Erin Hahn’s More than Maybe was one of my top ten reads of 2020, I’m not huge on contemporary romance but it hit all the right notes for me. Vada and Luke were quirky fun teenagers coming of age, passionate about music and their futures. In Never Saw You Coming, we get another pair of teens who are finding their way in life becoming adults free of the sins of their parents when they are enamored by one another.
Meg has fled home on her gap year after finding out that her father is not her biological one. She is forced to confront the falseness of the strict religious upbringing her parents forced upon her in atonement for their own sins. She wanders to the town where her real father’s family is and finds herself, finds a home and finds Micah.
Micah is also from a religious family, his father is one of those pastors who lost his way and abused folks in his parish. Micah is disillusioned with the church and the world but is a good person trying to make his way into adulthood. His best friend, Duke, is trying to figure out his sexuality and offers more fodder for the overall discussion of right versus wrong in the church versus what’s acceptable in the secular world.
As I read, I felt the tension Meg carried as she navigated her upbringing and her love for Jesus with the realities of being a teen in the world. It was perhaps more heavy handed of a religious contemporary read than I would generally go for but when I read the author’s note I really wanted to cheer for what Hahn was trying to do. The quote that I loved was: “I think that’s the night I stopped caring about hurting the church’s feelings.”
I agreed with the sentiment that the church sometimes loses the forest for the trees and that loving Jesus and following a bunch of antiquated, arbitrary rules are not the same. I think this book will be a bit polarizing but I thought it had just the right tone for a clean teen romance trying to promote real ethical and moral conduct to teens without austerity. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.
What’s your favorite YA romance?