My Pear-Shaped Life - Carmel Harrington
DescriptionMeet 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 pear-shaped…
ReviewI was expecting a light hearted read but I got so much more. Having read one of the author's books before I should have known there would be a lot more to the book than the strap lines.
I don't think I am giving too much away to say that within the first few pages of the book Greta finds herself in rehab - I wasn't expecting this and began to re-evaluate just what the title of the book actually referred to.
Once Greta was in rehab I thought the book was going to be a little dour, but I began to love Greta and really routing for her to succeed. What followed in the rest of the book was surprise after surprise, really I didn't know where this book was going, and I doubt you could even second guess it. I got lost in the book and couldn't put it down.
Revelations were flowing from all the characters in the book and each was such a unique story, enriching the book so much. Towards the end of the book Greta fights a really big internal demon of hers and I was willing her to succeed so much.
I'm not sure the ending was the one I was expecting but I was ok with it. Lets just say for once the cynics won't be able to say it's predictable chic lit!
I'm giving this book five out of five stars. My thanks to Random Things Tours for the blog tour invite and to Netgalley for the ARC.