played in her sister’s death.
A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings become.
About the Author
Erin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share the creative imagination. Their greatest love, coming up with fun and sometimes crazy ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up.
Thank you for HQ Stories for sending me One Small Thing.