Review: The One That Got Away by Melissa Pimentel

The One That Got Away by Melissa Pimetel
St. Martin's Press | Agust 22, 2017 | 9781250130372
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A smart, funny, and modern retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion, where a young woman comes face-to-face with a lost love, proving that the one that got away is sometimes the one you get back.

Ruby and Ethan were perfect for each other. Until the day they suddenly weren't.

Ten years later, Ruby's single, having spent the last decade focusing on her demanding career and hectic life in Manhattan. There's barely time for a trip to England for her little sister's wedding. And there's certainly not time to think about seeing Ethan there for the first time in years.

But as the family frantically prepare for the big day, Ruby can't help but wonder if she made the right choice all those years ago? Because there's nothing like a wedding for stirring up the past . . .

My Thoughts

Persuasion is my favorite Jane Austen novel. I don't think it gets much better than Wentworth and Anne. I mean that letter . . . so swoonworthy! I was happy to take on Melissa Pimentel's modern-day take on the classic both in 'half agony, half hope.' Do you see what I did there? Half agony fearing it wouldn't be as great as I had hoped and half hope because I desperately wanted it to be great. But I just don't think it's anywhere near the realm of greatness that Persuasion is--No book can fill Persuasion's shoes. And once I accepted that fact, I really enjoyed the The One That Got Away.

Ruby and Ethan fell hard and fast for each other. It seemed as if the stars had aligned giving the gift of happily ever after. But the timing isn't right. Ruby plans to move to New York to start a new job. Ethan is a bartender that doesn't have a lot of time off. Distance and miscommunication tear them apart until they're reunited for Ruby's sister's destination wedding in England. Ruby realizes that she's still in love with Ethan, but after so much time has passed, is he still in love with her? Especially now that he's super successful. 

The One That Got Away is a perfect book for a rainy weekend. Pimentel's novel is a loose re-telling, but it captures the trials and errors of relationships and family. It will make you laugh and make you cry. It will make you want to jump on the first plane heading toward England. It's a good rom-com that you're sure to enjoy.