Authoress: Amanda Ashby
Pages: 288 (Softcover)
Genre: Adult Fiction | Chick Lit
What they say:
"It's The Lovely Bones meets Bridget Jones in this fluffy take on what happens after death...it's a fun, witty traipse through the afterlife."-Publishers Weekly
My condensed version: Holly can not embrace the pearly gates. In fact all she can think about is clearing her good name and saying good-bye to her would-be-fiancé. Which is why her case worker (i.e. spiritual aligning heavenly therapist) decides to send her back to earth for 2 days.
There is however just one little problem. The body she has been given to use is a man.
Oh and one more thing!
The body's owner hasn't vacated the premises so now Holly has to share Vince's body with Vince.
My take: I think this tale is more like Bridget Jones meets Defending Your Life. This is fun romp with an interesting twist on heaven. But what really makes it worth the read is the witty banter between Vince and Holly. Two souls in control of one body is truly smile inducing.
My rating: 4 stars; I really liked this book. Even though Holly is a bit whiny, Vince more than makes up for it. I was desperate to see Vince get his happy ending.
2 for 2:
Characters: Quirky & reasonable
Plot: Amusing & witty
The Meter Readings:
Kiddie-o-meter: This one is pretty tame but does contain a little foul language and mentions to sex.
Adult-o-meter: This is perfect for adults who love chick lit and otherworldly tales.
Love the love?: Yes. Vince is the ultimate nerdy but sexy good guy.
Worth-a-read?: Definitely! It is light and completely different.
"She stretched out her hands and almost screamed. They were so big and...How disgusting! Was that grease on them? Then she touched her chest as the familiar feel of her heartbeat rapped out a tattoo. She'd forgotten how loud it could be. As for the fact her boobs were no longer there, well, she was going to totally ignore that, because surely no good could come from it."
Noteable: Click here to read the first chapter of You Had Me At Halo and click here for a great interview with Amanda Ashby.
Pass the mic: Liyana at Liyanaland! called You Had Me At Halo "a fun, fluffy, and fast read."
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My final say: This would make an adorable movie.