Book Review: Accidental Happiness



When the opportunity to do a book review came up, I immediately jumped on it. I LOVE books, and I LOVE to read. I was given a copy of Accidental Happiness in exchange for a review.

But wow, does it take me longer nowadays to get through one! When I was younger way way back in the day, reading was one of my biggest past times. I recall going to the library and literally getting a stack of books a mile high and would just lock myself in my room and read all day,that’s of course when I didn’t have school.

But nowadays,my plate is a lot fuller than back then,being a wife, a mother, and a full-time career woman.

Accidental Happiness, a novel by Meredith Rachek, is a story about two young lovebirds named Brian and Becky who have found each other during their senior year of high school. The two were inseperable,and their young love was unstoppable, until one day a tragic car accident changed Becky’s life forever.

Trying to continue a normal life as much as possible,Becky heads down state to college on a soccer scholarship until one day another strike of events occurs that will change her life again, but in a different way. Just when you think you get the story plot,there is a twist to the story.

I usually read books that completely relate to me and so in this case, being a mother myself but to a 3 year old instead, I really had to put my head in a place to the time when I was in college myself,and trying to remember how it was. I am sure that time will come sooner than later, they grow up so fast! My college experience was nothing,however,compared what Becky was going through.

I appreciated the dynamics in this book between Becky’s therapist,between her overbearing mother, and also her circle of friends that mirrored her circle of friends back home in Memphis. The characters in the book were  found to be a relatable if you are family oriented or have young adult children yourself.

The author was able to articulate that these are normal people with unfortunate circumstances, but still trying to move on in life. They are in on this situation together,with Becky being the center character, and Brian continuing to play a big role in their lives as you see this throughout the book.

I won’t spoil the ending but it was pretty bittersweet, and it was like leaving a set of family members behind. I suggest and pick up a copy of this today. It is especially a great read for those who are empty nesters to college bound children, or parents themselves that are about to head that way, but a good overall read for anyone that is trying to do this thing called life.