Honestly, does this book need an introduction? Let me tell you about the much anticipated fourth novel from Mhairi MacFarlane; Who’s That Girl?
Who’s That Girl? by Mhairi McFarlane
Publication Date: 07 April 2016
Publisher: Harper Collins
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’ll be honest, I’m a newcomer to the Mhairi MacFarlane party. My author friend Lynsey is often billed as being suitable for fans of Mhairi, and considering I am a big fan of Lynsey I should be a fan of Mhairi – right? Right! It turns out that I already had one of her books – ‘You Had Me at Hello’ – hiding on my iPad. I read it, enjoyed it and quickly read another of hers – ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’. I was about to read ‘Here’s Looking at You’ but when the opportunity arose to read her newest book, Who’s That Girl?, a few days before official publication I couldn’t resist. *squeals with excitement*
Who’s That Girl? Well, Edie is our girl in this tale. After being caught in a very compromising position at her friend’s wedding (eek!) with the groom (double eek!), Edie returns home to Nottingham and takes on a ghostwriting job for the hottest actor on the block, Elliott Owen. She is desperate to escape the in-person and online bullying taunts of the bride, her friends and her fellow work colleagues. However, it seems that trouble is destined to follow Edie wherever she goes…
Who’s That Girl? had the trademark Mhairi style; chock full of humour and wit. If someone gave me this book to read without telling me who the author was, I’d be able to tell it was by Mhairi!
I know Edie is the star of the show, but let’s talk about Elliott Owen. He is the handsome star of a hit fantasy show called Blood and Gold. Hmm. Am I the only one seeing the similarities with Kit Harington? That’s how I imagined Elliott to look in my head (as if I needed an excuse to think about Kit Harington…). Turning to Edie now… She was so sweet. I really liked her. *gasp from audience* I know, right? Me liking a main character?! Who would have thought it? There was always a little bit of mystery to Edie, but as the story goes on she begins to open up more; both to her family, friends and to the reader.
To be fair, all the characters were great, but I have to give honourable mentions to Edie’s not-quite-a-vegan sister Meg, the completely-un-PC film director Archie and larger-than-life next door neighbour Margot. Those characters in particular were just brilliant, and their one-liners had me laughing out loud. They have to be read to be believed!
Who’s That Girl? had a good, steady pace with plenty of twists and turns, right up until the final pages. I loved the plot, and I liked how things weren’t exactly straight forward, just like in real life. Because things weren’t always straight forward, the story felt more realistic and relatable. I especially liked how social media played a part in the public witch-hunt of Edie. This is something I can definitely see this happening to people in real life although I pray it never happens to me… as the bride or as the unfortunate guest!
Who’s That Girl? lived up to my expectations and more, and I’m delighted to give it 4/5 stars. Please, Mhairi, can we have a sequel? I don’t want to say goodbye to Edie!
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