This is a joyful, uplifting book for those of us who sometimes wake up and feel we’re not good enough. Spoiler alert: we are!
Meet Greta. She’s funny. She’s flawed. She’s hiding so much behind her big smile she’s forgotten who she is. But Greta is about to discover that the key to being happy is…being you.
Greta Gale has played the part of the funny fat one her entire life, hiding her insecurities behind a big smile. But size doesn’t matter when you can laugh at yourself, right? Until Greta realises she’s the only one not laughing. And deep down, she’s not sure if she’ll ever laugh again. But with her world feeling like it’s falling down around her, Greta is about to discover she’s stronger than she feels. And that sometimes the best moments in life come when it’s all gone a bit pearshaped…
Published by Harper Collins on the 16th April 2020, 384 Pages
This was a quick and easy to read book despite covering a multitude of serious issues such as addiction, obesity and mental illness. I didn’t initially warm to the main character but I could see why she was the way she was and she definitely won me over by the end. I did however really like her Uncle. I thought he really made the story.
The book has a great message about trying to find yourself and be comfortable in your own skin! I particularly liked the pretty woman moment in the mall in America, I want to shout out ‘you go girl!’ as I was reading it!
I enjoyed the references to the wizard of Oz through out the book as it reminded me of childhood and added a fun layer to the story.
I was a little unsure of the writing style as one minute it was in Greta’s internal voice but then seemly out of nowhere it was in another characters. I completely understand the use of this to get the others characters views across so they aren’t misunderstood but it was hard to follow sometimes as I was in the flow of one character and then was reading the thoughts of another. This however could have been an issue with formatting on the kindle so once I can get out of the house I will pick up a physical copy to check this!
Thanks to @annecater and @Harpercollins for my #gifted ecopy in exchange for review.
Carmel Harrington is an exciting voice in women’s fiction – twice shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards, she has the potential to fill the Maeve Binchy slot with her warm, moving and deeply felt novels about family life. She’s extremely well connected in the Irish literary world. She chairs the Wexford Literary Festival and is on the panel of TV3’s Elaine Show. Carmel has a strong base in Ireland but her voice captures readers’ hearts all over the world and we’d now like to grow her in the UK and in Australia as well as accelerating growth in Ireland. Her stories are heart-warming, deeply emotional, and deal with some dark themes but are always ultimately uplifting