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Who’s That Girl?

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  9,540 ratings  ·  849 reviews
When Edie is caught in a compromising position at her colleagues’ wedding, all the blame falls on her – turns out that personal popularity in the office is not that different from your schooldays. Shamed online and ostracized by everyone she knows, her boss suggests an extended sabbatical – ghostwriting an autobiography for hot new acting talent, Elliot Owen. Easy, right?

Paperback, 538 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by HarperCollins (first published November 19th 2015)
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Wendy Darling
3.5 stars

Gahhh, what a tease of a last sentence.
Mhairi McFarlane
Apr 28, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Who's That Girl?

A colleague’s wedding

So far so good


The maid of honour goes all Julie Andrews in her speech



And things get bum-clenchingly awkward


Things get more awkward when Edie (not the bride) kisses her good friend Jack (the groom)



We follow Edie through the mires of shock, vexation, and fear



As the bride goes ape s***


It was all a terrible mistake. Now Edie’s being chased out of London with a good social media pitch-forking.




There’s only one place where she’ll be safe



Her life unravelling quicker
Emer (A Little Haze)
Stop me if you think you've heard this somewhere before!

So there's our main character.
A woman in her thirties.
Pretty but not too pretty.
Likeable (allegedly).
Reasonably successful at work.
Living in the big bad city.
Hello independent woman!!

And then there's a guy.
A cad obviously. Let's call him 'cad number one'.
Oh he's VERY bold!! He's got one of those annoying fiancé types who doesn't truly understand him. Poor baby...
He befriends our MC, and strings her along of course because our girl
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
BLAH. I wanted to love this because it started off so funny, but sadly you can't always get what you want. There definitely were some parts that had me giggling, but this was mostly just another one of those books that suffered from a ton of "edgy" jokes that didn't really hit the mark for me. Plus, this book was hella long and the ending didn't feel satisfying in the slightest. Big womp :c

TW: suicide, loss of a parent
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
5 Saudade Stars!!!

Saudade: "‘A Portuguese word that has no direct translation, it means “a profound longing for something or someone that is absent and might never return”. Sort of turbo-charged, ultra-poignant nostalgia. “The love that remains after someone is gone.”’"

Mhairi McFarlane is one of my absolute favourite authors. Whenever one of her books comes out, I speed through the streets, knocking over old ladies and jumping over disorientated toddlers just to get to the book store to get
Susan's Reviews
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I dearly wish that Mhairi McFarlane would write another novella-sized sequel for Who's That Girl?. Elliot and Edie need a good revisiting! Just sayin'!! How can a great literary talent like Edie's be left to dwindle while she writes copy for Ad Hoc? And that open ending was just killer for me! Stylistically, I could appreciate it but I also whined a bit. I wanted to see Elliot too!!! I missed him so much: waaaah! (Also, I never like sacrificing a great reunion scene for the sake of innovative wr ...more
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A fab story ruined by a shitty ending. Gutted.
Karen Whittard
I was so looking forward to this book. The bio reads like a Bridget Jones style Rom Com. Claiming laugh out loud moments. I adore the front cover and I liked the sound of the bio. But things fell a little flat.

The main character Edie was an annoying, and egotistical character. Louis is a totally cliche gay guy. Bitching behind everyone's backs and being a back stabber. (Gay people really aren't like this). There are the typical annoying characters who turn good in the end. Two egotistical typic
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I said, I´m physically incapable of not liking books by Mhairi McFarlane and this one is one of my favorites now. I just wish it was a bit longer, not by much but maybe 10-15 pages so we get to know about the reunion.
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Ultimately, I really enjoyed this book but I have to say that it took me a very long time to get into this story. Most of the first half of the novel was pretty confusing because it felt like the beginning of this book was too abrupt. It starts right on the day of the wedding when the main characters kisses the groom and I would've liked it better if I had known more about some of the characters and the circumstances before reading that scene. After the kiss, things only slowly started being exp ...more
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
Mhairi McFarlane is one of my favourite authors and Who’s That Girl is her best book yet! Her stories are always funny, smart and slick and despite their length I never want them to end.

Who’s That Girl follows Edie Thompson whose found herself in a very modern, very complicated sort-of-relationship with a guy at her work. On his wedding day he kisses Edie and his new wife witnesses it all. Labelled a “marriage wrecker” and “the other woman” Edie becomes a social pariah. Targeted by bullies both
michelle (magical reads)
4.5 stars

cw: mentions of death of a parent (mother) by suicide, depression


update (3/14/17):

I'm still offended by the ending @ the author pls give us at least another chapter

update (5/13/19):

it’s been almost three years and I’m STILL not over the ending, pls @ mhairi, write a novella, I’m begging you

update (12/18/19):

i think about this ending every damn day of my life
Jacob Proffitt
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, romance, chaste
What a relief that I liked this so much. I was thinking that my first experience with McFarlane would turn out to be a one-off. So we're at 2 and 2 with the misses being the earlier works.

I had the hardest time with Edie. As a name, I mean. Short for Edith, when applied to a younger person it just seems like it's trying too hard. I rather liked Edie the person, though. She was lovely and I really liked being along as she figures out how to value herself in her own right. McFarlane portrays this
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a strong 3.5 star read I rounded up to 4 stars. Biggest issue is that some characters read like cliches (Louis) and also Edie was a hot mess. It's fine if you are a hot mess, but she stayed a hot mess for a good majority of the book. Her being angry that an A-list star wasn't trying to get with her was just exhausting at some point. I thought parts of the book were funny and some sad (her discussing what happened to her mother and how that affected her family). I did like how things end ...more
 Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss (book blog)

Who's That Girl is the first book I've read by Mhairi McFarlane. More than just a romantic comedy, McFarlane takes readers on a funny and emotional journey through Edie's life after a social disaster, exploring themes of family, friendship, and of course, love. As an added bonus, some of the side characters were wonderful! (Read the synopsis!)

I really liked Edie a lot. I have such admiration for characters who have a quick wit and she was definitely one of those characters. Well-intentioned 
Sam (AMNReader)
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
I was fully invested in Edie's life. This one wasn't as lol funny, but I did adore her friends again, although the mean girl/bullying not was less than convincing in some ways, right on in others.

Anyway. Love her writing and being in on the heroine's journeys.
Eoin Wallace
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is tight; the plot is smart. It’s obvious (to me anyway) the plot was planned in advance and then strictly adhered to. Events and characters are foreshadowed from the start and they come together in an elegant way by the end. This is an engaging book, and it is well worth reading if you’re looking for more than common fluff.
One month this year, January 2016, I read two of the three novels that McFarlane has published. "It's not me, it's you" and "Here's looking at you". Both of those novels I really enjoyed. They where cute and at the same time felt real. I could relate so much to the main character in "Here's looking at you" about dating and narrating your dates and futures.
The novels where both surprising and suspenseful even. They took turns I didn't expect and made me laugh and feel happy.

I found out that "Who
Fe Walsh
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really love Mhairi McFarlane's books and was delighted to win this book in a Goodreads giveaway. The story of Edie, who finds herself in a compromising situation at a friend's wedding. This sets in motion a chain of events that changes her life forever. I could easily put myself in the shoes of the character as it felt grounded in reality. Throughout there are a couple of emotional story-lines with some thought provoking scenes. Fans of Marian Keyes would love this. ...more
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, 2016-favorites
Reason #4 why Mhairi McFarlane is my favorite contemporary romance writer. For Reasons #1-3, see her previous works.
Feb 24, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Wooo, another Mhairi McFarlane book!
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Super stoked for this. Bring it onnnnnn.
Jan 15, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: famous
The start didn't have enough back story to me. It started really with the lead character Edie kissing the groom Jack. Edie was not the bride and is the one more shamed out of the two. She goes back to her childhood home of Nottingham to her dad and sister. The story improves for me here. The back story of her mum adds to the detail. I also really like Elliot so when he comes along that is a bonus. It was going well for me with Elliot and Edie until right at the end. I value not a perfect ending, ...more
Bree T
I wasn’t familiar with Mhairi McFarlane before I received this book for review and I was a bit apprehensive when I read the blurb. A main character that is caught in a compromising position at a wedding? Interesting! However it was the sort of book I was in the mood for at the present moment so I gave it a go and could not put it down from the first page.

Edie, in a way, looks as though she leads a fun and charmed life. Good job, has moved away from the family home to London and has her own apart
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who's That Girl is a big fat book, my proof copy runs to over 500 pages, but it's such an engaging, well written story that the pages fly by in an instant. I was totally caught up in this story of Edie, her family, her friends and her enemies.

Edie is thirty-five. A Nottingham girl living in London, working as a copy writer and just about to attend the wedding of two of her colleagues. It's fair to say that Edie is fonder of Jack, the groom, than she is of Charlotte, the bride; they have a flirty
I LOVED, LOVED this book! It was one of those rare, amazing books that was able to kidnap me from everything else. I just had to finish it. I even feel weird for liking this book so much, because there were some pet peeves of mine in great quantities (Excessive drama in the back story, very excessive. The elderly neighbor, too many pages on her..) but still I kept reading and reading and I was glued to the pages. I didn't want the story to finish, so much so that I even read the acknowledgments ...more
Dan Martin
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a super fun read! Highly recommended. While I've never read a rom-com before, I have to admit this is the first I've read or seen where the female protagonist is highly independent. And that's quite refreshing, I think.

Video review to be uploaded shortly, if I can ever get this crap hotel wifi to allow it...
‘Who’s That Girl?’ was the 2016 rom-com novel from UK author, Mhairi McFarlane.

Okay – well – I broke my own damn rules with this one. I’d been so happily ploughing through Mhairi McFarlane’s entire backlist, working on the assumption that she had a new book coming out this year and it didn’t really matter if I got through all her books, if a new one was on the way. Then – according to Goodreads – the release date of her next book has apparently shifted to 2019. Egads! Suddenly the realisation da
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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Why are these all so good? I wish there had been a wee bit more to the ending, but otherwise this slow burn ship was sooooo good, and the character arcs are wonderful. I officially need to read all of the McFarlane books.

As usual for McFarlane, the book starts with the heroine in a really messy place emotionally, making lots of choices that aren't healthy for her. The opening scene is her at the wedding
Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
2.5-3 STARS!
If not for the last 30%, I would have DNF'd this book. Normally I read about 30% and if the book doesn't grab my attention, I move onto the next.
My good read Megan from Reading Books Like a Boss introduced me to this author so I really wanted to get through this book.
Sadly I ended up skimming a lot because I was bored. I was waiting for the great banter and humor that I found in You Had Me at Hello but it was missing in this one.
I felt more sad than anything for Edie for the way she
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Mhairi was born in Scotland in 1976 and her unnecessarily confusing name is pronounced Vah-Ree.

After some efforts at journalism, she started writing novels. It’s Not Me, It’s You is her third book. She lives in Nottingham, with a man and a cat.

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