Thursday, 28 August 2014

Review: It Had to Be You by Ellie Adams

Publisher: Corgi
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: August 28th, 2014
Rating: 6.5/10

Amazon summary:

The worst break-up ever... Could be the best thing that has ever happened to her Lizzy Spellman has been dumped. At a party.While wearing a Henry VIII costume. By the man she thought was The One. Someone even filmed it, so now she's a massive YouTube hit sensation too. Just when she thinks things can't get any worse, she meets the rudest, most cynical man in the world, and gets a new mission in life. To prove him wrong. Love does exist, and she's going to find it...


This book had me laughing right from chapter one, when we're first introduces to Lizzy Spellman as she gets dumped by a man wearing a Henry VIII costume. The video gets uploaded to YouTube and pretty soon she's an online sensation - everyone knows her and everyone has shared in her humiliation. Lizzy then meets a man that is definitely NOT the man of her dreams; he's rude, arrogant and absolutely not her type. What else could possibly go wrong?

Like Bridget Jones before her, Lizzy Spellman is a smart, sophisticated woman with a tendency to put her foot in it and ruin everything. She talks before thinking, takes most things to heart and is constantly reminded that she's not yet married. Or even close. Even after all that, she still takes it in her stride and works hard at a PR firm that really shouldn't be classed as a serious job.

I enjoyed this book though parts of it do come across as unrealistic, especially how Lizzy becomes a huge YouTube sensation overnight. Her break-up doesn't even seem that bad, so I don't quite know how it gets to be so infamous. There are quite a few funny moments and I like Lizzy and main man Elliot, even if he does take a while to warm to. There are a fair few parallels with the aforementioned Bridget Jones, so if you like those books then you'll probably like this too.

It Had to Be You isn't the best book in this genre but I enjoyed it and it's a good, light read for these summer months. I can't help but like Lizzy and her mad life, and I'm sure other readers will warm to her as well. Readers of Mhairi McFarlane should check this one out - it's definitely worth a look and is quick to get into. I'm not sure what Ellie Adams is writing next but, whatever it is, I'll certainly give it a go.

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