Thursday, September 22, 2016

Review: Who's that Girl? by Mhairi McFarlane

Title: Who's that Girl?
Author: Mhairi McFarlane
Year Published: 2016

Genre: Adult fiction (romance)
Pages: 535
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2016 Google Reading map)UK

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review

Summary (from the back of the book): What's the one thing you DON'T do at a wedding? When Edie is caught in a compromising position at her colleagues' wedding, all the blame falls on her --turns out that personal popularity in the office is not that different from your schooldays. Shamed online and ostracized by everyone she knows, her boss suggests an extended sabbatical--ghostwriting an autobiography for hot new acting talent, Elliot Owen. Easy, right?

Wrong. Banished back to her home town of Nottingham, Edie is not only dealing with a man who probably hasn't heard the word "no" in a decade, but also suffering an excruciating regression to her teenage years as she moves back in with her widowed father and judgy, layabout sister.

When the world is asking who you are, it's hard not to question yourself. Who's that girl? Edie is ready to find out.

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Author Links: Website and Twitter: @MhairiMcF
Review: This book definitely made me think of Bridget Jones' Diary for the first third. It is quirky, British, a young-sh (mid-30s) single woman who keeps messing up, but meaning well, drinks a bit too much some times, and likes the wrong guys.

At first I wasn't sold and thought I'd not make it through the 535 (!) pages, but all of a sudden I found myself really enjoying the book, routing for Edie, and figuring I knew how the plot was going to end, but not caring because I was having fun reading. I can definitely see this book as a movie. And it's a movie I'd see.

And then I got to about page 450 and emotions got the better of me! The tears flowed for both poignant and happy reasons. I raced to the end to see how things would turn out (and I won't tell you because I don't want to ruin the book for you). I was surprised, excited, and so pleased by the end of this book. I was pleased for Edie, who seems to have found herself and her worth, for her family, for Elliot, and for the messages that are contained in the characters as a whole.

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