Good morning! Today I am sharing my thoughts on You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane. I read it as part of the Literary Ladies Book Club and once again I have to give them props because I can be a picky reader and I have loved every book they have chosen so far. This one was no exception.
Here is the Amazon description:
Rachel and Ben. Ben and Rachel. It was them against the world. Until it all fell apart.
Ten years after they said goodbye, Rachel bumps into Ben one rainy day. As they talk, the years melt away.
But life has moved on. Ben is married. Rachel is not. And slowly but surely, Rachel feels the return of the broken heart she can′t do anything to mend.
Couldn′t put down ONE DAY? Love WHEN HARRY MET SALLY? Then this is the book for you. Hilarious, heartbreaking and everything in between, you′ll be hooked from their first ′Hello′.
This book really resonated with me. Early on in the story Rachel decides to end her twelve year relationship instead of moving forward with plans to get married. She moves out of the home she shares with her fiance into her own apartment and feels totally uncomfortable in her own skin as a newly single girl after a decade of coupledom. I recently separated from my husband so I could definitely relate to her. It is odd to go from being part of a we to just a me after a long period of time.
This book is really a story within a story as it jumps back and forth between present day and what happened between Rachel and Ben in college. That can be tricky but this is done really well. I did not find myself confused at all and I was very invested. The more I read the more I wanted to find out why Ben and Rachel stopped talking all those years ago.
I liked the main character’s voice and I found that she was extremely likable. I was rooting for her. I also loved her friends.
Verdict: I recommend this one. I enjoyed the author’s storytelling so much that when I was finished I downloaded another of her books right away.