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You Had Me At Halo

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  576 ratings  ·  94 reviews
Holly Evans has just seen her own body laid to rest. Now she would like to move onto the afterlife. But apparently she has some mortal baggage to unload first, starting with the matter of how she died. Her heavenly shrink isn't buying that she didn't kill herself- and says she must return to earth to straighten things out. The thing is, she needs to borrow the body of comp ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 7th 2007 by NAL Trade
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Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW)
1 TO 1.5 Dissapointed stars...


This book had an amazing storyline,great secondary leads ,an amazingly sensitive hero who falls in love with AN ABSOLUTLY RIDICULOUS FEMALE LEAD !! If I have to read about her whining over non-GUCCI burial dress while swooning over how perfect her live boyfriend,Todd one more time...I'll probably end up killing myself so could go haunt this book's unsuspecting author about how the heroine's
Oct 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Holly: I guess I was having a flashback. But don't worry. I won't ruin your manly image by crying.

Vince: The good thing about being a loner is that I don't have a manly image to worry about. Cry away.

This is just the kind of book that makes you go AWWW and also a well written book. It's been such a long time since I've read a fun "girlie" story. I actually didn't expect the romance between Holly and Vince because of the synopsis. The thing that caught me was how interesting things could be for t
Jan 08, 2009 rated it did not like it
I was just going to let this one pass, because after a certain goodreads incident, I know when to cut an author some slack.


this book has a rating of 3.83. so obviously people liked it. and i just wouldn't be able to sleep tonight if i didn't exercise some kinda freedom i get as an american. so no bitch slaps goodreaders! i'm just trying to help you all out here.

The cast of "All of Me" called. They want their scripts back.

I know, totally not original, but neither was the boo
May 16, 2010 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was going to be quirky and funny but it turned out completely stupid and very silly. So the main character comes back from the dead in a man's body and she keeps acting like she's herself? (Trying to put on lipstick, hugging her best friend, etc.) I haven't cracked ONE smile so I don't find any of the situations very funny.

Nov 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Phoebe by: Jessica Brody
Shelves: reviewed
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Jan 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
You Had Me at Halo failed to impress me on many levels. After reading her other novel, The Queen of Newbury High, I went expecting something more than what I got. Her humor in Newbury High did not appear in Halo; the character attachment I felt in Newbury High did not appear in Halo; the overall enjoyment was not in Halo as it was in Newbury High.

The plot was very original; it’s something I have yet to be seen done before or even after. Ashby’s representation of heaven is comical yet interestin
May 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, 2009
I'm only 10 pags into this book but so far it is pretty funny. There have been two parts that I've found particularly funny.

"That was the problem with an open casket. It meant everyone's last memories of her would be with a puffy white face, the wrong color lipstick and a dreadful polyester dress. They always said the camera added five pounds, but no one ever talked about how fattening embalming fluid was." Page 1

"Holly had been through a lot of strange experiences in the last two weeks - dying,
May 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Out of all Amanda Ashby's books I have read this is perhaps my least favorite. It wasn't thatcit was bad, it just didn't make it amongst my favorite books. I found the main character a bit boring and somewhat repetitive (although she did have her good moments). But I think what made me like it less was the ending, it kind of felt like it went back to the begining. But if you ignore those problems its a more or less enjoyable book and its well written.
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was funny, light-hearted and I literally could not put it down. I read it in 3 days. It's always nice to read something that isn't so serious and Amanda Ashby didn't disappoint. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a little humor in their day.
Janice Workman
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Light humor, easy read, entertaining, romance, interesting concepts
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Light and fun.
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Enjoyable read though a bit predictable.
Sherri Bryant
Oct 11, 2010 rated it liked it
First time reading this author and liked the premise of the life after death / reincarnation theme. Holly is a likeable character who at first comes across as a little self-centered and shallow. I had to forgive her, however, because how is one supposed to act when they are viewing their own funeral and finding out that everyone thinks they committed suicide? Holly doesn’t seem to adjust to Heaven very well and has brought all of her “earthly” baggage with her. One of the things that I liked abo ...more
Jul 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
I always try to give a book a chance if the main character shares my name. For some reason, my name is rare outside Christmas movies and books. I understand that usage, but it's not a bad name. Oh, I'm straying from the point. Anyway, I think what caught my attention first was that it was about angels (which are pretty hot right now, trend wise and angel wise) and the deal was sealed when I saw her name was Holly.

It was actually a really cute read. I've been watching Psych a lot recently and thi
Sarah Sammis
Mar 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
With the release of Zombie Queen of Newbury High which I really wanted to read, I thought it best to get Amanda Ashly's debut novel, You Had Me at Halo and read them in order. I'm glad I did.

Holly Evans had everything going for her: a great job, a fiancé and an upcoming wedding. Except now she's attending her own funeral and she's stuck having to follow a whole bunch of rules before she get into Heaven. When she breaks one rule too many she ends up back on earth to come to terms with her own dea
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was actually attracted by the title of the book first and after reading the synopsis I thought of giving it a try and loved it. However I concede that the starting could have been better but all's well that ends well.
The book opens with Holly Evans watching over her funeral ceremony from heaven. She is quite peeved because of her untimely death and also because everyone thinks she actually committed suicide. So she is sent back to Earth,into the body of Vince Murphy for forty eight hours to so
Sep 20, 2014 rated it liked it
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Jannat Bhat
I confess..I'm in love with this book. It had me hooked from the first page itself which rarely happens. The book is about a recently died 22 yr old Holly Evans. She is not at all pleased about being in heaven, so the heavenly officials send her back to resolve her issues. They are 1)That everyone thinks she killed herself & 2)That she had just had a fight with her boyfriend. They send her into the body of Vince Murphy,(whom I completely adore) one of the corporate geeks, who supposedly had died ...more
Oct 04, 2007 rated it really liked it
The heroine of Amanda Ashby's You Had Me at Halo appears, in the opening pages of the novel, to have lost her chance at grasping the meaning of life. She is dead; in fact, sitting in heaven watching her own funeral. But Holly Evans is not about to give up. When granted the chance to return to earth for forty-eight hours to make peace with her life, she doesn't ask questions, nor waste time studying the rule book. Even when she finds herself in someone else's body, and quickly discovers that the ...more
Feb 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this book! It has been a long time since I have read such a well written fun loving "girlie" book! Holly Evans is a lovely woman who works at a meaningless position at a big company where no one even knows her name except for her best friend Gemma and her boyfriend Todd. I won't ruin the great twists in the fun to read romance comedy, but as a little description: Holly finds herself dead, kicked out of Heaven, and needs to find the person who killed her within 48 hours, all wh ...more
Shari Larsen
When Holly Evans wakes up in Heaven, and discovers that she is dead at the age of 22, she is pretty sure things can't get any worse, especially when she is sure that her boyfriend was about to propose to her, But Holly finds out she has some earthy emotional baggage to get rid of first, before she can get to the 3rd level of Heaven where her parents are, so she is sent back down to earth to sort things out.

She lands in the body of recently deceased computer geek Vince Murphy (who worked for the
Jane Stewart
Sep 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-romance
Adorable story with a nice, satisfying ending.

Several parts had me laughing out loud. This is about several 20-something single people working for the same company. Holly is dating Todd, a top saleman. Vince is a computer nerd who has had a crush on Holly for a long time. Someone poisons Holly with motion sickness pills. Holly dies, but is allowed to return to earth for a short time, inhabiting Vince's body with him. The powers that be made a mistake and thought Vince was dead, but he wasn't. Du
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really sweet, cute and funny, if somewhat predictable story.

It is equal parts paranormal "whodunit"and chicklit romance with a protagonist who is refreshingly aware of her shortcomings and willing to grow...even if she is dead and temporarily inhabiting someone else's body.

I found Holly to be likeable, even in the beginning when she was a but shallow, but mostly just clueless. Vince is the sort of male lead good stories are made of, and the assorted cast of characters were all enterta
Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Okey this is mess up story, lol
It's quite fun to read but i dont understand why the hell she life again? i want know bout the job now, hehehe
Reading this, i can imagine some hollywood movie.
it's quite funny and at some points i kept thinking, who's the culprit, when vince came out, i know where the story will head up, but one thing that i never seen it coming. that's the culprit, Amy Jerkins.
I know at some point that Todd isnt good guy, and i kind of thinking the culprit was him, and i think ge
Oct 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
This book was so boring. So boring in fact, that at page 61 I found a book mark and realised that I was actually rereading the first part of the book.

Holly is a hugely unlikable character. So, in fact are her best friend and boyfriend, and virtually all the characters in the book except for Vince and her step-mother.

I found certain aspects of the book quite strange. For a start, I couldn't for the life of me tell where it was meant to be set, or who the target audience was. I felt it was pitch
Mar 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, romance
This is a light and fun book even though it's not really original theme I guess. The main character died but she does not rememebr how she actually died ( she died drowning in bathub). People assumed she committed suicide and that rankles her. Due to many personal baggages, heaven deem her inadequate to go to the next level instead she has to go back and solve her personal issue in two days. However due to some mishap, she was trapped in her colleague's body who is a man with the guy soul still ...more
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thought this book sounded a lot like Stacy Kade's The Ghost and the Goth (a young adult novel) other than the fact that the two characters are sharing a body, whereas, in Stacy Kade's book, he's a boy and she's a ghost. But it has the same concept of the girl being a popular hottie that wouldn't have given the boy the time of day.

Still, I think the storyline was very cute, and I really enjoyed reading it. There were some quips and lines that had me smiling or grinning. And even though the whol
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I was hooked from the start. It was not at all boring in the beginning. This book constantly had me guessing at who did the "dirty deed." And in the end, I was wrong.

Vince is absolutely just the sweetest and I wish there was a picture of him or something cuz I wanna see how the author pictured him. He's like a perfect boyfriend too! I'm just gushing over this book right now. The title is clever and I just could not put this book down. The reason why it's 1:18am is b
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Kicked out of heaven for being extremely talkative? Well, that could happen to me, so I tried to be all sympathetic with the character. Unfortunately, she is easily distracted, self-absorbed and shallow. She was told to take care of her unfinished business so she could proceed to heaven unencumbered by worldly problems. But, the way she did it is annoying. Gah. She thought everyone is against her. I could go on and on how I don't like her but that won't help. Let's just settle on the fact that I ...more
Aug 11, 2007 rated it really liked it
Holly Evans is not ready to die, but there she is, attending her own funeral at twenty-two. Unfortunately, she forgot to read the manual, and so she's sent back to earth, with only two days to fix her mistakes, reconcile with her boyfriend, and convince everyone that she didn't commit suicide. Trouble is, she was sent back in someone else's body, and he's still using it. This book was good, although Holly can be frustratingly slow on the uptake. This book is a new twist on boy meets girl, and I ...more
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Amanda Ashby was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand where she writes romance, young adult and middle grade books. She also works in a library, owns far too many vintage tablecloths and likes to delight her family by constantly rearranging the furniture.

She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children. Her debut book was nomin

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