Book Reviews

Book Review: Who’s That Girl? by Mhairi McFarlane

l1040068_kindlephoto-2745073When Edie gets entangled in an unfortunate incident at her colleagues’ wedding, hardly anyone is forgiving. Trolled online, Edie knows she can’t go back to work, and is offered the chance to ghost-write an autobiography for handsome actor Elliot Owen. While the storm blows over, she goes back home to Nottingham and stays with her father and sister. Her reputation in tatters, dealing with family friction, and trying to work with a reticent star actor, Edie finds herself the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons.

My review

Who’s That Girl? is my kind of book. It’s filled with great dialogue, three-dimensional characters and a lovely story. You’re rooting for Edie who is a likeable and funny heroine. Likewise, Elliot is an intriguing, multi-layered character and there is more to him than meets the eye.

The author’s cheeky sense of humour comes across brilliantly. She pokes fun at a certain fantasy TV series – Prince Wulfroarer, anyone?

This is fresh and current: McFarlane has her finger on the social media pulse. The downside of technology is explored; the rise of camera phones mean that Elliot cannot escape from his celebrity status when he goes out. It also looks at office bullying in the form of online abuse. The book highlights how some people act cowardly in real life, yet turn into nasty keyboard warriors when they’re behind a computer screen. Social media is actually used as antisocial media against Edie. As a reader, you feel for Edie. Even if she made a mistake in her judgement, she certainly does not deserve the torrent of abuse from her so-called ‘friends’. Edie is used as a scapegoat and her colleagues want their pound of flesh.

The ending is just… gah! Words fail me, in a good way. I need more, please!

Overall

Who’s That Girl? is an incisive and smart book which made me smile. It offers a glimpse into the strange world of celebrity, and is witty, humorous and charming.

My rating: ★★★★★

Thank you to Harper Fiction and Goodreads Giveaways for providing a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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