This is How it Happened

This is How it Happened


Somehow I’ve become a liar. A coward. Here’s how it happened.

When Genevieve Grace wakes up from a coma, she can’t remember the car crash that injured her and killed her boyfriend Dallas, a YouTube star who had just released his first album. Genevieve knows she was there, and that there was another driver, a man named Brad Freeman, who everyone assumes is guilty. But as she slowly pieces together the night of the accident, Genevieve is hit with a sickening sense of dread—that maybe she had something to do with what happened.

As the internet rages against Brad Freeman, condemning him in a brutal trial by social media, Genevieve escapes to her father’s house, where she can hide from reporters and spend the summer volunteering in beautiful Zion National Park. But she quickly realizes that she can’t run away from the accident, or the terrible aftermath of it all.

Incredibly thought-provoking and beautifully told, Paula Stokes’s story will compel readers to examine the consequences of making mistakes in a world where the internet is always watching…and judging.

Title:This is How it Happened
Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:384 pages

    This is How it Happened Reviews

  • Paula Stokes

    IMPORTANT NOTE FOR EARLY READERS/REVIEWERS:Both the physical galley and first uploaded e-ARC to Edelweiss are missing the equivalent of a page. The e-ARC was updated on March 6th to include the missin...

  • Laura

    Dallas didn’t survive. He’s dead. It’s like I have to keep replaying those words in order to believe them. I know the first stage of grief is denial, but I’ve always thought of that as an acti...

  • destiny ? howling libraries

    “Where does seeking justice end and seeking vengeance begin?” I really enjoy books that offer a unique social commentary, especially when it’s relevant to modern times, so I jumped at the chance...

  • Sarah

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) “I’m sorry, honey. Dallas didn’t survive. He’s dead.” This was a YA contemporary story about a gi...

  • Stacee

    I'm such a fan of Paula's words, I don't even read the synopsis anymore. I know I'll always be wowed by what she does. And this was no exception. I really liked Genevieve. She's got a lot of things go...

  • alice (arctic books)

    Trigger warning: mention of suicide attemptI was excited to read THIS IS HOW IT HAPPENED because Paula’s books are always something I enjoy. I thought this book was going to be somewhat of a thrille...

  • Jen Ryland

    Genevieve is driving her famous YouTube musician boyfriend home from a party. The next thing she knows, she's lying in the hospital, just out of a coma, and her boyfriend is dead. The internet is goin...

  • Jennifer

    4.5/5 starsThis is How it Happened is a standalone YA contemporary novel.The narrator is 17 year old Genevieve Grace. Genevieve is in her last few weeks as a high school senior when she wakes up in th...

  • Sam Kozbial

    Rating: 4.5 starsI confess, I am a Paula Stokes fangirl. I have enjoyed many of her previous books, and have always admired her ability to genre jump and do it well. This time Stokes brings us a conte...

  • Jaime Arkin

    I can always count on Paula Stokes to write a socially relevant story that provides a message without being preachy and that’s what she does in This Is How It Happened. Genevieve Grace wakes up from...