Review of The One We Fell In Love With by Paige Toon

Published: 19th May 2016
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Pages:
416

Blurb:

Phoebe is caught between a rock and a hard place. Settle down and get married, or return to the French Alps to pursue her passion? Eliza is in love with someone who is no longer hers. In fact, he probably never was… And her dream of becoming a successful musician seems to be vanishing before her eyes. Rose is out of a job and out of a boyfriend. To make matters worse, she’s been forced to move back in with her mother. But these very different girls have one thing in common. Angus. The one they fell in love with…

Review:

Paige’s highly anticipated TENTH novel (congrats by the way!) begins with a brilliantly conducted awkward moment. You know the one.. Boy mistakes girl for someone else but somehow ends up kissing her in the cupboard under the stairs. I instantly liked Angus, our main male character; he was confident, good looking (don’t worry Paige, Leo is still #1) and he oozed charisma. Our three leading ladies; Rose, Phoebe and Eliza are identical triplets who have all fallen for Angus. Yikes. You just know it’s going to be an explosive plot.

“We look exactly the same with our blonde hair and green eyes, and we all carry the same genetic material. One of us could literally commit murder and blame it on the others without our DNA giving us away.”

Phoebe is about to get married to Angus who Eliza happens to still be in love with and as for Rose, she’s as snappy as ever. I like the fact that Paige split the chapters between the three girls as it allowed readers to get to know them as individuals rather than as triplets. The story of being in love with Angus kicks off rathe quickly and within a couple of chapters, the basic backstory is more or less covered and it was brilliant how Paige allowed each character to discover the truth about what had gone on.  I really liked how Paige allowed each of the three girls to have flashbacks of their relationship with Angus as she writes both Young Adult and Chick-Lit extremely well. The descriptions were highly effective and I couldn’t take my eyes away from the page – standard for a Paige Toon book though. When I wasn’t reading about their messed up love for Angus, I was thinking of what may happen next. It was ridiculously addictive. As the plot moves onto part two, it is clear that some time (perhaps years) has moved on – not only have the characters changed but so have their relationships with one another and it was interesting to see how it all played out.

“Lesson number three: never wear black in a bakery.”

There is an unbelievable shock halfway through the plot, so much so that I had to reread the page about three times just to make sure I wasn’t imagining the text on the page. It was completely out of the blue yet explains the time jump between part one and two a little bit. The anger between Eliza and Rose is extremely strong; when they had their one-to-one, the tension was unbelievable and at times, awkward to read. I won’t spoil the ending for you but just know that it is quite possibly, one of my favourite books of all time. From start to finish, it was utter perfection with fantastically crafted characters, a rollercoaster plot and beautiful descriptions throughout. I just loved it. What more can I say?

“At times, Eliza and I have felt like the worst of enemies, but we could be the best of friends. If only we can stop taking each other for granted.”

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