Thursday, 19 May 2016

Review of Who's That Girl by Mhairi MacFarlane

The bit on the back…

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 ostracised by everyone she knows, Edie’s forced to take 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.

Firstly thank you to Harper Collins for the review copy of this title via NetGalley. I’ve read Mhairi’s work before and really enjoyed it so I knew I was in for a good read with this.

The story is all about main character Edie. After finding herself to blame for an unfortunate incident at her friend’s wedding Edie returns back to her childhood home, almost completely cut off from her previous life.

The story starts with said unfortunate incident and from there Edie’s life basically goes to sh*t to put not too fine a point on it. Although Edie can no longer enjoy her high flying life in the Big Smoke she does her best to take it in her stride and shows her resilient side. Edie is a great character. She has a very dry sense of humour, is very honest and completely likable. Her realism drew me to her and got me on her side from the beginning. Mhairi’s portrayal of the events following Edie’s social banishing take you right back to your school days and you will easily recognise something in each of the character’s personalities.

Although Edie’s life has completely turned around some parts of it work out for the better. Edie’s back with her family which is a great source of laughs throughout because her sister is slightly wacky to say the least… She’s reunited with her best friends and as you learn more about Edie you learn what she’s been through and how her life has taken shape. Edie also has to work with the lovely Elliot Owen. At first I wasn’t sure of Elliot I thought he was a bit of a diva but just as Edie’s story unfolds his does too and I came around to loving him by the time I’d finished reading.

I struggled to put this book down. Mhairi’s writing is fresh and has attitude and spark. Reading parts of the story was like having a face to face conversation with a great sense of humour. Although the story has highs and lows, and in some parts you feel so emotionally involved with Edie’s story, Mhairi keeps you laughing every other page. If you’re looking for your next romantic comedy, look no further.

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