Friday, September 5, 2014

What Might Have Been......a movie? by Matt Dunn

What They Say.......A year ago, Evan and Sarah shared one incredible night. Then Evan’s music—the thing that brought them together—suddenly tore them apart.
Since then, Evan’s not been able to forget about her. And try as she might, Sarah can’t seem to get
over him either.
With time running out, Evan’s got one last chance to convince her that the two of them were meant to be. But is one night enough for Sarah to make a decision about the rest of her life—even if it was the best night of her life? And if she doesn’t believe in love at first sight, how can Evan persuade her that what they had will last?
From the bestselling author of A Day at the Office, What Might Have Been is Matt Dunn’s new romantic comedy about two people in love. Though one of them needs a little convincing…

What I Say.....Okay, okay, okay.  This book was very reminiscent of the David Nicholls book, "One Day" (that book was better than the movie, as usual), and I found myself thinking several times as I read, "What Might Have Been", that this was a book written with the intent of being a movie.

As a woman, I'm always irritated by the one night stand that becomes someone's true love.  In my whole life, I've only heard one woman say she met her husband as a one night stand, while her sister puked into a garbage can as he left (you know who you are).  Mostly, it's regret city the next morning, with either the beer goggles lifted or the anguish of what did I do wrong and do I suck in bed and not know it?

But this story is about Evan and Sarah, who spent one drunken night together, followed by a picnic in the park the next day and realize that this is the real thing pretty quick.  But life has a way of screwing things up, in Evan's case, as a tour opportunity with the Police.  Even though he plans to ask the woman of his dreams for the last 12 hours to go with him, she finds out before he can tell her and becomes gratingly angry about the opportunity that faces him.  Because who wouldn't expect a struggling musician that you've just met to give up an opportunity to tour with Sting?

I think that was one thing that I didn't love about the book.  Sarah was just always angry.  She made no sense in how quickly she got her back up.  And once Evan came home, he found her engaged to her pompous boss, David.  Her narrative indicated that she really did have loving feelings towards David, but I can't imagine why, because he seemed like a real jerk. 
Once Evan returned from the tour, he pulls out all of the stops to try to win Sarah back.  One thing that felt a little strange was the fact that after a few short hours together and then a year apart, they seemed to know an awful lot about each other. He could figure out what Sarah was thinking, feeling, wanting in a way that would indicate a lot more conversation that they seemed to have.

No spoiler here, but Sarah had a few secrets of her own, and they were big ones.  So even though David was a grade-A douchebag, she wasn't completely innocent.  It made me wonder why Evan wanted her so badly.  I ended up feeling like he could've done better.
The writing was great, the story was good.  I'll look for this author again, but I think this was more of a screenplay than a book.

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