Audiobook Review: ‘Never Saw You Coming’

I’ve had Never Saw You Coming on my TBR for ages and my library finally bought a copy of the audiobook, so I knew it was time to dive headfirst into this story!

Title: Never Saw You Coming
Author: Erin Hahn
Series: Standalone
Genres: Contemporary, Romance

Goodreads Summary

You know a book is good when you’re almost to the end and find yourself thinking, “That’s it?!” because you feel like theres so much more story to tell.

I really loved More Than Maybe so when I learned there was going to be a spin-off with Vada’s best friend Meg – I was immediately sold. This book is very different because Meg is a church kid who just discovered her dad isn’t her biological dad and that makes her question everything.

Meg always planned to take a gap year after high school, she just thought it would involve road-tripping across the country with her BFF Vada and Vada’s boyfriend Luke and ending up at a Bible-Dude-Ranch, and not running away (but of course telling her mom she’s running away) to met her biological dad’s family – her family she didn’t know she had. But that all changed when Meg learned through medical records her mother’s husband was not her birth father, despite the fact Meg’s mom is super religious and having sex outside of marriage is a “sin.”

This is very heavy on the religion and Jesus and God loving, but that honestly didn’t bother me and I found it fascinating to see how someone so different from my own life might live. I really liked that Meg was questioning her church community, but never her faith and her love of God and I feel like thats a really good way to go about religion, personally. She’s learning a lot about herself living away from her mom for the first time and making choices for herself, not just to please her mom or the church.

Micah has his own slew of issues with the church, growing up the son of a pastor who is now in prison, he no longer attends church but still believes in his own way. He’s a sweet guy and really cares about his friends and family, but he’s also a 19-year-old guy and all that comes with that age.

Meg and Micah become quick friends and I love how their relationship evolves naturally and how Meg has never even kissed a boy, and Micah is ok with going as slow as Meg wants – and then there’s the matter of what will the church think of these two kids together? This story brings up a lot of good points and questions for the church’s outdated belief system and how girls are treated differently from boys.

Erin Hahn is an auto-read author for me now, I always enjoy the stories she has to tell, especially since this is based on her own relationship with religion.

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Any audiobook with 2 POVs and 2 narrators is an automatic win in my books! I enjoyed listening to this one and thought both narrators were great.

Michael Crouch is a narrator I have listened to many times before and I enjoy this voice, I find it easy to listen to. Jessica Almasy had the sweetest voice for Meg and I loved her!

My Rating:

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I’m giving this book a 3.5 and rounding up to 4 on Goodreads, because I’m deep in the feels and that’s how I best rate books. This book won’t be for everyone. If you dislike religious talk in your books, stay away from this. But if you’re even a bit curious, I would say give this one a try. I’m not a religious person myself, but I always like to learn how other people live and about their beliefs, and this was an interesting and fast paced read.

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