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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (6 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000748805X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007488056
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,359 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mhairi McFarlane was born in Scotland in 1976 and got the fringe hairstyle locked down early so she could concentrate on wider issues affecting society, like why Cadbury's don't make plain chocolate buttons. Surely the demand is there. She has written three rom-com books and is trying to write another and not be distracted by Netflix or Twitter, with varying success.

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“Very very witty and funny. Left me in awe…a total gem.” (Marian Keyes)

“The funniest, most romantic book I've read since One Day.” (Lisa Jewell)

“I loved this book. It made me laugh and reminded me that anything's possible in love – and in everything else for that matter.” (Minnie Driver)

“I loved this: an original, genuinely funny, genuinely moving, modern love story.” (Katy Regan)

“Mhairi is darkly funny and quite, quite rude…You Had Me at Hello is a breath of tart, Northern air.” (Sarra Manning)

“Bitingly sharp and achingly funny…guaranteed to have you bent double. I absolutely loved it!” (Claudia Carroll)

About the Author

Mhairi was born in Scotland in 1976 and has been explaining how to pronounce her name ever since. (With a ‘V’, not an ‘M’. Yes, that’s us crazy Celts for you).

She is based in Nottingham where she used to be a local journalist and now she’s a freelance writer and sometime-blogger, which we all know is code for messing about on Twitter.

She likes drinking wine, eating food and obtaining clothes; all the impressive hobbies. Her best anecdotes involve dislocating her elbow tripping over a briefcase and a very bad flight to New York. She lives with a man and a cat.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By lolaholic on 21 Nov. 2012
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I've just finished reading this book and felt compelled to write a review. This is one of the best books I've ever read. The characters are fabulous and so life like I felt part of the story. I laughed out loud numerous times while reading the book and also felt my heart swell with sadness at the missed opportunities that Rachel and Ben let pass them by. I did not want this book to end but was desperate to know what the ending would be; it was so well written it had me wondering right up until the end. I am going to miss this story so much but know that I'll read it again - Brilliant!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LT on 17 Dec. 2012
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I was supposed to revise for an exam but... Well I just got completely drawn in by this book and could not put it down! I'm not going to go into detail about the plot line, what I will say that it's a very enjoyable book, with a heroine who's neither some perfectly groomed princess nor an annoying cartoonish klutz (like so much chick-lit out there). The dialog was clever and funny, the characters had enough development and complexity to keep me interested throughout, and the romance-bits had me tear up in the good way. Overall an entertaining, heart-warming and realistic story that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys this genre. At £0.99 for the Kindle version how could you resist?!
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249 of 276 people found the following review helpful By JessDay on 11 Nov. 2012
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From first line to last I was totally hooked. In a genre often stymied by identikit plots, unrealistic dialogue and twee cupcake making heroines, everything about Mhairi McFarlane's debut is a breath of fresh air. The central premise is engaging, intriguing and always rings true, and in Rachel Woodford she has created one of the best leading ladies in recent memory: sharp, witty, sometimes flawed, but always totally lovable and believable. Add to this a brilliant supporting cast of friends and colleagues, all with their own stories to tell and this is one of the most satisfying reads around - a terrific ensemble piece as well as a thrilling central romance, it has a depth of plot, character and storytelling rare for the genre. Mhairi's wonderful turn of phrase, acute ear for dialogue and ribald sense of humour will guarantee you at least five embarrassing public snort lols per page, and I can make no higher recommendation than that. A total joy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erin's Choice on 27 Jan. 2014
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You Had Me At Hello is the story of Rachel and Ben. Rachel and Ben became friends at Uni together when they realise they were on the same course. Their friendship is one of the ones that feel like it will last for ever. Until one night, when close becomes too close and the friendship they have falls apart before their eyes in a muddle if misunderstanding. Years later, all grown up and freshly single Rachel runs into Ben and all the memories come flooding back, but one major thing stands between them being friends again and that is Ben’s wife.

I had a few books at the top of my TBR to read before the end of January and when I asked my twitter followers which one they thought I should read next I was bombarded with tweets about how great a read this was. And they weren’t wrong.

Rachel is very easy to get to know and like. Her wonderful relationship with her great group of friends contrasts perfectly with her rocky relationship status and the turbulent reconnection with Ben. Her friends are a close knit group, each with their own personality but each one props up a part of Rachel’s personality to make her stand out. Her friends will also have you laughing out loud throughout most of the book. I think nearly every second page had me laughing.

Ben seems like the perfect book boyfriend, and real life boyfriend. He’s smart and funny and completely gorgeous. His instant connection at Uni with Rachel is easy to mistake for something more than it is even though I was reading it wishing that they would be more than friends. Adult Ben is just like the younger Ben only grown up. Still handsome and funny, but now has the power of hindsight – that wonderful thing – and a wife. His grown up life is leaps and bounds ahead of Rachel and she compares them quite often.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By allthingschicklit on 11 Mar. 2013
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To be honest with you, I had initially resisted reading this book. Mhairi McFarlane is a new author and after reading the description of the book and finding out that the main character's love interest was already married to someone else, this did slightly put me off. Not because of the subject matter but because I did not see the point in reading a book where there could be no happy ending. However I loved the gorgeous cover and eventually decided to give the book a go as I always find that the books I initially resist can often turn into my favourite reads.

The book centres around the friendship of Rachel and Ben who met whilst students at Manchester University. They lost contact after graduation and meet again by chance ten years later. Rachel has just ended a long-term relationship whilst Ben has been married to Olivia for several years. The book follows Rachel and Ben's friendship throughout university and in the present day so we only find out exactly what happened to end their friendship ten years previously towards the end of the book.

It is very rare for a chick-lit book to cover the subject matter of falling in love with a married man and I feel that this was covered in a sensitive manner and the ending to the book was resolved perfectly. I don't know why it is not covered more often in chick-lit as it is a common fact of life so it was quite refreshing to read this book.

I loved the fact that the book was set in Manchester as I too went to university in Manchester and Mhairi McFarlane perfectly summed up the Manchester student scene. It was well written, humourous and I really felt able to connect with Rachel and the problems that she was facing.
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