You know there’s a longing you feel for something that’s finished- or as the protagonist, Edie in ‘Who’s that girl’ put it- saudade . A profound longing for something or someone that is absent and might never return.
That’s how I felt at the end of the book- a feeling of saudade.
I’ve always been a fan of Mhairi McFarlanes writing- she has a way that strikes all the right chords to your heart and plays a tune that speaks directly to your own self. The book started right on- in the first chapter our dear protagonist was kissed by a groom- where she wasn’t the bride. What follows are her tales of blame- when it wasn’t her fault.
It was easy to connect with Edie- she wasn’t perfect- not even until the end. It made her slightly more real- except the part where she got the job to ghost-write an autobiography for a really hot actor and actually ended up with him.
But, even with hot actor plot- McFarlane didn’t go down to town Clicheville, and made the regular girl falling in love with a hot dude seem very new and refreshing.
The story is full of drama- which is exactly how I like it, but the drama doses are just the right chemical balance as to not make you roll your eyes or put you to sleep but to actually curl up closer and genuinely worry about our dear protagonist.
The book absolutely had me kidnapped and captured- I literally couldn’t stop reading it- and with a super busy week, it was difficult to squeeze out time. But, with little sleep and no coffee, I managed work and reading.
Another line that stuck with me from the book was, “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.”
I wish the book didn’t end when it did- even though it was already really long- I would have definitely liked a happy reunion kiss for Edie and Elliot.
In short, it’s a book that will make a good read for a long journey- because there is no way you’d want to be distracted away from this one!
If they do make it into a movie, I hope Edie is played by Zooey Deschanel (no, it’s not because she sang ‘Who’s that girl’ IT’S JESS), Elliot by Ian Sommerholder (I feel like he’d look good with Deschanel).
Honestly though, pick it up!!!