Reviewed by Louisa Nashir
Kirsty Greenwood is best known for being an eBook author and a best-selling one at that!
When I was recently asked to review one of Kirsty’s books I was thrilled as she is a brilliant author whose books really captivate their reader.
Yours Truly is a great read and I could not put the book down until I had read it cover to cover. The story is witty and set in Manchester which is where I am so I enjoyed reading about the familiar places such as Piccadilly Gardens.
The story’s main character is a young and very shy girl called Natalie who finds it virtually impossible to tell people when they have displeased her. At the beginning of the book Natalie has just had a bad hair experience at a local salon called Hair Hackers, Natalie despises the cut and colour but finds herself unable to actually tell the hairdresser she hates it and ends up paying for it.
Natalie thinks she has the perfect life with her family and fiancé Olly but as the reader can see from very early on Natalie really isn’t happy but she is yet to realise that.
Her mother and sister Dionne along with pampered pooch Jean Paul Gaultier practically decide every aspect of Natalie’s life including managing her upcoming wedding to Olly. The dress they pick is disgusting, the cake a monstrosity and the whole day is turning into more of a circus than the tasteful and elegant wedding Natalie wants.
Despite all of this Natalie still can’t tell her family the truth that she hates it all as she feels bad about upsetting them all. At times you want to grab Natalie and shake her for being so timid! Luckily the very person to do this is Natalie’s best friend and wannabe popstar Meg who often tells her she shouldn’t be such a push over.
One evening Natalie and Meg go along to a local pub to see a hypnotist named Amazing Brian as Meg wants to be hypnotised to lose weight after hearing it worked on someone.
The girls get to the pub and wait for Amazing Brian or AB as we will now call him to appear and when he finally does the girls are both shocked that the so called fantastic hypnotist is a short, podgy older man who wears a jumper with the initials AB.
Natalie immediately realises this guy is a fraud but Meg is desperate to get up on stage and be hypnotised so they stay for the show. Meg is soon chosen and the whole thing is a disaster! Meg is not hypnotised and the girls laugh it off.
The next morning however Natalie realises something is very wrong after she tells her beloved fiancé just how rubbish he is in bed and how bad his cooking is. Natalie soon realises that AB has hypnotised her and whenever she is asked a question she cannot help but tell the truth, very unlike Natalie!
Natalie manages to hurt almost everyone she cares about with her new found ability and wants the hypnotists spell reversed, but tracking AB down proves difficult for her and she enlists the help of both Meg and Dionne as no one else seems to believe she has been put under a spell.
Their quest to find AB takes them the Yorkshire village of Little Trooley, a small and quiet little place in the middle of nowhere, but AB is nowhere to be found.
I am not going to tell you much more as I don’t want to spoil the book for you but there are some unexpected fights and bonking along the way.
Cleverly written and a really great read, I thoroughly enjoyed every page of the book and wouldn’t hesitate to read other titles by Kirsty as I enjoyed this one so much!
RRP: £7.99 (Paperback) / £2.99 (Kindle)
Available to buy from Amazon here.