12+ Book Ideas for Christmas, part X

Here’s Looking At You

In essence it’s an ugly duckling tale. Our heroine Aureliana returns to school after fifteen years for a reunion. School doesn’t hold happy memories for her, as being a roly poly Italian (known as the Italian Galleon), and always armed with a Tupperware full of pungent Mediterranean food, she was bullied incessantly throughout her years there. Now in her 30s, Aureliana wants to put the past behind her once and for all and face up to the bullies who made her life hell. But she is much-changed from the girl she once was – all curves and because I’m worth it hair – and no one recognizes her when she arrives.

Wow, I love this author! Fourth McFarlane’s I’ve read in a few days and my favorite of hers so far! As always the humor is here, the characters ridiculously adorable, and their complicated story flows incredibly with McFarlane’s signature prose. It’s tender and full of respect. I think I’m going to have a hangover on Anna and James.

My 5-starred books:

Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf
The Passengers, by John Marrs (released 2019)
Call It What You Want, by Brigid Kemmerer (released 2019)
The Family Upstairs, by Lisa Jewell (released 2019)
Here’s Looking At You, by Mhairi McFarlane (favorite read)
It’s Not Me, It’s You, by Mhairi McFarlane
Magic Hour, by Kristin Hannah
Twenty-one Truths About Love, by Matthew Dicks (released 2019)