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The Boy I Loved Before

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  1,123 ratings  ·  87 reviews
While attending her best friend Sashy's wedding, Flora Scurrison realizes that this monotonous, nine-to-five, cookie-cutter life is exactly what's in store for her. While it might be okay for Sashy, it's certainly not what she envisioned for herself when she was sixteen. So when her boyfriend proposes to her during the reception, Flora makes a wish to go back and do it all...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2004)
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There is no excuse for me reading this, other than that it came free with my flatmate's copy of Cosmopolitan, so at least I didn't have to pay for it. On the other hand, feel free to berate me that I read a book which came free with a copy of Cosmopolitan.

Chick lit is like McDonald's - you know you shouldn't go near it; you do anyway, even though you feel horribly guilty; and afterwards, you have a horribly bloated, queasy feeling that reminds you of just how much junk you've consumed.
Jennifer Bagazin
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Jenny Rebecca
I read this author a few years ago. I first started with "Talking to Addison" which is one of my all time favorite books. I laughed hysterically. Then I forgot all about her until recently. I stayed up until 1 this morning reading this book, it's still fabulous. I can't wait to get reacquainted with Jenny Colgans books again.
When I first read the description of this book online, I was thinking that it was a novel version of the movie "13 going on 30" starring Jennifer Garner, well, going backwards, instead of forwards. But it wasn't like that, Flora turns 16 again, and she changes her parents as well but the world around her is still the same, a month ago. The only people who still remember her are her best friend, her boyfriend, and her first love. I loved the book because it was how she managed to make a change fo...more
What would you do if you had the chance to go back to when you were 16 years old? At the age of 32, Flora runs into the boy she loved when she was a teen at her best friends wedding. Without realizing it, she makes a wish that she's 16 again. Waking up the next day she finds out that it came true. Only, she's 16 now instead of when she was actually 16 (the 80s?), which was not what I was expected. I thought that she would go back in time along with everyone else that she knew and get to make cha...more
Sara ♥
I finished this book at about 1:30 this morning...

I don't know if this book really DESERVES 5-stars. I think other people who read it would maybe not feel the same way... But I LOVED this book. I laughed my head off. It was freaking hysterical! I mean, I AM a little bit pissed off at Jenny Colgan for stealing my idea for a book... although technically I didn't think of it until after this book was published in 2003, but still... :)

And now that I've said that.... I realize that that might be take...more
This is a sort of 13 going on 30 book, but in reverse. Flora is 32 and has what people would think of as a good life - a good office job, a nice, safe boyfriend, a best friend... But she's bored. She realizes she never wanted this middley life and wishes that she'd go back to 16 to fix it. The trick is, she turns 16, and her parents get younger, but she's still in present time (2003 I think they said). The only people who recognize her as her are her best friend Tashy (I hate that name), her boy...more
Bought on the wondrous Kindle Daily Deal, I read this book while away on holiday. I always end up reading a Jenny Colgan while I'm on holiday (my first ever being Looking for Andrew McCarthy) and her stories never disappoint. This book had lively characters you could largely empathize with, and an intriguing plot premise based on a time-slip for the central female lead. The plot, in terms of how we start and how we end up, is fairly simple yet satisfying, and there are some very funny scenes. I...more
English chicklit which I read for the time travel/deaging. Except it’s not really time travel OR deaging; it’s kind of trying to be both (or neither?), so it’s basically all a muddle with no internal logic. Also the end’s a big cheat—why set up one of those “the protagonist must be clever and phrase her wish EXACTLY THE RIGHT WAY” scenarios if you’re just going to let her wish any old thing and have it come out peachy keen? While breezily written with some humorous bits and flashes of interestin...more
Meh. This was on an "If You Like Hester Browne" recommended reading list, but I don't think it's in the same category of chick lit at all, except that both authors' books take place in the UK. Two stars for a couple funny scenes, but I couldn't get into the convoluted time-travel plot.
Oct 11, 2012 Mecala rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young adults
I'm a sucker for love stories and this one almost takes the cake!

Read this book before you get into a marriage you never wanted to be in the first place. This is a must read before you get older! Marry for love not convenience. Have you ever wished that you could have a do over? Well, this book is exactly that. The main character is a 30 something year old woman who goes to her friend's wedding where she runs into her high school sweetheart and realizes that she still really cares for him. I do...more
Linda Park
A fairly humorous read:---The overall concept of this book wasn't bad, but I found parts to be rather boring and childish. Then again a large part of the story is supposed to be from a 16 year old's perspective, although with a 32 year old's experience! I didn't find that it was particularly well written and there were definitely plot flaws. Would I recommend this? Probably not!!!!!
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A piece of fluff fiction I found when clearing through bookshelves - assume it belongs to my mother. I skimmed through the entire initial wedding sequence and started reading slightly more attentively after Flora goes back in time (er, well, kinda).

The concept of her becoming 16 yet staying in the present (so all her friends etc are still in their 30s) was weird and made little sense, but had some entertaining - if predictable - consequences.

It took me little over an hour to finish the book. I k...more
Sarah Belle
Imagine waking up as your teenage self again, living under the roof of your parents and being treated like the teenager you are. No decent coffee, no designer shoes, no freedom to come and go. Thirty-something Flora hasn't travelled back in time, she's a teenager today - in modern times, with a new best friend and strange family situation.
This was one of my first Jenny Colgan reads, and since then I've read many of her novels. The humour is sharp and witty, the characters real and the reference...more
Ian Anderson
Ok and light hearted read. Good plot idea thought and it could be used for a variety of different genres.
interesting premise... the end was a little strange and i thought it weird that just she transported back to 16 and the whole world didnt go back to the 80s. however, i enjoyed the story and look forward to reading more my this author.
For your effortless reads, smart characters, witty dialog and laugh-out-loud situations, Miss Colgan, I will never read the back of your books I will just pick them up and read them, without question. Okay, well the first part of the book is only one or two stars but it ends with a solid 4 stars. 50 pages into the book I thought I was going to have to read a disappointing version of the 13 going on 30 movie (a movie that I hated). But alas, Miss Colgan pulled another great story out of a premise...more
3.5 stars. Deducted 1/2 star for egregious "fat people" digs.
Louise Annette Marshall
Im re reading this book a fav of mine.Who wouldnt want that chance to go back and do it all again ,make some changes along the way .A chance to go back to those teen years again.:)The lovely idea of being able to make a wish as Flora did an be transported back ,although in this book Flora gets to be a teen again in the present day ,id find that a little more scary :)id prefer to be a teen in the 80s again .A brilliant book ,you.ll want to read again ,their are only so many books that dont loose...more
The characters were annoying, the plot weird, the reverse-aging thing awkward and the ending was terrible. One of the worst cases of deus ex machina I've never read. The main character learned almost nothing through her experiences except that she was a horrible person as a teenager. Which didn't actually make her change her behavior any, she just felt kinda bad about it. She continued to take no responsibility for her actions and also destroyed the lives of the people around her with her self c...more
Paula Gilarde
Happy, easy reading
Jenny Colgan is a Scottish writer. The Boy I Loved Before is another time travel story with a twist. At her best friend's wedding, Flora reflects on her life and wishes she could be 16 again when she had exciting dreams of what her life would be like. Something mysterious happens at the wedding and when Flora wakes up the next morning she discovers her wish has come true. She has a chance to change her life. This novel is an entertaining and quick read. I also enjoyed Amanda's Wedding by JC.
I checked this book out at the library. It was weird because it is about a girl wishing she was sixteen again and it happens. It actually happens. No dream or anything. Because of the unbelievable/unrealistic premise, I didn't really like it very much. It could NEVER happen, so it made it strange to read and I couldn't relate to it. Also, some of the sentences seemed like the editor missed a lot. I had to reread some sentences just to figure out what the character said.
This book was weird - I'm not really sure how I feel about it. Flora isn't really happy in her 32 year old life and makes a wish on a wedding cake to be sixteen again. They way the author goes about this is different than I thought she would and set up the story to have some pretty awkward and in turn funny situations. The thing is I liked it and laughed a lot but I kind of feel like I shouldn't like it and that it was too weird to be good.
A woman feels trapped in a boring life and wishes for the chance to go back to high school and do things all over again. And, BAM, now she's 16, and the world is an open book, waiting for new choices and new paths to be formed. But, she hasn't actually gone back in time. Now, she's 16 while the rest of the world (except her parents) remain just as they were when she was 32. Definitely a fun read.
This is one of my guilty pleasure books. One for the days when you really should be doing the laundry or filing your paperwork. Honestly this book is much more fun. It's premise sounds like it won't work but it honestly does. The main character has her clock tuurned back and she wakes up aged 16. Not everything has gone back in time though and hilarity ensues.
Quite disappointed, this was a great idea that the author just didn't do enough with. The beginning was boring and slow, the middle started to pick up, and had several touching, nostalgic moments. But, then the climax and ending happened. Found myself angry with the author for taking the easy way out to tie everything up in a nice little bow. Wouldn't recommend.
I will admit that I picked up this book because I needed a "light" read...and it was definitely fun, witty, and girly. Just what I needed to get me through Christmas prep. I wasn't sure if it was going to be a re-hash of the "adult in teen body" story, but I was reassured by mid-point that this novel had a definite twist. I thoroughly enjoyed this little diversion!
Anastasia Adams
I wasn't sure how good this book would be when I fist set my eyes on it and i am so glad that I've read it! Such fun and good story that leaves you wanting more. I don't want to spoil the ending for anyone eho is thinking of reading this, but let just say I cried. I recomend this book to everyone who never forgot their first love.
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Jenny T. Colgan was born in 1972 in Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland, UK. After studying at Edinburgh University, she worked for six years in the health service, moonlighting as a cartoonist and a stand-up comic, before the publication of her first novel Amanda's Wedding in 2000. In 2013, her novel "Welcome to Rosie Hopkin's Sweetshop of Dreams" won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romanti...more
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