⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4 Stars)
Mix Tape is a wonderful and nostalgic experience of love, loss, fear & acceptance – all enveloped by music.
Dan and Alice’s story is a difficult one. Separated in two timelines over 30 years apart we first meet them in the beautiful rock’n roll haze of the late 70’s. In the basement of Kev’s house the impossibly beautiful and mysterious Alice captivates the cool and popular Dan. Their connection is undeniable, and this is written with such a gentle and careful style that it’s inconceivable not to feel like a spectator to their rebel youth and young love.
However, life has other plans for the couple. Alice comes from the other side of the tracks and the harsh realities of her life will catch up with her eventually. It’s heartbreaking and infuriating, sad and appalling, but in order to be free, Alice needed to run away.
We first catch up with them many years later when they are both married and fully established in their careers. Dan works with new talents, Alice is a renowned author living in Australia. Through Twitter they find each other again and begin communicating in the best form that they know: sharing links to songs and building together a carefully composed playlist.
Their journey to be together again is painful. They both are married, they both have families, but sometimes, love is just stronger…
My only issue with Mix Tape was the pacing, I loved the characters, but the middle dragged a bit.
But the overall experience is a lovely trip down memory lane, a nostalgia fest of good music, good vibes and a heartfelt romance that stood the test of time.
Trigger warnings: sexual abuse, verbal abuse by a partner, homophobia, alcoholism, dysfunctional family.
PS: I would love to see the complete list of songs at the end of the book.
Thank you Netgalley, Penguin Random House UK, and Jane Sanderson for sending me an ARC of Mic Tape in exchange for an honest review.