Here's Looking At You - Mhairi McFarlane
Source: Review copy courtesy of Avon
Blurb: Anna Alessi – history expert, possessor of a lot of hair and an occasionally filthy mouth – seeks nice man for intelligent conversation and Mills & Boon moments.
Despite the oddballs that keep turning up on her dates, Anna couldn’t be happier. As a 30-something with a job she loves, life has turned out better than she dared dream. However, things weren’t always this way, and her years spent as the ‘Italian Galleon’ of an East London comprehensive are ones she’d rather forget.
So when James Fraser – the architect of Anna’s final humiliation at school – walks back into her life, her world is turned upside down. But James seems a changed man. Polite. Mature. Funny, even. People can change, right? So why does Anna feel like she’s a fool to trust him?
Now, I think I was the only person in the entire world that wasn't too fussed on Mhairi McFarlane's debut novel You Had Me At Hello. So when Here's Looking At You arrived on my doormat with a good blurb, funky cover and word already on the book blogging grapevine that it was a cracker I got stuck in.
Straight away with the prologue you are transported back in time to your younger self at school. Details from back in the day coming fast and thick. Nostalgia at it's very best. Here's Looking at you is a twisted tale of bullying romance. It has a wonderful variety of quirky characters and they bring magic to the book. McFaralne's quick Witt had me seriously giggling. Her new way writing and empathy towards a horrid situation shocked me and I felt like maybe I'd misjudged her writing previously. I will be taking time out to re-read her debut.
A quick witted mixture of happiness, sadness and sexually desperate dates.