The Accidentals

The Accidentals

by Sarina Bowen


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Never ask a question unless you're sure you want the truth.

I've been listening to my father sing for my whole life. I carry him in my pocket on my mp3 player. It's just that we've never met face to face.

My mother would never tell me how I came to be, or why my rock star father and I have never met. I thought it was her only secret. I was wrong.

When she dies, he finally appears. Suddenly I have a first class ticket into my father's exclusive world. A world I don't want any part of - not at this cost.

Only three things keep me going: my a cappella singing group, a swoony blue-eyed boy named Jake, and the burning questions in my soul.

There's a secret shame that comes from being an unwanted child. It drags me down, and puts distance between me and the boy I love.

My father is the only one alive who knows my history. I need the truth, even if it scares me.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942444671
Publisher: Rennie Road Books
Publication date: 07/10/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,210,564
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author and was recently honored by Romance Writers of America with a RITA award in contemporary romance. She holds a BA in Economics from Yale University. She's a fan of hockey, skiing and short author bios.

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The Accidentals 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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Laura_F More than 1 year ago
This book is a lesson on why not to start reading at 9pm. Once I started, I couldn't stop until I reached the end at 2am when I had work the next day. This book is everything I've come to expect from Sarina Bowen. It has amazing characters, made me laugh, and, at parts, made me cry. I loved everything about this book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and highly recommned. So real and hopeful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect, just a perfect story about imperfect people.
KrissysBookNook More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to expect when I began reading this book since it's author Sarina Bowens first dip into the Young Adult genre. I am a big fan of her entire body of romance novels so I wasn't worried that this wouldn't be a well written book. I just wasn't sure how a YA book from her would play out. When I finished reading The Accidentals I was left with a new level of respect for one of my favorite authors. This kind of story telling is different but Sarina delivers it perfectly like a well rehearsed piece of music. The misery the main character was going through in the beginning pages of this book reminded me of Paper Princess by Erin Watt. (I still am not sure if that's because the story itself was reminding me of Paper Princess, or if it was my brain mashing up three of my favorite authors in my head without me thinking.) Nonetheless, I was thinking about poor Ella while reading about poor Rachel and her troubles. The secret rock star daddy element is what puts this story to a whole new level for me. Frederick was a garbage father. He did try (17 years too late) but even when he was trying he was pretty crap at being a dad. But, that's what made this book different than most Cinderella-type YA romance novels I've read. The glaring flaws in the main characters make them real. If Rachel went to live with her rich, rock star daddy in the beginning of the book and he was father of the year from page one, this would have been a pretty boring read, right? Watching the characters evolve and the story unfold is the whole point of reading and author Sarina Bowen does that flawlessly with this book. I give The Accidentals 5 out of 5 Krissy's Stars. I'm willing to say that even if you aren't a huge YA fan you would enjoy this book. Xo-K *I was generously given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ReadingFrenzyBookBlog More than 1 year ago
I am proudly sporting dark smudges and Samsonite bags under my eyes. They are the battle scars of a reader who was compelled to pull an all-nighter to read The Accidentals in one sitting. I have long been a fan of Sarina Bowen’s writing, but I think this is among her best work yet. It is her first Young Adult novel and she nails it! The story is breathtakingly haunting in the most wonderful way. Even my feels have feels, and I don’t know what to do with them all! I don’t read a lot of Young Adult books. I think I’m just too old to appreciate the amount of avoidable drama caused by a lack of communication that is often found in the YA genre. Is there drama in this book? Yes. The story is tragic given all the wasted opportunities between a recently orphaned 17-year-old girl and the rock star father she’s never met. In this instance, my perspective as a more mature (aka middle-aged) adult allowed me to accept the conflicts and helped me form a balanced understanding of not only Rachel’s heartache, but Frederick’s struggles as well. I totally got these two characters. I immediately connected with bookworm Rachel and her desperate need to feel wanted following her mother’s death. She is very perceptive, but her fears and insecurities prevent her from getting the answers she craves. I love Frederick’s determination to be there for Rachel 100%, even if knows nothing about being a good parent and is unintentionally self-absorbed at times. What went down between Rachel’s parents nearly two decades ago is a great mystery that lingers throughout the book. Ultimately – just like real life – things aren’t black and white. There is no villain vs. victim. There is no grand prize winner in The Blame Game. The story is more thought-provoking as a result. Sarina Bowen skillfully weaves this poignant coming of age tale with an insightful hand. I especially appreciated the keen observations about music’s power to unite and transform. I loved the diverse cast of characters, including Rachel’s bad boy best friend Haze, her boisterous roommate Aurora, and hot nerd Jake. The Accidentals is an emotional, captivating journey that lingers long after “The End”.
lenorewastaken More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy through the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion. 4.5 stars — For a first foray into young adult, Ms. Bowen really nailed the feel of it — I ADORED IT!!! I loved all the different struggles we got to experience with Rachel. From navigating through her grief, adjusting to a father she’s never met, friendships that change and grow, and first love, it was all beautifully poignant, but not without its humour as well. Rachel was pretty easy to like. I felt for everything she was going through, and I even recalled some of my own struggles with grief as a teenager. While I was fortunate enough to have a loving mother to hold me up, I still recognized that great sense of loss. A strange thing that I appreciated in Rachel was that she didn’t always behave the best, or make the best choices…she very much felt like a teenager testing boundaries, experiencing fear, and becoming irrational over different things. It can make it hard to read sometimes, but it also made her feel more authentic. I also appreciated that while we eventually learn a few things about Frederick and how his role as Rachel’s father played out, there wasn’t some magical reason why he was absent. Ms. Bowen didn’t let him off the hook, because sometimes people just make bad choices and then they have to live with those consequences. I appreciated the way their relationship developed over the course of the book. It might have seemed smoother at the beginning, but that’s partially because Rachel wasn’t opening herself up to him out of fear of being abandoned. So it was interesting to see her act out in different places once she became a bit more sure. Frederick had a lot to learn himself, and I appreciated that he didn’t magically become super Dad, but we saw him fumble his way along with good intentions. I loved the side plot with Jake, and the romance that developed there. I wouldn’t classify the book as a romance, but we did get lots of great goosebumpy stuff between the two of them. I was in love with Jake from the first email, and he was swoonworthy through the whole thing. I love a good nerdy boy, he was so sweet and just…GAH! I also appreciated that we got to see his own insecurities, and that they had their own stumbling blocks. Again, it felt very real. So many other great side characters. I LOVED Rachel’s roommate Aurora…she was sassy and funny, and while it was totally foreshadowed to the reader what she was hiding, I thought it played out in a satisfying way. And I came to really appreciate Norah as well, even as Rachel struggled with her. I love how so many of these little storylines really showcase all the fumbling blocks of being a young adult, and showcase Rachel’s growth in different ways. I will admit that Alice didn’t grow on me as much, but I think she wasn’t supposed to. It was interesting to see so many flawed characters in this story…all with their own baggage. I could understand them even as I wanted to throttle them. But the trifecta of Franklin, Ernie, and Carlos was perfection. It was so nice to see such genuinely good guys in the background. I could write more and more, though at this point I feel like I’m just repeating myself. I ADORED the musical touches in the story, from the rock side, to the a cappella side, to bits of musical theory. Straight shot, this was YA perfection in my opinion. I kind of wish I’d had more time to dedicate to reading it start to finish, without
bbarneybooks28 More than 1 year ago
It’s taken me a bit to get my thoughts together in order to sufficiently review Sarina Bowen’s newest release, The Accidentals, and the main reason why I struggled is because while there are definitely undertones of romance throughout this young adult story, in my opinion, any kind of romantic connection is secondary to Rachel’s journey of self-discovery, to her acceptance of her past and of herself, to her first encounter and her subsequent strained relationship with a father she only knew through the music he sang and the lyrics her wrote for the first 17 years of her life. There’s so much for Rachel to work through, which means that the focus for much of the story is about how she’s coping with all the changes in her life…what she’s lost…what she’s gained…what she never had but now realizes she wants and needs desperately, but she doesn’t know just yet how to go about making it happen. ‘There is no evil which does not bring some good.’ This is a part of the lesson that Rachel needs to learn when her world is upended and she’s left to traverse through a much different world than the one she lived for all of her life. Going through these changes and realizing that her old normal will not be a part of her new reality is not something that can be easily accepted, especially given the drastic ways her life is altered and Sarina Bowen illustrates this idea throughout the entirety of the text because even when the story reaches its resolution, there’s so much more adjusting that needs to occur, so while readers can feel hopeful for Rachel’s future given how her life has transformed into one that she clearly has chosen for herself, there’s still work to be done and there’s every indication that that is exactly what will occur even when the last page is read. Sarina Bowen creates a wonderful cast of secondary characters in The Accidentals. Rachel’s roommate, Aurora, is the perfect ying to Rachel’s yang, and she serves as a sounding board for Rachel and as someone Rachel can rely on and even share some of her truths with, which is something she’s never been able to do since the direction of her life changed. These two quickly form a bond and it proves to be a lifeline for Rachel - one that helps her to understand things as well as see things from a different perspective. I also adored the dichotomy of Jake’s character - the nerdy hottie is always a hero I can get behind, and it’s Jake’s honesty and his patience with Rachel that solidifies his likability. I love how Sarina Bowen set up Rachel and Jake’s connection, building a solid foundation and then providing them with the means for their relationship to grow at a pace that they’re both comfortable with despite Rachel’s fears and hesitances. Rachel’s relationship with her famous father is definitely a work-in-progress. There’s so much to be worked through, but neither one of them is willing to take a huge risk, which means that any kind of bond forming between them will be difficult and flimsy at best for quite some time. Because they barely know one another and are forced into this awkward and tense situation, it remains unclear if Rachel’s father stepping up will prove to be a good thing for all involved, but especially for father and daughter.
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
Another triumph by Sarina Bowen. Rachel is having a really bad Summer. Her mom died of cancer, her aunt doesn’t want her and she’s living in a group home. Even worse? She is at Summer school to retake the exams she missed through her mom’s illness. And then, like a fairy-tale the father she never knew, music legend Freddy Ricks (real name Frederick Richards) turns up out of the blue apparently anxious after seventeen years to get to know his daughter. Despite having been Freddy Ricks’ greatest fangirl growing up Rachel is reluctant to let Frederick know that not only does she know everything about him (at least what’s been published) but that she has seen him in concert and is also a singer. Soon she is whisked away from her old life in Miami and her best friend Haze, first to Freddy’s home in California and then to an exclusive prep school. This is heart-warming and sweet, it doesn’t shirk some of the issues teenagers face like sex, alcohol and bereavement but it treats them in a realistic and sympathetic way. I’m not saying that Freddy’s parenting skills are necessarily a gold standard but I love his take on drugs “Rachel, you know drugs are for assholes, right?”. I think if your idea of heaven is being the secret daughter of a rock star and going to boarding school where you try out for the Bellas a Capella singing group then you will love this. I know I did, it’s part Cinderella, part Harry Potter, part Pitch Perfect and all glorious.
KDRBCK More than 1 year ago
The Accidentals by the outstanding author Sarina Bowen is her first YA Novel. And oh boy, she nailed it . There are only a couple of authors I can rely on to write stories that speak to me every single time, and Sarina Bowen is one of them. I still remember reading Bittersweet, the first book in her True North Series, and how I was blown away. I was sucked in and instantly a fan of the author’s writing. That was the beginning, I haven’t regretted it once. With The Accidentals, Sarina Bowen wrote a story that spoke to me in more ways than I can count. Rachel Kress was my super hero. She was beyond awesome, despite her more than difficult circumstances she never gave up. I loved her. Not only for her strong personality, but also for the way she connected with the other characters in the story. The Accidentals is told in a single POV; the book is a full length, standalone and one of my favorite reads in 2018. The Accidentals was heart wrenching, at the same time sweet, romantic, enchanting, and just a story that needs to be read. If you haven’t read any of Sarina Bowen's books yet, this is the book to start with. It was everything I could have asked for. A MUST READ!!!
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
This was such a good story! I was really excited to see how Sarina Bowen would do with a Young Adult novel. Honestly, she blew me away with this story. Once I started reading this one, I didn't want to stop. I needed to know how things would work out for Rachel. I was hanging onto every word and felt like I knew this group of characters. This was one of those books that was just a joy to read. Rachel goes through so much over the course of this book. When we meet Rachel, she is living in a children's home after the death of her mother. She has never met her father until he shows up to be introduced by the social worker. Rachel's father is a star with fans everywhere including the daughter he has never met. Rachel and her father get to know each other very quickly and before she knows it her life is turned upside down once again. I loved the characters in this book. Rachel is such a nice girl, a good girl, and there was a part of me that just wanted to see her scream and be angry. But that wasn't Rachel. As I read further I really understood who Rachel was and when she did break down she did it in her own way. She is resilient and tough and proves that she is willing to stand up for herself. Fredrick was equally great. He made a whole lot of mistakes in the years that lead up to the start of this book but in this story he is really trying to do what is best for Rachel. He does mess things up a time or two but he never stopped trying. His character may have been the one with the most growth over the course of this book. This book does so many things well. The core of the story deals with Rachel building a relationship with her father. It also deals with Rachel's grief over the loss of her mother and her desire to learn more about her parents' relationship. There is a romance that is well done and offers quite a few swoony moments. I thought another key aspect of the story is watching Rachel learn what she wants and having the courage to speak up for herself. Everything really works together to tell an amazing story. I would highly recommend this book to others. This was just an amazing story that was able to find its way into my heart. Rachel is an unforgettable character with an incredibly powerful story. I can't wait to read more from Sarina Bowen in the future. I received a digital review copy of this book from the author.
bookbruin More than 1 year ago
This was such a heartfelt and poignant coming of age story. It packs a huge emotional punch and I didn't want it to end. This is Sarina Bowen's first YA novel and I hope this is the start of many more to come. The Accidentals is such a relatable story. The situations and challenges may not be the same, but the emotions and feelings will resonate with readers. Haven't we all felt lost and confused? Angry and overwhelmed? Wanting all the answers, but scared of the answers we seek? This book is a love story, but not just in a romantic way. It is also a love story between parent and child, between friends - new and old, and to those we call family - by blood or by choice. The beauty of this book is that each character is so wonderfully human. They make mistakes and horrible decisions. They're sometimes selfish and clueless. They hurt others when that's the last thing they want. What makes these characters endearing though is that they get back up and keep trying. They may not get it right the first time (or the 20th), but they don't give up. Add in a wonderful cast of secondary characters (loved Jake, Ernie, and Aurora!) and you've got something pretty darn close to perfect. The relationship between Frederick and Rachel evolved through the entire book in such an honest and realistic way. Both had their lives flipped upside down and irrevocably altered so quickly. When we first meet them, there is so much baggage from the past and a minefield of questions and secrets they have to wade through. I loved seeing both characters grow, change, and mature. Hard truths had to be faced and yes, there were some heartbreaking moments as the past and present came together. Through it all though, Sarina Bowen weaves a tale of hope. Hope that where everything wrong turns right. I didn't want this book to end and as much as I hope that we might see more of these characters again in the future, I also feel that Sarina Bowen leaves readers exactly where they need to be as they turn the last page. I can't recommend The Accidentals enough!
BJsBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Orlando, Florida. Rachel will be 18 in a month. A time to celebrate for most kids. But Rachel's life sucks at the moment. Her mom just died and she was put in a group home until she can go to boarding school in New Hampshire after the summer. And then there's her father. Rockstar Freddy. Her mom never told her anything about him - how they met or what happened or why she's so mad at him. The only thing Rachel knew was that every month a check was in the mail. Didn't he want to get to know her? She's been in love with his music and his talent ever since she knew how to use an iPod. She inherited his talent. She loves everything about music. And now her father is suddenly here. Trying to get to know her. To be with her. But she still doesn't know anything about her parents past. And she's too chicken to ask. And then there's Haze - her best friend since second grade - who is kind of in love with her. And Jake. Her adorably nerdy student liaison pen pal from the new school. What will happen with Rachel? Will there be a HEA? READ THE BOOK TO FIND OUT! ☺ ═════════════════════ OMG WHAT AN AMAZING BOOK! I had no idea what kind of story I was getting when I started reading. I thought it would be a cute little young adult thingy with a bit of rockstarishness thrown in. But it was sooo much more. SO MUCH MORE! I already fell in love with everything while reading the first few pages. Ugh. Those first few pages made me cry already. We meet Rachel, her best friend Haze and her dad. I felt a bit sorry for Haze immediately, because we know that Rachel's not staying in Florida. Poor guy. Dad Frederick. He came. He didn't have to - he hadn't been here for the last 17 years, but he's just there. He came as soon as he heard that Rachel's mom died. He seems to be an amazing guy. He's here to help, to get Rachel out of the group home, to get custody, to talk. But poor Rachel doesn't know what to think about all that. He hasn't been there for 17 years and now he's suddenly here? She expects him to disappear again every second. But he's not disappearing. He's here and he's staying. And I loved every single moment of that daddy daughter time. He takes her with him to California until school starts. And then?? HE COMES WITH HER to New Hampshire!! He even looks for a house! He tries real hard to be the dad she never had. But even he doesn't talk about the past - and Rachel never asks. She finds a new bestie in her roommate and then things with her and Jake are getting interesting. And dad is always there. Going back and forth to be a rockstar for a bit, but then he's back in town. And it's so adorable to watch Rachel and Frederick walk through town talking about things but never about what's really wanting to get out ... like her music and singing talent and why he never came for her. Ugh, it was all so sweet and funny and adorable and rockstarish and frustrating and heartbreaking. But so so beautiful. I wanted at least 200 more pages. I need this to be on Netflix asap PLEASE!!! PERFECT BOOK! NUFF SAID! THE ACCIDENTALS was the most beautiful mix of young adult & rockstar & daddy/daughter & first love story! I absolutely adored every single word in this book!!! Run to your nearest amazon asap - this will be sold out in no time! P.S. I somehow hope for more. Maybe we'll get a second book about college times? Or a book about Frederick and Norah? Or about Haze? Or all of the above? ☺ I'm not ready to let them all go yet!