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‘Oh My God What a Complete Aisling,’ by Emer McLysaght & Sarah Breen: Book Review

Star Rating: ★★★✰✰

Popsugar Reading Challenge prompt: A book you meant to read in 2018

With its beginnings in a Facebook group, Oh My God What A Complete Aisling is the sweet story of a smalltown Irish girl finding her way in the big world.



Aisling is 28, has a stable job in PensionsPlus, goes out at the weekend with her best friend Majella, and spends two nights a week at John’s, her boyfriend of seven years and 17th kiss at her 21st.

But she wants more. She wants a ring and a wedding. Seven years is long enough to be waiting. But John doesn’t share her plans, and after a holiday in Tenerife doesn’t end in a proposal, she decides enough is enough.

Single and ready for a change, Aisling moves to Dublin, to a Portobello flat with Sadhbh, a glamourous work colleague, and her vegan flatmate Elaine. Living in the big city brings big changes to Aisling’s life, but is she ready to move on?

It turns out, I’m a complete Aisling.

As are most people who have read this book as far as I can tell. There’s no doubting that there’s a little bit of Aisling in all of us. I had to laugh every time she reeled of the Weight Watchers points of all the food she ate, as a fellow WW devotee. And who doesn’t love a hotel breakfast? I’d be racing down the stairs for that as well, especially if I’d already paid for it.

Aisling is a charming character who’s only real fault is thinking she has to have her life planned out by 28 (if that was the case we’d all be screwed, right?).

I related to her so much more than I think I’ve ever related to any other character in a book. Maybe because she’s Irish and around my age, or maybe because she’s going through the same stuff we all go through. A breakup. Moving away from home. Making new friends (why is that so hard as an adult?). But she was someone I thoroughly enjoyed reading about.

The plot itself is pretty simple, but I think that’s part of its charm. It’s just a simple life story that everyone can take something from.

To be honest I don’t have a lot more to say about this book.

It’s a good book. The story is good, the characters are good, the writing is good. It never goes past that into amazing or life-changing. But good is still, well, good.

The plot is a bit predictable, but what ‘chic-lit’ plot isn’t? It’s still an enjoyable story that will make you chuckle and sob and chuckle again.

This is an easy read, but sometimes that’s all you want from a book. Something entertaining without being too draining. And maybe on the way you’ll learn that you’re a little bit of an Aisling yourself.

Oh My God What a Complete Aisling is available from Gill Books and Amazon (note: this is an affiliate link and therefore I may receive a fee from any purchase, at no extra cost to you.)

If you liked ‘OMG What a Complete Aisling’, you might also like:

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine,by Gail Honeyman, or
Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existance, by Michael Marshall Smith

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