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 by 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 when you can’t forget?
The Night That Changed Everything is a funny, feel-good and bittersweet story, told in alternate chapters by Laura Tait and Jimmy Rice.
Publisher: Transworld Books
Publication Date: 23rd March 2016
Acquisition: Sent for blog tour
I don’t do blog tours very often. I find the pressure of reading a book to a deadline a little bit too much in my current job and then I have an irrational fear that I will hate the book and it will all just be uncomfortable and awkward. But this book sparked my attention. When I got an email off Becky Hunter from Transworld talking about The Night That Changed Everything, I was intrigued. It’s not often that you get two authors (especially UK authors) collaborating in a book. And while I think it is a difficult thing to get right, the story of this one made me want to read so I accepted.
As soon as I started reading, any worries I had about the book melted away. I very quickly realised that I was reading an incredibly special book, written by two authors of immense skill (not to mention wit!) To say I was blown away would be an understatement. (I loved it so much, I talked about it in the video atop this post!)
We start out with Rebecca’s voice before she even meets Ben and it is hilarious – laugh out loud on a crowded tube hilarious. No one was having more fun on the Bakerloo line the day I started reading this book. She has this dry wit that is so cutting and quick, I didn’t expect it to be as funny as it was. It is a rare day when a book makes me laugh out loud. Rebecca’s chapters slayed me (eg. penis fingers). And there is something about her that you are drawn to as a reader, she has this confidence and passion that makes her glow on the page. Then you move onto Ben who has his own form of humour. He isn’t quite as cutting (though still laugh out loud funny – I’m telling you I’ve never enjoyed my commutes this much) but he is a lot sweeter and more sensitive than Rebecca. While Rebecca’s main flaw seems to be that she detaches herself from things emotionally, she has her goal and her direction and she is sticking to it, perhaps it is Ben’s flaw that he loves too fiercely. He may be slightly lost in himself, stuck in an HR job he doesn’t really want, but the passion that he doesn’t feel for his job is siphoned off into a love for Rebecca and for his friends. The two are perfect for one another…until they aren’t.
The twists and turns that this book takes will leave you gasping in shock and sighing in frustration and willing the two of them to stop being such f*ck-ups. You will root for them with every turn of the page, with every switch in perspective, willing the universe to throw them back together, it is absolutely brilliant stuff.
The cast of characters feels exactly like one you would find in a Hollywood blockbuster, or in a TV series destined for the greatness of Friends and Will & Grace but in London. And I’m not just talking about Rebecca and Ben who are hilarious and sweet and wonderful and flawed in equal measure. All of the secondary (even tertiary!) characters come with their own set of baggage and three dimensional brilliance that manage to round off this well built world so brilliantly. The character development in this book is second to none and definitely one of the books many many strengths.
Jamie is an absolute favourite and becomes so straight from the off giving wise man advice like its going out of style but doing it on the sly and not at all in a preachy way. Free-spirited and clearly a hot piece of ass, I am here for characters like him. Danielle and Jemma are a pleasure to read, and well rounded as humans, as are Russ and Tom, even Avril and Adam and Michael (who barely feature) come across so real its like you could look up from the book and there they are sat across from you on the tube. (Possibly doing some breathing exercises, if we’re talking Michael).
I would highly recommend this to anyone but mostly to fans of romantic comedy films as this is cinematic as all heck and would be incredible on the big screen. It has all the makings of a Love, Actually/Notting Hill/hella-British, Richard Curtis affair. I would also recommend to fans of David Nicholls’ bestselling novel One Day. I count that book to be one of my favourite books of all time and I think The Night That Changed Everything is right up there with it for the emotional punchiness, the slice of life realness and the pure British feel to it. Funny and light but with all the emotional punch in all the right places, I find it impossible to fault this book. To me, it is perfect.
Thanks so much to Transworld and Becky Hunter for letting me be a part of this blog tour. Don’t forget to check out the other posts at the websites below.
For the previous post on the tour click here.
For the next post, head over to BookaholicConfessions and WAIT!