Monday 25 August 2014

Review ~ It Had To Be You by Ellie Adams.

Title: It Had To Be You.
Author: Ellie Adams.
Publisher: Transworld.
Genre: Women's Fiction.
Release Date: August 28, 2014.
Source: Netgalley.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Purchase: Amazon UK

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 . . .

From the moment I first heard about It Had to Be You, I was really excited to read it. When I look forward to a book that much, I’m always a little nervous it’s going to let me down but from page one, I knew I had nothing at all to be worried about here. I loved the cover, the plot and frankly absolutely everything about this fab chick-lit book.

It was mad and outrageous and it’s true that maybe at times I was thinking, that would never happen. Of course, I could be wrong and maybe somewhere deep into the internet you could find a video of the poor soul who, just like Lizzy, gets dumped by their boyfriend whilst dressed as Henry VIII and then gets caught headbutting that same new-found ex-boyfriend. But the point was I really didn’t care because this book was great fun. It had me laughing at some inappropriate moments and generally, I was reading with a smile on my face the whole way through.

I love romance in my novels and It Had to Be You had plenty of that but what I love even more is a book which strongly features some proper friendship. Lizzy, Poppet and Nic did not have a completely perfect friendship but it was real and believable and I adored reading it. All three were very funny characters and when together, so entertaining. Nic was really straight talking and really amusing with how blunt she was, even if maybe she took things too far at times! Poppet was a little less brash than Nic but fun and loyal and the kind of best friend you’d want.

As for the romance, it took a little while for us to get to the main part of it but I really enjoyed the way it was paced. I loved the dialogue between Lizzy and her love interest – they had very different personalities and it was very funny seeing their clashes and after the way they first came into contact with each other, you just knew things weren’t going to be straight-forward for them. I did have a bit of a soft spot for the guy and his all-out awkwardness when it came to love.

I could compliment It Had to Be You all day and I think partly that might be because I found the right book at the right time. It was purely some of the best chick lit I’ve read in a long time and I’ve missed the characters since it was over, which is always the sign of a good book. I enjoyed the romance, the friendship and the focus on other everyday life things like careers and family (Lizzy’s relationship with her brother was one of the highlights for me) and really It Had to Be You just made me happy, and I can’t fault a book for that.

Review also posted on Goodreads | Amazon UK

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