So, McFarlane strikes again with another chick-lit novel, and as usual it’s one not to miss.
Who’s That Girl? follows the life of Edie, a copywriter who believes that she has finally found the man of her dreams. However, her dreams don’t last very long when she discovers that he is about to marry someone-else. Talk about heart-breakingly devastating. Seen as a traitor, an unwanted office member and a home-wrecker, Edie temporarily says goodbye to her place of work. Her boss offers her the chance to work as a ghostwriter for the heartthrob, famous actor Eliot. Unfaithful friends, a deceptive man, a drama-filled wedding, a difficult family life and the odd neigbhour;Who’s That Girl has It all.
I love the main character Edie. She gets stuck in awkward situations, and yet she doesn’t pretend to be made out of titanium. Like an ordinary human, she feels fear, betrayal and confusion in relation to the events that occur during the wedding (I won’t spoil it for you). One could say that it’s her naivety and ability to trust people which lands her into trouble; people take advantage of these invaluable qualities. When I read the novel, I found myself rooting for Edie. I could empathise with her on a number of things, and I think this is one of the brilliant aspects of McFarlane’s character; her struggles, insecurities, doubts and desire to impress people, who won’t remember her in years to come, is something that many individuals can relate to. Honestly, Edie is tenacious, a work in progress and lovable. The supporting characters (Edie’s family and friends) were a great edition to the novel, and I felt like her best-friends could have even had a novel of their own. I wanted to know more about them!
I’ve noticed that McFarlane writes about pain really well. Somehow, she manages to add humour as well. The balance is just right. Yes, there’s romance in this novel and I could see it coming, but it develops overtime. One idea that stood out to me, especially after having time to reflect, is how sometimes we live a life that isn’t true to ourselves, and it takes years for us to realise this.
McFarlane effortlessly takes issues relating to our self-worth, love, loss and unresolved grief, and applies them to the life of her characters. This novel really stresses that teenage-hood or the wonderful twenties it not the only time when we experience difficult circumstances. For Edie, life is a journey of highs and lows, and she triumphs in the end.
I would definitely recommend Who’s That Girl ? and other works By McFarlane (e.g. You Had Me At Hello).
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