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What I loved most about this book was that, despite Laurie having lost herself in her first relationship, she maintained her integrity and gained back her independence in a realistic and hopeful way. McFarlane's writing created such complex and dynamic characters that made me feel each of Laurie's emotions as she went through the painful breakup and entered into this new phase of her life. She held her head up high, kicked ass at work, and began to understand how a real relationship should be through fake dating her colleague. As for Jamie, I'll be adding him to my long list of book boyfriends. Despite his "manwhore" reputation, he was such a gentleman with Laurie. He was charming, funny and full of compassion; a much better fit for Laurie than Dan could ever hope to be.
This is definitely one of my favourite books of 2019 and I am so incredibly grateful to have been able to read and review this story early.
Thank you to HarperCollins Australia and Netgalley for the free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Top international reviews
McFarlane is so clever, her vocabulary is a joy and she writes some hilarious scenes - the end of chapter 24 made me laugh out loud in the dead of night.
’If I never met you’ is a joy to read, it breaks your heart and slowly rebuilds it. I never wanted it to end. Actually, Mhairi, I really didn’t - if you can let us know where some of these characters are in their lives in your next book, I’d love to read more!
Buy it and read it slowly or else it will all be over far too soon and you’ll be sad.
Loved ( in no particular order)
- Laurie so great. I thought she dealt with the fallout of the end of her relationship with a lot more grace than most would considering the circumstances. She was funny, smart and felt very genuine from her understandably starting to question everything about herself and her wariness of Jamie. Loved that she came out the other end stronger, sure of the real people worth keeping in her life, and ready to let go of the ones who failed to appreciate her awesome until it was too late.
- Jamie was wonderful. Funny and self assured, cocky at points but cheeky enough for you not hate him for it. There was a lot of depth and vulnerability as well to him which was great.
- Jamie and Laurie together. The evolution of their relationship was handled so well, from sort of colleagues/ strangers to actual friends then possibly more. I love a fauxmance and this one was handled perfectly. Great chemistry and witty dialogue.
- Emily, Nadia, Bharat and Di were great side characters. Emily/Laurie friendship was 😍 and
- The leading lady being a woc. As a woc myself it’s always awesome when you see well written representation in books like this. I personally appreciated that Laurie’s character was so much more than just her race and that even though race was a part of who she was and her story it didnt end up being the entirety of it.
Loved to hate
- Office gossip hell and fake friend groups. This thing where some people think that just because they spend x amount of hours with you at work they are allowed to know every minute detail of your life baffles me. Plus the schadenfreude they have when things go wrong for someone.
- Dan and Michael. Entitled sexist bullying jerks. Honestly if I were Laurie and Jamie l I would have marched the pair of them to HR and made them explain why they thought their behaviour was even remotely acceptable.
As usual from Mhairi an engaging story from start to finish. Definitely a must read.
I am a total sucker for a rom com with 3 dimensional characters, particularly strong women. One of the features I loved most about this book (and this author) is that not only are the main characters well written but the friends and support characters have depth as well. In fact, I would say the friendships in this book are as strong a story line as the romance is.
I agree with another reviewer that it is fairly predictable but also, do any of us chose a book in this genre truly wondering if they'll end up together? Isn't the reasonably certain outcome one of the reasons we enjoy this type of fiction? It is for me.
When you can predict the ending it's even more important that the story and characters are interesting and involving, I find that true with all the books I've enjoyed from the Author; particularly this one and the previous one (Don't You Forget About Me). I am already looking forward to her next offering.
These are things that Mhairi McFarlane does brilliantly: she is able to create characters that you care about and root for throughout; she always has friendship at the core of her stories; she's funny; there's a deeper, meaningful layer woven into the plot, and she achieves this time and time again.
She is one of my all-time favourites.
A fantastic book that I’m very sad to have finished!
I had a lot of fun reading this book and screaming “THOSE WERE REAL FEELINGS OMG” every once in a while.
I loved how Laurie’s race was discussed as it felt relatively authentic and definitely tackled the “where do you come from” question like a pro
Looks like it’s time to start my wait for the next book!