THE NIGHT THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING – Laura Tait, Jimmy Rice
Penguin, 2016 | Contemporary | Paperback, 416 Pages | Review Copy
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?
Okay so this book really surprised me. We all know the generic romance story – girl meets boy, they fall in love/hate each other/love triangle, something bad happens, they forgive and forget, marriage and babies. Well The Night that Changed Everything really didn’t follow the usual format, and I loved it! I laughed, I cried and I just really got into the characters and their lives.
The thing that really stands out in this book is that each chapter alternates between two characters. You may be thinking “oh but that’s pretty normal now”, but the difference is that authors Laura Tait and Jimmy Rice each take on a person. You can tell because each character has their own unique voice, and it definitely feels like two different characters. I always say that I’m not a huge fan of differing points of view throughout a book because they sometimes confuse me. I don’t always read chapter titles or numbers because I’m so into the story, so yeah, sometimes I miss a change of character. There’s no issues with that here!
I also really liked the characters. Well, most of them. (Avril – ugh!) The main ones – Rebecca, Ben, Jamie and Jemma – were likeable and felt real. Their friendship was not without faults, and I liked that realism. The friends added a lot of humour and sweet moments into the situation and there was a great dynamic between each friendship within that friendship group. We really saw how things can affect not just the couple in question, but the people around them too. Usually, you don’t know what is going on in the other person’s mind, but here you really do hear both sides of the story in one. It’s interesting to see how people react differently to the same scenario, and how they each move on. Most often you find yourself siding with the character you are seeing everything through, but here you can’t do that. I was constantly torn between being on Rebecca’s side and being on Ben’s side.
They each had a little bit of background and it felt like enough for the story, but I wouldn’t say no to finding out more about them in their own books! That said, there were some things that really annoyed me and especially with Rebecca. Like the whole scenario with how everything started was just overdramatic – but maybe I’m just too easy going haha! Made for an interesting book at least.
The pacing was good: I never felt like the story was really lagging, nor did I think things were moving too fast. I think I could have easily finished the book in one sitting if I’d had the time because it just gave me the need to carry on reading.
Yeah, I’d definitely recommend this book. 4/5