The Best Thing That Never Happened To Me

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Firstly I’d like to thank Transworld Publishers at Random House UK and Netgalley for an ARC of this lovely debut novel.

The Blurb
Everyone remembers their first love.
Holly has learnt that life isn’t about seizing the moment. She might have harboured dreams about travelling the world as a teenager, but she let go of those – just as she let go of Alex.

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 new city, and he knows that moving to London has nothing to do with Holly. Well, probably.

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

This book is a strike of genius written by two authors who happen to be best friends. Each chapter narrates alternatively between the two main characters. Holly and Alex are the most perfect non-couple you will ever come across in a book. The will they, wont they facade had me page turning like a mad women.

This book is beautifully written and tells the story of the two main characters. Holly, the girl who had never followed her dreams and was with a man who never really loved her. She middles and gets by but has never seemed truly happy. Alex on the other hand, followed his dreams of becoming a teacher, moved out of a place he never thought he would leave and is finally following his heart and doing what he wanted. Despite all of this they both always seemed like there something missing.

I adored how honest this book was, with Alex’s very clear OCD and nerdiness and Holly’s obvious distaste for her hometown and other characters in the book. The other characters were equally as charming with Jemma’s take no shit attitude, Kev’s constant vulgar banter and then there’s Melissa and Richard who are both equally as annoying as each other.

I loved the way the suspense built up through each page as to whether Holly and Alex would finally confess their love for each other and that Holly finally got to see the world. There’s so much more I could say but I don’t want to give too much away for those of you that have yet to read this lovely book.

Chick flickish, heart warming and lovely…its 5 stars from me for this brilliant debut from the very talented Laura and Jimmy.

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