Book Review: My Legendary Girlfriend

My Legendary Girlfriend by Mike Gayle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My Legendary Girlfriend is the story of Will, a hopeless romantic who is still trying to get over being dumped by the love of his life three years before. The book is set over the course of a single weekend, and is a hilarious glimpse into the life of a man who is bitter about pretty much everything.

Most of the book is set in the protagonist’s one-bedroom flat in North London where he has telephone calls with the various people in his life. There is a great mix of happy, sad and funny moments, and Gayle keeps the plot flowing well, even though much of the narrative is internal dialogue.

The only thing I didn’t like about the book is the use of adverbs. I noticed on average one per page, and I found them distracting. There’s something about them that leaps annoyingly off the page, and even when I try to focus intently, they won’t go away, instead continuing to doggedly claw at my attention. This is just my own personal preference though, so don’t be put off.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable book, and Gayle has created an loveable character in Will. I look forward to reading more of Mike’s books.

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