Review: Do You Remember Your First Time? by Jenny Colgan

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DO YOU REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME BY JENNY COLGAN
HARPER (EBOOK), 2013
320 PAGES

AUTHOR WEBSITE

AMAZON (UK)

AMAZON.COM

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

Life doesn’t have a rewind button. Ever wished it did? Flora’s wish is about to come true, in a magical new novel about the ultimate second chance, from the bestselling author of WORKING WONDERS and AMANDA’S WEDDING. As her best friend Tashy cuts into her wedding cake, 32-year-old Flora realises she is disillusioned with life. Suddenly, her well-paid job, cosy flat and stable relationship with sensible Olly don’t amount to a whole lot. Flora wants to be 16 again. She closes her eyes and wishes. Her wish has come true. Waking up the next morning is a shock. But now Flora has the chance to right some wrongs. Trading crows feet for pimples, love handles for a torso Britney Spears would kill for and dull dinner parties for house parties where White Lightning and snogging are the order of the day, Flora revels in a life where things are far less complicated and just much more… FUN. It’s not all laughs though. Will what she does change the future? How can she get back to the present and her ordinary life? And does she even want to?

OPENING PARAGRAPH

The rain was beating down on the windscreen, as we tried to navigate (rather damply) along the winding country road.

WHAT I THOUGHT

Do You Remember The First Time? is chick lit and not something I usually read. I really enjoyed it though. It was fun and bubbly and just what I needed.

I loved the plot of Do You Remember The First Time? Who wouldn’t love the idea of being sixteen again with the experience and memories of being thirty-two or even older? Who could resist? This book reminds me of the movie Peggy Sue Got Married which is cheesy but adorable. I thought the story was genius. It was hilarious when Flora, despite really being thirty-two still made a lot of the same mistakes. Her brain was 32 but her body and hormones were definitely 16. There were a lot of nice touches such as Flora knocking some sense into her philandering Dad. This books is hugely enjoyable and hilarious.

Do You Remember Your First Time? is light and frothy and loads of fun.

RATING

4 STAR RATING

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