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Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling


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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

Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published September 15th 2017 by Gill Books
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I completely adored this highly entertaining and comic look at the Irish cultural phenomena that is being an Aisling. She is bought to life here by the authors, a novel that has its origins in a Facebook page that documented and captured the varied traits attributed to an Aisling. I should warn readers that the book has numerous Irish words and references, but these can be looked up, and certain reviewers explain many of these. Our Aisling is 28 years old, is best friends with Majella, has been ...more
Oh my god what a complete waste of my time... A book with too many lame duck attempts at wit and frivolity as it attempted to cram at least half a dozen modern Irish cultural references on to each page. Clearly a book with no understanding of the old 'less is more' adage. The plot was entirely weak, character development non-existent. Nothing but caricature after caricature instead of three dimensional creations that a reader could really get invested in. At the risk of sounding like a book snob ...more
Every now and then a lovely funny book comes along. I love to know what's behind the beginning of a book and how it became an idea then into the final making and selling of the book. I was fascinated to read that Emmer McLysaght and Sarah Breen conceived the character of Aisling in their sitting room in 2008, when they began to observe the many traits, characteristics and quirks of a particular type of Irish girl, one they identified around them and one they identified with. Oh My God, What a Co ...more
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Aisling is a small-town country girl who loves her Daddy, a good hotel breakfast, jeans and a nice top, and her boyfriend of seven years, John.

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.

Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: funny
"Leds, leds, did you hear? The two wans behind the OMGWACA Facebook group are only after going and writing a bewk!"
"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
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
More chick-lit than I usually read, I adored the sharply observed characters and the whimsy in this. I was smiling and chuckling away for the most part. It also made me cry.

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
Shirley Revill
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, audiobook
Although I really love the sound of an Irish voice the narrator's voice on the audiobook was just not for me. It was like listening to someone trying to break a world record for speed and I honestly don't know how she had time to breathe.
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.
Michelle Ryles
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read
Beware: you will laugh out loud whilst reading Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling. I tittered, chortled and guffawed all of the way through it but there are some serious notes which makes it scarily true to life. So (to quote Monty Python) even though this book makes you look on the bright side of life, it reminds us that sometimes life is a piece of shit, when you look at it...

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
Jan 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I've long since disentangled myself from the Facebook group, because it's just too much, but the original sharp character observations are here in spades. My main problem with this book is that it doesn't stick to its guns and remain a PG Wodehouse-esque caper full of improbable but hilarious character sketches and unlikely hijinks, but instead takes a left turn into SERIOUS THEMES and ends up in the weeds.

The punctuation style is really weird as well. Who hyphenates "street-light" but not "sma
Grace J Reviewerlady
I've always had a soft spot for Irish authors who write the type of books which are funny and sad at the same time. I swear I read them in an Irish accent in my head as they're not nearly as good in my native Scots!

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
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
It is funny. Plot is brutal, predictable and zero excitement. Interesting how it became a book from a Facebook Page, prob would have been best a short story.
Robin Stevens
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Aisling is so sweet, so clueless and so similar to so many people I know. Her decisions are realistically terrible and all of the great and awful things that happen in her life had me laughing and sobbing. Also, I hope this book will teach more people how to pronounce Sadhbh. (14+)

*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. If you use it in any marketing material, online or anywhere on a published book without asking permission from me first, I will ask you to remove that use im
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aisling is at that age where all around her people are getting married. Surely she’s next. After all, she and her boyfriend John have been together for seven years. When a romantic getaway turns into a disaster, Aisling decides it’s time to move on. Leaving John behind, she moves from her tiny village to the bright lights of Dublin.

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
Trish at Between My Lines
Fun read

I thought this would be a light hearted fun read. And it's got fun nailed down, but it's also more emotional than I expected it to be. Loved it.
The best parts of Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling are probably also what limit its audience: its sharp, warm dissection of a particular kind of culture clash between rural and urban Ireland. Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen have a great ear for dialogue, and I could absolutely picture the eponymous Aisling (down to her West Coast Coolers, fondness for Going Out Out tops and jeans, and disdain for notions and UHT milk—she is essentially what Americans would call a Basic White Girl), but I imagin ...more
Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
With thanks to the publisher for the copy received. Sometimes a humorous, life warming novel is just what I need and Aisling delivered everything. She is a country girl, the daughter of a farmer who is successful in her job in the city. Some good friends, both in the city and at home and she is in a long-term relationship with her boyfriend. But she wants to be married and he doesn’t. When they go their separate ways, Aisling sees a side to life that she didn’t expect to. She discovers that you ...more
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
DNF at an embarrassingly small percentage, less than 10%.

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
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. So funny, heart-warming and life-affirming. Aisling and the myriad cast of wonderful characters were all just so well realised, I genuinely deeply cared what happened to her, her family and pals. I've been a fan of OMGWACA since the early days of the Facebook page and have long felt great affection for Aisling, so reading the book was a no-brainer but I didn't know I'd love it quite so much and that it would tackle some topics very close to me and have me laughing a ...more
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the synopsis for this book and I just knew that this was one book I needed to read, as it sounded to be an amusing read. I loved it and then some but more about that in a bit.
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
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
With more than 48,000 members on their Facebook page, the creators of Aisling take their leap onto the printed page with their heartwarming story about a typical Irish girl from the countryside living her best life and trying to navigate the ins and outs of being an adult in Dublin.

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
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
4,5/5 stars. I might not be completely Irish yet, but I'm Irish enough to see how Irish this novel is, what a good reflection of contemporary middle class Ireland. It's a hilarious and heartwarming novel about country girl Aisling who is back living with her parents after her Dad had gotten ill, who decides to dump her boyfriend after he refuses to propose to her on their holiday to Tenerife. From there the story goes on. It's delightful in it's humour, unexpected turns, and most of all in its r ...more
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! It made me both laugh out loud and cry! And I'm not just a fan of it because of the name :)
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wasn’t expecting to love this book so much! Parts made me laugh, and parts make me cry. Lovely story and can’t wait for the next book!
Jane Meagher
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was funny & reminded me of when I also was a country girl living in Dublin with a gang of girls, working in finance & going for after work drinks in Grogans & McGowans. Sad too in parts esp near the end. Some of the story was flimsy & too little development of a few key charachters but overall an enjoyable read. Any book that makes you laugh out loud gets a good rating from me.
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story! Laugh-out-loud funny and moving in places covering subjects from abortion to long-term relationships and everything inbetween, it didnt stop! It took me a few chapters to get the hang of the Irish slang and conversation style but, when I did, I found myself reading it in an Irish accent in my head!! I loved the character of Aisling and I am sure we can all relate in one way or another to the brilliant characters in this story. In conclusion, it was gas!!
Noelle Kelly
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A friend in work loaned me this book and wasn't sure if I'd really get it as I'm a city chick, but I raced through it and found it hilarious! I think all Irish people will see traits of Aisling in themselves. This a warm-hearted book with humour and some real issues hiding underneath a fluffy exterior. The world can be so cynical at times and this book with no traces of cynicism is really refreshing.
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