Tuesday 30 August 2022

Ten Years by Pernille Hughes (2022) Published by One More Chapter, HarperCollins UK


Some days I feel like I’ve lived more than one lifetime, so, couldn’t we be right for each other this time around?’           

Becca and Charlie have known each other since university.

Becca and Charlies have also hated each other since university.

Until now. Until Ally’s bucket list. The death of their loved one should mean they can go their separate ways and not look back. But completing the list is something neither of them can walk away from.

And sometimes, those who bring out the worst in you, also bring out the very best…

Over the course of ten years, Becca and Charlie’s paths collide as they deal with grief, love and life after Ally.

Not since Emma and Dex in One Day and Will and Lou in Me Before You will you root for a couple as much. 

This book had me laughing and crying from start to finish and by the end of it, I was an emotional wreck. But, as heartbreaking as I found some aspects of the book it was equally funny and uplifting.
Grief is never easy to navigate but trying to do so with someone you don't like makes it a tumultuous journey. Becca and Charlie bicker nonstop but interspersed between arguments are some of the sweetest moments you can have between frenemies. The little considerations they had for each other spoke volumes. They knew each other inside out and when it truly mattered they were there for one another.
The annual bucket list tasks were tinged with sadness but quickly overridden with humour by their snarky one-liners and madcap ways. They were actually a joy to read and I couldn't wait to see what they get up to next.
Despite the heavy theme of loss, every page is enthused with humour. Becca is hilarious without even trying to be and I couldn't help but laugh at some of the things she said to Charlie to get on his nerves.
I loved watching the pair develop a friendship over the years and eventually find a HEA with each other.
A brilliant book that will stay on my keep shelf.

        Ten Years will be published tomorrow! 31st August 2022.


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