October 23, 2016

ARC Review | Who's That Girl? by Mhairi McFarlane

Who's that Girl?
by Mhairi McFarlane
Publisher: Harper
Genre: Adult, Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance
Source: Edelweiss
Rating: ★★
Release Date: September 6th, 2016
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 hometown 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.

Disclaimer: Quotes taken from ARC; might differ from published book.

My first Mhairi book was You Had Me At Hello that I read three years ago. I remember being utterly charmed by her writing, which is the main reason why I requested this book apart from the blurb. 

Things I Like

So we have our heroine, Edie Thompson, who found herself stuck in a narrative she didn't ask for after an asshat of a colleague kissed her on his wedding day and they got caught by the bride. 

What. A. Mess. Right?

When I first met Edie, I was immediately taken with her. There is something about Edie that feels so relatable to me. I think it's the fact that she's a mess, haha. I love that she didn't have it together despite her age (something I can also relate). I empathize with her a lot; the things she went through in this book are just distressing. The online bullying she got after the Incident stressed both Edie and me out, but I admire her quiet resilience. I would have...I don't know, lost it. 

There are a lot of life lessons in this story, and I feel like I'm learning with Edie too. One of my favourite highlighted quotes in this book:

You won't find someone who treats you as you should be treated until you start to believe you are worth the ones you want, the ones who aren't asking you to do any work. Find the man who appreciates you at your best, not one who confirms your worst suspicions about yourself.

The romance in this book is very nicely developed. It didn't take up the majority of the story, and it wasn't a panacea for Edie's storyline. I adore Elliot and Edie together; Elliot's very easy to like although he should work on his communication skills, the idiot.

There is a line by Elliot that made me laugh like mad when I read it. The context is that he was telling Edie what he admired most about her and it made her cry and he went, "Edie...why are you crying, you spoon?". I just lost it, you guys, I don't know why I found that line so hilarious. 

Things I Don't Like

...nothing much, really? I screeched a bit at the ending because...ugh. I'm considering asking Mhairi for a bonus scene, just a small scene, of what happened after the last line. It was a perfect ending, don't get me wrong, but just...ugh. I want more.

Overall, it's such an entertaining story. Edie grew a lot by the end of the story with the help of Elliot, her neighbour Margot, and her true support system Hannah and Nick. What I get from this is that it's never too late to turn your life around, to discover new things about yourself and that, to quote Elliot, those who know you better, know better.

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