Title: One Small Thing
Author: Erin Watt
Page Count: 299
Publishing Date/Publisher: June 26, 2018 by Harlequin Teen
Review: For me, books written by Erin Watt fall under the category of guilty pleasures. I was hooked after Paper Princess and will probably read just about anything written by them, for better or for worse.
I certainly enjoyed this read, but I would not go shouting from the rooftops about it. It was better than some of their other more recent publications, and I was invested until the end, but at times it just seemed repetitive. Even so, the authors touched upon some very relevant themes.
The main character, Beth, is struggling with the loss of someone important in her life, and I think it is really admirable how the authors handle her coming to terms with that loss. The underlying message I received from the story is that everyone grieves differently and at their own pace. You should never assume you understand how someone is coping by the way their grief is outwardly manifested. This book also touches upon the damaging effects of mob mentality. People make their own assumptions about a situation and are quick to jump on the hate bandwagon driven by a few toxic people. Sadly, I think this happens all too commonly, and people are quick to mete out punishment to satisfy their own sense of self-righteousness. This prevents people from moving forward and traps them in a cycle of bitterness and pain.
Ultimately, this is a story about forgiveness, and I wish we could see more of that in real life.