Title: Never Saw You Coming
Author: Erin Hahn
Pub. Date: September 7, 2021
Pub: Wednesday Books
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
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.
In Erin Hahn’s Never Saw You Coming, sometimes it takes a leap of faith to find yourself.
This will be a spoiler free review. Thank you to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for providing a free book in exchange for an honest review. I knew going in that I was going to love this book. After Erin’s debut, I knew she was going to be a new favorite author. Never Saw You Coming didn’t disappoint. I have spoiler free reviews for You’d Be Mine and More Than Maybe – which I’ve linked above, so if you’re interested, please check them out!
Before I dive into just how much I loved Never Saw You Coming and before I tell you to go buy this book and read it when it comes out tomorrow – I’m going to tell you to go read You’d Be Mine. While you can totally read any of these books in any order – they do take place in the same universe, so characters carry over. You may spoil some things from previous books if you don’t start with, You’d Be Mine. But honestly, you do you. I just know what I’d do.
Now, back to Never Saw You Coming.
This book kept me up until 3:30 AM.
I can’t tell you the last book to do that. I’ve definitely stayed up last reading on a work night, but that was more stress related than, I legit can’t put this book down.
This book had me feeling all the feels. All of them.
I know this book will mean a lot to so many people – and while I can’t relate to the church aspect and the stigma and rules surrounding how people are accepted – it’s still a relatable novel.
I don’t have all of the same struggles as Meg, but what she does and goes through and the confusion it wrought in her mind – I think that is relatable to almost every girl and woman.
Same goes with Micah.
Just having to figure out who you are, how you want to live and be perceived. How to reconcile with the world around you and what people want from you. How to become your own person outside of parental influence.
All of those things are important.
Being able to acknowledge when something is bullshit, or condescending, hypocritical and wrong. Being willing to stand up for what you believe in, stand up for yourself and what you want.
This book has it all.
Erin created a story that touches on so many important things, and it draws you in and captures your attention. Captures your heart.
Once again – and I knew she would – she makes you fall so in love with these characters. She pulls you right into their world and their struggles and makes you care so much. I loved Meg and Micah. Their chemistry, the ease they have for each other. The low-pressure fun that they have. They understand each other, and don’t try to fix each other. They’re just there for one another and it’s so pure.
And then there’s Duke and Vada and I just love them. Vada – if you’ve read More Than Maybe – you’ll recognize, and I just love how she’s there for Meg. Always in her corner, has her back. And Duke – he’s such a cinnamon roll. I loved him. And his feelings towards Micah’s father – yeah, I’m right with you buddy. He’s got his own struggles, but I loved that he has Meg and Micah and a handful of others who accept him for who he is, no matter what.
As for Micah’s dad…learning what you do throughout the book, I really didn’t expect to have any reaction to him beyond major dislike, but oh my fucking god. This man had me raging like I only ever get with fantasy villains.
Erin had me ready to jump into this book and throat punch this man. So, kudos for that. But because I had such a visceral strong reaction, I liked his character. ONLY because it means the Erin did her job 100% right. I can appreciate a well written evil character. But omfg he was gross and terrible – and you’ll just have to read the book to meet him and find out why.
I honestly didn’t think that this book would You’d Be Mine because I loved that book so damn much. But Never Saw You Coming just resonated and hit something deep within. It had me completely enthralled and enamored and I’m bummed I’ll never be able to read it again for the first time. I highly recommend that you pick this book up and you read it. You definitely need to read it and fall in love with it. You won’t regret it. I promise.