Release Date: 08/05/14
Summary from Goodreads:
After college, Rory Finn left behind the familiarity of her quiet, picturesque hometown to pursue a professional career in the city. With her sights firmly on the future, Rory pressed on in hopes of forgetting the past until a jarring bit of unwelcome news forces her to confront it.
Her first love, the one she'd tried so hard to forget, is about to marry someone else. That pang Rory feels isn't envy, it's not even regret. It's love. But Rory can't be that girl. She won't. But if she doesn't, she'll never know what could have been. She'll never have another chance to tell him how she feels.
As she embarks on an impulsive, desperate bid to win him back, her mission turns into an unexpected and emotional journey of rediscovery. HAD TO BE YOU explores a history of love from its tentative beginnings to what may just turn out to be its final bittersweet end, as Rory ignores her head and follows her heart.
HAD TO BE YOU
Every story I write plays like a film in my head, and since so much of my inspiration over the years has come from rewriting my favorite television shows and movies to my liking, picking a dream cast for HAD TO BE YOU was … er, well, like a dream come true!
There was never any question in my mind as to who should play MATT O’SHEA, and I’m sure anyone who knows me will know this: It had to be Joshua Jackson. (See what I did there?) Of course, some might be quick to point out that Josh Jackson may be a little too old to play the part. Doesn’t matter—it will always be Josh, at 16 or at 24, whatever age is called for. It’s like that scene in Love Actually, where Emma Thompson’s character is talking about being a fan of Joni Mitchell? “I love her, and true love lasts a lifetime.” (Only in my case, it would be him.)
The character of RORY FINN, however, was surprisingly much more difficult for me. I always had a very specific look for her in my mind, but not a specific actress. As you may have already suspected from my previous answer, I have an abiding love for teen dramas of the nineties. So, I think my inspiration for Rory varied between Felicity Porter (Felicity), Julia Salinger (Party of Five), Joey Potter (Dawson’s Creek) and Rory Gilmore (Gilmore Girls)—though, interestingly or uninterestingly enough, not why I chose the name. This was in characterization and motivation, however, not outward appearance. Then, when I was having fun making some book teasers, I kept landing on different photos of girls who looked just as I pictured her. It turns out the photos were all the same person, a model named Barbara Palvin. Now she’s stuck in my head as Rory. (As much as it hurts my film geek heart not to choose the latest indie darling, at least she had a part in Hercules, so we can kind of call her an actress, too.)
The rest of the cast would be as follows (again, ages may vary, but humor me):
KEVIN Logan Lerman
DANNY Henry Cavill
JONATHAN Colin O’Donoghue
LUKE Garrett Hedlund
MURPH Chris Pratt
TREVOR Scott Eastwood
JILL Brie Larson
CASEY Margot Robbie
LINDSAY Aimee Teegarden
AMANDA Jaimie Alexander
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