Book review: Yours Truly by Kirsty Greenwood

Posted October 9, 2014 by thischickreads in review / 0 Comments


Your bum does not look big in that dress.
Mmmm, it tastes delicious!
Of course you’re better looking than Jon Hamm.

Newly engaged Natalie Butterworth is an easy-going girl. She’ll do anything for a quiet life and if telling a few teensy white lies keeps her friends and family happy, then so what? It’s not like they’ll ever discover what she’s really thinking…

Until one night, thanks to a pub hypnotist, Natalie’s most private thoughts begin to bubble up and pop out of her mouth. Things get very messy indeed, especially when some sticky home truths offend her fiancé.

Natalie must track down the hypnotist before her wedding is officially cancelled. So along with bad influence bestie Meg, Natalie finds herself in the Yorkshire Parish of Little Trooley – a small village bursting with big secrets, nosy old folk and intriguing Wellington-wearing men.

When the girls get stuck in the village with no means of escape and no way to break the hypnotist’s spell, Natalie is forced to face the truths she has been avoiding her whole life…


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

If you’re a fan of chick lit, you must be familiar with the ultimate chick lit blog ‘Novelicious’. Before becoming an author, Kirsty was known for her great, honest reviews on this blog, inspiring chick lit enthusiasts with her writing and recommendations. I was over the moon when I heard she decided to make the leap and publish her own novel. It’s a rather brave step, being a blogger you are so familiar with the things bloggers like and dislike. But, despite being very good in reviewing I must say the day she decided to write her own book is probably one of the biggest days in the history of modern chick lit. As a reader and a fan of this genre, I’m truly grateful to her for giving us this fantastic and enjoyable comedy.

The story is brilliant, centered around Natalie Butterworth, engaged to be married to quite a boring chap (if I may add). One day she attends a hypnotist’s night at the local pub with her friend and that’s when things start getting weird. Instead of hypnotizing her friend, she’s the one who ends up as a victim of the spell. Natalie has always been very kind, telling the odd little white lie here and there, just so she won’t insult anyone. I actually know a person like this in the real life, and I am in awe of these type of people. They do everything for others, hardly ever tell their own opinion for whatever the reason, and still end up underestimated and unacknowledged for whatever they do. Truth be told, it really isn’t even healthy to be that nice and not speaking out about your own needs. But anyway, I could understand Natalie and liked her from the beginning. But when that spell starts working, she’s not able to tell even the smallest lie, when asked a question she says only the truth. This was hilarious, as noone was expecting this from Natalie and was shocked to see her literally pouring out truth in everyone’s faces. That’s what I liked the most about this book, the brilliant concept!

As I said, baring in mind Kirsty has read god knows how many chick lits before publishing her own work, must have added more stress and burden to her. Coming up with an original plot after reading so many great books, must have been tough. But Kirsty pulled it off and I applaud to her for that! I was engaged throughout, rooting for Natalie, slightly hating her fiance (but we are supposed to hate him, I guess) and giggling till the very last page. ‘Yours Truly’ is one of these feel good reads which you will devour in a sitting or two. Very entertaining and surely would look magnificent on the big screens. Who knows, with so many great chick lits being made into movies, I honestly don’t see a reason why this one shouldn’t. It’s got all the necessary ingredients to be a hit. Fantastic debut and a must read for all chick lit/rom com/ women’s fiction fans. Kirsty’s second novel will be published April 2015 and I’m more than excited about it. Smashing debut, can only imagine how awesome her second novel will be.


My rating: 8/10


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