You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane

You Had Me At Hello

By Mhairi McFarlane

  • Release Date: 2012-11-08
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 213 Ratings
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What happens when the one that got away comes back? Find out in this sparkling comedy from #1 bestseller, Mhairi McFarlane.

‘Think of the great duos of history. We're just like them.’
‘You mean like Kylie and Jason? Torvill and Dean? Sonny and Cher?’
‘I think you’ve missed the point, Rachel.’

Rachel and Ben. Ben and Rachel. It was them against the world. Until it all fell apart. It’s been a decade since they last spoke, but when Rachel bumps into Ben one rainy day, the years melt away.

They’d been partners in crime and the best of friends. But life has moved on: Ben is married. Rachel is not. Yet in that split second, Rachel feels the old friendship return. And along with it, the broken heart she’s never been able to mend.

Hilarious, heartbreaking and everything in between, you’ll be hooked from their first ‘hello’.


“Very very witty and funny. Left me in awe…a total gem.” (Marian Keyes)

“The funniest, most romantic book I've read since One Day.” (Lisa Jewell)

“I loved this book. It made me laugh and reminded me that anything's possible in love – and in everything else for that matter.” (Minnie Driver)

“I loved this: an original, genuinely funny, genuinely moving, modern love story.” (Katy Regan)

“Mhairi is darkly funny and quite, quite rude…You Had Me at Hello is a breath of tart, Northern air.” (Sarra Manning)

“Bitingly sharp and achingly funny…guaranteed to have you bent double. I absolutely loved it!” (Claudia Carroll)

About the author

Mhairi was born in Scotland in 1976 and has been explaining how to pronounce her name ever since. (With a ‘V’, not an ‘M’. Yes, that’s us crazy Celts for you).

She is based in Nottingham where she used to be a local journalist and now she’s a freelance writer and sometime-blogger, which we all know is code for messing about on Twitter.

She likes drinking wine, eating food and obtaining clothes; all the impressive hobbies. Her best anecdotes involve dislocating her elbow tripping over a briefcase and a very bad flight to New York. She lives with a man and a cat.


  • You had me at Hello

    By 31Valeska
    What a hoot. I loved the Englishness of this book. The multi cultural friends with the then and now bringing everything together, making this more than a love gone wrong. I enjoyed the characters being formed and morphed. A great light hearted read.
  • Best in ages

    By jil05
    Have never given a 5 star rating before so it's well deserved. Lovely book w engaging characters, minimal predictability and lots of feel good moments throughout.
  • Disney

    By Headmasterofthebooks
    Is this just like the song off Disney since there's a song that says you had me at hello so I'm confused is it like the song, cause' I haven't read the book yet so xD, I'll write another review after this one.
  • Loved it!

    By Elizabeth Cherry
    This book is excellently written and very funny. Can't wait to read more by this author.
  • A great read!

    By GGodi1
    Such a predictable ending, but I loved it from beginning to end. A great, funny read and I learned a great deal of words along the way. Thanks Mhairi!
  • Great read!

    By Cerana
    After I got used to the British slang, this book just kept delivering. Give it a try, you won't be sorry
  • You Had me at Hello

    By Milkmamma33
    Great easy read. Just wanted to know more and more. Loved the storyline. And yes i did laugh at the funny bits.
  • Hello

    By TLC83
    Loved the story and the characters. The last couple of chapters and the ending was perfect!
  • Great read

    By Bookym
    I found this book to be very highly enjoyable, with lovely characters, well written & similar to the book One Day.
  • What's with the last few random pages?

    By NsDoppelganger
    Decent book, well done. Laughed my head off at random bits of mischief at the end -unconnected to the main story. More of that thanks!