Daniel a été le premier garçon à faire une cassette à Alison.
Mais c'était il y a une éternité et Ali n'a pas pensé à lui depuis bien longtemps. Et pour cause, c'est elle qui avait pris la fuite à l'époque, laissant Dan sur le bord du chemin, sans explication.
Et voilà que son nom apparaît soudain sur le téléphone d'Ali, avec un lien vers une chanson tout droit sortie de leur passé commun.
Pendant deux exquises minutes, Ali n'est plus une adulte installée à Adélaïde, flanquée de deux adolescentes qui n'en font qu'à leur tête ; elle a seize ans, elle est à Sheffield, et elle danse dans son jean moulant. Elle ne peut s'empêcher de répondre à Dan par une autre chanson.
Et c'est ainsi que démarre une nouvelle playlist.
Ali et Dan s'échangent des morceaux - des vieux, des nouveaux - par-delà les océans et les fuseaux horaires, par-delà une vie entière d'expériences différentes. Et puis l'un d'eux enfreint les règles et envoie à l'autre un message qui va tout changer...
Ancré dans la nostalgie du premier amour et de la musique comme on n'en fait plus, Lovesong pose la plus grande question de toutes : et si "ce qui aurait pu être" restait encore à venir ?
A lovely novel, delicately drawn, with characters that really linger in the mind and memory. A clever and compelling blend of realism and idealism - I got really swept up in it.' Laura Barnett, author of The Versions of Us 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?
__________ PRAISE FOR MIX TAPE:
'Gorgeous novel about first love . . . guaranteed to make you think of your first love - and perhaps what might have been' Nina Pottell, Prima 'This grown-up love story is gorgeously written and romantic without being sentimental' Good Housekeeping 'Deftly written romantic novel' Red 'Touching, peppily nostalgic love story' Sainsbury's Magazine 'Funny, moving, relatable' Heat 'Fantastic, moving, beautiful novel' Daily Mail 'This tender tale of second chances...is a nostalgic delight' Sunday Mirror 'A brilliantly nostalgic story, with a great sound track' Best Magazine
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