22nd January 2020
You never forget the one that got away. But what if ‘what could have been’ is still to come?
Daniel was the first boy to make Alison a mix tape. But that was years ago and Ali hasn’t thought about him in a very long time. Even if she had, she might not have called him ‘the one that got away’; she’d been the one to run away, after all.
Then Dan’s name pops up on her phone, with a link to a song from their shared past. For two blissful minutes, Alison is no longer an adult in Adelaide with temperamental daughters; she is sixteen in Sheffield, dancing in her too-tight jeans. She cannot help but respond in kind. And so begins a new mix tape.
Ali and Dan exchange songs – some new, some old – across oceans and time zones, across a lifetime of different experiences, until one of them breaks the rules and sends a message that will change everything… Because what if ‘what could have been’ is still to come?
This is story has so many levels and, in some ways, reminded me of a grown up version of Eleanor and Park. It is very well written keeps you wanting to turn the page.
This book was full of emotion and thoughts of what could have been whilst still subtly implying that things happen for a reason.
The reconnecting through songs was a great idea (scroll down to find a playlist and a link to spotify so can listen along with for songs mentioned in the book). If you know the majority then you will love this book. I think had I known the songs more then this would have gotten a higher rating from as I think songs can really take you back to a time and place and evoke feeling. It is one I would buy to give to friends and family.
To begin with it did make me feel a little uncomfortable that this couple were reconnecting even thought they were both in relationships but as the story developed that seemed to fade away and I was left really routing for them to be together.
Listen as you read!
Dan & Ali’s mix tape playlist is on Spotify bit.ly/MixTapePlaylist
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