I’ve recently fallen back in love with my kindle, having downloaded so many cheap books to it. However, when I was deciding which book to start with, I ended up with going for one that I’ve had sitting in the library for years!
‘Rachel and Ben. Ben and Rachel. It was them against the world. Until it all fell apart. It’s been a decade since they last spoke, but when Rachel bumps into Ben one rainy day, the years melt away. They’d been partners in crime and the best of friends. But life has moved on: Ben is married. Rachel is not. Yet in that split second, Rachel feels the old friendship return. And along with it, the broken heart she’s never been able to mend.’
Now anyone that knows me knows that I’m not a huge romance fan. I just find them too fluffy and predictable and I usually make it about halfway through before I just give up. However, this one managed to keep me going until the end. The reason I decided to pick this one up was because I’d seen the novella in the store and liked the sound of it, but I wanted to read the novel first. I found it a bit slow in places, for example when Rachel talks about their time together in University, but it picks up relatively quickly so I didn’t mind. Rachel might be one of the few main characters in a romance novel that doesn’t get on my nerves. She’s real, down-to-earth and funny. She’s almost who I think I’ll turn into given a few years. Yes, ending was a bit predictable, but then again aren’t most romance novels and for some reason I wasn’t mad this time. I think it has to do with the fact that I liked both Rachel and Ben and was rooting for them from the beginning. It shows that not all relationships are smooth sailing and sometimes life gets in the way and sometimes you’re too young and stupid, this book was definitely a breathe of fresh air in amongst all the other romance books I’ve before.
If you love romances, or even if you’re like me and don’t, but just think you might want to give one a go, You Had Me At Hello is one I couldn’t recommend more. It’s real and down-to-earth, unlike some of the other romances I’ve read recently.