BB and I went away last week, we are boring old souls so most of our free time at the hotel was spent reading / watching youtube etc etc (rather than socialising ofc ofc) this meant that by the time I was back at work Monday I had absolutely demolished 5 books.
One of the books I had to read was Who’s that Girl? – by Mhairi McFarlane. I had borrowed this book off of my mum, so I wanted to read it ASAP and then pass it back onto her.
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 ostracised 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 judgey, 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.
I started reading this book while we were waiting to go out for a meal that we had pre booked, and I spent the evening excited to go back so I could continue reading!
The first thing I noticed was that the book was set in England (!!), this rarely happens in books I read and it was brilliant to recognise the places which the author was talking about.
The author used a lot of texting in the book. Sometimes this can make the book come across a bit cliche and poorly written, but it was executed well (no exaggerated ‘how r u / wot iz goin on?’ text speak).
The main character had her two best friends (one male, one female as books usually go) but they had more depth than the usual side characters do. There were then also her ‘side’ friends, who were all slightly fleshed out but were in the story only for plot purposes really. They were all characters who you would probably be able to relate to knowing, and having the same exasperations towards.
The author has a brilliant sense of humour, reminded me of Sophie Kinsella (whom I love but have only recently started reading the shopaholic series) and also a mix of Louise Rennison.
Although this was a usual rom-com the characters were in depth and, if you are like me anyway, you start to feel for the characters as the book is ending. Hoping they all get their own way in the end.
When I got to about 3/4 way through the book I started to notice the pages were thinning while the book didn’t seem to be clearing up.
BB was actually shocked in how quickly I finished this book (although he does struggle to come to terms with the fact that I am a very fast reader regardless)
This lead to panic reading, was everything going to be resolved? What was going to happen? How was this all going to solve itself in such a short amount of time?
The short of it? It didn’t. The book finished on a bloody cliffhanger. This was the conversation I had with my mum:
Me: Finished the Mhairi McFarlen book. Ending was sh*t but god book otherwise.
Mum: Oh yes!! I hated the end!!! Was gonna say but thought u wouldn’t read it! The end was rushed and then it just finished at the sh*ttest point ever!!
So… that was our opinions.
BUT, the book is brilliant. And don’t let it put you off reading it.
Thanks for reading,