Chick lit

Mad About You by Mhairi McFarlane

Narrated by Chloe Massey

I listened to this as an audiobook and really enjoyed the overall plotline. We begin with a wedding photographer who does not believe in marriage. We do not know that when we first encounter her, but we get more information on what she is facing with a particularly awkward wedding scenario.
From that point, we move ahead to Harriet and her personal conundrums. She makes her thoughts on anything quite clear, and the narrator does a fantastic job of ensuring we ‘feel’ the same things as she does at that moment. It is absurd to see the kind of people she faces, but I know from experience that some people behave with impunity solely based on the fact that some behaviour is so over the top that people are caught off guard and can do nothing about it!
The best part of this book was facing the concept of people judging others without the complete facts. Sometimes I feel watching too many movies or even reading books makes us want to do a Miss Marple and identify people with others that we have encountered before. I’m definitely guilty of that more times than I can count. This seemingly light story focuses a lot on that and slips in such serious twists in ways that we see coming but still feel embarrassed at having taken the easy way out to like/dislike a character purely based on the scenes we have seen before us.
The narrative takes turns, moving on to more serious things and giving us a lighter moment or two in between. The final dramatic scenes seemed a little too much so for the tone of the book, but I am sorry to say that I almost thought it would go worse than it actually did.
I think this story would interest people who have had relationships (romantic or otherwise) that seemed toxic on reflection but not during. It is the kind of romantic plotline that can be discussed at various levels. I was so caught up in listening to it that I made up more chores and even went on long walks to finish it. The romance is slow but works well with the whole picture.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own listening experience.

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