Author: Laura Tait and Jimmy Rice
Published: 24th March 2016
When Laura and Jimmy's first book, The Best Thing that Never Happened to Me, first hit the book scene, I fell completely in love with this writing duo. You can therefore imagine my joy when they were back with their second book The Night that Changed Everything.
This isn't your stereotypical women's fiction book, it isn't a love story per se, it's more about the perfect couple realising that they may not be so perfect for each other after all. However do not think that has given the game away, as this still may not be what you expect. Even though this is something that happens so often in real life, I had never read a storyline about it before, and it definitely achieved that 'different' factor in a women's fiction story and I can honestly say that I liked it. I think author Julie Cohen's description is actually spot on for this in calling it an anti rom-com. It does make such a difference from the usual boy meets girl stories and was actually a refreshing change.
Although the overall story to this was sad and I could keenly relate in places, it still had lots of funny and uplifting moments. I guess you could say it's bittersweet in it's storytelling. Laura and Jimmy are great at creating wonderful characters and the relationships between them feel so genuine and life-like. There is actually so much you can take from this book and I know it's got me thinking a bit. It's about learning to forgive and not taking anything for granted; living life the way you want to live it and making it count. I wasn't expecting to come away from this learning so much, but it definitely gets you thinking.
Their debut still remains my running favourite, but The Night that Changed Everything didn't disappoint. I really think Laura and Jimmy work as an excellent writing pair. Their writing and storytelling is just spot on. It's always so easy to get swept up in their books and I am hoping they have another one in the pipeline.