The Best Thing That Never Happened To Me Book Summary and Study Guide

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Teenage best friends Holly and Alex lost touch until they reconnect when Alex moves to London for a new job. There are two main characters in this book, both in their thirties. Holly is the main female character. She is working as a PA for a business in London and secretly sleeping with her boss, Richard. Alex is an English teacher who decides to move from his home in Yorkshire to take a new job in London. He decides he wants to get back in touch with Holly because they used to be best friends when they were at school. They finally meet up for a drink and really hit it off again. However, as Holly tells Alex about her relationship with her boss, he thinks she isn't interested in him. After having a fling with a teaching assistant at school that doesn't go anywhere, he starts dating one of Holly's work colleagues, who she hates. In the meantime, Holly wants Richard to take their relationship more seriously so they can let everyone in the office know about them. It becomes more and more clear that Richard does not take their relationship seriously. Alex's relationship is not working out either and one night they end up sharing a passionate kiss. Holly breaks up with Richard and decides she wants to follow her youthful dream of going travelling instead of worrying about her relationship with Alex. Alex tries to chase her to the airport when he visits her flat to tell her that he loves her, but gets stuck in traffic and misses her flight. At the end of the story, Holly comes back a year later and Alex waits for her at the airport and they go off together.
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Best scene in story: I really like the moment when Alex turns up at Holly's flat and her parents are there because she has left for the airport. So he has to go and chase to the airport.

Opinion about the main character: I like the way Holly discovers her adventurous side again.

The review of this Book prepared by Kate Wilson a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Searching/Rekindling love?    -   Yes Lost Lover:    -   childhood friends becoming grownup lovers If one lover chases another...    -   they alternate

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   teacher Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   blissful

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   secretary Effect of sexing    -   confused


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   nearly 100% How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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