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- Print Length: 546 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (7 April 2016)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00XKCJYZM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 364 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #852 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Who’s That Girl?: The perfect smart, sassy, laugh out loud romcom! Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Sunday Times bestselling author Mhairi McFarlane was born in Scotland in 1976 and her unnecessarily confusing name is pronounced Vah-Ree.
After some efforts at journalism, she started writing novels and her first book, You Had Me At Hello, was an instant success. She’s now written six books and she lives in Nottingham with a man and a cat.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
‘An effortlessly brilliant read – will have you laughing when you shouldn’t and sobbing when you least expect it’ Giovanna Fletcher
‘Totally hilarious and wincingly real’ Jenny Colgan
‘Her best yet. Mhairi is single-handedly dragging romcoms into the 21st century’ John Niven
‘Her best yet – write faster!’ Holly Bourne
‘No-one writes such wry, emotionally complex romantic fiction as Mhairi McFarlane’ RED
‘The perfect balance of romcom and drama… the ultimate holiday read!’ GRAZIA
‘Warm, nuanced, compelling’ STYLIST
‘Intelligent and insightful’ HEAT
‘Sparky, smart, sore-stomach-laughing kind of read’ FABULOUS
Praise for Mhairi McFarlane:
‘Witty, sharp and giggle-inducing … This is modern and honest romantic fiction at its most accomplished’ HEAT
‘Who will love it? Want-it-funny lit-lovers’ GLAMOUR
‘An engaging read about finding yourself… I loved it’ DAILY MAIL
‘McFarlane’s writing will make you laugh out loud 5*’ SUNDAY EXPRESS
‘Brilliantly funny stuff’ FABULOUS
‘A delicious feast of comic romance … Smart and funny’ SUNDAY MIRROR
‘[McFarlane] has pulled it out of the bag again, crafting an impassioned novel of female self-discovery … Jam-packed with quirky social satire that delights and entertains’ OK
“Very very witty and funny. Left me in awe…a total gem.” (Marian Keyes)
“The funniest, most romantic book I've read since One Day.” (Lisa Jewell)
“I loved this book. It made me laugh and reminded me that anything's possible in love – and in everything else for that matter.” (Minnie Driver)
“I loved this: an original, genuinely funny, genuinely moving, modern love story.” (Katy Regan)
“Mhairi is darkly funny and quite, quite rude…You Had Me at Hello is a breath of tart, Northern air.” (Sarra Manning)
“Bitingly sharp and achingly funny…guaranteed to have you bent double. I absolutely loved it!” (Claudia Carroll)--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is an enjoyable and easy read which follows Edie’s life in the aftermath of a moment of madness at a colleague’s wedding. Her life unravels fast as the devastating results of victimisation through social media begin to take effect, resulting in massive consequences on her career and her social life, not to mention her self-esteem but Edie is such a great character that you feel her highs and lows and enjoy the rollercoaster ride she takes the reader on. She has a very dry sense of humour, is very honest and completely likable. Her realism drew me to her and had me rooting for her from the beginning. Although Edie’s life has completely been upended there are things that work out for the better such as she'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 also 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. My only criticism was the sheer quantity of one-liners was a little overwhelming at times. Although these were generally very witty there were so many of them that it felt a little contrived by the end. That being said I struggled to put this book down. Mhairi’s writing is fresh and has attitude and spark. If you’re looking for your next romantic comedy, look no further. 4.5 stars from me.
To tell the story, Mhairi gives us a lovely shero, Edie Thompson. She is that perfect blend of characteristics that is easy to love - smart, but self effacing, funny, kind, vulnerable, a little kooky and a bit awkward. Elliot Owen is a charming and famous TV personality who needs a ghost writer for his biography - enter Edie to fill that role.
Set in London and Nottingham, 'Who's That Girl' takes a little while to get revving, but the feel is emotional mushed with humour. Some characters may be a tad clichéd and some areas of the plot might be predictable, but I like how the romance between Edie and Ellliot is part of the story and doesn't define the characters. I also don't mind the 'fade to black' sex scenes as gynecologic level erotica in contemporary romances is beginning to bore me. And unlike most contemporary romances, WTG has an implied ending, which I appreciate, as I like to imagine. (Epilogues covering the next five years of characters lives, careers, babies etc. etc. can get a little irksome after a while). WTG deserves a solid 4 stars and I look forward to catching up on other Mhairi McFarlane titles.
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I liked the fact that Elliot and Edie are both back at home, ironing out the tangles in their lives. All the characters are well rounded (I wouldn't expect anything less - I've been a fan of Mhairi McFarlane for a while now), even Edie's grumpy sister and somewhat crazy neighbour.
There's a cyber bullying sub plot, which was really interesting too. When Edie sorted that one out at the end, I nearly cheered out loud.
This is a good fun read. Elliot really is a sweetie.
She's brilliant! Funny! You fall in love with the characters and never want her books to end .. one criticism .. PLEASE hurry and write another! I always pre order as I can't wait to read her books! I've read them all, Defo buy you will not be disappointed! Just wish there wasn't big gaps in between books! 10 out of 10 every time! X :)
I have loved all of Mhairi McFarlane's books and this is no exception. I found it funny, addictive and compelling; I felt huge sympathy for Edie and wanted her to be able to move past her mistake and find happiness. It was a 'read while you're brushing your teeth' type novel.
And yet -
There was something about it that just wasn't quite as good as her other novels (IMHO). One of Mhairi McFarlane's great qualities as a writer is her ability to bring characters right off the page, to make them living, breathing entities who are palpably real. I never felt like Edie had this same tangibility as a character. I felt like she was slightly cardboard cut-out, and consequently the story felt a little contrived. I also felt the book was lacking the wonderful descriptions of her other books - I've always loved Mhairi's ability to bring a scene vividly to life, and I never really felt this same connection. Finally, I also felt there wasn't the same warmth as her other stories. I have always found her stories to be warm, caring and full of kindness, without the bitterness and sharpness of some comedic novels. While I did find Edie a likeable character, I did sometimes feel the warmth was lacking and it was sacrificed in pursuit of humour (sometimes 'sitcom like' - especially the sister, who I feel was not at all realistic, and also carrying on this tiring vegan cliche of being militant, humourless etc!)
These are minor criticisms, mainly because I had such high expectations. I will definitely read more from Mhairi McFarlane and I would certainly recommend 'Who's that Girl?' I just hope her next book is of the same unparalleled standard of her previous books.
I've read 3 of Mhairi's books now and although I've enjoyed them all this was by far my favourite. Her writing is intelligent chick lit rather than the usual fluff you read.
Her female characters are girls you'd want to be friends with, although the description of the female lead always tends to be that they are very desirable but don't know it. That's a bit grating.
Still aside from that, this book was very good.
Laugh out loud, no. Cringe the majority of the time, yes. I am glad it was a short book I could get through quickly.
Although the book is not too badly written, it is definitely not aimed at someone like me. I do not know any women like this in real life either. but I guess there are readers who can relate as it is quite highly rated.
Well, at least I tried...
I absolutely love McFarlane's books. I don't read many 'chick lit' books, and I'm kind of loath to call her books chick lit. This is because they don't follow the necessary girl meets boy/boy fixes everything/both live happily ever after formula. And this is a good thing. The women in her stories are real women with real problems and the men too. This book in particular had me on the edge of my seat for the last few chapters and if you read it, you'll know why.
I liked the characters, Elliot was almost a bit too lovely - but hey we could all do with someone a bit too lovely in our lives. I enjoyed the family dramas and friendships. And the sub characters such as Richard, Edie's boss, and Elliot's director were great too.
There were no major surprises in the story but that didn't spoil it, you know what you want for Edie and you follow her story to see how she gets it. I would have liked more of a sweep you along and whisk you off your feet ending but nevertheless it's another great Mhairi McFarlane read.
I’m not going to give you a synopsis of the story, it’ll just waste precious seconds where YOU COULD BE READING THE BOOK.
Do it. And you can thank me later.
Overall I would sum this book up as a cosy romance.
And it was shame you didnt feel that earlier in the book. But overall I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading another.