Book Review: The Best Thing That Never Happened To Me

the best thing that never happened to me- book review

The best thing that never happened to me

 

Title: The Best Thing That Never Happened To Me

Author: Laura Tait & Jimmy Rice

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Fiction

Read/Not read (my rec): read. 

 

 

 

Blurb:

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? 

My Thoughts:

So, the blurb sounds pretty interesting. Of course, Holly and Alex are going to be together now that finally they are once again thrown into the same path. Can’t wait for it…

My thoughts as I was reading the book were somewhat as follows:

Finally, she is going to tell Alex how she feels…..

A few pages later…nope, not the right moment.

Finally, he is going to tell Holly how he feels…..

A few pages later…nope, not the right moment. Oh! Wait … what?

Finally, she is going to tell Alex how she feels…..

A few pages later…nope, not the right moment. Oh! Wait … what?

Finally, he is going to tell Holly how he feels…..

A few pages later…nope, not the right moment.

Okay finally fine-freaking-ly they are going to get together…finally….few pages later…nope later.

You get the idea.

Towards the end of the book…

Omg, this is going to the most clichéd romantic scene ever. Girl in the plane, the boy stuck in traffic and he will run there and probably piss off some authorities trying to talk to Holly…. She will run to him…

The plane took off. THE PLANE FREAKING TOOK OFF.

In fact, at one point I was like maybe this girl doesn’t really deserve a guy like Alex. Alex is really the sweetest person and a hopeless romantic. Especially compared to his potty-mouthed and potty-brained friend. I have never been this irritated infuriated at a book character.

I mean look at Melissa. She knows exactly what she wants and takes exact calculated steps to achieve them, her job, a boyfriend, her dress up and attitude. Okay, she might be a little bit too calculating but she does have a heart hiding behind that cool exterior.

Then there is Holly. Almost the entire book, she is in denial mode. The entire situation with Richard, being her boss and keeping their relationship a secret, not meeting her friends, not giving her time or ever keeping her wishes first, is clearly freaking indicating that he is not that serious about their relationship. God help me if I ever were that blind.

The coincidences in the book in this book are to the point that it is un-freaking believable. Like really? No, seriously really?

Even though this review to this point might have sounded more like a rant, I actually liked reading this book. This book was really a unique experience because, this was my first time reading a book co-written by two authors, Laura Tate and Jimmy Rice. I had not even given it much thought but at the end of the book, there was this little interview where the authors talked about the writing experience and all that stuff, which made it all the more interesting.

The book is narrated in dual perspective so that we get the full experience as to why every thing happens as it does, how the characters made the decision they did. And there are also some bits from the past (ten years earlier) which gives the characters more depth.

I had not even given it much thought but at the end of the book, there was this little interview where the authors talked about the writing experience and all that stuff, which made it all the more interesting.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. I was hoping for a cute, fluffy contemporary read, I was 80% satisfied, I’d say. Because the characters are in their late twenties there was a lot more aspects of the character’s life that had to be explored. Their careers, their relationships with their parents, all that stuff made it a bit more diverse.

This plot of best friends falling for each other has been used so many times, and this story is somewhere above the average for me. It had a smooth flow and a medium pace, not slow and not too fast and there was never really a point where I wanted to keep the book down.

 

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