Never Saw You Coming by Erin Hahn ~ 320 pages ~ to be published 9/7/2021 by Wednesday Books
Raised by conservative parents, 18-year-old Meg Hennessey just found out her entire childhood was a lie. Instead of taking a gap year before college to find herself, she ends up traveling north to meet what’s left of the family she never knew existed.
While there, she meets Micah Allen, a former pastor’s kid whose dad ended up in prison, leaving Micah with his own complicated relationship about the church. The clock is ticking on Pastor Allen’s probation hearing and Micah, now 19, feels the pressure to forgive – even when he can’t possibly forget.
As Meg and Micah grow closer, they are confronted with the heavy flutterings of first love and all the complications it brings. Together, they must navigate the sometimes-painful process of cutting ties with childhood beliefs as they build toward something truer and straight from the heart.
What I Thought:
*I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for this ARC!*
After reading and loving Erin Hahn’s first two books, I was so excited for this one! It is a book about one of the side characters from More Than Maybe, Meg, and I was totally here for it!
I love Meg so much. She reminded me of myself at that age so much. She was into music, dressed in a whimsical way (while still being ‘modest’) in order to express herself, and was entirely too in her head about everything. I absolutely loved her character growth throughout the novel. I also really loved Micah. He went through such a beautiful journey in this book, and he complimented Meg so well.
I really enjoyed the story and the journey that both Meg and Micah take in this book. The setting was really fun; going between the beach and the mountains was interesting. I could really picture this little town. Seeing the emotional journey of all of these characters was such a delight.
I grew up as a church kid, so this book really hit close to home for me. Purity culture was a giant part of my teenage years. One thing I really appreciated about this book was that Meg never once questioned her faith, only the culture of the church itself. There is definitely a double standard when it comes to girls and boys in the church, and I thought this was a well done call out of that. There are going to be some people who feel that this book crosses a line, but I think it is a line that needs to be crossed.
I loved this book. It was well done and the characters felt so real I wanted to give them giant bear hugs. I cannot wait to see what Erin Hahn writes next!
I gave Never Saw You Coming 4.5 Stars!
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Love and happy reading,