Wednesday, 4 December 2013
The Best Thing I Never Had- Erin Lawless *blog tour post*
If you fell in love with Mhairi McFarlane’s You Had Me at Hello and David Nicholls’ One Day, then this book is for YOU.
Beware false friends and the smiles of certain boys…
Miles and Nicky are getting married.
Unfortunately, their wedding party is a tangle of ex-housemates, ex-friends and ex-lovers.
Leigha, Sukie and Harriet used to be the best of friends.
Unfortunately, there are some things you just can’t forgive.
Adam and Harriet. They might have been something, once. But definitely not any more…
So this wedding isn’t just a wedding, it’s a reunion.
The Best Thing I Never Had moves back and forth between 2007 and 2012 and seven characters to build up a compelling story, in turns funny and sad, but always honest, about friendship in all its forms and the practicality of second chances.
In The Best Thing I Never Had , Erin Lawless has created characters full of emotion and opinion, and this means readers will be able to relate their characteristics and personality traits to people they know.
I particularly loved the character of Sukie, who goes off the rails. Her life seemed so interesting and diverse, I'd have loved to have got to know more about her and her story.
The university setting reminded me of my own university days filled with drunken nights and dodgy takeaways, and particularly the perils of housesharing and the pressure of the dissertation. Many authors try and encapsulate this pivotal time in life, but I felt Erin Lawless managed to convey just how young and impressionable students really are and the growth that occurs in the years following university.
A story of love and friendship, The Best Thing I Never Had is accessible and highly readable. Fans of chicklit, romance and women's fiction will particularly enjoy it, but do be prepared to cry-those heightened emotions related to first love are described exquisitely, the acute pleasure and pain of love, rejection and relationships so very, very real. I'm not ashamed to say I blubbed reading this book.
The Best Thing I Never Had is one of the most engaging books I've read this year. I loved it. I highly recommend clicking on the link below to read the first chapter.
The Best Thing I Never Had is out tomorrow.