BOOK REVIEW: IN CASE YOU MISSED IT BY LINDSEY KELK

When Ros steps off a plane after four years away she’s in need of a job, a flat and a phone that actually works. And, possibly, her old life back. Because everyone at home has moved on, her parents have reignited their sex life, she’s sleeping in a converted shed and she’s got a bad case of nostalgia for the way things were.

Then her new phone begins to ping with messages from people she thought were deleted for good. Including one number she knows off by heart: her ex’s.

Sometimes we’d all like the chance to see what we’ve been missing…

I was a bit late to the party with Lindsey’s ‘I Heart’ series, but as soon as I finally got stuck in to them, I was hooked, so when In Case You Missed It was announced, I knew I couldn’t miss out on it! Lindsey really does know how to write the wittiest and most humorous of stories, you’d be crazy not to laugh out loud! 

The story follows Ros, who has just returned home from the United States, ready to start over. Things didn’t quite work out in Washington, so she returns home in the hopes that everything is exactly the way she left it – clinging to the familiarity of her past once more, including reconnecting with her ex-boyfriend, Patrick. Ros’ journey to figuring her life out and making sense of everything that has changed was probably more humorous than it should’ve been. Her parents have decided that they would like to get to know one another again (if you catch my drift) now their youngest has left the nest, leaving Ros to find herself living in a small shed at the bottom of her parent’s back-garden instead. Her best friend’s have all developed lives for themselves beyond the wild partying their young twenty-selves once could’ve handled, including serious relationships and babies. Whilst Ros was ready to relive her wild past, her friends were ready to settle down. What possible explanation is there to handle these type of changes, besides finding yourself falling back in to bad habits with an ex? It’s the only correct solution! 

My favourite part about this whole book was just how relatable Ros is to all of us readers. She truly did feel like a best friend from the first page and I found myself in her more than I had expected. I am also a person who struggles to let go of the past and hates when everything begins to change to be suited to boring adulthood. Luckily, I hopefully have plenty more years that I can cling on to before any major changes, but I completely feel Ros’ pain. It’s no fun watching everybody’s lives blossom, when you’re stuck in a rut of still trying to find yourself. The pressure of having your life run the same as everybody else’s is just awful and we should never feel that we need to be on the same track as everybody else. Her insecurities and struggles towards reconnecting with Patrick was utterly relatable, but at the same time, you find yourself saying “Don’t go back to him! It’s not worth it!” but I totally get it, sometimes it’s easier to go back to what you know, rather than exploring something new. The relationship between Ros and Patrick can be frustrating to say the least and definitely proves that ex’s are ex’s for a reason. 

Besides Ros, the other characters were so unique and wonderful, I adored absolutely everybody in their own individual ways. The way her and her friends spoke to one another, it’s the type of friendship I have/want with my friends. Sumi was hands down my favourite. She’s the best friend that everybody needs – brutally honest, but with the biggest of hearts. If you and your best friend can’t brutally tell one another how it is, are you even really friends!? There was just so much more to love about this story as well, from the unbearable teenage YouTube star, Snazzlechuff, Ros had to work beside for her podcast to the laugh-out-loud comedy her parents provided as they reconnected and fell in love once more. 

I especially loved the dynamics between Ros and John as well – it had me smiling continuously throughout. They just couldn’t catch a break when they were together, never an awkward moment missed! However that being said, the connection was instant but slowly paced throughout, as we got to experience Ros finally realising who the right man was for her in the end.

Overall, In Case You Missed It is a fantastic read and a great distraction from the crazy world we find ourselves in – if you’re in need of a good smile and laugh, this is the book for you!

Shelby x

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