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You Had Me At Halo Paperback – August 7, 2007

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It's The Lovely Bones meets Bridget Jones in this fluffy take on what happens after death. Holly Evans, an airy 22-year-old recently deceased by supposed suicide, lingers in Heaven's "Level One, having to put up with all of the horrid rejects while people like her parents were up on Level Three probably wearing lovely white togas and bathing in chocolate." Luckily, her afterlife "spiritual realigner" (think: shrink) sends her back to Earth for two days to purge her soul, clear up the circumstances surrounded her alleged suicide and confess to her boyfriend Todd that she wants to marry him. The catch? Her vessel is Vince Murphy, a guy from the IT department. As the clock ticks, Vince and Holly psychically chat in Vince's head while ticking off the items on Holly's to-do list. The peachy conclusion isn't unexpected, but it's not quite expected either. It's a fun, witty traipse through the afterlife.
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About the Author

Amanda Ashby was born in Australia, but has spent the last ten years dividing her time between England and New Zealand. This is her first book.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (August 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451221354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451221353
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,764,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I was born in Australia but have spent the last ten years dividing my time between England and New Zealand. When I'm not moving, I like to write books (okay, I also like to watch television, eat chocolate, and sit around doing not much, but let's just keep that between ourselves, shall we?). I have a degree in English and journalism from the University of Queensland and am married with two young children. My debut book, You Had Me At Halo was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award and I now write young adult and mid grade books for Puffin.

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I had just finished reading something that was sort of heavy, so I thought that a fluffy chick-lit book would be a good follow-up. However, a few pages in to "You Had Me At Halo" I could tell why it was on the Borders clearance table. After a while, I did get used to the rhythm of the book, but the evolution of the story was so obvious I could have stopped reading it just a couple chapters in.

I realize this was the author's first book, but there were places where her thought seemed to be "Oh, I forgot to mention this, I'll just put it in now" or even "I don't know how this should happen, so it just will." Even if this is forgivable, that's no excuse for the editor to have been asleep.

If you're looking for a really light read, this isn't bad, but if you're used to a story that has some good developement I would stay away from this one.
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Debut author Amanda Ashby had me hooked from the first line. Ashby takes us on a humorous, heart-tugging, heaven-to earth-ride with Holly Evans. Holly always wanted to understand men better but hitching a ride in her co-worker Vincent Murphy's body isn't exactly what she had in mind. While working out her earth-bound issues, Holly realizes you can't always size someone up by the kind of tie they wear.
I laughed out loud several times while reading this and cheered for Holly when she finally came to her senses and realized her life really started when she died.
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By A Customer on August 11, 2007
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Holly Evans is unhappy to be dead at twenty-two years old and mortified having attended her own funeral. Her heavenly shrink grants her a forty-eight hour reprieve with two stipulations. First she must make a heavenly effort to clear up the tiffs she had with friends and family, etc; second she must use someone else's body whose soul has just vacated the premises.

Holly enters the corpse of recently deceased computer nerd Vince Murphy; only there is a minor problem. Vince still lives so she shares his body, which irritates him no end. However he agrees to help her with her cause. Meanwhile Holly realizes that the biggest mistake of her life when she was living was not realizing how nice yet strong Vince is.

This delightful after life fantasy is entertaining and amusing as Holly and Vince will remind readers of the terrific 1980s Tomlin-Martin film All of Me. Readers will laugh out loud as the geek and the dead chic chick battle for control of his body and their relationship even as an odd attraction forms. Amanda Ashley provides a charming offbeat tale.

Harriet Klausner
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You Had Me at Halo by Amanda Ashby is a delightfully fun and quirky romance between Holly, who is sent back to Earth from heaven in order to sort out her emotional baggage--and Vince, the computer geek she never noticed while she was still alive. It doesn't take Holly long to discover that there's a lot more to Vince than she ever realised, and it's not just because--through a monumental stuff up on heaven's part---they end up sharing the same body!

Vince is an absolutely gorgeous hero who, despite being secretly in love with Holly for years, helps her sort out the issues she has with her almost-fiance, Todd. I love the fun scenes between Holly and Vince as they try to come to terms with their strange living arrangements and also the poignant moments between Holly and her stepmother. This book is a definite keeper for me!
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Several parts had me laughing out loud. This is about several 20-something single people working for the same company. Holly is dating Todd, a top saleman. Vince is a computer nerd who has had a crush on Holly for a long time. Someone poisons Holly with motion sickness pills. Holly dies, but is allowed to return to earth for a short time, inhabiting Vince's body with him. The powers that be made a mistake and thought Vince was dead, but he wasn't. During this temporary visit, Holly learns things about many different people that she had not known before.

Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: none. Setting: present day U.S. Copyright: 2007. Genre: fantasy romance.
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I found out about newly published author Amanda Ashby through the amazing website/blog called Free Book Friday, that is founded by author Jessica Brody. I'm so glad that I read and even heard the wonderful podcast interview of Jessica and Amanda about her first novel You Had me at Halo. Listening to the podcast about how Amanda came to write her first novel was so wonderful to listen to and understand how the concept come to be. I had to find out more about this novel and to get it immediately so I can read it. I also recommend that you all listen to it also so you can decide for yourselves if you agree with me about this book and Amanda Ashby's inspiration for writing it. I'm glad that I bought this book because it didn't disappoint and now I'm a fan of Amanda Ashby's work and I look forward to any of her future novels. Especially since I found on her website that she will have a Young Adult novel called Zombie Queen of Newbury High, about high school kids and zombies, which is a wonderful combination in my opinion.

Now for the book I thought that Holly Evans is such a wonderful character that needed a reality check and her dying and then coming back in a man's body is a BIG reality check. Holly seemed like a self-involved person with only her own personal gain on the top of her list and she doesn't seem to notice anyone who isn't of her status level. So here comes in Vince Murphy the computer geek who use to be friends with Holly when they were children until he moved away. They also work for the same company but don't hang with one another because they are both in totally different status levels at the company. These two characters are very different but yet so much alike that they completely make a wonderful couple together but don't know it.
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