Reviewed by Kerry McKay
A bar launch party. A chance meeting between two people. Sparks. A phone number scrawled on a napkin. So begins Ben and Rebecca’s love story. It’s one they love to recount; the perfect meet cute at the beginning of a seemingly perfect relationship.
Rebecca is the only girl she knows who didn't cry at the end of Titanic. Ben is the only man he knows who did. Rebecca’s messy but Ben doesn’t mind keeping her on track. He’s the yin to her yang and it really works. Until an offhand comment changes everything.
Laura Tait and Jimmy Rice have been friends for years, and it definitely shows in the way they co-write. The Night That Changed Everything is honest, clever and grounded in reality. This could be a situation happening to any of your friends, and you almost feel as much for the characters as you would people in your real life.
I found myself cheering and cringing in equal parts throughout the whole book. Can these two people overcome what life throws at their relationship? Could you, in similar circumstances?
This is intelligent, funny and heartbreakingly real writing with characters you’ll root for from the start. If you haven’t read anything by Tait and Rice – do. They’re shaking the rom-com genre up, and taking us along for the ride.