‘A lovely novel, delicately drawn, with characters that really linger in the mind and memory. A clever and compelling blend of realism and idealism - I got really swept up in it.’ Laura Barnett, author of The Versions of Us
You never forget the one that got away. But what if ‘what could have been’ is yet to come?
Daniel was the first boy to make Alison a mix...more
Dan and Alison's story is a difficult one. Separated in two timelines over 30 years apart we first meet them in the beautiful rock'n roll haze of the late 70's. In the basement of Kev's house, the impossibly beautiful and mysterious Alison captivates the cool and popular Dan. Their connection is undeniable, and this is written with such a gentle and careful style that it's inconceivable not to feel lik ...more
I loved the premise of this book, late 70’s/early 80’s and mix tapes ( you had to be there ) and Daniel and Alison ‘refinding’ each other after many years
In practice it was long, drawn out, repetitive and indulgent of their previous lives and I felt sorry for their now ( pretty decent, non horrifying ) life partners and families who suddenly are thrown into this pairs revisited teenage love!
I DID love the retro parts, the feel and atmosphere of that era was brilliantly voiced and the fact that D ...more
BUT, this story had a massive deal breaker for me. There is always an acceptable and adult way of going about reconnecting and choosing your first love even after decades of living the rest of your life. Once Daniel and Alison made their decisions, I couldn't stay with this. I finished it, but I wasn't happy. The protagonists we ...more
Trigger Warning: Alcohol Abuse, Attempted Suicide, Homophobia
O.W.L.S - Career Auror
Herbology - Book that starts with M
I don’t even know how this happened. It started off so well, I was honestly having so much fun going between past and present and learning about the lives of Daniel and Alison. I was thinking to myself this is going to be a 4 star read this is great and then disaster hit.
The basis of this book is following two different characters in the past and present and they are Alis ...more
It's a second chance story at its heart, but not an easy path. I got the feels but it was challenging too.
Ali and Dan met as teenagers in late 1970s Sheffield then lose touch. Thirty years later they reconnect through their shared love of music. As times have changed, twitter and spotify have replaced the function of the custom mix tape, but its purpose still holds true.
It started a little slow, but it gradually grew into a beautifully poignant story. What I loved tho ...more
You can’t help but fall in love with Daniel and Allison. Childhood sweethearts, that lose each other through events out of their control.
Will they ever get together or will they always be “The One That Got Away”?
Brilliantly written by Jane Sanderson and so easy to read. 4.5*
I could not put this book down. I found myself taking every opportunity to read it. I loved the way as a reader we got to see Alison and Dan’s lives in the present, how their relationships were. We got to know them today and with the flashbacks we get to know who they were. Their connection was strong and Alison had a very difficult upbringing and some horrible experiences but Dan was her safe place and then she disappeared on him.
Loved Dan - he was so strong and new what he wanted. Alison w ...more
Even though this book was written well. This book left me ...more
Okay, maybe I didn’t appreciate this book because I’m not from the right generation. I didn’t feel nostalgic for the music or the places or the way of living. But I don’t think this was the case at all.
I actually really enjoyed the past in the book: it was a vibrant and fleshed out grimey city, filled with the music of thousands of people. We, the reader, were fed glimpses of Sheffield in the 80s, between lives from Australia and Sc ...more
Alison was Daniel's girlfriend in Sheffield in the late 1970s - their ages were similar to my own, all the music they listened to was my music - apart from Daniel's favourite band the Comsat Angels who seem to have passed me by ...more
"There they go, at the beginning of it all, their younger selves, walking through the dark, winter streets of Sheffield: Daniel Lawrence and Alison Connor. He’s eighteen, she’s sixteen, it’s Saturday night and they’re heading together to Kev Carter’s Christmas party, and nothing much has been said since he met her from the bus, but each is achingly conscious of the other. Her hand in his feels too good to be only a hand, and his presence, by her...more
This one was a slowburn with a lovely nostalgic feel to it. Do you ever forget your first love? What happened to them? Are they happy? These questions are answered with a phone message and a song link. The way the story was written with the musical references was a nice change of pace. I did have some issues with the flow of the book and enjoyed the "then" moments more than the "now". Overall it was a great read.
I received an arc of this book ...more
Alison Connor has a pretty miserable life as a student in Sheffield. She finds herself a boyfriend, Dan Lawrence, and their shared love of music is just one thing they have in common.
Unfortunately Alison’s life is far from good, and on the day some of the worst things you could imagine happening take place she leaves Sheffield.
Years later she’s married, a successful author and living in Australia. Dan is a music journal ...more
You won’t find light-hearted romance and sentimentality though, Mix Tape traverses some tough subject matter of alcoholism, suici ...more
This is a great look back at teenage love and how music was such an important part of our lives (mainly because Netflix didn’t exist then!)
Switch to present day 2012, Daniel is now Dan, living in Edinburgh with his partner Katelin, son Alex and dog, Dan is a music writer. Alison is now Ali, a writer, married with two daughters and living in Adelaide, Australia. Then Kev Carter sends Dan a tweet about Ali an ...more
Alison and Dan are first loves in their teenage years, but circumstances tear them apart. Dan was always into music, and made up a mix tape for Alison, the only thing she kept of his. Many years later, living separate lives on different continents Alison is contacted by Dan in the language he knows best - that of music. And a ...more