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Come Together by Josie Lloyd and Emlyn Rees - Book Review

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Come Together
Josie Lloyd and Emlyn Rees
Arrow Books

Fiction-Net Rating 5 Star Rated Book

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Meet Jack Rossiter. I'm twenty-seven years old, single, and live with my best mate, Matt. Matt and I started hanging out when we were eight. Life was simpler then. Our idea of fashion was polyester. I told him I wanted to be a spy and he asked me who I'd marry. I imagined falling in love with a girl so perfect I couldn't even guess her name. Things have changed since then. I did fall in love for a while but it didn't work out. And single is good, single is fun.

Meet Amy. Sometimes in my darker moments I've thought about applying to go on Blind Date. 'She's gorgeous, she's from London, come in Amy Crosbie!' Wolf whistling and applause. Actually it's a bit of a worry. I think it's my warped way of telling myself that something's got to change. It's been six months since I last had sex. Six months! I mean, I've got my own flat, I've got A levels - so come on down Mr Right. At least it would get my mother off my back.

He can't read her mind. She can't read his. You can read both.

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A brilliant idea and structure has been used in the writing of Come Together by the two authors, Josie Lloyd and Emlyn Rees. Chapter one is told by Jack, chapter two is told by Amy, and so on. It is fascinating to watch each of them trying to work out what the other is thinking and then finding out for yourself in the next chapter. You'll enjoy having an insight that is denied to both of the characters.

Jack is a single guy and, as far as he knows, has no plans to change that. As Jack says, "single is fun". Amy, on the other hand, is single but doesn't want to stay that way. When the two meet the story explodes and runs at break-neck speed. The meetings between the two are all too realistic and you will need to be an unemotional stone not to find yourself caring deeply for Jack and Amy - the two are immensely likable characters. You WILL smile when they smile, you WILL worry when they hit a rocky patch and believe me, you WILL be absolutely gutted when they split up. Can they patch things up?

Come Together is, without a doubt, one of the best books written in a long, long time. The story literally flows from one page to the next. Check out also our book review of the sequel, Come Again.

Review by: Rob Cook

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