Review: Never Saw You Coming (Erin Hahn)

Never Saw You Coming
Author: Erin Hahn
Publication Date: September 7, 2021
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Fiction

Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


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. 

There are some books I know I will never truly do justice in reviewing and Never Saw You Coming is one of those for me. Religion is a tricky subject to cover. No two people have the exact same opinion or feel the same way about it. Some readers are bound to feel alienated by or dislike this book and what Erin Hahn is saying in it. I’m not one of those people. I thought it was beautifully written. To me, it did not come across as Hahn trying to attack religion, but more of asking us to question our own thoughts and actions relating to it. None of the religion related topics were new to me or ones that I hadn’t already thought about. I appreciated the way the story was told and how it related to the characters, especially Meg.

Meg was a young woman who has recently graduated from high school. There have been some revelations in her life that have her questioning the way she was brought up and the role religion and the church has played in her life. Meg uses the gap year she plans on taking to journey north and meet some of her family. While she’s there, she meets Micah. Micah has his own issues with his family and the church. All the soul searching Meg and Micah are doing connects them in a way that just being attracted to each other wouldn’t have. They’re a support system for each other that neither were expecting. I loved how their friendship and then relationship evolved. I loved the honesty they cultivated and the maturity they had in relation to their relationship. Meg and Micah stayed true to themselves throughout the entire book and I was impressed by that.

Along Meg and Micah’s journeys, they have a great cast of supporting character. I loved Vada being along for some of the ride as well as Meg’s family. Micah’s family and friends were my favorites in this book, though. I loved Duke and his friendship. James, Dani, and Meg’s great-grandmother were also great characters. All these characters were so thoughtfully placed in Meg and Micah’s lives.

I don’t know what else to say about this book. I don’t necessarily feel like it was a book I would have needed as a teenager, but I would have benefitted in some ways had I read it back then. I think it will be helpful to a lot of teenagers trying to find themselves and questioning their beliefs. I enjoyed reading it and being part of Meg and Micah’s journeys.

20 thoughts on “Review: Never Saw You Coming (Erin Hahn)”

    1. She really did. She didn’t say too much about religion exactly, but mostly about how women are viewed. It was very subtle.

    2. Well, subtle in a non attacking way I mean. It’s definitely a main point. If that makes sense.

  1. I finished this book the other day, and agree, Hahn was not attacking religion per se, but rather the “religious”. Both characters had a good relationship with God and a strong Christian faith. Their issues were with the ideologies of some of the church members. Fair. From the author’s note it seemed really personal too.

    1. Yes, she really does. I think it would be mature enough that even if you don’t like YA you could like this.

  2. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything where religion plays a big role in the story but it sounds like Hahn did a great job in navigating a sensitive topic. This just sounds really sweet/cute although maybe not the book to start my Erin Hahn journey on? Great review!

    1. You could start with this one, but if you’re looking for a cuter/sweeter one you could try one of her others to start with.

  3. Fun fact, I love books that explore religion with nuance. I’ve heard amazing things about Erin Hahn’s writing, so this is on my list of books to try! Meg and Micah sound wonderful. I’m so glad you love this!

    1. Okay. How have you NOT read Erin Hahn??? I think she would be right up your alley. I loved both of her previous books, especially You’d Be Mine. I would highly recommend them both to you along with this one. I would love to hear your thoughts on all of them!

  4. I’m excited to see you enjoyed this one! It’s one of my next reads, and as someone who grew up heavily involved in church but has since left, I’m always eager to read a fiction book that handles religion well. Great review!

    1. I grew up heavily involved in church as well and have not continued to participate as an adult. I would say my experience was good, but I did go to church as a teenager/young adult with a friend this book reminded me of that time for some reason. I think you might appreciate this one. I would love to hear your thoughts after you read it. And thank you!

  5. I don’t think I read any book in which religion has such a prominent role, but I’m glad the author handled it well. I haven’t read any of Erin Hahn’s books but I’m interested in reading one of her books that features two singers. Can’t remember the title right now.
    Great review, Deanna.

    1. I think you would love her books! Especially You’d Be Mine. That’s the one you’re talking about. Thanks!

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