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I det øjeblik, var jeg din

(You Had Me At Hello #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  19,275 ratings  ·  1,654 reviews
Hvad sker der, når den som knuste dit hjertepludselig dukker op igen.Rachel og Ben. Ben og Rachel. Det var de to mod hele verden, til alt brasede sammen. Der er gået ti år siden de så hinanden sidst, men da Rachel en regnvejrsdag løber ind i Ben igen, er det som om tiden har stået stille. Ben er gift, men det er Rachel ikke, og hun mærker at alt kommer tilbage til hende – ...more
Paperback, 1. udgave 1. oplag, 399 pages
Published May 1st 2017 by HarperCollins Nordic (first published November 8th 2012)
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Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*

"Do nothing, and nothing happens. Life is about decisions. You either make them or they're made for you, but you can't avoid them"

'You Had Me At Hello' is a funny and romantic story set in Sheffield, close to Manchester, UK. I absolutely LOVED the writing style. If you've read Me Before You, I'd say the writing style is very similar. So why didn't I give it a higher rating you ask? Well, this one gets 3.5 stars because the story didn't totally grab me and the pace was very slow at times. I also
What happens when the one that got away comes back?

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The story begins when Rachel, discussing her upcoming wedding, realizes that she and Rhys are not right for each other. To a point she doesn't know why they're still together. And she comes to a decision to call it off.

One day, after several turn of events she bumps to Ben, a friend from Uni, that she hasn't spoke in 10 years. Now we so get that it's a whole more in that story than meets the eye. And it always seems that they want to say more
***2.5 stars***

Ugh! I had such a high expectations for this book. I read couple of reviews that got me all exited, but it was a bit of a let down.

The story had a really great beginning. A collage kid proposing to a girl. It was funny, sweet and romantic. The prologue ends and you are in the present: heroine is engaged to another man, having an argument about a wedding arrangements, realizing it will never work, because they can't seem to agree on anything, and deciding that it's best to go their
Mhairi McFarlane, THANK YOU.

And also:

You, with your stellar writing and biting wit and pitch-perfect characterizations, have infused new life into the world of chicklet/ rom-coms.

Ben and Rachel met in university and hit it off immediately. They were young and idealistic and sharp as a pair of new scissors. They were best friends and partners-in-crime. A steady boyfriend on Rachel's part and a slew of blonde bedmates on Ben's part never put their friendship in their jeopardy.
Until one da
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have no idea how this is rated so highly on Goodreads: a main character I wanted to slap into next week, and a cast of one dimensional supporting characters which add nothing at all to the plot. Add to this obscure references about Manchester, and "You had me at hello" quickly turned into "I can't wait to say goodbye".
Jo Barton
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is nothing remotely contrived about this book, it is evident from the opening chapter that Mhairi McFarlane has a real skill with words. Her narrative is sharp and sassy, and she infuses her characters with such an abundance of spirit, that it is an absolute joy to read about them. Rachel and Ben's story engulfs from the very beginning, and alongside some laugh out loud funny moments, there are some situations which really tug on the old heart strings. When I finished reading the book I fe ...more
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-own-books
I really love this book, sure I hated Olivia and Simon but screw them because I loved Rachel, Mindy, Caroline an Ivon (the last theee are the greatest friends I will tell you). At firs I struggled to get into the book. Considering that I brought it (from a charity shop, don’t judge even books need a good home 😊) I powered through it to make sure that I did love it. I do it’s romantic and witty .

I would definitely recommend it!. Props to the author.
I needed to re-read it after Don't You Forget About MeDon't You Forget About Me I have abstinences now.

This book is so adorable I could die. I actually got butterflies in my stomach while reading this!
Aah I just love, love, love Ben and his friendship with Rachel.
Its a well written story with engaging characters, there is not one single character in this book thats spendable.

I just wish I had more books by Mahiri McFarlane . I seriously cannot oversell this, no matter what expectations you
Camilla Isley
In short this is how this book made me feel:

The romance was great a mix between that perfect young love and adult relationships... Loved also the humor.
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: swoooon
You Had Me At Hello is the best type of romance. And by that, I obviously mean that it is effortlessly humorous, realistic to a flaw, and downright witty. McFarlane writes a love story that is only part true love, with a main course of friendship, side dish of embarrassment, and a drink of nostalgia. What makes this contemporary novel work as well as it does is precisely because it tries, but not too hard. Unlike a Sophie Kinsella which will often have you in peels of laughter or Sara Manning wh ...more
3.5/5 stars

I have mixed feelings about this one. It was definitely an enjoyable read, but not at all what I was expecting. It was fun and the characters were interesting, but the romance was not at all what I had hoped. To me, this is more of a general fiction or ‘woman’s fiction’ (although I hate that label) than I romance, which is not what I had expected. This is why I probably didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to, because I was expecting a more romance-focused story. To me, this read like
What happens when the one who got away comes back?

Rachel and Ben were best friends at university but with Rachel's steady long distance boyfriend and gorgeous Ben's endless conveyer belt of stunning girlfriends, they never quite made it past the platonic stage...

Ten years later, Rachel is still living in Manchester, still with her old boyfriend and still best friends with her university housemates. She hasn't seen Ben for years, until she hears he's returned to Manchester and contrives to bump i
Amy McG
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is everything I wanted it to be, and more.

I'm a little reserved in my reading tastes, but this book was 99p on Amazon, and I was feeling a little homesick and just wanted a good cry. (Some context: I'm on a year abroad in Canada, and this is currently the longest I've ever spent outside of England)

What I wasn't expecting, however, was how much of a chord this book would strike. I was completely unaware it was set in Manchester, yet I couldn't have been happier that it was. There are a
Hannah | The Redhead Reader
I LOVED this book. Simple. Mhairi McFarlane has such a witty, fresh and clever way with words, I didn't want this book to end. In fact, I feel quite bereft now this book is over, and feel as though I've lost something - it's very rare that I feel that way!

Firstly, thank you for setting it in Manchester!! I love the city and always thankful that I only live 20 minutes outside it. I love all the details the author adds that are very familiar to me but any other reader would also understand. I've a
Sep 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
You Had Me At Hello accomplishes what the most inspiring and endearing Rom Com’s aspire to: relatability, charm and contemporary timelessness.

The book begins in present day. Rachel, our narrator, is an early 30 something staffer on the cusp of ending her 13 year long relationship with her fiancé Rhys. Thru Rachel, we are introduced to Ben, our prospective love interest and protagonist. Ben is Rachel’s long lost best friend from uni days with whom she hasn’t spoken for the past decade. When Rach
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"The problem is, after all these years, I can't think of anyone I'd more like to slowly go off, see get senile and die than Ben."

Two former best friends reconnect after not seeing each other for ten years. She's newly single and he's....married. Quick-witted characters, an endearing heroine, and a love story with history
Megan Readinginthesunshine
I will start by saying that I was very excited about reading this one! I love reading debut novels, I enjoy discovering new authors and the excitement of not knowing what you are going to get with the new author, as well as the opportunity to read their books, delve into their imagination, and escape into the world that they have created.

Rachel and Ben meet at university in Manchester and immediately strike up a brilliant friendship. As Rachel has a long-distance but steady relationship with her
*The Angry Reader*
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, 2019
I mean - this SOB comes this close to 5 stars. What a fun read!

First off - I’ve been a complete bitch this week. No reason. Just feeling like a Krabby Patty. I got so mad at that freakin Ravenels book last night I wanted to burn it.

And I’ve declared this the year of the historical romance. But let’s be real - I have 26 of them piled in my living room. And more on kindle and Scribd. However, I’m not doing them any favors reading them back to back and slapdash. I like to work books from other gen
Zanna Mackenzie
Everyone seems to have raved about this debut novel and I can now see why. I took the, for me, very unusual step of reading the last chapter first with this book because I just knew reading it any other way would drive me crazy and I'd be trying to read it so fast to find out what happened that I'd not take in all the details of the story. As it turned out reading the last chapter first didn't help matters. As the story of Rachel and Ben unfolded I just kept reading and reading, knowing how the ...more
This review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.

It becomes clear with this book very quickly what the state of play is. Rachel and Ben are best friends through Uni but there are very definitely underlying feelings there between them. The problem Rachel is in a long-term relationship. When they go their separate ways at the end of Uni their friendship falls apart and ten years later bump into each other reigniting their friendship and those old feelings, except this time Ben is married.

Helen F
Apr 23, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The fact that I normally read a book in a couple of days, but this one has taken me about 10 days to read says a lot about how interesting and gripping it was for me. It started off fairly funny and made me chuckle a couple of times but then it has just been a rather long and boring account of the copule getting together, which you can tell from the beginning (and the title) is going to happen. There were not really any other twists or climaxes to the book. I didn't really get on board with the ...more
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really good read, Mhairi writes with a style that absorbs you into the story, I really enjoyed the way that that story was told both from the present, but also with insights into the past, and what made them who they were in the present.

There were many ways that the story could have gone, I knew the outcome I wanted but could so easliy see many different twists.

A definate author that I'm going to look out for.
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was hilarious! McFarlane is so clever and witty. The laughs just kept on coming and I loved it. It reminded me so much of a Marian Keyes' novel. The only thing that I didn't love was the misunderstandings, but they did provide some tension in an otherwise very funny book.

I will definitely read more of her work.
Highly recommended.
You Had Me At Hello is a standalone novel written by author Mhairi McFarlane. This was a great book and it actually held a lot of humor which I really enjoyed. It centers on the topic of "the one that got away". Rachel and Ben were best friends that could have been much, much more. Now, a decade later, they find each other again kinda-sorta by chance. This is not a mindless chick-lit book where everything falls into place easily with a happily ever after. Rather it shows the reality of ten years ...more
I've got to admit that I liked the book a lot more than I expected. Unfortunately, part of the book was spoiled to me because my eyes got caught on a question about infidelity in the book. Nevertheless, I had a good time listening to the audiobook and can see myself reading more books by the author.

'You Had Me At Hello' is a second-chance romance novel that features the star-crossed lovers Rachel and Ben. They used to be close friends at university but lost contact shortly after.
Rachel is an e
Reina Tan
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Platonic or more commonly called as Friend Zone.

Yes, it was the main theme of this book. A friend zone story between old best friend who lose contact and met again in different life style. Rachel broke up with her fiance and Ben married.

Sometimes old crush's power are stronger than we think. That's exactly what Rachel feels. After almost 10 years separation, she met him--Ben--her old crush.

I have mixed feeling with this book. Sometimes I like, sometimes I hate. Especi
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The legend says that every girl has 'the one who got away' boy in her life, and for Rachel, the protagonist of the book, it's her college bff Ben. However, what makes this book so special and worth-reading is that here we get to see the sequel to the story and what happens if miraculously life does give you a second chance. Would you let it slip away once again?
Sally Whiteside
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My second book by this author and I love her writing. This is a great story and fabulous characters. It's had me laughing out loud and thinking about it whenever I have had to put it down.
Jade Goodmore
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great example of how to work the past into the present. Mhairi's writing is witty, engaging and makes me want to capture her and brainwash her until she is my new BFF. Genuinely.
I laughed, I cried - this was such a fun read!
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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.
“It's pathetic, I knew I did from that first moment we met. It was...not love at first sight exactly, but - familiarity. Like: oh, hello, it's you. It's going to be you. Game over."
“Do nothing, and nothing happens. Life is about decisions. You either make them or they're made for you, but you can't avoid them.” 197 likes
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