Review: You Had Me At Hello

You Had Me At Hello, Mhairi McFarlane


Published February 24, 2014 by Harper Collins

464 pages

Source: Edelweiss

From Goodreads…


What happens when the one that got away comes back? Find out in this sparkling debut from Mhairi McFarlane.

‘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.

Hilarious, heartbreaking and everything in between, you’ll be hooked from their first ‘hello’.

Its been awhile since I’ve read a really good chick-lit book (I miss you Bridget Jones, RIP Mark Darcy). That said, You Had Me At Hello was just what I needed!

You Had Me At Hello brings us Rachel right at the moment she realizes that her relationship with her fiance is not making either of them happy.  She is now single for the first time in years and she is learning to live on her own.  Rachel is trying to get over her relationship with the help of the friends she’s had since university; all her friends except for Ben.  We learn that Rachel and Ben lost contact after university, but not why this happened.

McFarlane then intersperses for us the past and present as Rachel and Ben meet for the first time as students and then when Rachel learns Ben has moved to Manchester and contrives to accidentally meet him again. She learns that Ben is married to the perfect wife and tries to pick up their friendship again.  I liked watching the new friendship try to move forward set up with the scenes of their history together.

I also enjoyed Rachel’s friends.  They were funny and were supportive and still made mistakes themselves.  I liked that they weren’t plastics, they felt real like girls -and a guy- I’d like to hang out with too!  Rachel’s problems felt real, like ones I could see my friends getting into after college and using the same copious amounts of alcohol to get out of. Sometimes you just want a light chick lit book and this was perfect for me.

Last, why is cursing just so much more fun when its British?  I really need to tell more people to sod off-not you reading this, don’t take that personally!

4 stars for a fun chick lit read.

Thank you Harper Collins and Edelweiss for this advanced read copy for review.



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