One Small Thing

One Small Thing

by Erin Watt

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ISBN-13: 9781335017277
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Edition description: Original
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 49,616
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Erin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share one creative imagination. Their greatest love (after their families and pets, of course)? Coming up with fun-and sometimes crazy-ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up.

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One Small Thing 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I adore the golden team of Erin Watt, however this story was painful to read. I couldn't believe all the bullying Beth faced, to include her parents!? The plot is weak, disturbing and has little redeeming qualities. My head hurts from reading 300 pages of YA violence. My One Small Thing is, I'm glad it's over! Erin Watt, please get back to your beautiful story telling! A HUGE miss for me!
Anonymous 3 months ago
This is by far the worst book by THIS AUTHOR
MinaTheFangirl 10 months ago
Right from the start, I got star-crossed-lovers vibes from Chase and Beth. I couldn't imagine how a relationship between them could possibly ever work out because no matter what, her inner circle - the people who matter the most in her life - would always associate him with Rachel's death. As the story progressed and we got to know Chase better though, I realized that there was a small ray of light that could possibly be the saving grace for their growing feelings for one another: Despite his part in Rachel's death, Chase was generally a good guy. He endures a lot of his own difficulties - internally and externally - that are associated with Rachel's death, and I couldn't help but admire his strength, determination, and selflessness throughout it all. Despite doing dumb and reckless things, and needlessly putting herself in dangerous situations, I actually couldn't help but admire Beth, too. She goes through a lot of change and character growth after the loss of her older sister; turning from a rebellious and reckless teenager, to a more introspective and more mature version of herself looking forward to the future. I also found the depth of Beth's ability to forgive very admirable, especially considering the circumstances she was in. Not many people can be so forgiving, myself included. I also sympathized with her immensely when she mentioned feeling "directionless" after losing her older sister, but simultaneously felt impressed that she was able to reach an epiphany that helped her realize what she was doing wrong when it came to her paranoid and overprotective parents. The growing feelings and chemistry between Chase and Beth had me captivated and really invested in their story. A huge part of me felt that it was hopeless and thought that the book might end with them finally realizing they weren't going to work, but another part of me kept hoping that somehow, against all odds, they would find a way. I really enjoyed their dynamic; Chase helped with Beth's character growth and Beth helped him realize that he still had a future to look forward to. Since this was an Erin Watt novel set in a high school, I guess I should have expected the soap-opera type of drama but, their previous stand-alone novel "When It's Real" had minimal amounts of it, so I had high hopes that this would be the same. (And, when I say "soap-opera type of drama", I mean meaningless mean girls who solely exist to cause drama for the heroine, so-called "best friends" who are so quick to backstab that I question their label of 'best friend', stereotypical ditzy girls and bully jocks, etc.) Unfortunately, it was not and felt more similar to their The Royals series. Maybe I should just stay away from their novels that predominantly occur in a high school. Despite its predictability and cheesy soap opera type of drama, I enjoyed "One Small Thing" well enough to be entertained, but what really kept me turning the pages was the development of Chase and Beth's relationship. I became so interested and invested in their budding forbidden romance, and wanted to see how it all played out in the end. If you were already an Erin Watt fan, or wanted to start reading her books, I would definitely recommend picking up "One Small Thing". It has its heartfelt moments, angst, and a ton of drama, but highlights an intriguing story of forbidden love and forgiveness. **Review originally posted on My Fangirl Chronicles**
FS_Meurinne 11 months ago
Erin Watt books are a one-click for me, I love them all, this one however was a little bit slower than the ones before. Beth struggles after losing her sister to overbearing parents, who are unable to cope with losing their other child. Chase is the town outcast, also struggling to get away from his past and find a fresh start, when Beth and Chase meet, they are conflicted, they know how it will affect their relationship but they find themselves relaying on each other. This series are the best for teenage drama, I absoloutely recommend reading them all.
book_junkee 11 months ago
They had me at “forbidden romance”. I liked Beth and Chase. She’s a bit feisty and he’s a bit sullen and while their chemistry is a quiet burn, it’s the fact that they actually talked that sold me. I loved how absolute she was. I loved how uncertain he was. I wasn’t a fan of anyone else in the story. Plot wise, it was a bit of a roller coaster. There were loads of heartbreaking, sweet, rage inducing, and hopeful scenes. I could understand why some of the things were happening, but I was so angry that no one would listen to Beth. Everyone assumed she was putting on a brave face and I wanted to throw my kindle. Overall, I did like the story and characters and I definitely wanted just a little bit more from the ending. FYI: there is a lot of controlling behavior, name calling, serious d-baggery, and an attempted rape scene. **Huge thanks to Harlequin Teen for providing the arc free of charge**
ExtremeDamage 11 months ago
When I started to read this book I had no idea where the story would get me. It's cool sometimes to be surprised my an author, in this case by two of them, by the characters and how the story seems to be taking a way to suddenly take a turn. That happened to me, and despite my age difference with the main characters I also found this story close and entertaining. In some books destiny can be awesome, leading the characters in a path of endless love and happiness. Some other times isn't that great. One Small Thing belongs to the second box. Beth and Chase, the main characters, are linked from the start even if they haven't idea. And the universe, being the big joker he is, won't let them forget that connection even for a minute. At the beginning Beth seemed to be immature and infuriating, and it's precisely that immaturity that lead her to Chase for the first time. Little by little you'll fill in the blanks into Beth story, and realize she had a reason to act the way she does. But also you'll understand her parents. I reach the point, in some parts of the book, when I said "both of you are right, but also both of you are wrong" and wanted to slap some sense into them, lol. Then Chase comes to Beth school... his past get exposed, and his future starts to blur. Guilt is something powerful, but so is love. And while the characters are fighting the feelings they think they shouldn't have, their strength will be tested in more ways that they imagine. The ending wasn't that shocking, though. Despite the odds against Chase and Beth, they found a way to heal one another, and it was beautiful. This book takes one for the team and talks about some sensible subjects like bullying, shaming, and the different forms of violence, so it's a great excuse to share it with the teens in your home. But it also talks about lost, grief, forgiveness, and friendship. I really loved this book and can't wait for you to read it!
BananaTricky 11 months ago
Three and a half stars. Beth lives a half life ever since her older sister Rachel died. Her parents are over-protective but also have made their home a shrine to Rachel, stifled by the atmosphere and the helicopter parenting Beth sneaks out and goes to a party in the bad side of town where she meets and hooks up with a gorgeous guy called Chase. The next day, shocked at losing her virginity to a complete stranger, and feeling totally out of control Beth resolves to turn over a new leaf. But her resolves is sorely tested when she goes back to school and finds that Chase is not only a new joiner at the school, but also the boy who was responsible for her sister's death. For most of the book I flip-flopped between thinking Beth should apply for emancipation from her parents who crossed the line past over protective and into scary controlling and thinking that Beth was too stupid for words and the author of her own misfortune. I was also disappointed that once again female friends are shown as shallow, unreliable and judgemental - but maybe that's me being naive about high school teenagers, as I recall it was like that at senior school. Some of the characters were also a bit too much of a caricature, signalling early on what unfolded at the end. And yet ... At the climactic conclusion I was literally on the edge of my seat (on a crowded commuter train) compulsively gripping the seat, on the verge of shouting out (I know!) because the tension was that strong! Overall, not my favourite Erin Watt but gripping nonetheless.
shabbyarora 12 months ago
5 " Charles Manson" Stars I generally steer clear from NA/YA stories. My road back to innocence is a one way street. I left my youth long ago and have a hard time identifying with juvenile teens or tweens HAVING. SAID. THAT . This theme could be at any age, at any turn of life. Doesn't matter the characters were high schoolers, the dilemma doesn't diminish or increase in its dimensions. Couldn't at all, becuase it's as big as Iowa as it is. Human frailty is explained at the most basic level here. The central theme or the message that the authors wanna send across is that the actions of today impact all your tomorrows and so it's vital and imperative how we behave in certain situations. Could be a drunk, rebelling, teenager or an egomaniac with anger management issues. Try and visualise high schoolers like that. Bullies, daft ignoramuses, full of piss and vinegar, feeling invincible.  On a rush , in a rush, speeding through life and on streets, until with screech of tires and metal on metal clanks, glass shatters and rubber burns and everything goes blank ! Lives are destroyed, families torn apart and an entire town has lava of rage flowing on its streets, it's schools, it's homes, it's suburbs. Everything is burning !! I'm still shaking my head at the incredible story that has been unputdownable trip for me. And as they say man can fall from the highest mountain and find his legs, but when he falls in his own eyes, he struggles to meet his own eyes in the mirror. Guilt is a concrete block hanging around your neck when you're drowning in a sea of mistakes and blunders you committed.  Everywhere I look, I see a closed door. A dark passage. Locked windows. If there’s a way out, I can’t visualize it. these past three years, the walls just kept closing in on me more and more, the noose around my neck kept getting tighter and tighter, until finally I snapped.  And then there's the survivor syndrome. The The Child Who Survived  We all carry our own burdens and are trapped in prisons of our own makings "you teach people how to treat you.”  And how do we keep breathing, keep moving, one may ask ? you focus on One Small Thing a day  And Chase Charlie Donnelly is focusing on keeping his one foot in front of the other. Every step, very mile, every day is a step towards freedom from his Darling Cage. He urges Elizabeth Jones to do the same. Focus on just wants in front of you and keep moving. I focused on one good thing instead of all the messed-up stuff.” One small thing. Each day that passed was one day closer to my release. No cage is forever, Beth. I tried to find one small thing that I could be grateful for each day,  I fell in love with Chase. His calm, his self flagellation, should've annoyed me, but it showed me his maturity. His selfless love for Beth is just swoonworthy. Despite his suffering, he refuses to cower down or put Beth in harm's way “You waiting for me is the one small thing that will keep me going.”  To say that this story is profound is an understatement . It's a rule book by which to live through a disaster, if it strikes your life unfortunately. It teaches that forgiveness and acceptance is bigger than all prejudices combined. It shows us the way out of grief and onto the path of healing. Easier said than done, but who said life was easy anyway!  I jumped in the book blind and emerged red, puffy eyed but smiling through the pain. And there is a lot of pain in it.the town of Darling is so messed up and broken due to the accid
Arys 12 months ago
One Small Thing by Erin Watt is a young adult story that deals with the aftermath of a family loss. Beth feels restricted and confined by her parents. The loss of her sister Rachel has made her overbearing parents even worse and the loss has also deeply effected her as well. Sneaking out to a party one night she meets Chase, who is everything she needs and everything she hates. As we learn more about Beth and Chase a simple rebellious relationship gets more complicated. Chase's history and how it involves Rachel's death gives One Small Thing a different track than expected. A story about loss, becomes one about life, choices, and new beginnings. I recommend One Small Thing by Erin Watt as a thought provoking and developed story but do want to mention a trigger warning for those who may want to avoid books that have a theme of a lost loved one. (I voluntarily reviewed an advance review copy of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
bbarneybooks28 12 months ago
I finished Erin Watt’s newest release two days ago, but I haven’t felt sorted enough to write up my review; my thoughts about the characters, the conflict, and the plot line are still conflicted…still at odds with each other, which makes it difficult to craft my feelings when it comes to Beth and Chase’s story. So bare with me as I attempt to unravel my entangled views and try and make sense as to why One Small Thing is so difficult for me to review. Characters - Let me start by saying that even though I was extremely frustrated and appalled by many of the characters’ actions and behaviors, I also, on some level, understood why they said and did the things they did given the circumstances that they faced. BUT, I don’t think there’s a character in the story that I didn’t want to knock some sense into at least once and there were many who I wanted to continually smack in the face in order for them to see a little clearer and a little less self-absorbed. The one character that I didn’t have too much of an issue with is Chase; he handled himself the only way he knew how to, dealing with the reality of his ‘new’ life, and I can honestly say that I don’t think I would have endured the mistreatment, the bullying, the name calling that he handled as diplomatically as he did even when I’m sure he was seething inside. Beth is the character that had my emotions all over the place; there were times when she seemed like a melodramatic crybaby, completely consumed with her ‘woe is me’ thoughts, never looking at the big picture…never trying to understand how others would feel by her words or her actions. She also seemed so contrary throughout the story, and while it’s understandable for her to be upset with her parents’ overprotectiveness and their need to control her every move, her heightened emotions brought more pain and hurt feelings than anything that could benefit her relationship with them. It was extremely difficult to feel sympathy towards Beth when she didn’t do much to help her cause or attempt a new course when the one she chose wasn’t working. I also struggled with Beth’s so-called best friends, especially Scarlett, and Rachel’s long-term boyfriend, Jeff. It was too easy for them to stand against Beth once she started doing things they didn’t like or agree with and Jeff’s place in Beth’s life as well as the way her parents idolized him just didn’t mesh with how he acted outwardly whenever he was alone with Beth and don’t even get me started on his actions at the end of the story; I already disliked him from the first scene he was written into and it turned to loathing pretty quickly after his initial introduction. Even though I was a bit disappointed in One Small Thing, I’m still a huge Erin Watt fan, and I will continue to be one. They’re a fantastic writing duo whose storytelling teaches readers valuable life lessons in realistic settings, so while I didn’t love Beth and Chase’s story, the message behind the title is extremely relatable, and if our society would stop looking at all of the negatives around them and focus on one small thing about their lives that help them to get through the day then this world might just be a little lighter in the midst of all of the chaos, and it’s this teachable idea that I will take with me and implement into my life because it’s a fantastic reminder about how we should live our lives and never take our lives for granted. 3.5 Poison Apples
UpAllNightBB 12 months ago
4.5 Stars Review by Amy Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog One Small Thing was such a touching standalone story that filled me with a gamut of emotions and left me with a smile on my face. Erin Watt did such a stellar job of building an amazing connection with the characters that I didn’t want it to end. This was my first book by Watt and I look forward to reading more. Beth’s life has never been the same since her sister was killed in an accident three years earlier. Intent on finding a little fun before she starts her senior year, she sneaks out to a party and finds herself smitten with Chase, a quiet guy she finds floating in and out of the party like a ghost. After spending a memorable evening together, they go their separate ways. Beth shows up the first day of her senior year and finds Chase attending the same school, but she soon finds out he is not who she thought he was. The connection they had still plays in her mind though, and she struggles to decide if she can forgive his sordid past and start a relationship with him. It doesn’t take Beth long to realize her decision affects so many more people than just her and Chase, and the pain and emotion that she struggles with while she balances her family, her thoughts, and her heart becomes too much. What choice with Beth make? Will she follow her heart or sacrifice her happiness to keep the peace? These teens found themselves in such a difficult situation and they had to make some very adult decisions. Meanwhile the adults around them were making juvenile and shallow judgments. It was such an interesting concept and I am so glad I had a chance to read this. The pacing was perfect, the characters were entertaining and the emotions were raw. There is nothing like a great love story that overcomes all odds to be together. I really loved this one!
KDRBCK 12 months ago
If you ever decide to read only one Erin Watt book, One Small Thing should be this book. Beth Jones is a senior at highschool and her life isn´t a easy one. Her parents shelter her and suffocate her at the same time. Their restrictions and mistrust hurts Beth deeply. And then there´s Chase Donelly, the new boy at school, the bad boy she should stay far away from. But they´re like magnets and she can´t stay away from him. Chase made mistakes in the past, mistakes that changed his and others lives for forever, and Beth is one of them. There are only a couple of authors I can rely on to write stories that speak to me every single time. Erin Watt is one of them. I still remember reading The Royals 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. I love every single story of Erin Watt and they´re one of my few one click authors. Their characters "speak " to me and I can live with them in their world. One Small Thing is a heart wrenching, tear jerking, page turning story that gutted me and left me in a major book hangover. I highly recommend One Small Thing and wish I could give more than 5 stars.
K718 12 months ago
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. When I see that Erin Watt has a new book coming out, it goes right on my to be read list. One Small Thing doesn't disappoint. Between Beth's sheltered life to Chase's secrets, it's a roller coaster ride. You'll feel for both of these main characters and want to knock some sense into everyone around them. This book will have you wondering how many times you put away your feelings so you can blend in with what everyone around you is telling you to believe/feel. I did predict the ending, but it doesn't make it that less special. One Small Thing has a bigger meaning and it's one I'm glad Chase shares with Beth, because it reminds us all to look for it. I recommend 4 star book to anyone who needs that good by the pool read. ARC provided by publisher.
I LOVE STORY TIME B.B. 12 months ago
O.M.G. you guys! This story was so, SO good! My heart is so happy right now. I just loved these characters... young, broken, and beautiful. My heart ached for Beth and Chase. They were both so lost and alone after that tragic night. I just wanted to hold them both! Beth struggled so much, but despite her pain, she fought so hard for her and Chase. I admired her strength and tenacity to keep fighting for them. She was everything Chase needed. Aw, Chase. He was such an amazing character. So mature for his age. A young guy forced to become a man overnight. I loved his perspective and how he taught Beth to see the beauty in the little things all the while still suffering himself. I felt so many emotions while reading their story. I loved every minute of it! One Small Thing is a perfect young adult novel. There was angst, heartache, drama, a villain, and two incredibly endearing characters, all wrapped up in one amazing story about love, forgiveness and redemption. This is definitely an I Love Story Time Favorite! ♥ Review by Lys
BoundlessBookaholic 12 months ago
I was disappointed in this one. I’m giving it 2 out of 5 stars. This review is for an ARC, and reflects my honest opinion. I didn’t really like any of the characters besides Chase. Without spoiling things, like every other character was awful at least half of the time, if not more often. One person I wanted to smack, punch, etc. Well I’d probably do those things to a few others, but one in particular made my blood boil. One major thing (ha) that annoyed me was how predictable this book was. And the ending was wrapped up so neatly in the last 3-4% that it made me roll my eyes a little; it felt too choreographed to resemble real life. This was pretty depressing to read at times. I mean it was a sad subject (obviously based on the summary), but there wasn’t really anything happy about it at all. It got a little overwhelming sometimes. But if you liked Pushing the Limits, or Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry, you’d probably like this one. It just wasn’t for me unfortunately.
Timitra 12 months ago
One Small Thing really tugged on my heartstrings, Erin Watt's books usually pull emotions out of me but not this particular one. I loved that, that it drew such an emotional response from me. It didn't make me cry but I was emotionally invested in the story especially the hero's pain. It didn't matter that I'd figured out where it was going and what would happen I was in, I was all in. That fact did not alter my overall enjoyment of it at all, I enjoyed it quite a lot. I love forbidden stories. I loved that this story had that element and that it was such an untenable situation yet it worked. I definitely recommend this book to those who love forbidden stories that are heartfelt. ARC provided by publisher through Net Galley
bookbruin 12 months ago
I'm not sure if it was the cute cover or the fact that this was categorized as a YA novel, but I really wasn't expecting this to be such an emotional book. It isn't a light and fluffy read, but rather one that will have you questioning and thinking about it long after you finish. I'm glad I went into this book blind and I actually wish the blurb didn't give away the main conflict of the story. It made the revelation so much more devastating. The weight and impact of it more profound. One Small Thing isn't just a contemporary romance. It's a story of forgiveness, acceptance, grief, and love. It shows how people handle tragedy, for better or for worse, and the lasting ripples these events cause. I think what captivated me most about the book was that I truly had no idea how a story like this would end. Chase and Beth undergo a huge transformation from the people they once were, the people we meet, and the people they (hopefully) become. Yes, there were times I was frustrated with each of them as well as the people in their lives, but more often than not, I felt their pain, confusion, and anguish over these seemingly impossible obstacles. The secondary characters, though predictable, were perfectly over the top and succeeded in earning my anger and disgust. Mr. Jones and Jeff were quite the pair throughout the book. I honestly only really liked Chase and Beth (though Beth's mom grew on me). Things did wrap up quickly at the end, but I felt satisfied with the outcome and the maturity our characters displayed. I especially loved how the title tied into the book so wonderfully and that the ending left the reader with a sense of hope and maybe feeling just a little bit lighter. 4.5 stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*
KrissysBookNook 12 months ago
The beginning of this book felt like chaos for me to read. It reminded me a lot like the beginning of The Host by Stephanie Meyer where the first few paragraphs are chaotic and it's difficult to piece together what is going on in the words that you're reading. Then I remembered, that much like The Host, there's a usually reason for an author to begin a story this way and I began to relax. I was then able to take in the story that was unfolding through the pages and put the pieces the puzzle together in my mind. By the end of chapter five I decided I loved this book. The big "twist" totally caught me off guard and I was truly impressed with the way the authors bring you to that point in the story and had me essentially rooting for the bad guy. The angst in this read is immense. One Small Thing is more than just a teenage angst filled read though. The situations contained within its pages are super deep and thought provoking so you're left with so much more than just a great love story in my opinion. (The love story is pretty great though.) ;) I give One Small Thing 5 out of 5 Krissy's Stars! If you're in the market for an emotionally charged, thought provoking read this summer, I think you're going to love this book. Xo-K *I was generously given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
abu-1 12 months ago
Wow! Just Wow! Now I went into this book completely, 100% blind. I refrained from reading even the synopsis to the story, let alone any reviews. I didn't know exactly what to expect....but I can tell you that it wasn't this. I've been a fan of Erin Watt since their inception. I believe that I've read just about everything that this writing duo has released. I especially loved When It's Real...and let's not even get started on their Royals series. So, I was expecting something similar to these stories when I sat down to read One Small Thing. And boy was I surprised. This story had some unexpected twists to it. It's not a light hearted subject either. The two main characters meet up and hook up one night at a high school party. Beth "Lizzie" is out of her element, hanging with kids that she doesn't know. Attending a party at a house that she's not familiar with. She's trying to escape something...or is she trying to find something, or someone? She finds Chase "Charlie". He's the hot guy who catches her eye across the kitchen and she seeks him out. She figures that this is a one time thing, and that she will never have to see these kids again. That she can lose herself for the night; and she does. What she doesn't expect is to walk into her Calculus class the first day of her senior year to find Chase there. What she doesn't also expect is to find out that these 2 are permanently linked - no she's not pregnant. But these 2 are irrevocably tied together due to things that happened in the past. Things that each is trying to accept and move on from. An interesting, twisted story. I loved it. It kept me on my toes. I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome of the story. I found my self rooting on Chase. I also found myself angry with Beth's friends. As a whole, a brilliantly written story!
TheBookNerd5 12 months ago
This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion. I went into this one a little nervous about what to expect. I absolutely LOVE their Royals series and it’s truly hard to read other books by this author duo without comparing to it. This one sadly didn’t work for me. I found it to be very difficult to read and fairly predictable. This is not a peppy, happy book. It does have an amazing theme to it, which I can totally appreciate. But overall, I was disappointed. This story follows a family and town as they deal with the lose of one of their own, Rachel. Rachel was killed in a car accident by Charlie Donnelly. Beth, Rachel’s sister and formally known as Lizzie, meets Charlie, aka Chase, at a party one night and they have instant chemistry. Eventually, Beth finds out who Chase really is but still has issues denying her feelings for him. I’ll stop there so I don’t get too much into the plot. The characters in this one were absolutely dreadful. I strongly disliked 95% of them. I’m talking serious loathing on my end. I think that made the book that much harder to enjoy because you felt Beth and Chase’s emotions of being constantly judged, criticized, and weighed down. It wasn’t easy to process as a reader so I cannot imagine how the actual characters felt. The theme for this book was there’s something good to be found in every single day. It may be the tiniest of things but it’s still something. These days it is extremely easy to get bogged down so I can appreciate this story telling us to just look for one small thing. Just one thing in each day to push you forward or to let you deal with all you are going through. For that, I loved the book. I just wish I enjoyed the overall story more.