Billy Romero is trying to get over the sudden death of his father when he starts eighth grade. He’s been feeling pretty alone: his mom, a real estate agent, is hardly ever home, and when she is, she's connected to her cell phone, and his friends seemed to have moved on without him. So when his English teacher, Tess Gates, starts paying him special attention (helping him with his writing, giving him rides and driving lessons), he can't help but feel a bit happy by her interest in him, and curious as to what it means. Is Tess reaching out to him because she lost a father as well, or is there something more between them?
Something Happened is surprisingly (and even frighteningly) realistic and believable. Throughout the novel, Billy's uncertainties, insecurities, and fears are emphasized to demonstrate his innocence in this teacher-student relationship, and his letters to his deceased father, scattered throughout the book, elicit sympathy and understanding for Billy, and the appropriate amount of dislike for Tess Gates. Logsted highlights how thin the line is between the student-teacher relationship and something more in a sensitive and straightforward manner, and draws the plot out at just the perfect pace to get arouse curiosity, which propels the reader through the book. Something Happened is detailed without being graphic or inappropriate, thought provoking, and an ideal book that illustrates the danger and delicacy of such situations.