ARC Book Review | One Small Thing by Erin Watt

one small thing
Title: One Small Thing
Author: Erin Watt
Publish Date: June 26, 2018 by Harlequin Teen
# of Pages: 229
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Buy it*: Amazon


(From Goodreads) Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died. Her parents try to lock her down, believing they can keep her safe by monitoring her every move. When Beth sneaks out to a party one night and meets the new guy in town, Chase, she’s thrilled to make a secret friend. It seems a small thing, just for her.

Only Beth doesn’t know how big her secret really is…

Fresh out of juvie and determined to start his life over, Chase has demons to face and much to atone for, including his part in the night Beth’s sister died. Beth, who has more reason than anyone to despise him, is willing to give him a second chance. A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for senior year, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings get.

Now Beth has a choice to make—follow the rules, or risk tearing everything apart…again.


Rating (1-5, 5 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 3
Pace – 4
Plot Development – 3
Ending – 3
Characters – 3
Enjoyability – 4
Ease of Reading – 5

Overall Rating – ⭐⭐⭐


One Small Thing by Erin Watt is a story of forbidden love, bad decisions, and finding happiness in each and every day.

I’ve read several of Erin Watt’s novels now, and I always walk away thinking they’re the perfect beach reads. One Small Thing is another book that’s perfect for a day at the beach! It was light, quick, and engaging from start to finish. I found it entertaining, though it did have its flaws.

One Small Thing was simply written and well-paced. It kept me engaged from start to finish, and I enjoyed immersing myself in Beth and Chase’s world.

While the pace was good, the actual plot development was somewhat redundant. While the events were different, I felt I like I read the same dialogue between Beth and Chase over and over again. It was a tired interchange, and I started getting bored with it. That said, the story itself was intriguing. I liked the concept, and while the execution was a little shaky, it still held my interest.

The ending was decent. As an Iowa girl, I always appreciate when Iowa is featured in a book. I also liked the happy ending. Who doesn’t love a happy ending?

The characters in the book were fairly basic. Beth seemed like a standard off-the-shelf character. Not much stood out about her, but she was easy to follow and reasonably likable. I thought Chase was an interesting character. He had a “bad boy with a heart of gold” vibe going on and a guilt-complex a mile wide. He was probably the most complex character, and I enjoyed getting to know him.

Overall, I enjoyed my time with One Small Thing. While it wasn’t an exceptional read, I’m still happy to have read it.

Heading to the beach? Add this book to your beach bag!

Thank you to NetGalley for providing the Kindle version of this book in exchange for an honest review.pro_reader_120


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