DO YOU REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME? by JENNY COLGAN.
Life doesn't have a rewind button. Ever wish it did?
As her best friend Tashy cuts into her wedding cake, thirty-two year old Flora realises that her own job, flat and relationship with sensible Olly don't amount to a whole lot. Surrounded by happy-ever-after, Flora wishes she could turn back the clock and do it all again - first love, first kiss, first drink - but, this time, do it right. Imagine: a body Britney would die for coupled with the sass and wit of Carrie Bradshaw.
The next morning Flora is in shock. Overnight, her wish has come true. As Flora embraces the 16-year-old life she wished she'd had first time around - including some unfinished business with the boy who broke her hear - she starts to wonder if being grown-up is all it's cracked up to be.
It's the ultimate second chance. As she sets out to right the wrongs of the past, there's just one niggling doubt .... Can life ever be the same again - and does she even want it to be?
.... From the outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE: The rain was beating down on the windscreen, as we tried to navigate 9(rather damply) along the winding country road.
MEMORABLE MOMENT: You've just got wedding nerves. Everyone says the first year of marriage is by far the worst. You have to wrestle each other into submission, then after that it's completely fine.
A 'so-so' read, nothing too demanding - this is a nice, easy 'summer' read that is a variation on the mother swaps lives with daughter theme.
An old story of a woman who wakes up not quite herself though in this novel (unlike say FREAKY FRIDAY) the women in question wakes up, as well, herself but only younger - quite a lot younger - instead of as her mother.
There is really nothing new in the telling of this story. Do You Remember The First Time? takes a sometimes funny, often predictable look at what it would be like to revisit our teenage selves - a time when "We were invincible, we could do anything, we were all ready to take on the world."
Full of 'average' characters where everything seems to end happily, there were moments in the book that went way beyond the need to suspend disbelief, moments that defied all logic but then I suppose, given the subject matter, that was only to be expected. As I said, a nice, light read, fairly typical of its genre.