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It's Got to be Perfect: the memoirs of a modern-day matchmaker [Paperback]

Haley Hill
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1 Sep 2013
#1 Amazon Bestseller (Biographical Fiction)

'As deliciously gossipy as it gets' --Sadie Nicholas, journalist

'High drama and lots of laughs' --Susan Quilliam, Fabulous Magazine

'Hilarious and so very, very true' --James Preece, The Dating Guru

When Ellie Rigby hurls her three-carat engagement ring into the gutter, she is certain of only one thing, that she has yet to know true love.

Following months of disastrous internet dates and conflicting advice from her dysfunctional friends, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Although now, instead of just looking for a man for herself, she's certain her life's purpose is to find deep and meaningful love for all the singles in the world.

Five years on, running the UK's biggest matchmaking agency, and with thousands of engagements to her name, she has all the answers she needs. She knows why eighty-five percent of relationships fail. She knows why twenty-eight is the most eligible age for a woman. She knows that by thirty-five she'll have only a thirty-percent chance of marriage.

Most of all, she knows that no matter what, it has to be perfect. Or does it?

Award winner- Readers' (US) Favorite

Award winner - Best Dating Book 2013

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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (1 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783060778
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783060771
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'As deliciously gossipy as it gets' --Sadie Nicholas, journalist

'High drama and lots of laughs' --Susan Quilliam, Fabulous Magazine

'Hilarious and so very, very true' --James Preece, The Dating Guru

About the Author

Haley was born in London in 1977, with a big heart, big feet and big ideals. In 2005, she set up what turned out to be the UK's biggest matchmaking agency. She has since sold it and drunk the proceeds. She lives in Battersea with her husband James, a wine merchant and consequent enabler of her habit, their twin girls and a scruffy hound called Rufus. She spends her days chasing her toddlers around the house, trying to write but mostly just messing about on Twitter.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic! 1 Oct 2013
By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I was SO looking forward to reading It's Got To Be Perfect - I absolutely love the cover, it is gorgeous and something that really appeals to me, and the line "The memoirs of a modern-day matchmaker" had me very intrigued!

After many disastrous dates and conflicting advice from friends, Ellie decides it is time to take matters into her own hands! But she also decides she's going to expand, and instead of just finding her Mr Right, she's going to help all the singles out there find love! And five years on, she's running the UK's biggest matchmaking agency, with a great success rate and hundreds of engagements to her name! Most of all, she knows that it has to be perfect...or does it?

I absolutely loved It's Got To Be Perfect! Haley has written such a fantastic novel and had me hooked from the first page. It was a story where once I'd started I found it impossible to put down, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Ellie!

To say it is funny is an understatement - this book had me laughing out loud hysterically. It is just such an addictive read, I was smiling and laughing and at times I was cringing too!

I liked Ellie from the beginning, I warmed to her straight away and she fascinated me. I loved reading about her role as a matchmaker, what she did, the advice she gave and how things ran when running a matchmaking agency. It gave me a real insight into another side of finding love, and I really enjoyed this. I'm sure there will be readers out there who can definitely relate to some of the scenes in the book too.

The characters are very vibrant - they jump to life from the pages and they are so interesting to read about! It's Got To Be Perfect is really refreshing - it is honest, it is funny and it is fantastic. I'd definitely recommend this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious read 16 Sep 2013
Format:Paperback
Hilarious read, it brings home to you how fickle we can all be when out there dating, the dates that made us sigh with disappointment, the dates that made us cringe and the dates that made us swoon or get the pulse racing..... Haley takes you behind the scenes, highlighting how different men and woman are when drawing up their wish list for their ideal partner. This book will make you both laugh out loud and also cringe (when you recognise yourself in pass situations!!).
A must read for both men and women, not a romantic novel, just a damn funny one about life in general.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Chic Lit ever ... 11 Oct 2013
By TLX
Format:Paperback
This has to be the best Chick Lit I've ever read and believe me I have read a few! I need Ellie in my life to sort out my dating problems. I think every girl needs to read this (and men too actually).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, funny modern romance. 8 Feb 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I won this book in a goodreads.com giveaway. It is a nice light-hearted comedy and some of the writing gets to your emotions too. (eg. page 65 re the dog). The book starts off where Ellie, engaged to Robert, is at a Wedding Show with friends. Robert has made excuses as to why he couldn't attend and Ellie tells of his penchant for porn. She eventually ends their relationship and tosses her engagement ring away. She then has to start all over again in her quest to find Mr Right. This is quite a fun read with some very humorous moments, and sometimes, a bit of suspense. It would make a good holiday read. It is quite saucy at times. If you like a good old fashioned read then maybe this isn't for you?-Catherine Cookson it is not! I liked it quite a lot but even then, at times it made me feel a little old. I think it's perhaps more suited to a younger audience than me, maybe 20's and 30's, but yes I did enjoy it and some of it I absolutely loved. There are some great humorous similes in this book, I kept chuckling at these. Very different to any I have seen before, unusual, funny and refreshing. Haley Hill has interesting new ways of saying more usual expressions. Ellie tries dating again and decides it is her vocation to become a matchmaker. This makes for lots of characters coming and going throughout the book, so I sometimes found it difficult to keep track of them. Some would be 'one-date-wonders' and they would quickly flash in and out of the action so it wasn't necessary to remember everyone. Some scenes I wasn't keen on but there are really people like this so it's realistic I suppose. There are some good dialogue scenes, very readable. I like that some of the story is told through emails and text messages, this adds to the variety and realism for me. Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect holiday read 1 Nov 2013
Format:Paperback
An up to date Sex and the city. A perfect holiday read - very amusing, and really well written insights into relationships.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars it's got to be perfect 29 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback
When a friend told me about this book I couldn't wait to start reading. From the first page I couldn't put it down. It was so easy to relate to Ellie and all the troubles in love she went through, you hoped for a happy ending for her and all the other characters. The book brings to light just how fickle we can all be when it comes to finding the one. Definitely a book to recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I honestly don't know how to review this book as I so easily gave it five stars and just want to scream to the world "GO AND READ THIS BOOK!"

I have honestly never laughed so much whilst reading a book in my entire life. It was so funny, and cleverly written. I absolutely adored it. I think every person who reads this book would agree with me. There's just so much truth to the story and frankness with which author Haley Hill introduces us to the men and women of the world who wish to find their perfect match.

The story was written to absolute perfection. Haley Hill's writing style was absolutely brilliant, and Ellie's internal narrative was so much fun to read and so cleverly put together, that I would read another book by this author in a heartbeat. As well as it being light relief to read, I also thought that it was realistic and relatable to people today.

What I really loved about this book is how Haley Hill took the story to the next level by making the hope of a `happily ever after' less likely. This really made me connect to the story in a way that I often don't with this sort of chick lit. Being able to sympathise with the desire for a `happily ever after' I felt so in tune with the characters, both the clients, and Ellie when her relationship with Nick begins to sour.

Ellie and Nick's courtship is great to read for any romantic, yet I was more devastated than I usually am in books when their relationship ended four years later. It was a stark reminder that not everybody gets their happy ending with the person they love, and that sometimes we have to get through life alone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!
This book is funny, informative and addictive. I couldn't put it down until I read every page. I loved the love story twist at the end too.
Published 4 months ago by miss e mclean
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab Book
I absolutely loved this book and didn't want it to end! Feel good fiction at it's best! Thank you Haley for your wonderful talent - I look forward to your next novel with baited... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr Robert A Smillie
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Fantastic. Recommend it, good story and characters. Can understand why author made it fictitious. Don't hesitate to buy it now
Published 4 months ago by V. Varadarajan
3.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable chick lit
Lots of amusing anecdotes and interesting characters make this book easy to read and enjoyable.
I did get a bit frustrated by the number of characters, some of which lacked... Read more
Published 5 months ago by mummy sal
5.0 out of 5 stars Both fun and sadly realistic read
Ellie’s bitter and sweet adventures with matchmaking and her own love life reminded of those times I used to desire people from their online profiles. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ilze Powell
2.0 out of 5 stars It's Got to Be Perfect
I must have downloaded this book by mistake. I like chick lit but not the 'Sex and the City' variety. Not badly written but not to my taste. Not recommended.
Published 5 months ago by Simone
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish this
Had to give some kind of rating, hence one star. From the start this book didn't engage me. I tried to persist and hate giving up on a book but really didn't want to waste any more... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Olga
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining!
Great book, very entertaining and engaging. It made my train rides to work fly by.... and on one occasion I missed my stop! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jen
5.0 out of 5 stars FAB book! Read it!
Loved it!! It kept me giggling all the way through at the characters involved with good pace. Hill is a very witty writer - I am looking forward to her next book already.
Published 7 months ago by Joanna Floyd
5.0 out of 5 stars hannah
loved this! made me laugh lots and cry a little too! a great read and some insight into how we all approach dating
Published 7 months ago by hannah
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