Thursday 8 October 2020

Review: All About Us by Tom Ellen

If you could turn back the clock, would you choose a different life?
Ben’s always loved the month of December, but this year, with his relationship with Daphne on the rocks, it’s missing its usual magic. And then his old friend Alice gets back in touch. Ben’s always thought of Alice as the one that got away, and he can’t help but wonder: what if he’d done things differently all those years ago?
He never imagines he might get to find out… but when a stranger sells Ben a mysterious watch one freezing winter’s night, he’s astonished to wake up the next morning on 5th December 2005: the day he first kissed Daphne, leaving Alice behind.
Now Ben must make the biggest decision of his life, all over again. But this time around, will he finally find the courage to follow his heart?

Two loves. Two lives. One destiny…

Review: Well this was a wonderful Christmas Carol retelling. If you like the many movie versions of A Christmas Carol that are out there or you like a Love actually style of Christmas film then this is going to be for you. I have to admit that going into this book I didn't know it was going to be set at Christmas time so if you're not in the mood for festive, don't worry it's not too in your face Christmas!

It's always interesting to have a romcom like this with a male lead and I like the fact that we can see a romcom written by a male author starring a male main character and still have all the wonderful romance and humour of what is normally deemed to be chick-lit. I really enjoyed getting to know Ben and all of the questionable choices he made throughout his life! He really doesn't have it all together but he is given a second chance to relive some of the moments in his life that are pivotal to where he is today!

There are a couple of love interests in Ben's life as well as his best friend and his family and most characters appear in every Christmas Ben relives. I loved getting to know the other characters particularly Ben's possible future wives. I will freely admit that I started off the book definitely siding with one woman in particular but then changes my tune towards the end of the story, and not just because one of them decides to criticise teaching as a life choice!

I'm not much one for magic in a novel but I totally believed Ben's time travelling and so if you think this one is going to be too 'unreal' for you, rest assured I was happy to jump from Christmas to Christmas with Ben and Co. I also really loved how much heart was in this book. We have some pretty sad moments throughout the novel mixed in with the humour and the romance and to me it really just felt like Tom Ellen got the balance right. Highly recommend. 

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