Hi Everyone! I am SUPER excited to be on the official blog tour for Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen.
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.
Official blurb for Oh My God What a Complete Aisling.
There is always something exciting about starting a new book; the utter joy of opening the first page, ready to devour the story within. When I first recieved OMGWACA in the post, I started reading it before I even got the chance to get my shoes off!
I do love a good book that you can swoon over with a cuppa (a cup of tea). As soon as I read the blurb, I knew this was one of those books! I was immediately drawn to Aisling; her quirky, relatable, yet strong views made me laugh out loud numerous times. She gets herself into the most interesting situations which have humorous consequences, but overall- I loved how human she was. She doesn’t try to be anything other than who she is. Sometimes, I find books try too hard to make their character perfect- Aisling is far from that, which is what makes her truly loveable. An exceptional character that I bet readers will be very fond of!
I also loved the Irishness of the novel. Every now and again, the odd Irish slang or phrase really brings about the nostalgia of the book, making it feel more like home, even if you aren’t Irish! I admired this attention to detail which created a cosy atmosphere for the characters to thrive in. I also enjoyed the writing style as a whole; it is written from Aisling’s perspective which was a brilliant choice for this novel as her inner thoughts provided comic relief and sympathy from the very first page. The way she describes other characters also fits in with our own inner monologues, something I believed made her excessively likable! Her descriptions are memorable (sometimes I find it hard to keep track of characters because I haven’t been able to ‘see’ them for myself, but Aisling wonderfully defines them making it easy for the reader to follow).
I would also say this novel is a sort of coming of age novel. I use this description loosely, but being alongside Aisling on her journey through life really made me feel lucky to be a fly on the wall. We see her ups, her downs, and everything in-between with an abundance of characters and situations to keep her on her toes!
I also enjoyed the fact that this book was written by two best friends. Every now and again I come across a book that completely blows me away! This is one of those books. The fact that two people can come together and create something they’re both equally passionate about is simply stunning.
Wow, where to start? I would say everyone should read this book! If you’re in your twenties like me, or are coming to a crossroads in your life, or are simply looking for a fun yet meaningful read – this is the book for you. No matter what you enjoy reading, I think this book is very relatable! This quirky, funny, all round wonderful character is smart, loveable, and a complete Aisling! 😉 If you love chick-lit, romance, with a hint of drama, read this book!
To sum up, I would say this is a ‘compelling and quirky unique read’.
Follow the authors!
Emer McLysaght – @emerTheScreamer
Sarah Breen – @Sarahjaybee
Join in the conversation using the hashtag: #OMGWACA
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A HUUUUUUUGE thank you to the wonderful Jenny Platt for my copy and also my spot on the blog tour!
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Happy reading! Lx