I am delighted to be hosting today’s stop on the ‘Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling’ blog tour! Big thank you to Jenny Platt from Michael Joseph for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:
Ever been a small town girl trying to make a life in the big city?
Meet twenty-something Aisling – that’s pronounced Ashling – she can barely boil an egg let alone figure out what night bus to catch home.
But she’s got a job in the big city, a flat and a boyfriend. She has an umbrella for rainy days, an electric blanket for cold nights and keeps her kitten heels firmly on the ground.
Until the day she accidentally ditches her only slightly useless boyfriend John. And finds herself in a spot of bother at work.
Is it time to pack up and go back to the sticks?
Or can Aisling fix the mess she’s made?
What’s a Complete Aisling to do?
What does TWG think?
Before I got asked to read ‘Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling’, I had seen the cover of this book all over social media, with many people tweeting such positive things about the story. Honestly? Whilst the title intrigued me, I couldn’t help but wonder if the book had been hyped up. Would it live up to said hype? Thankfully I was given the chance to find out. Of course I hoped that I would find it as fabulous as other people had, I mean, who wouldn’t want that?
Keeping an open mind, I began to read the book. Personally, I found that the first few chapters were rather slow, which meant that it took me a little while to get into the storyline and enjoy it for what it is, rather than perceiving it as a story about a woman who was incredibly particular about the minor details in life, whilst also getting her wrists slapped by her ‘Mammy’.
I couldn’t have been more overjoyed when the storyline started to pick up, becoming more gritty and addictive the more of the story I read. Aisling became a lot more likeable and a lot more relatable, the more I found out about her, but she just didn’t seem to fit the age bracket that the authors had given her. The way she acted came across rather immature for a late twenty-something woman. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a similar age and there are times I still come across as immature, but seeing as the storyline had more of a mature outlook on life and certain situations, Aisling’s immaturity became more prominent. I have to say though, she was quite funny and I had warmed to her by the end of the book, I’m not gonna lie!
Set in Ireland and written by Irish authors, the story is full of Irish phrases, sayings, places and goodness what else. If you’re not Irish, you might find all of the sayings a little bewildering at first! I loved how the authors have written a story so true to their roots – it was so refreshing to read a book with Irish expressions in it, as opposed to being written by an Irish but having no Irish similarities in the writing.
Hand on heart, even though it did take me a little while to get into the storyline, I did end up thoroughly enjoying this book. It is utterly bonkers, and the characters are utterly bonkers, yet it just works. The storyline, however, isn’t just full of hilarity, it also has a few heartwarming and serious situations mixed in for good measure. I say ‘good measure’, they weren’t good as they were quite sad to read, but it weirdly added a good depth to the storyline and allowed me to see Aisling in a completely different light.
I am so happy that I got the chance to delve into the world of Aisling and the ‘Aisling’s’, a phrase which I had never heard until reading this book (I’m so tempted to try to use it in everyday life!), as it was such a unique book to read which demanded my attention in such a memorable and hilarious manner.
I’ve said it once, but I’ll say it again. This book is so bonkers, it’s brilliant. Such a fun, modern and unique read which I will be remembering for a long while to come.