Monday, June 26, 2017

Book Blast with Giveaway: This is How it Happened by Paula Stokes

Hi everyone! Today I'm here to share some fun stuff for author Paula Stokes's newest contemporary novel, THIS IS HOW IT HAPPENED! It's a story that Kirkus Reviews called “a sobering exploration of absolution.” More about the book, including a sneak peek and a giveaway, below!

This is How it Happened by Paula StokesThis is How it Happened
by Paula Stokes
July 11, 2017
384 pages

Goodreads Summary:
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.

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Read the first four chapters of the book on Paula’s website here.

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Paula StokesAbout the Author
Paula Stokes writes stories about flawed characters with good hearts who sometimes make bad decisions. She’s the author of several YA novels, most recently Vicarious and Girl Against the Universe. Her writing has been translated into nine foreign languages. Paula loves kayaking, hiking, reading, and seeking out new adventures in faraway lands She also loves interacting with readers.



  1. I really liked this book! Paula Stokes has yet to let me down wit her novels. :)

  2. I agree with Sara. When I pick up a Stokes book, I know I will get a great story. She has yet to disappoint me, and this book was so good. It really exceeded my expectations and touched upon that love/hate line I walk with social media.
    Sam @ WLABB

    1. You guys are really hyping this book up for me! I'm very interested to see what she says about social media today :)

  3. While the internet rages against Brad Freeman, she escapes to her father's house and volunteers in a park, leaving the guy to suffer the consequences?
    I just have to read this. I need to see how her character really is. Thanks for sharing :)

    1. You're welcome! So glad that pulled you in and happy reading ;)

  4. I love Paula's books and this one sounds so interesting! Love the quotes from the graphics!
    Ummm one of my favorite books I've read in 2017... definitely Illuminae. The way the story is told is so unique and creative, it's such a special book! It's full of action and the characters are amazing! I also loved When It's Real by Erin Watt, it's a really sweet book with a beautiful story.
    Thank you so much for the giveaway!


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