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Summary

An achingly funny story from the author of the best-selling You Had Me at Hello.

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 school days. Shamed online and ostracised by everyone she knows, Edie's forced to take an extended sabbatical - ghostwriting an autobiography for hot new acting talent, Elliot Owen. Easy, right?

Wrong. Banished back to her hometown 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 judgy, 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.

©2016 Mhairi McFarlane (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"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)

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kept me gripped throughout

Loved the audio book. The characters really come alive. I laughed and cried and missed a motorway junction! Well worth a listen.

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The best book I have EVER read

I loved loved loved this book!!

It was hilarious. But also so on the mark with every emotion that she spoke of.

I cannot recommend enough. I basically stopped speaking to everyone for two days as I was so obsessed with it.

Amazing book and such a great performance too. Great accents!

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I didn’t want to finish it !

Yet another fabulous read by Mhairi McFarlane...brilliantly narrated by Cassie Bradley .. many unforeseen twists and turns , with truly memorable characters!
Sadly I’ve listened to every book written by Mhairi McFarlane now ... patiently waiting for the next one to be published ... what a fabulous author , highly recommended !

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Dragged and rubbish ending

This had loads of potential but her previous relationship drama and choices were grating, and the ending was rubbish. It was a bit stretched out and dragged too. Shame because there’s a lot that could have been done with this story. The narrator has been great with other books, and although she was mostly good, it was really stilted and unnatural for a lot of the dialogue.

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  • 23-01-17

A fun listen

Good characters and an endearing performance. Will definitely be listening to more of her work after this!

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Lovely and unexpectedly moving book

McFarlane's writing gets better and better. And so do the narrators. Very much enjoyed this book.

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Very Enjoyable

Funny, sweet story. Made me laugh and cry (always the sign of a good story) Held my attention from beginning to end. Found the two main characters a bit frustrating at times as in 'for heavens sake get to the point' however having said that I fell a bit in love with Elliot.

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Brilliant

Absolutely loved this audiobook, just wish there was a sequel as I hate a cliff hanger! Really liked both main characters and wanted to hear more about them!

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  • 17-03-21

I've enjoyed all of Mhairi McFarlane books

I've enjoyed every book that Mhairi McFarlane has written. Very easy to get totally engrossed in the story and the characters.

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Not one of her best

Spoiler alert!!!! Am going to discuss the last part. Story was good if a bit long winded could have been shorter. The love story ended up a bit crap in my opinion felt a bit if a much ado about nothing tbh. So only getting 3 stars

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  • 23-09-20

Very frustrating heroine, disappointing ending

Actually shouted out loud my annoyance w/heroine, vowed not to finish it but I did.

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  • 27-05-21

Confusing dialogue for audio book

Because a listener has difficulty distinguishing “thought dialogue “ from real dialogue, it was often too hard to follow along with the story line. I’ve listened to literally hundreds of books and this book confused me often. Perhaps when I re-listen again in a couple of months, it will be easier to follow. I was not totally pleased with the end even if real life throws these types of curves. McFarlane remains one of my favorite authors.

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  • Kristyn Rose
  • 09-12-20

Completely disappointing

Let me say up front that if bullying is a trigger for you, avoid this story and many of this authors other books.

The narrator did a fair job. I can say that. Sometimes her pronunciations were odd, but over all decent.

But the positives end there. The entire story is a slow-motion crashing of people never saying what they mean to say. The rare moments of honesty are lost among angst and supposition, hurt and anger. I found myself skipping ahead near the end, because the emotional scene that was meant to be climactic became so drawn out and wrung out and needlessly angsty that going through every word was too hard to stomach.

I won’t spoil the end but if you’re looking for something that seems well thought-out and satisfying, don’t even start this book.

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  • K. Laubach
  • 20-05-22

Loved it but…

I loved this book, loved Edie, I just found the ending a bit disappointing. It seemed like there should have been more. All in all tho I would still recommend this book.

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  • 13-05-22

Rich and deep characters, solid plot

Enjoy a wonderful romance for intelligent readers. Mhairi McFarland is a writer who stands apart from the majority of romance authors because her books are both plot and character driven. Her writing is solidly. This is not a skeletal plot structure hung with intermittent sex scenes. In fact, in the same vein as Georgette Heyer it’s the development of the emotional affair that is the framework of the novel. (No one is on par with Georgette Heyer but you know what I mean—- she didn’t write bodice rippers and neither does this author.) Instead a world is built and the characters behave like evolved humans do within well constructed worlds. England in contemporary times with contemporary issues. I have listened to this book five or more times as I have done with all the authors books. I expect that will continue. Also the reader’s British accent is well appreciated.

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  • amandaherrera0118
  • 05-03-22

Terrible ending

Loved loved loved the story but the ending was shit! Too abrupt . If you are expecting the joy and closure at the end of a book this is not it . Hopefully she will
Write a sequel and we can get our HEA.

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  • Kimberly Laughlin
  • 09-11-21

That ending! Uuuuuuuggggggggg!

Great book. I really enjoy this author and have just binged 4 books in a row of hers. But the ending of this book…. I actually just screamed out loud. Really??

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  • Heather Harej
  • 01-11-21

Great read!!!!

Very entertaining story. Ending was unpredictable, though slightly disappointing as you root for the characters.

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  • ML Hill
  • 25-10-21

I Couldn’t WAIT to Write This Review!!!

I absolutely LOVED this book. The main character was so lovable, in all her flaws. The supporting character were very well thought out, I believe. There were moments that had me just sitting in rapt attention hanging on the readers each word. At one point I even shed a tear!!! I’ve never cried listening to an audio book!!!

I just loved this book and felt this weird almost…grief when it was over. I miss Edie. What a fantastic listen. It’s long, and that may put some off, but I loved it. The writer didn’t leave anything dangling or rush any endings. Freaking. Fantastic. Going to try and find more from this without immediately.

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  • Lhr
  • 31-08-21

Worth a listen!

I listened over a 2 day period and was sorry when it ended. Good story and character development. I have enjoyed all her books. The narrator took awhile to get used to, she was breathy and paused often. Overall great book!