If you had to choose songs for your own #MixTape, which ones would you choose? #MixTapeBook @TransworldBooks @SandersonJane @AnneCater #blogtour

Many thanks to Anne Cater and Transworld for the blog tour invite and ARC of ‘Mixtape’ by Jane Sanderson.

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 tape.

But that was years ago and Ali hasn’t thought about him in a very long time. Even if she had, she might not have called him ‘the one that got away’; after all, she’d been the one to run.

Then Dan’s name pops up on her phone, with a link to a song from their shared past.

For two blissful minutes, Alison is no longer an adult in Adelaide with temperamental daughters; she is sixteen in Sheffield, dancing in her skin-tight jeans. She cannot help but respond in kind.

And so begins a new mix tape.

Ali and Dan exchange songs – some new, some old – across oceans and time zones, across a lifetime of different experiences, until one of them breaks the rules and sends a message that will change everything…

Because what if ‘what could have been’ is yet to come?

What does TWG think?

‘Mixtape’ is a romance novel with a difference.

How many of you used to sit and record the music charts every sunday? How many of you made a collection of songs to give to someone? Quite a few I would imagine! As I’m sure you may have already realised, Jane Sanderson’s novel is about exactly that; a special collection of songs. A mixtape if you will.

The concept of this story is unique and highly sentimental, full of a power playlist that will have all music buffs dancing in their chairs. I enjoyed the musical element of the book. I enjoyed the unique and heartfelt storyline. I enjoyed the mixture of colourful personalities and how each song told a personal story for the characters involved.

With that said, I found the storyline to be quite a hard to engage type read, with a pace that stayed very slow until the end. In my opinion, i felt as though there was not an all important hook for me to keep hold of which meant my attention was constantly wavering.

Despite being full of emotive and insightful songs, there were a lot of topics put in the spotlight which could, for those who have been through similar, be quite difficult to read. I was very impressed by the way in which the author dealt with those tough subjects, highlighting them in a realistic and sensitive manner.

All in all, whilst ‘Mixtape’ wasnt completely my cup of tea, I was really moved by the poignancy of the characters journeys, and the delivery of exceptionally placed songs to cement the emotions of the entire storyline.

Pre-order now (published 23rd January)

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