Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling: Just a Small-Town Girl Living in a Notions World

February 20, 2018 Book review 3 ★★★★★

Part of me feels like I don’t even need to review this book.  The title alone – Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling : Just a Small-Town Girl Living in a Notions World – says it all.  But just in case it doesn’t scream ‘buy me I’m a fun read at you’, I’ll add a few more words in the hopes of persuading you.  For your sake, coz it’s a laugh out loud read and I loved it!

Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling: Just a Small-Town Girl Living in a Notions WorldOh My God What a Complete Aisling by Emer McLysaght, Sarah Breen
Published by Gill Books Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Humor
Pages: 294
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

Aisling is twenty-eight and she’s a complete ... Aisling. She lives at home in Ballygobbard (or Ballygobackwards, as some gas tickets call it) with her parents and commutes to her good job at PensionsPlus in Dublin.

Aisling goes out every Saturday night with her best friend Majella, who is a bit of a hames (she’s lost two phones already this year – Aisling has never lost a phone).

Aisling spends two nights a week at her boyfriend John’s. He’s from down home and was kiss number seventeen at her twenty-first.

But Aisling wants more. She wants the ring on her finger. She wants the hen with the willy straws. She wants out of her parents’ house, although she’d miss Mammy turning on the electric blanket like clockwork and Daddy taking her car 'out for a spin' and bringing it back full of petrol.

When a week in Tenerife with John doesn’t end with the expected engagement, Aisling calls a halt to things and soon she has surprised herself and everyone else by agreeing to move into a three-bed in Portobello with stylish Sadhbh from HR and her friend, the mysterious Elaine.

Newly single and relocated to the big city, life is about to change utterly for this wonderful, strong, surprising and funny girl, who just happens to be a complete Aisling.

BOOKLOVE ReReadable smart & funny snarky

First Line of Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling by Emer McLysaght & Sarah Breen.

“Your one, Aisling is completely gas, isn’t she.”

My thoughts on OMGWACA (yes that’s what we are calling it from now on, coz my fingers are getting tired typing)

If you ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a country girl living in Ireland, and working in Dublin, then this book has you covered.  While reading it, I literally rocked from side to side laughing because it’s so cliched but also so true to life.  I saw myself within the pages, I saw friends, and I saw every Irish mammy hiding the good biscuits and worrying about having a full load of washing in the washing machine.

‘Are there biscuits hidden somewhere? I wouldn’t even know where to look – that’s your mother’s domain,’ he says, heading for the kitchen to first check the USA biscuit tin that we were convinced was a sewing kit. Turns out Mammy had been using it as a kind of double-bluff in her quest to keep anything ‘good’ away from us.

This book started off life as a Facebook Page, as a mockery of all the clichés of modern-day life.  And when I picked it up, I expected a fun, quick, light-hearted read.   And it’s got fun nailed down, but it’s also more emotional than I expected it to be.  It tackled heavy themes and did so in a very heart-warming way.

If you want to know what a complete Aisling is – it’s a girl who loves her parents, is polite to bus drivers even when they drive recklessly, is loyal to friends while also rolling her eyes at their less than loveable qualities, loves going out and also going out-out, is driven demented by the state of the communal kitchen in work and sticks up passive aggressive post-its, dreams of her boyfriend popping the question, knows that a garlic cheese chips is the only way to mend a heart, but also knows the weight watchers points in every thing.  She is a mass of contradictions, and fun to know.

Will it win any literary awards?  No.  Did it win my heart?  Oh yes!


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: five-stars


Who should read OGWACA?

Basically if you want an entertaining read, with an Irish Bridget Jones type character, then have at it!



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