Thursday, 24 March 2016

Review of The Best Thing That Never Happened to Me by Laura Tait and Jimmy Rice

The bit on the back…

Everyone remembers their first love.

Holly certainly remembers Alex. But she decided ten years ago that love wasn’t about mix tapes and seizing the moment – though she’s not exactly sure it’s about secret dates with your boss, either.
But what if the feelings never really went away?

Alex wants to make every moment of his new job count. It’s a fresh start in a big city, and he’s almost certain that moving to London has nothing to do with Holly. Almost.

How do you know if it was meant to be… or never meant to happen at all?

This book has been on my TBR pile for a shamefully long time. With the release of the 2nd book early this year I bumped it up to the top of the pile to be read.

This is all about two friends Holly and Alex who missed their chance for romance as teenagers.
The story flips back and forth between both characters and the present and past. During the “past” scenes the story of Holly and Alex as teenagers and best friends is built up into a classic picture of them having feelings for each other but neither feeling the right moment to reveal them, ultimately missing their chance.

The present day scenes tell the story of Alex and Holly being reunited. The two sides of the story, interwoven throughout, creates a sense of how the characters have changed but neither of them seem to really be fulfilling their dreams until they come back into each other’s lives. Alex was sweet, if a bit of a wimp a times, but generally likeable. I felt like Holly was being totally played by Richard and couldn’t marry up the teenage and adult versions of her. I thought for sure she would have more balls to call Richard out on his BS more often but she also seemed like a bit of a wimp and a pushover.

One of my favourite books ever is written by two authors and if I hadn’t previously have known it was two authors I wouldn’t have been able to tell, not sure if that was the intention or not. 

A few reviews I’ve read of this book state that readers are unaware of what actually happened in this book and to a degree I actually felt the same. It was a bit like a whole book worth of scene setting before an anticlimactic ending. 

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