Here’s Looking At You
written by Mhairi McFarlane
published by Avon
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Did I enjoy this book: I did. It was a fun story.
This is typical chick lit–typical British chick lit. That’s a good thing. It keeps you entertained, gives you some laughs, and has you wanting to see how it ends.
Anna is a woman that went through a transformation after high school, but she hasn’t lost her low self-esteem. She now has a great career and has run into her high school crush. However, James doesn’t remember her. This provides for some great moments.
I love that Anna and James became sort-of friends despite the fact that he doesn’t remember her at all. The big reveal was not what I had expected, and I am glad for that. This moment felt more true-to-life.
Here’s Looking At You has some funny moments. Some of Anna’s and James’s lines really made me laugh out loud.
Would I recommend it: Yes, if you like British chick lit.
About the book – from Goodreads: The next hysterical romantic (mis)adventure from the internationally bestselling Mhairi McFarlane, author of You Had Me at Hello.
What if the last person you wanted to see was the person you needed?
Here’s Looking At You is, in essence, an ugly duckling tale. Our heroine Anna returns to school after fifteen years for a reunion. School doesn’t hold happy memories for her, as being a roly poly Italian (known as the Italian Galleon), and always armed with a Tupperware full of pungent Mediterranean food, she was bullied incessantly throughout her years there.
Now in her 30s, Anna wants to put the past behind her once and for all and face up to the bullies who made her life hell. But she is much-changed from the girl she once was – all curves and because I’m worth it hair – and no one recognizes her when she arrives. Losing her cool, she backs out on her plan for revenge and slinks off, hoping never to be reminded of her years at school again.
But fate gets in the way, and after the reunion her path keeps crossing with James – major hunk and Anna’s major crush back at school. But alas, as a crony to the bullies, Anna to this day believes that his beautiful exterior hides an ugly interior. As they continue to cross paths a love/hate relationship ensues until eventually something shifts, and they both start to discover what the person underneath is really like…
Full of laugh out loud humor, Here’s Looking At You is a novel about facing your demons and being happy with who you really are.
About the author: Mhairi McFarlane was born in Scotland in 1976, and has been explaining how to pronounce her name ever since (MH=V sound!). She is the author of You Had Me At Hello, and is based in Nottingham where she’s a freelance writer and blogger.