Saturday, 12 January 2013

Review of You Had Me at Hello by Mhairi MacFarlane

It is not everyday that you come across a book that you're so engrossed in you can read it in one sitting, but this is what happened when I read Mhairi MacFarlane's fantastic debut novel.

You Had Me at Hello is a hilarious book about Ben and Rachel's relationship...or lack of one.
Ben and Rachel met on the first day at University and became firm friends straights away. Rachel was in a relationship with Rhys, whilst Ben had a number of girlfriends whilst studying at Manchester. However, after graduation the two lose touch and it is not until ten years later that they meet up again. Rachel bumps into Ben in the library and finds out that he is now married, whilst she has just broken up from her long term relationship. Can they rekindle their old friendship and are their feelings for each other more than just about being friends?

I don't think I have laughed so much reading a book in a long time. MacFarlane's writing is witty and believable. Just reading this book made me feel like I was back at university again. The characters are strong and likeable, I loved Ben and Rachel, but also found that the supporting characters had strong voices too.

I really enjoyed the way that the book is interspersed with scenes from the characters' past, as it made me feel like I knew their history. I also felt that it gives the reader an advantage over some of the other characters who do not know about this past.

This is definitely an author to watch and I cannot wait to read her next book. 5 stars

Thank you to Avon for sending me a copy to review.

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