Published by Wednesday Books
Published: September 7, 2021
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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.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Erin Hahn has quickly become an auto-read author for me. When I read her first two books, You’d Be Mine and More Than Maybe, I knew anything she wrote would be an easy sell. She writes books that have heart and tackle real issues. And she especially did that with her 3rd book, Never Saw You Coming. Not only does Hahn tackle friendship and love in this book, she also tackles the complicated feelings that come with growing up and religion, and she did an amazing job doing it!
Never Saw You Coming is the story of Meg, yes that Meg from More Than Maybe, an 18 year old girl that was raised in a very conservative family. She find herself on a journey to find family she never knew existed after a secret is revealed changing everything she ever knew. Now spending her gap year in a new place trying to put all the pieces together of what she thought she knew and what is true she meets Micah, a 19 year old guy on a journey of his own. While Meg is trying to put her life together, Micah is trying to run from his past and more specifically his ex-pastor father that is in prison and the damage he left behind. Both on different journeys, both Micah and Meg have one thing in common and it is figuring out how they feel about the church teaching they know and what it means to have faith.
First and foremost I think it is import to say that Never Saw You Coming is not a preachy book. While religion is a HUGE theme and thread in the story, it is more talked about than forced on you. Meg was raised very conservatively. She never had a boyfriend, never been kissed, never able to date. She was raised in fear by her parents on past mistakes and Meg has to figure out what that means to her. Micah on the other hand has to deal with the fact that the father he worshiped, that was a pastor, was not what Micah thought him to be. He had to make peace with the crimes his father committed and what that connection did to his faith in the church and his community. Meg and Micah had complicated feelings they had to deal with and that right there was what I liked best about this book. They were learning who they are going to be and what that meant for their past. And that was the star of the book.
Never Saw You Coming didn’t take me by surprise. I knew I would love it since it was an Erin Hahn. What did take me by surprise was how invested I was in Meg and Micah’s stories and how I wanted them to heal and learn and understand that it is okay to go your own way and make your own path. You don’t have to have the same faith as your parents or make the same decisions as your friends. It’s okay to forge your own way. Definitely have this one on your TBR.