Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling
Aisling is twenty-eight and she’s a complete ... Aisling. She lives at home in Ballygobbard (or Ballygobackwards, as some gas tickets call it) with her parents and commutes to her good job at PensionsPlus in Dublin.
Aisling goes out every Saturday night with her best friend Majella, who is a bit of a hames (she’s lost two phones already this year – Aisling has never lost a...more
"Ah, jaysus, did they? Is it any good or is it pure #notions?"
"It's feckin' faboo. Hilair and smart as a pair of them fancy red-soled shoes (Louboutins, would you be well?) they wear in the posh mags. Bits of it would shred the heart out of you too, mind."
"Should I read it, so?"
"Yeah, but, like, stock up on the nice tissues - the balsamy ones - sure I was a mess of tears and snot an ...more
When there's still no sign of the elusive engagement ring, Ais worries that she's never going to have her own Big Day - so she decides it's time for a change. With the help of Majella, her friend from back home, and Sadhbh, her always-glam city office colleague, Aisling is about to realise what friendship really means and what's really important to her.
Fun, entertaining and, at times, a bit emotional, Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling is a fast-paced, funny read which I really didn't want to put down!
The word 'Aisling' seems to be a term originally coined in an Irish Facebook group set up by Emer and Sarah, which has amassed many members who discuss the things they've noticed and observed about a certain type of Irish girl, known as an 'Aisling'. I didn't know this before I read the novel, so it's not essen ...more
This is probably is a really interesting story but the audiobook did nothing for me at all.
I will probably read the book version of the story because I believe it has some very good reviews.
I'm not Irish, never even been to Ireland so my entire experience of Irish families is based on reading Marian Keyes. This reminded me of her stories, with the family and the humour particularly, but the bite of bittersweet also reminded me of her books.
Aisling is apparently typical of an Irish country gal, preoccupied with g ...more
The punctuation style is really weird as well. Who hyphenates "street-light" but not "sma ...more
Aisling is the friend we all wish we had; she's the sensible one when we go out and always makes sure that we get back ...more
Aisling (which, thanks to a long ago read Maeve Binchy novel I actually know how to pronounce) is a gas, a scream, a hoot and fiercely funny - to everyone else. Desperate for her boyfriend of seven years to propose, she finds herself in the unfortunate position of being in a toilet cu ...more
I don't know why I requested this book TBH. I was sort of intrigued, then thought better of it and didn't download the book, then my obsessive need to complete finish tasks made me download the book anyway.
This book is full on Irish dialogue right from the get go, I honestly had to read the opening sentence three times before I understood what it meant. I still don't actually know what 'being a gas' actually means - is it funny?
Aisling, of ...more
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I must say this didn’t at all turn out the way I expected it to. Yes, there are some funny and chuckle-worthy moments, but there were also some really rather moving a ...more
Apparently there exists a Facebook book called Oh My God What a Complete Aisling and it is so popular that the creators of this group, Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen have decided to write a book about Aisling - and I salute them for doing this, because this novel was one of the warmest, funniest and poignant stories ever - thanks girls for bringing Aisling to my life. I'm not Irish, and have never been to Ireland (yet! I promise!) and the closest I've ever been to an Irishman were probably Maria ...more
Aisling is one of those girls that we can all identify with. She is watching her weight and is following the Weight Watchers plan. Aisling is ever so slightly obsessed with Smart Points as she seems to instantly know how many points are in a particular food item or in a particular drink. She has a boyfriend and she i ...more
What I loved about this book was the way that it was written. You can tell that this was a passion project for the two authors, because their love for Aisling, and for her life, breathe from the page, from the very Ir ...more
I did enjoy reading this on the whole and found the concept of Aisling representing a typical small town Irish girl very appealing as she is easy to embrace . However the use of so many Irish words became a bit annoying sometimes to a reader with limited knowledge of the Irish language. Maybe footnotes would have helped. Generally made me laugh and sometimes made me sad but I would be happy ...more