The Best Thing That Never Happened to Me by Jimmy Rice & Laura Tait – #TheBestThingBook

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?

9780552170710What I Thought:
I’m not a real fan of your chick-lit book. They always seem contrived, and with a heroine so saccharine and silly that you just want to beat her over the head with her own book. I was expecting a little of this when I picked up The Best Thing That Never Happened To Me by Jimmy Rice and Laura Tait, but while the book treads some similar waters to those other books, it has a really fresh way of going about it.

As you’ll see, the book is written by two authors, each taking the point of view of one of the main characters, which gives them a really authentic feel. It’s really refreshing to have a convincing male character in a book that appeals to women – unsurprisingly, Alex is written by Jimmy Rice and his voice is as authentic as that of Holly, written by Laura Tait, and not just another cardboard cutout of a man written by a woman trying to think how a man would. I think we all know that men and women don’t think alike, so getting them right is a tough job!

As a book, The Best Thing That Never Happened to Me works really well. It never feels too clever or too stupid for the reader, it gives you just enough information about both characters to want to bang their heads together and you end up with a story that is very satisfying and leaves you with a smile. The writing-duo concept works well, and each chapter fits in seemlessly with the next – you can imagine what a tough job it was getting loose ends to tie up when writing with someone else!

I would highly recommend this book as a summer read – it’s easy to bolt through, compulsive reading and it’s got a cover design that any author would be pleased as punch with!

The Best Thing That Never Happened To Me is published first in ebook on 10th April, and a paperback follows on 3rd July. Well worth it.

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Note: I was sent a proof copy of this book by the publisher for review purposes, but all opinions are, as ever, my own.

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4 Responses to The Best Thing That Never Happened to Me by Jimmy Rice & Laura Tait – #TheBestThingBook

  1. Jenny says:

    I love the sound of this book, and I especially love the fact that the two authors took a point of view from each of the main characters!! :)
    Definitely putting this book on my TBR pile!
    Great review :) xx

  2. Cath says:

    My first love was Paul Shutt. I was about 8. Found him again on Friends Reunited years later and discovered he was gay. Hey ho.

  3. Kirsty says:

    I imagine writing together is pretty hard going so it sounds like these writers pulled it off.

  4. Kirsty says:

    Just realised the blog post comment was meant to be your first love.
    Sultan my cuddly toy dog ;0)

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