Challenge criteria: A retelling of a classic
Everyone wants that special someone….
Annie Higgins has given up on love: she’s too busy trying to get her tiny business off the ground. Infuriated by the advertising agency across the hall making fun of her job, Annie accepts their crazy challenge – to make a random stranger Instagram-famous in just thirty days.
And even when they choose Dr Samuel Page PhD, historian and hater of social media, as her target, Annie’s determined to win the bet – whether Sam likes it or not.
But getting to know Sam means getting to know more about herself. And before the thirty days are out, Annie has to make a decision about what’s really important…
Funny, real and heart-meltingly romantic, Annie and Sam’s story is My Fair Lady for the social media age – and the perfect feel-good read.
What I liked:
I’ve never read Pygmalion, I can’t actually tell if this is a good retelling or not. I did enjoy it though, and I loved the story, so I imagine I’d enjoy Pygmalion just the same.
It’s a very fast-paced read – all the action takes place within a month, and countdowns at the top of each chapter tell you how much time is left in Sam’s transformation. I loved this timer, and it really added a little suspense and excitement to the book.
I’m a big cat lover, so I loved the inclusion of little Wellington was a personal highlight for me. I was so glad to see he’d gotten his happy ending.
I loved their visit to an island inhabited by Granuaile (never named, but I imagine Clareisland off the coast of Mayo?) Granuaile is one of my favourite Irish historical figures, and this little taste of home added so much enjoyment for me.
What I didn’t like:
I thought the last quarter or so wasn’t quite as strong as the opening. I was encaptured enough to keep reading, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had earlier in the book.
Out of five:
Three and a half.