Archive | January 29, 2013

You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane Review

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.


I love the line ‘You had me at hello,’ (I had it used on me once!!), so knew I had to read this when I heard about it. I must admit I was worried, it’s a debut novel, and I’ve read a lot of debut novels recently I’ve not really enjoyed. I know that’s just bad luck, so I gave it a go.

I am so incredibly glad I it. I loved it, absolutely loved it.

The reason I’ve not enjoyed quite a few books recently is that I’ve felt the charcters were too two-dimensional, they felt too shallow and predictable. The characters in You Had Me At Hello, weren’t, they were totally real and believable.

From the very beginning, I loved Rachel, she felt like she was my friend. The opening chapter shows her splitting up with her boyfriend, which although she knows is the right thing to do, is still really upsetting to her, her feelings were raw, and it just made her, well like I said, real. She then sees Ben, who she’s not seen since university. Slowly, their story comes out, intermingled with what’s happening in the present.

Then there’s her 3 best friends and their problems and issues too. They’re all brilliant characters too.

This was the first whole book I’ve read on my Kindle (well, kindle app on my phone). I have to admit I loved reading it on my phone, it was always with me, it was light, easy to hold etc. However, now I’ve read it, I’m gutted I didn’t have the actual book. I like keeping my favourite books, thinking maybe one day I’ll read them again, but also just having them on my shelf reminds me of how good they are and makes me happy. I don’t get to have this with You Had Me At Hello. Gutted.

My final words on this – I’ve just looked on Amazon, out of 1070 reviews, 645 were 5* (not including mine that I’ll be adding shortly), and 269 were 4*. You can’t argue with that many people!