All About Us by Tom Ellen
☆☆☆☆☆ebook, 309 pages
Expected publication: October 13th 2020 by Harper 360/HQ
About the Book:
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?
A modern-day reworking of A Christmas Carol? Yes please!
I absolutely love this type of book, romantic time travel, and getting the story from the man's point of view was so refreshing! The characters are utterly relatable, with the main character jumping through the years and learning about himself along the way. He also gets a second chance to say and do what he couldn't or wouldn't in the past.
The settings (strip club anyone?) are perfectly and wonderfully described, and I love how the story unfolds over the space of fifteen years instead of being a rushed off your feet romance. The characters are true to life as love isn’t all hearts and rainbows, and it isn’t always about the epic romance – and All About Us reflects this beautifully. I know every Christmas I’ll still remember this book and feel gratitude. Because that’s what this book is ultimately all about. Being grateful for the people who love you and living every moment and to hot take anything for granted.
It was such a great book I didn’t want to put it down. I thought it was well written with some very likable characters. A great story of friendships and relationships, romantic and otherwise. The parts about Ben's mum made me cry and I love books that make me feel all the feels.
Such a brilliant holiday read. Definitely gonna be reading more from this author in the future. I loved this book. The characters are real and relatable and the chemistry is perfect. An absolute delight.
Thank you NetGalley, Tom Ellen and Harper 360/HQ for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.