- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Corgi (28 Aug. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552166855
- ISBN-13: 978-0552166850
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 293,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
It Had to Be You Paperback – 28 Aug 2014
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Ellie Adams is a pseudonym for author Jo Carnegie, whose novel ‘Party Games’ I read and reviewed last year and loved. As soon as I found out Ellie Adams was actually Jo Carnegie, I immediately got excited and couldn’t wait to read ‘It Had to Be You.’ I was hoping for a wonderful chick lit novel and that’s exactly what I got. I fell in love with this book from the first chapter, mainly because this first chapter has to be one of the most amazing and funny starts to a novel ever. I was straight away taken in by the story and it was incredibly easy to warm to the main character Lizzie, who is realistic, relatable and loveable.
Next to Lizzie, I specifically enjoyed reading about her two best friends Nic and Poppet, who are incredibly different from one another but really added a lot of fun to the story. Then, of course, there’s Elliot; a chick lit novel is not a chick lit novel without an intriguing and handsome man, and Elliot fits that description perfectly.Read more ›
Lizzy's two best friends, Nic - high powered job, known for saying what she thinks regardless of who it will upset; Poppett - nice and homely and just waiting for the right person are Lizzy's support network, as are her family.
This is typical thirty something chic lit and of its kind it does the job well. I liked the characters and thought the way they all grow and change during the course of the story was very well done. I sympathised with Lizzy herself though I did feel she was little silly at times. What I didn't enjoy and what stopped this being a five star read for me was the never ending drinking the resultant hangovers and the memory loss involved and the all too frequent lavatorial humour. A dog with the runs is not my favourite story ingredient by any means!
That said there were many laugh out loud moments and the characters were strong and believable as they were none of them too perfect. The story bowls along at a reasonable pace and it kept me entertained for several hours. If you want an amusing light read then you could find this fills the bill provided you don't mind the drinking and the subject of some of the humour. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes.
The book follows Lizzy who's dating Justin and thinks he's about to pop the big question. Except he isn't and shes about to become an unwanted Internet sensation overnight. Cue lots of funny moments, a famous superstar and a bucketload of laughs.
This is your typical chick lit book and that's fine. I don't mind that. But... It's all soo predictable and all soo unrealistic. I found it a real slog and nothing really happened for the first 150 pages. Yawn. This cannot be Jo Carnegie. There was none of her usual style here and if she's wanting a new direction, this really isn't it. Added to that all the grammatical and spelling errors and I feel annoyed.
Please Jo, if you're reading, take me back to Churchminster soon. I won't be buying anymore books under the Ellie Adams brand sadly!
It Had to Be You introduces us to Lizzy Spellman and her two constant friends through thick and thin - Nic and Poppet. Lizzy is at a friend’s fancy dress birthday party dressed as Henry VII. Forced into karaoke, before she knows it she is being dumped in front of numerous people by her boyfriend Justin. Poor Lizzy thought he was going to ask her to move in with him or maybe he might propose marriage. Instead she finds herself being filmed at a humiliating point in her life. But Lizzy is not standing for the brush off and she head-butts Justin leading to instant internet fame. From then on the life of Lizzy Spellman changes for ever.
What’s so likeable about Lizzy is that she is an ordinary girl facing everyday problems which any girl looking for love can relate to. She seemed a real, nice, genuine down-to-earth person who was willing to go out and have a laugh and party with her friends .Yet she experienced low points like many of us. OK she works in P.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
GreT read writing style I missed not sure why she changed her writer name as the story flow is the same nevertheless brilliant book hope there is a follow up.Published 2 months ago by Mrs J A Brooks
Good read loved it bit rude in places so b carefull who reads it ha haPublished 15 months ago by lucy connolly
First I thought it was slow (mind you I read GREY prior to this...). Then I just loved everything about it.
Well.. almost. Read more