Title: Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling: Just a Small-Town Girl Living in a Notions World
Author: Emer McLysaght, Sarah Breen
Pub Date: 2017
My Rating: ★★★★☆
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 phone).
Aisling spends two nights a week at her boyfriend John’s. He’s from down home and was kiss number seventeen at her twenty-first.
But Aisling wants more. She wants the ring on her finger. She wants the hen with the willy straws. She wants out of her parents’ house, although she’d miss Mammy turning on the electric blanket like clockwork and Daddy taking her car ‘out for a spin’ and bringing it back full of petrol.
When a week in Tenerife with John doesn’t end with the expected engagement, Aisling calls a halt to things and soon she has surprised herself and everyone else by agreeing to move into a three-bed in Portobello with stylish Sadhbh from HR and her friend, the mysterious Elaine.
Newly single and relocated to the big city, life is about to change utterly for this wonderful, strong, surprising and funny girl, who just happens to be a complete Aisling.
Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen, the creators of the much-loved Aisling character and the popular Facebook page ‘Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling’, bring Aisling to life in their novel about the quintessential country girl in the big smoke.
Such a fantastic read! I was so joyous every time I picked up the book to read more about Aisling, Irish country girl living in the big city, figuring out who she is and what she wants in life. It’s just pure entertainment, it’s charming, easy to read and funny. Perfect book friend to cheer you up after a hard day.
Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling is set in Ireland, and it’s really Irish. Is not one of those books that are just set in Ireland, it’s full-on Irish that will make you Google words and phrases to figure out exactly what’s going on. And I adored it! It was different than an American chick-lit that’s so well known to me, it was exciting to learn about a different approach to life written in a way that’s unique among all other books I read.
Aisling is a girl with a golden heart that is great to have around. Even though sometimes I was struggling with understanding her life choices and her attitude, each time I doubted her, she stole my heart anyway because of her honesty. Honesty and passion are things that I appreciate most in people and in my book characters, and Aisling had both.
If you looking for making a book friend, this book is just for you. You will get warm fuzzy feelings and you will laugh.