Book review: The Best Thing That Never Happened To Me by Laura Tait and Jimmy Rice
*Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
This book was and actually still IS, a MEGA HIT! I remember a couple of months ago my twitter feed being clogged with pictures of people reading this book and tweets re how awesome this book is. So, thanks to the fantastic guys from Transworld I got a review copy via NetGalley and owe them BIG time! Because, truly this book was such an enjoying, warm, fantastic read. Could it be because it’s written by two authors and is a product of the synergy between their excellent writing skills? I guess, that could be the answer, but let’s not overthink this matter, for only one thing is important – The Best Thing That Never Happened To Me is probably one of the best things that happened to me lately. Ha! (see what I did there?)
This is a fantastic story everyone can connect to, everyone that loves/d, everyone that has/d a best friend from the opposite sex, everyone that believes in true love and friendship. I always have been a huge fan of books or movies about high school sweethearts, or of friends who secretly wished they were more than just friends. Well, in this book I got it all, and I was so so sad when I finished reading it.
Holly and Alex know each other for what seems to be forever. They grew up together and were always there for each other. But, they eventually go separate ways unaware of their feelings, or better to say maybe fearing acknowledging their feelings for each other. It’s been looong time, 11 years have passed and they have their lives on track, each of them making something out of their lives. But, seems something in their life is lacking…you know, that part we all call the other half?
They are about to find out if what they felt for each other back in the days was real, and if it’s still alive. Oh my God, seriously guys, there are no words to explain how sweet and warm this story was. It’s told from both Holly’s and Alex’s POV and the switching between POVs is done brilliantly. There’s no gap whatsoever between Holly’s and Alex’s actions, thoughts or feelings. I absolutely loved hearing both of their sides and reading about their feelings, they just felt so real and maybe that’s the main reason why I loved this book. It felt like both of these MCs popped out of the pages and I could see them standing in front of me. They didn’t feel like fiction at all! I applaud to both Laura and Jimmy for the lovely dialogues, the banter between Holly and Alex which made this book such an enjoyable read.
Alex and Holly were wonderfully portrayed and their story is definitely one that will live with me for a long time. I’m not sure if there’s a sequel coming or if Laura and Jimmy are working on another book, however I’m sure that one DOESN’T change a winning team! It’s obvious that they make a great team, each adding with their writing style. I truly hope I’ll be able to read another one from them any time soon.
My rating: 4.5/5