Monday, 1 September 2014

You Had Me At Hello By Mhairi McFarlane

A typical girly book today that will have you gushing from front to back. Mhairi McFarlane's 'You Had Me At Hello' is a great book to read if you are looking for something that takes you to another world (for me, that's) not too far from home. 

What I mean by that is, the book is set in Manchester which is only a 40 minute drive from me, so I know the city well. Plus, the fact the story has many flash backs to Rachel's (the book is written in her narrative) last year at University, something that I am about to face, and am extremely nervous yet excited for. The fact that she is also a journalist, was a little to close for comfort! Although the rest of story doesn't really match up at all it was great to read about something that drew parallels with my own life. To clue you in, here is the summary from the back of the book:

‘Think of the great duos of history. We're just like them.’
‘You mean like Kylie and Jason? Torvill and Dean? Sonny and Cher?’
‘I think you’ve missed the point, Rachel.’
Rachel and Ben. Ben and Rachel. It was them against the world. Until it all fell apart. It’s been a decade since they last spoke, but when Rachel bumps into Ben one rainy day, the years melt away.
They’d been partners in crime and the best of friends. But life has moved on: Ben is married. Rachel is not. Yet in that split second, Rachel feels the old friendship return. And along with it, the broken heart she’s never been able to mend.
I actually think there is a lot more to the story than included here, such as her regular flash backs to University, ex fiancé and career. I started reading it on the train to visit my friend in Surrey, and while I enjoyed it, I didn't rush to pick it up once I was home. However, I decided to continue reading a few days ago to finish it and I'm so glad I did! I would say about a third into the book, it gets really interesting and if you love a good romantic story like me, then you won't be able to put it down.
This isn't the first book I have read by Mcfarlane. I read 'Here's Looking At You' a few months ago and while I enjoyed it, if I hadn't already purchased 'You Had Me At Hello' at the same time, I probably wouldn't have read it. I think it just goes to show that you can't judge an author by one book. 

This book also has small chapters! This may mean nothing to some of you, but I love books that have small chapters (when appropriate of course), It means this book is fast past and each part isn't drawn out for the sake of it.
I would definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a romantic story that has more than just the 'lovey dovey' moments. This books covers a lot in it's 454 pages and it's definitely worth checking out.


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  1. Sounds like my kinda book!

    Sophie x

  2. Definitely need to give this a go, I love these types of books :)

  3. Sounds good- I'm about to write it on my list of books to look out for :) I also love short chapters- I hate when a story is really, really good but I'm tired and need somewhere to stop and go to sleep!
    Jennifer xx

  4. Oh, this sounds like a good book! Plus being set in Manchester... I'm only half an hour away :3
    May need to pick this up - I've never read any of her books.


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