I’m not a Goodreads user generally, but I was so baffled by why anyone would think that My Legendary Girlfriend by Mike Gayle was good that I had a look at some reviews to make sure I wasn’t alone.
Thank goodness I wasn’t. ‘Mags’ described the experience as “like I was being dragged through a very slow and painful death” and recommended it for “people who just came from a break-up and need some promise and sympathy.”
Maybe that’s why I picked it up. I promise that I’m not that sad, but I thought the story of a young British teacher trying to get past a bad breakup might be sort of sweet and a little bit comforting. I spotted it on a display shelf at the library and judging by the cover, it seemed quick and light – perfect for some bedtime reading as I gear up for spring final exams.
However, I agree with most of the reviews online (and maybe this is why I should reconsider my aversion to Goodreads). ‘Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance’ says “Never judge a book by its cover … disappointing waste of good reading time.” I also appreciated this review by ‘Kricket’: “When you read the blurb on the back it could really go either way. It’s just when you get into the story – ugh. If one of my male friends was behaving the way the main character was, I’d have encouraged him to seek psychiatric help rather than dating/marrying him.”
I guess I should have known when I went over to MikeGayle.co.uk where he describes the process of getting this book published. Maybe I’m in a foul mood after not enjoying this story, but I found his descriptions to be nearly as annoying as reading this book. I’m so glad that I didn’t waste a penny on this one. Straight back to the library it goes.