Book Review: It Had to Be You by Ellie Adams

Posted January 20, 2015 by thischickreads in review / 4 Comments


The worst break-up ever . . . Could be the best thing that has ever happened to her

Lizzy Spellman has been dumped. At a party.While wearing a Henry VIII costume. By the man she thought was The One. Someone even filmed it, so now she’s a massive YouTube hit sensation too.

Just when she thinks things can’t get any worse, she meets the rudest, most cynical man in the world, and gets a new mission in life. To prove him wrong.

Love does exist, and she’s going to find it . . .


*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

If you’re a hard core chick lit fan, you’ve probably at least heard of Jo Carnegie if not read her novels. This is also a book by Jo, but written under the pen name Ellie Adams. To this day, though we follow each other on twitter, I have no idea what’s the reason for writing under a different name when this book perfectly falls in the genre she was previously writing. But anyway, could be some marketing stuff, and that’s really not as important as the awesomeness of this book.

I read it months ago, but due to my busy schedule and being preoccupied with my PhD, I never got round to review it. But as the saying goes – better late than never, so here I ago.

Lizzy Spellman has just been dumped, at a costume party while wearing a ridiculous Henry VIII costume. As in every rom com, of course she thought that this guy was the one and is heart broken and utterly humiliated. It’s not just the dumping part in public, but someone actually filmed this lowest point in her life and without wanting to she turns into a sort of celeb everyone recognizes as the girl who got dumped.

She’d rather just hibernate till people forget about the whole humiliation video, but life goes on. And Lizzy does try to move on, changing and growing on the way.

I really really loved this book. First off, we’ve seen this in so many chick lit novels yet it never ceases to be interesting and even funny, girl gets dumped, girl is hurt, girl changes for better. However, that whole video thing was such a nice addition and the reason for making me laugh out loud even after just couple of pages. The way people react at this kind of humiliating situations really says a lot about them. Lizzy is not a loser, she’s neither a victim, she’s this super fun, funny, charming girl who’s dealing with the situation making a lemonade when life gives her lemons. This is what makes this story so brilliant, you can connect to Lizzy and root for her. She’s an adorable character you can’t help but love.

I was also rather pleased with the side characters, who are wonderful addition to the story, completing Lizzy’s character and making this book, lovely as a whole.

The point is, no matter under which name the author goes by, whether it’s Ellie or Jo, she’s brilliant and rules the chick lit genre. I can totally see this novel made into a movie, it would really be a fantastic rom com, though honestly I can’t think of a casting right now. Lizzy is such a unique character and the author did such a brilliant work in plotting her, it’s really hard to say which actress would do it justice. Do I recommend this book, YES, or as Simon Cowell would say, BIG FAT YES! If you’re looking for a great book to spend a pleasant day with, or for something to cheer you up on these cold, grey days, this is the book for you. It’s funny, heart warming and so so charming. I’m certain it will leave a huge smile on your face!


My rating: 9/10


4 responses to “Book Review: It Had to Be You by Ellie Adams

  1. Oh! I’m so glad I read your review – I loved Jo Carnegie’s books, and had no idea she was writing under a different name. How brilliant! I shall order her book right now.

    Thank you very much!

    • thischickreads

      Thanks so much for stopping by Carlie. Yes, she’s brilliant no matter under which name she goes by. Hope you enjoy this book too, it’s so much fun. More than welcome and thanks for your kind words. xx

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