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An achingly funny story from the author of the bestselling YOU HAD ME AT HELLOWhat’s the one thing you do at a wedding? Kiss your groom. What’s the one thing you DON’T do at a wedding? Kiss someone else’s groom.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 thatAn achingly funny story from the author of the bestselling YOU HAD ME AT HELLOWhat’s the one thing you do at a wedding? Kiss your groom. What’s the one thing you DON’T do at a wedding? Kiss someone else’s groom.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. Ostracised by everyone she knows, shamed online, her boss suggests an extended sabbatical. He has the perfect project to fill it – ghostwriting an autobiography for hot new acting talent, Elliot Owen. All she has to do is keep her head down and get on with the star. Easy, right?Wrong. Banished back to her home town of Nottingham, Edie is not only dealing with a celebrity megabrat of epic proportions but also facing the ghosts of her past as she moves back in with her widowed father and layabout sister. As she questions the woman she has become, Edie realises that turning to look at her past is not just painful – it could potentially change her future....

Title : Who's That Girl?
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ISBN : 25549501
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 544 Pages
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Who's That Girl? Reviews

  • Wendy Darling
    2019-02-18 09:28

    3.5 starsGahhh, what a tease of a last sentence.

  • Emer
    2019-01-25 08:26

    Stop me if you think you've heard this somewhere before!So there's our main character. A woman in her thirties. Pretty but not too pretty. Likeable (allegedly). Reasonably successful at work. Living in the big bad city. Hello independent woman!! And then there's a guy. A cad obviously. Let's call him 'cad number one'. Oh he's VERY bold!! He's got one of those annoying fiancé types who doesn't truly understand him. Poor baby...He befriends our MC, and strings her along of course because our girl is not responsible for her own actions and feelings at all. Don't you know when you're in your mid thirties those pesky hormones make you do the craziest of things.... Somewhere I hear a clock ticking?????? Just think of those wasted eggs!!!!! *eye roll* So shockingly there's CALAMITY! Oh no!!!!!!! *looks of pained anguish* Disaster strikes both our MC's personal and professional lives. *somewhere a tiny violin starts playing*She has no choice but to move home with her QUIRKY family.Oh militant vegans and breakdowns abound!!! Gotta have the quirky family *cue more eye rolls*And then let's introduce 'cad number two'. Oh this cad is even hotter but even more shallow too! Yet ALL the ladies love him. Oh say it ain't so ladies!!!! *lamenting sigh*Ohhhhh but not our independent minded heroine!Tsk tsk, oh silly goodreaders to even assume that she would fall for his pin-up good looks. Our girl has wised up don't ya know!!!! Suddenly she's so above all that... Oh how I wonder where this could be leading to?????? Will there be a comeuppance for 'cad number one'???? Will 'cad number two' turn out to be a fluffy kitten once she gets to know the real him?????? Guess I'll never know for sure!!! (view spoiler)[okay I do know as I read approximately a third of this and skimmed through the rest and she finds herself or rediscovers who she truly is or some crap because of 'cad number two' so I'm feeling vindicated in my decision to abandon this!! (hide spoiler)]D.N.freakingF. The cover claims that this 'will make you laugh out loud'. Suppose I must have lost my sense of humour so. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Mhairi McFarlane
    2019-02-08 09:40

    Who's That Girl?A colleague’s weddingSo far so goodThe maid of honour goes all Julie Andrews in her speechAnd things get bum-clenchingly awkwardThings get more awkward when Edie (not the bride) kisses her good friend Jack (the groom)We follow Edie through the mires of shock, vexation, and fearAs the bride goes ape s***It was all a terrible mistake. Now Edie’s being chased out of London with a good social media pitch-forking.There’s only one place where she’ll be safeHer life unravelling quicker than the Daily Mail can poop out Kim Kardashian stories, Edie returns to the bosom of her family in Nottingham (The North, ish).But there’s no quelling the fire of rumours and shameAnd Edie looks to the heavens when her job lands her in ghostwriting hell with Hollywood’s returning prodigal sonWith the dust of her old shattered life settling around her, she needs to dig deepIt’s time for Edie to stop, and reflectIt’s time to ask...

  • A_Ryan
    2019-01-27 06:27

    5 Saudade Stars!!! Saudade: "‘A Portuguese word that has no direct translation, it means “a profound longing for something or someone that is absent and might never return”. Sort of turbo-charged, ultra-poignant nostalgia. “The love that remains after someone is gone.”’" Mhairi McFarlane is one of my absolute favourite authors. Whenever one of her books comes out, I speed through the streets, knocking over old ladies and jumping over disorientated toddlers just to get to the book store to get a copy. Then, I immediately open up my diary and block out a chunk of time during which I am officially unreachable. 'Take away' becomes the meal of choice, research takes a holiday, my husband looks after the kids, and personal grooming becomes... questionable. I take what's (lovingly) known as a "Don't talk to me, I'm reading Mhairi!!" holiday.Who's That Girlwas FANTABULOUS!! Full of wit and charm and McFarlane's unmistakable humour and insight, it expertly explored the effects gossip and notoriety has on people, and the importance of holding onto what's real.Edie was a perfect heroine. Just the perfect blend of kindness, vulnerability, self-depricating humour, and mad-ass survival instincts to make me want to cheer her on at every turn. And Elliott was a totally swoon-worthy, boy-next-door disguised as a superstar yum-pot. I loved everything about him. Even his 'beano' moment. (view spoiler)[ BUT I HATED THE ENDING!!!! THIS BOOK IS DESPERATE FOR AN EPILOGUE... IF NOT A SEQUEL! Honestly, in terms of frustration and feeling completely cheated out of my HEA,"'It's someone for you.'"has got to be up there with the Sopranos finale or the closing curtain of Mad Men's 'I'd like to buy the world a coke'. It was aWTF just happened?!moment for me. And I was disappointed at having invested so much time only to get a "make of it what you will" conclusion. It's the OCD in me. I like a beginning and a middle as much as I like an ending. It's the natural order of reading indulgence. The way God and chocolate bars intended.(hide spoiler)]It was emotional and gut-wrenching and awkward and beautiful. If you like top-quality chick-lit... and if you have a pulse, then this is an absolutely awesome must-read!

  • Karen Whittard
    2019-02-14 13:18

    I was so looking forward to this book. The bio reads like a Bridget Jones style Rom Com. Claiming laugh out loud moments. I adore the front cover and I liked the sound of the bio. But things fell a little flat. The main character Edie was an annoying, and egotistical character. Louis is a totally cliche gay guy. Bitching behind everyone's backs and being a back stabber. (Gay people really aren't like this). There are the typical annoying characters who turn good in the end. Two egotistical typically handsome in love with themselves men. A plot that was completely and utterly predictable from the very first few chapters (usually I don't mind predictable. Sometimes it's rather nice. As it's easy to read. But this was annoying predictable). Have of the book really wasn't needed to and just felt like padding. It certainly could and would have been more enjoyable if it had been shorter. Unfortunately not for me. I struggled to get through this one. Constantly hoping it would get better. But unfortunately not. Hope you get on better with this book. Let me know what you thought. Happy reading everyone.

  • boogenhagen
    2019-02-08 10:39

    I feel sorta bad I did not like this more but the ending was inconclusive and I hate that.I am essentially a very lazy person, I want authors to tell me things -- like how everything turns out -- because I feel that makes a complete book reading experience. If I wanted an ambiguous outcome I would write my own stories - but I don't want to do that because that is what I am paying authors to do. So sadly while parts were great, the ending sucked and that brought it way down for me.

  • Pilar
    2019-01-24 07:27

    Demasiado larga para la historia que cuenta, hay trozos que los he leído en diagonal. Y luego el final, lo siento pero no. La decisión que toman si lo pienso bien, a pesar de que no me ha gustado, la entiendo y creo que casa bien con los personajes. Pero el final, final, es decir, esa última frase... ¡¡¿Cómo puede dejarlo así, sin epílogo ni nada?!! Conforme escribo esto me está dando por pensar que no creo que haya segunda parte ¿Noooo? Vale, tendré que investigar...

  • Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
    2019-01-21 07:39

    Mhairi McFarlane is one of my favourite authors and Who’s That Girl is her best book yet! Her stories are always funny, smart and slick and despite their length I never want them to end.Who’s That Girl follows Edie Thompson whose found herself in a very modern, very complicated sort-of-relationship with a guy at her work. On his wedding day he kisses Edie and his new wife witnesses it all. Labelled a “marriage wrecker” and “the other woman” Edie becomes a social pariah. Targeted by bullies both online and at work she flees London in shame and goes back home to Nottingham. Her boss throws Edie the lifeline of ghost writing famous television star Elliot Owen’s biography and the two connect over their lives being judged by other people – Elliot with the press and Edie with her online bullies but there’s more than one side to each of us and we’re more than what people see. Who’s that girl? Edie’s about to find out.I think that what puts Mhairi McFarlane head and shoulders above the rest for me is her heroines and the way she writes them. They’re all incredibly complex and their stories aren’t solely based on their love lives. The romance in Mhairi’s books is equal to the relationships her heroines have with their friends, family, career and themselves which results in a more fleshed out, modern heroine who I relate to. Every one of her heroines comes to feel like my best friend when I’m reading their story and I see myself reflected in them.One of my favourite aspects of Who’s That Girl is its take on social media. Like most people, Edie is addicted to her phone and has built an image online showing her best self, so when that all comes crashing down she has an identity crises of sorts. It was interesting to read about our online selves in comparison to our real selves, we live in a time where it’s very easy to feel like you know somebody and can make a judgment on them when really you’re only seeing a small part of who they are.Who’s That Girl is a heart-warming, emotional and fist pump inducing read about claiming your own identity and sticking it to anyone who tries to tell you who you are, who you are not and puts a label on you. Who’s That Girl has left me book drunk and has utterly spoiled me for all other romantic comedies this year.Who’s that girl? She’s Edie Thompson and she’s f***ing fabulous!

  • Jacqueline
    2019-01-27 13:25

    A fab story ruined by a shitty ending. Gutted.

  • Océano de libros
    2019-02-05 05:38

    WTF!!!!!!! Estoy muy decepcionada con este libro y muy pero que muy enfadada con la autora, y supongo que con el tiempo y con algo de reflexión se me pasará pero por ahora no tengo otra intención que estampar el libro contra la pared. Lo siento, necesito desahogarme ;) buffff--------Aquí mi pequeña reseña:Edie Thompson se ve de la noche a la mañana de ser una chica independiente, fiestera y alegre, a ser la paria en su puesto de trabajo y todo por haber besado al novio.Edie abrirá los ojos más que nunca conociendo a la gente que la rodeaba y cómo la tratan por su pequeño error. Su “castigo” será tomar un nuevo trabajo: realizar la autobiografía del famoso y atractivo actor de moda Elliot Owen, un hombre antipático que no se lo pondrá nada fácil a Edie.La novela comenzaba bastante bien con ese punto divertido y de ironía que suele presentar la autora en sus novelas. Me gustó la introducción con el tema de las redes sociales, con su hipocresía y con la actuación de las personas a través de las mismas y poder ver más el lado negativo. Pero poco a poco el relato se nos hace un poco pesado, sí hay partes interesantes pero también hay otras que son soporíferas y en las que no pasa nada crucial, es más de relleno que otra cosa. Más hacia la parte final el relato es adictivo y muy emotivo, la verdad es que me ha tocado el corazón. Por otra parte creo que ha sido demasiado largo y carece de humor (ese humor internacional por decir algo) comparado con otro de sus libros o sí que lo hay pero es el típico humor inglés (con el que ellos se partirán supongo) que quizás no entendamos los españoles (o bueno seré yo sola), no sé si me explico.Los personajes me han encantado no solo los principales, aunque en la parte final me he sentido muy decepcionada con la actuación de Edie, no lo entendí, ni lo quiero entender.Por otra parte Elliot, me sorprendió porque no es nada de lo que se supone esperar, pero para bien me refiero, me ha gustado mucho su personaje.Pero aquí viene mi crítica más feroz y es el motivo por el que no voy a darle cinco estrellas (que se las merece porque es un buen libro, bien narrado y bla bla bla) y le voy a dar una porque no me gustó ese final. Me he enfadado hasta límites insospechados, anoche me quedé con una frustración imposible de explicar. Habrá a quien le guste ese final y se invente mil historias con ese final más abierto que el spagat de Van Damme, a mí me parece una tomadura de pelo, aún me estoy preguntando si la editorial se olvidó de imprimir la parte final. Me siento decepcionada y cabreada y de momento no voy a seguir leyendo nada de esta autora y mira que tenía otro libro de ella por leer, pero de momento ahí se queda.

  • Yoda
    2019-02-14 06:46

    As I said, I´m physically incapable of not liking books by Mhairi McFarlane and this one is one of my favorites now. I just wish it was a bit longer, not by much but maybe 10-15 pages so we get to know about the reunion.

  • Desa
    2019-01-29 08:25

    Entre 4'5 y 5★? 4'8★? ains, son casi casi las 5★, porque...LOVE“You won't find someone who treats you as you should be treated until you start to believe you are worth the ones you want, the ones who aren't asking you to do any work. Find the man who appreciates you at your best, not one who confirms your worst suspicions about yourself.” La sorpresa que me he llevado con este libro ha sido muyyyy grande. Lo compré en un impulso porque estaba en Círculo de Lectores en una edición preciosa y porque ya había leído You had me at hello, pero para ser sinceros no esperaba, para nada, que Who's that girl? fuera a gustarme tantísimo, y es que la historia de Edie me ha llegado mucho.Prácticamente desde el primer capítulo ya te engancha. Quieres saber quien es Edie y porqué pasa lo que pasa en la boda de unos compañeros de trabajo. La voz de Edie es muy accesible, te atrae sin esfuerzo y quieres saber su historia. No la juzgas, simplemente te dejas llevar y acabas entendiéndola, apoyándola en sus decisiones y esperando que todo le vaya bien.Después del desastre de la boda, ejem, el jefe de Edie le da la oportunidad de alejarse un poco del desastre y la manda a Nottingham (su ciudad natal) a escribir la biografía de uno de los actores de moda, Elliot Owen, famoso por una serie muy a lo GoT (me han encantado todas las referencias, jajajaja, el príncipe Wulfroarer del norte...). Me ha encantado todo lo que supone para Edie volver a su casa y cómo al final le cambia y le da una nueva oportunidad de vivir su vida como quiere y darse cuenta de las cosas que realmente importan. La relación con su padre y su hermana es complicada, con sus idas y venidas (sobre todo con su hermana, que al principio me sacaba de quicio), pero me ha gustado ver como evolucionaba e ir averiguando más de ellos como familia y de su pasado (muy heartbreaking pero precioso la forma en que está tratado todo). La amistad entre Edie, Hannah y Nick ha sido a+++ también, el cómo a veces, a pesar del tiempo y la distancia, te reencuentras con esas personas que en un momento dado hicieron clic contigo y, a pesar del tiempo, todo vuelve a hacer clic de nuevo y es como si no hubieran pasado los años; esos son los verdaderos amigos, y que Edie volviera a estar con Hannah y Nick después de todo lo que le había pasado (y lo que les había pasado a ellos porque well, life happens), me ha parecido maravilloso y tan bonito <3. Todos los personajes, incluso los más secundarios, están desarrollados y sientes que acabas el libro conociéndolos. He adorado a la extravagante Margot y como ella y Edie se hacen amigas; incluso Richard, el jefe de Edie, siempre diciéndole las crudas verdades aunque desde el respeto y la admiración que siente por ella, y echándole un cable por muy duro que sea.En cuanto al romance...ains, el romance... me ha gustado tanto tanto tanto que i can't. Y me ha sorprendido porque hacía tiempo que no leía algo tan chick lit, cuando todo se cuece a fuego muyyyyyy lento y no está todo lleno de escenas de sexo. Son simplemente dos personas que se van conociendo, van hablando y de alguna forma encajan. Elliot es... Elliot, ese actor que Edie al principio no ve con demasiados buenos ojos porque lo que ve, o va predispuesta a ver, es al actor, no a la persona. Y, cuando conoce al Elliot de verdad, se convierte casi sin darse cuenta en su amigo y poco a poco en algo más *suspirito*. He acabado tan in love como ellos dos.Mi única mini pega, que al mismo tiempo también es una de las cosas que más me ha gustado (contradictorio, i know) ha sido (view spoiler)[el final, uf. Entiendo el final, y lo respeto, de hecho me encanta que Edie se elija a ella misma y esa nueva vida que quiere y, desgraciadamente, eso no podía tenerlo con Elliot por mucho que se quisieran. Si se hubiera ido con él hubiera vivido la vida de Elliot mientras la suya se quedaba en pausa, y no hubiera sido justo ni hubieran estado al mismo nivel. PERO soy una romántica empedernida aunque sea una cínica too, no puedo evitarlo, y ojalá hubiera habido una forma de que pudieran estar juntos, porque se lo merecían..... y cuando ya perdía las esperanzas....EL FINAL...O.M.G. How dare you, Mhairi?! Como nos dejas así?!?!?! Con esa frase?!?! Con Elliot ahí?!?! Porque es Elliot y me mueroooooooo. Quiero, NECESITO, una novella como After Hello. Pretty please, Mhairi (hide spoiler)]. Otra de mis cosas favs? El in your face que Edie les hace a todos los trolls, you go, girl. Después de todo por lo que pasa Edie y a lo que le exponen, porque claro, ella es la mujer destrozahogares y tiene que ser la mala, fue super empowering que se enfrentara a algunas de esas personas que le hicieron la vida imposible a través de las redes sociales (otro tema del libro que me ha encantado como la autora lo desarrolla, el poder que internet puede acabar teniendo sobre nuestras vidas, para bien y para mal) y dejara las cosas claras.Me dejo muchas cosas, que es lo que suele pasar cuando quieres hablar de un libro que has amado y quieres contarlo todo sin decir nada, así que voy a terminar con un 'leedlo'. Si os gusta el chick lit, Mhairi se ha hecho un hueco y creo que actualmente es de las mejores escritoras inglesas que hay. Sus libros son inteligentes, divertidísimos y románticos. Estoy emocionadísima porque aún tengo dos libros más de ella por leer y ahora mismo es lo que más me anima tras la sensación de vacío que se me ha quedado al despedirme de Edie, Elliot y cia.

  •  Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss (book blog)
    2019-01-25 06:30

    Who's That Girl is the first book I've read by Mhairi McFarlane. More than just a romantic comedy, McFarlane takes readers on a funny and emotional journey through Edie's life after a social disaster, exploring themes of family, friendship, and of course, love. As an added bonus, some of the side characters were wonderful! (Read the synopsis!)I really liked Edie a lot. I have such admiration for characters who have a quick wit and she was definitely one of those characters. Well-intentioned and relatable, the unfortunate—and at times, fortunate—predicaments Edie found herself in were so much fun to read. Though, I did think it was a little unrealistic at how oblivious she was to Elliot for so long (more on that later).Elliott was so freaking adorable, you guys! If you like beta heroes, he is a good one! I really liked how sensitive he was to Edie's plight and was always making sure she was okay. There was a scene where Edie was feeling rather dreadful and he freaking carried her to his trailer. You'd have to read it to understand my swoons, but it was rather sweet. I swooned. I did."Can I see you tomorrow? Can I see you constantly? Can I see you with no clothes on again?Perhaps my favorite character is Margot, the quirky, former actress, high-functioning drinker, and much older next-door neighbor (yeah, that's a lot). Edie bonds with her from the first moment she puts Meg (Edie's annoying sister) in her place. What follows is a friendship between them and visits, during which Margot imparts some great advice to Edie, who's struggling to figure out what she wants with her work, love, and family life. Here are some of her one-liners:"You're young and beautiful, why not have a go at this boy while you're at it? Might liven him up. Or is he a homosexual? Sadly true of so many of the exquisite ones.""Oh I didn't, is it your birthday? How marvellously timed, then. Which one is it?""Thirty-six," Edie said, reluctantly."Don't tell me the truth. Don't tell anyone the truth. You can pass for twenty-eight on a cloudy day, I'd say. Stick there until you're forced to go to thirty-four.""Don't waste the young and beautiful years being anxious, darling. There's plenty of old and ugly ones coming."Sparks fly between these Elliot and Edie gradually over interviews for Elliot's book. It felt completely organic, which I loved—two humans who connected on every level just talking and getting to know each other. Elliot had this self-deprecating side to him, which only made me love him more. This only contributed to his hesitancy towards being more direct with Edie. Likewise, Edie had her own personal doubts on how he felt. These two were a freaking pair. I really liked them together."Friends, I won't lie, it is weird sometimes. It makes you appreciate that thing about how you 'can't make new old friends'. Your best mates know you're still you and if you disappeared up your arse they'd let you know. You just have to still be able to hear it. New friends are trickier. The question of whether they'd still laugh at your jokes if you worked in Greggs is always there, hovering. You need to have good instincts. And you discover there's a strange subcategory—your in this category, although it's mainly male..."Edit sat up straighter: "What? How?""People who pre-dislike you because they're so sure they're going to dislike you, they may as well get it over with. Frustratingly, they're often the smart people you'd quite like to like you.""Say that we 'wanted different things'. She wanted to carry on being a petulant wazzock and I wanted to fire her into the heart of the sun. Also put 'she's a free spirit, I don't think anyone will ever be able to tie her down' as a euphemism for about as a faithful as a bonobo monkey."McFarlane could have gone down the road to clichéville with this storyline but she didn't. Instead, she made the "normal girl falling in love with a movie star" plot seem fresh and new with the layered subplots and interesting side characters. Blended together with a slow-burning love story, we meet Edie and Elliott's families. Both families have their own struggles and in the end grow close together as they work through them. I liked that the focus of this book wasn't so much on Elliott's stardom but rather his family.What keeps me from rating it higher is that the book was extremely long—topping out at over 500 pages—and I wasn't always compelled to pick it back up again after putting it down. The book was really bottom heavy with the romance; things didn't really pick up in that department until the last 15% or so. The ending felt really rushed. I wished some of the middle section had been condensed and the events towards the ending would have happened a little sooner. There was so much middle material that seemed to drag on.I also thought Meg's character (Edie's younger sister) was too much like a caricature and over-exaggerated. She didn't seem like a real person to me for most of the book, since she had every single cliché of a vegan, hippie, and a hipster combined into one person.This is not a criticism at all but more as a note to readers: There is a lot of British terminology and slang in this book, some of which went over my head. It didn't bother me in the slightest. But I think I would have caught on to some of the humor and references had I known what they meant.I really look forward to reading YOU HAD ME AT HELLO soon. It sounds really good!* I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Read this Review • My Website • Facebook • Twitter • Pinterest • Instagram • Subscribe by Email****************★★UPCOMING BOOK RELEASES★★****************

  • Lidia
    2019-01-31 06:19

    4,5. Aun estoy conmocionada por ese final. No es de los que te esperas y durante un minuto piensas si arruina la historia. Salvo que te das cuenta de que es lo mejor.Me ha encantado la historia, cada vez me gusta más esta autora. Hay humor, diálogos mordaces, crítica hacia la tiranía de las redes sociales y una segunda parte un poco más emotiva y sentimental que logra tocarte. Un lectura muy recomendable.

  • Bibiana In Bookland
    2019-01-24 07:37

    Divertida, pero deprimente. Ha sido una montaña rusa. Me ha gustado la pluma de la autora, pues me ha atrapado desde un principio, pero me ha fallado esa introducción infinita, se me ha hecho muy largo llegar a la parte más intensa. La trama muy bien pensada, y paso a paso. A momentos me ha deprimido, me transmitía que la vida es muy complicada y la frustración de la protagonista para cambiarlo, pero luego se ha ido animando, mostrando un lado más positivo. El final me ha dejado un poco descolocada.

  • Fe Walsh
    2019-02-01 09:41

    I really love Mhairi McFarlane's books and was delighted to win this book in a Goodreads giveaway. The story of Edie, who finds herself in a compromising situation at a friend's wedding. This sets in motion a chain of events that changes her life forever. I could easily put myself in the shoes of the character as it felt grounded in reality. Throughout there are a couple of emotional story-lines with some thought provoking scenes. Fans of Marian Keyes would love this.

  • Eoin Wallace
    2019-02-11 08:29

    The book is tight; the plot is smart. It’s obvious (to me anyway) the plot was planned in advance and then strictly adhered to. Events and characters are foreshadowed from the start and they come together in an elegant way by the end. This is an engaging book, and it is well worth reading if you’re looking for more than common fluff.

  • Jennopenny
    2019-02-13 08:22

    One month this year, January 2016, I read two of the three novels that McFarlane has published. "It's not me, it's you" and "Here's looking at you". Both of those novels I really enjoyed. They where cute and at the same time felt real. I could relate so much to the main character in "Here's looking at you" about dating and narrating your dates and futures. The novels where both surprising and suspenseful even. They took turns I didn't expect and made me laugh and feel happy.I found out that "Who's That Girl?" was coming out this year and as I'm not the one for waiting, I requested a proof from the publisher. Which I got and I started reading as soon as it arrived. Edie, our main character, attends the wedding of two colleagues. After the ceremony the groom finds Edie and kisses her.This after just been married to another woman for mare minutes. The bride sees this. Action - DRAMA!Edie can't or doesn't really want to go to work because the bride has spread rumors and lies about her and has all the other colleagues are on her side. Edie gets sent to her hometown, Nottingham, to be the ghost writer of the famous actor Elliot Owen's autobiography. There are hate groups about Edie and she has a really hard time. Does the groom Jack also have a hard time? No... *sigh*That's pretty much the premise and more I'm not giving away, because I will not spoil. Specially since this book just came out.I'll write this though:There's a lot of self doubt, drama and family problems. It's pretty low on the romance compared to the other McFarlane novels I've read. And also on the cute scale, it doesn't get many points.In McFarlane's other novels I have laughed out loud at times and just awww:ed to myself because of what was happening. In this novel it wasn't like that, I afraid.There are two main problems with this novel for me. There is a minor one and a bigger one. The minor one that still bugged me is that Edies sister is vegan. I was so happy when I first read this, there aren't many vegans in popular fiction. I was all good with McFarlane making fun about vegans, that was what I expected but the way she did it was so wrong.It's fine to make fun about the food vegans eat and that vegans are angry, but the character (I'm blanking on the characters name) is such a stereotype in the worst kind of way.The bigger one is that the groom Jack, who kissed her on his wedding suffer very few consequences while Edie can't show her face at work without feeling the hate of her colleagues. Edie also has a crush or is in love with this man who is making her life hell because they where kind of flirting before. Why? No, I don't get it.He keeps contacting her through out the novel and it made me so mad. At both characters. Specially there at the end. You know what I mean if you read the book.I did laugh and I enjoyed it. I felt it to be more predictable than her other novels, even though the end took me by surprise. It's a big book, over 500 pages, but it feels like all the McFarlane plot line that I have liked in her other novels doesn't come into play until like halfway through the novel.And it isn't as cute and romantic as her other novels, which I kind of expected to and wanted when I picked up this book.Anyway, if you read and liked other McFarlane novels, you'll probably like this one too.If you haven't read McFarlane before, I suggest you start with any one of her other novels because they are, in my opinion better than this one.It's a fine novel but just not her best.

  • Natalie
    2019-02-18 12:16

    Wooo, another Mhairi McFarlane book!Super stoked for this. Bring it onnnnnn.

  • Bree T
    2019-02-06 09:16

    I wasn’t familiar with Mhairi McFarlane before I received this book for review and I was a bit apprehensive when I read the blurb. A main character that is caught in a compromising position at a wedding? Interesting! However it was the sort of book I was in the mood for at the present moment so I gave it a go and could not put it down from the first page.Edie, in a way, looks as though she leads a fun and charmed life. Good job, has moved away from the family home to London and has her own apartment. However, take a closer look and there’s a few cracks – her office flirtation is engaged to a colleague, her close friend is absolutely not to be trusted and after she’s caught in a bad position at a wedding, she becomes a social pariah, shunned and reviled by almost everyone she knows. In an attempt to keep her employed, her boss sends her back to her hometown while the scandal “blows over” under the guise of ghosting an autobiography for hot actor Elliot Owen.Things don’t exactly go well at their first meeting, leaving Edie feeling as though Elliot Owen is just another spoiled actor but the threat of failing forces her to persist, eventually getting Elliot to agree to the book. I think that although normal girl-famous guy tropes in romance are popular they are hard to get right. Mhairi McFarlane succeeds here because she takes careful time to humanise Elliot, to make him more than just the successful actor. He gets embarrassed, he makes mistakes, he says and does things that make him just as awkward as Edie at times. He doesn’t have that super suave, arrogant personality that I was expecting. He comes across a bit that way at first but as he and Edie spend more time together and get to know each other, his jadedness with the machine of acting and publicity becomes more apparent, as well as the way in which his ‘relationship’ with another starlet is more a construct than an actual genuine interaction.Edie has some severe self-esteem issues – she had a heartbreaking childhood and is now mostly estranged from her family. Although she loves and gets on well with her dad, she finds the guilt of not visiting home more often easier dealt with by…avoiding going home. Her relationship with her sister Meg is antagonistic on Meg’s part, with Edie not quite sure what she’s done to deserve such ire. And it extends to most parts of her life – Edie seems willing to accept a flirtation from a man she cannot have, wrapping it up in ‘it’s innocent because it’s just messaging’ completely unaware she’s being taken for a giant ride. Likewise her ‘friend’ is a poisonous snake of the worst sort and even though Edie does at least appear to realise this, she cannot extract herself from the situation, nor even really stand up for herself. She spends a lot of time sitting back and just accepting things.Something about being home in Nottingham seems to change that – she begins to seem to finally see the way things are, now that she’s removed from the situation in London. Edie does some brave things in this book, as it seems the longer she spends back in her childhood home, the more she begins to find herself and realise what it really is that she wants out of life. I admired a lot of the decisions that Edie made towards the end of the book where she put herself and her wants and needs first, choosing what was probably the more difficult option but I think that in the context of Edie’s personal growth, it worked.I loved the chemistry that Elliot and Edie had as well as the way in which their friendship developed as they worked on Elliot’s book. It had a few ups and downs but I found their journey really quite believable. I liked that Elliot had moments of insecurity and jealousy as well, that he wasn’t completely removed from those feelings simply because he was good looking and famous.This book was so much fun and gave me all the feels – so much so that I bought a bundle of three of her previous books. Hopefully I love them all as much as this one, because as an introduction to an author, this is a fabulous place to start.

  • Vanessa
    2019-02-12 13:27

    Fuck dat einde, aaaaargh! *gooit boek door de kamer, verandert in de Hulk* Lang geleden dat ik nog zo in een boek opging en de wereld rondom me me gestolen kon worden! Zwijmelalarm x2000. deze romance was perfect en ik wil er een film van maar dan dus zonder frustrerend open kuteinde XD (sorry voor het gevloek maar als je dit boek gelezen hebt kan je het wel aan denk ik)

  • Dan Martin
    2019-01-29 08:46

    What a super fun read! Highly recommended. While I've never read a rom-com before, I have to admit this is the first I've read or seen where the female protagonist is highly independent. And that's quite refreshing, I think. Video review to be uploaded shortly, if I can ever get this crap hotel wifi to allow it...

  • Maggie
    2019-01-21 05:31

    Reason #4 why Mhairi McFarlane is my favorite contemporary romance writer. For Reasons #1-3, see her previous works.

  • Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
    2019-01-25 10:37

    2.5-3 STARS!If not for the last 30%, I would have DNF'd this book. Normally I read about 30% and if the book doesn't grab my attention, I move onto the next.My good read Megan from Reading Books Like a Boss introduced me to this author so I really wanted to get through this book.Sadly I ended up skimming a lot because I was bored. I was waiting for the great banter and humor that I found in You Had Me at Hello but it was missing in this one.I felt more sad than anything for Edie for the way she was treated.But I found as I got to the last 30% was that I enjoyed her growth, I enjoyed her friendship with actor Elliott Owen and overall I loved the ending and how it all came full circle for her. Would I have loved an epilogue to see what happens after that last scene..heck yea...but is it nice to imagine what that reunion would have been like...yes completely! I am moving onto my next Mhairi McFarlene book now..while this was not my favorite, I still think this author writes amazingly good stories and I am a huge fan! xo

  • Natalia
    2019-02-17 12:22

    Me ha gustado este libro, a pesar de que me hubiera gustado reírme más. Me han gustado los personajes, sobre todo Edie, la protagonista, que es una chica muy real, un personaje muy de calle, muy normal; y Elliot, que es un bomboncito y se ha ganado mi corazón con su lado más dulce. Como pega le pongo que está plagada de referencias que no he entendido, algunas de ellas sí, pero muchas otras no, de bromas, citas, títulos, famosos que yo no he pillado. Supongo que habría sido una lectura más divertida si hubiera participado en todas esas bromas.Reseña: http://www.arte-literario.com/2016/09...

  • Anne
    2019-02-18 07:27

    Who's That Girl is a big fat book, my proof copy runs to over 500 pages, but it's such an engaging, well written story that the pages fly by in an instant. I was totally caught up in this story of Edie, her family, her friends and her enemies.Edie is thirty-five. A Nottingham girl living in London, working as a copy writer and just about to attend the wedding of two of her colleagues. It's fair to say that Edie is fonder of Jack, the groom, than she is of Charlotte, the bride; they have a flirty relationship and once again Edie finds herself in the position of being 'the girl who everyone wanted, and nobody chose.' Until Jack chooses to kiss her, on his wedding day, and Charlotte spots them.Who's That Girl is the story of Edie's life from that very moment onwards. Mhairi McFarlane creates amazing characters, her lead females are always likeable, realistic, a little bit quirky and fabulous fun. Edie is no exception, not since Bridget Jones, have I come across a female lead who I have liked so much. Yes, she makes huge mistakes, and yes there are times when she refuses to see what is in front of her, but she's a kind and loyal friend, good at heart, just sadly let down by people that she loves.As in her previous novels, Mhairi McFarlane deals with some sombre and quite dark issues, but she deals with them so very well, working them into the plot line very cleverly which adds a depth to the story. Edie is forced to move back to her home town of Nottingham for a while, she's been away for a long time and whilst her widowed, still grieving and struggling Father welcomes her with open arms, her younger sister Meg really doesn't. Meg and Edie, whilst both in their thirties, revert to teenage, brattish behaviour when they find themselves in the same room together, and it is only the sanctuary offered by eccentric next door neighbour Margot that saves Edie from becoming a sister-batterer!Oh, and Eliot. Eliot Owen, local boy turned celebrity actor, everyone wants a piece of him, and it's Edie's job to get to the real Eliot so that she can ghost write his biography, and publish it before the gutter press find out his secrets.Secrets are the theme of Who's That Girl. Every character has some. Edie and her family have long-buried issues that slowly emerge. Eliot has his own demons to deal with, even Edie's closest friends have things that they've been hiding for some time.Mhairi McFarlane's writing is so observant and modern, she's funny and sharp and her characters are amazing. She is able to capture some of life's most disturbing issues, including cyber-bullying, mental health and depression whilst keeping her story upbeat and at times, quite hilarious.Who's That Girl is another excellent novel from an author who I really admire. She's writes modern, contemporary fiction that will appeal to all ages. She's very relevant, her characters are incredible. I'd really highly recommend this one.http://randomthingsthroughmyletterbox...

  • Lisa
    2019-02-18 07:29

    E-ARC received thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss.Disclaimer: Quotes taken from ARC, might differ from published ver.Also on Oh So Mellifluous!.My first Mhairi book was You Had Me At Hello that I read three years ago. I remember being utterly charmed by her writing, which is the main reason why I requested this book apart from the blurb. Things I LikeSo we have our heroine, Edie Thompson, who found herself stuck in a narrative she didn't ask for after an asshat of colleague kissed her on his wedding day and they got caught by the bride. What. A. Mess. Right?When I first met Edie, I was immediately taken with her. There is something about Edie that feels so relatable to me. I think it's the fact that she's a mess, haha. I love that she didn't have it together despite her age (something I can also relate). I empathize with her a lot; the things she went through in this book are just distressing. The online bullying she got after the Incident stressed both Edie and me out, but I admire her quiet resilience. I would have...I don't know, lost it. There are a lot of life lessons in this story, and I feel like I'm learning with Edie too. One of my favourite highlighted quotes in this book:(view spoiler)[You won't find someone who treats you as you should be treated until you start to believe you are worth the ones you want, the ones who aren't asking you to do any work. Find the man who appreciates you at your best, not one who confirms your worst suspicions about yourself. (hide spoiler)]The romance in this book is very nicely developed. It didn't take up the majority of the story, and it wasn't a panacea for Edie's storyline. I adore Elliot and Edie together; Elliot's very easy to like although he should work on his communication skills, the idiot.(view spoiler)[There is a line by Elliot that made me laugh like mad when I read it. The context is that he was telling Edie what he admired most about her and it made her cry and he went, "Edie...why are you crying, you spoon?". I just lost it, you guys, I don't know why I found that line so hilarious.(hide spoiler)]Things I Don't Like...nothing much, really? I screeched a bit at the ending because...ugh. I'm considering asking Mhairi for a bonus scene, just a small scene, of what happened after the last line. It was a perfect ending, don't get me wrong, but just...ugh, I want more.TLDR, it's such an entertaining story. Edie grew a lot by the end of the story with the help of Elliot, her neighbour Margot, and her true support system Hannah and Nick. What I get from this is that it's never too late to turn your life around, to discover new things about yourself and that, to quote Elliot, those who know you better, know better.

  • Cristina
    2019-01-19 07:23

    Si estáis esperando un libro como cualquiera de sus tres trabajos anteriores, entonces os aconsejo que miréis para otro lado o que os preparéis psicológicamente para una gran decepción.Este libro no tiene lo básico de este género: ROMANCE. Cero. Niente. No tengo ningún problema con los finales abiertos cuando leo una pieza literaria de gran peso porque ya sé lo que me puedo esperar, pero si voy a leer un libro del género Chick Lit, lo menos que puede esperar una lectora, fan al género y a esta autora en concreto, es ROMANCE.El libro es demasiadoooooo largo. Lleno de detalles innecesarios, escenas de relleno y después del 15 % ya no tiene ni siquiera una gota de humor.Por otro lado, no conecté con los personajes ni con la historia. No me emociona leer sobre posibles infidelidades o monólogos interiores con respecto a lo que está bien o lo que está mal. Si una mujer adulta de 36 años, supuestamente inteligente, moderna y feminista, no sabe lo que es formar parte de una infidelidad emocional, entonces no es tan madura ni tan segura de sí misma como la autora quiere caracterizarla.Lo siento mucho, pero este libro es un completo caos de tonterías con una sobrecarga de drama que para nada es lo que busco en este género. Si me vas a dar drama, dame por lo menos una historia con personajes maduros y algo de sentido.Me apena puntuar un libro de Mhairi McFarlane así. Las dos estrellas son porque me gusta esta autora, de lo contrario le hubiera dado una sola.Sintiéndolo mucho no recomiendo este libro. Si no habéis leído sus otras novelas, es mejor que paséis de esta pobre excusa de historia romántica, y empecéis por los otros.Seguiré leyendo lo que publique, pero con cautela. No es lo mismo leer una tragedia Shakesperiana, porque ya vamos mentalizados o un buen libro de suspense en el que puede pasar de todo, que esperar por algo que al final nos de en las mismas narices.

  • Rike
    2019-02-14 13:20

    I've really gown to love McFarlane's books. The protagonists Edie and Elliot grew on me and that kind of Cinderella story felt real. It is the fun chick lit that a lot of people love every once in a while. I know what to expect and I wasn't disappointed. There is a lot of humour, a bit of drama and all is well written. The Jack plot made me gulp a few times (view spoiler)[ for the way things turned out for Edie, whereas there were hardly consequences for Jack (hide spoiler)]. The sad thing is, it isn't unrealistic."Who's that girl?" would have been 5 stars if there was not the ending. I think I would have preferred if it had ended in the second to last chapter, it would have been tragic, but fit to the story. The way it ended left too many things open, left me unsatisfied because it solved nothing. (view spoiler)[ I mean, Elliot is back, probably, because it was only hinted someone was at the door. (Maybe that's the philologist in me? I don't trust textual hints.) But what is the solution to their relationship dilemma, how do they handle his job and the times apart? That was why they parted in the first place despite being in love, so what changed?? (hide spoiler)] Despite my objections, it is a fantastic read an I certainly wouldn't mind some kind of conclusion in any way.

  • Gemma
    2019-02-13 11:35

    This book was fab. I never pick up chic-lit unless it is on a recommendation so I'm so glad this one was passed my way. It was just what I needed to get myself out of my reading rut. Great characters and an entertaining plot. I laughed out loud in places. This is a great book to read this summer ladies!