14 Jul 2016

book: the night that changed everything by laura tait and jimmy rice

"Rebecca is the only girl she knows who didn't cry at the end of Titanic. Ben is the only man he knows who did. Rebecca's untidy but Ben doesn't mind picking up her pieces. Ben is laid back but Rebecca keeps him on his toes. They're a perfect match.

Nothing can come between them. Or so they think.

When a throwaway comment reveals a secret from the past, their love story is rewritten.

Can they recover from the night that changed everything? And how do you forgive what you can't forget?"

This blurb set the premise for a pretty decent book with a good plot so I was excited to get my teeth into this one.

When I finished the book, I felt really underwhelmed. To me, there were two nights that 'changed everything' and I can't be sure which one the title was referring to. Moreover, I didn't like any of the characters (well, all but one)! They were all annoying for various reasons but I'll focus on the two main ones: Rebecca for her ability to hold a grudge indefinitely and her coldness towards people; and Ben because he was just too happy-go-lucky for someone in their late twenties.

The only character I did like was Jamie because he was the only one who pretty much put everyone first before himself. He seemed like the friendliest and most down-to-earth character.

Plot-wise, the book is one of those 'steady as you go' books. It's not dramatic but it has enough of a story to keep you reading. I liked that the chapters flitted between Rebecca and Ben though some of the chapters seemed a bit pointless and were just there to make up the numbers rather than add anything to the book.

Overall, a decent read if you want something simple and light but not the best chicklit book I've ever read. 6/10.

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