Fiction

My Pear-Shaped Life by Carmel Harrington

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About the Book

This is a joyful, uplifting book for those of us who sometimes wake up and feel we’re not good enough. Spoiler alert: we are!

Meet Greta.

She’s funny.

She’s flawed.

She’s hiding so much behind her big smile she’s forgotten who she is.
But Greta is about to discover that the key to being happy is…being you.
Greta Gale has played the part of the funny fat one her entire life, hiding her insecurities behind a big smile. But size doesn’t matter when you can laugh at yourself, right?

Until Greta realises she’s the only one not laughing. And deep down, she’s not sure if she’ll ever laugh again.

But with her world feeling like it’s falling down around her, Greta is about to discover she’s stronger than she feels. And that sometimes the best moments in life come when it’s all gone a bit pear-shaped…

What I thought

After having read A Thousand Roads Home last year and absolutely loving it, I must admit to being a bit disappointed in this one.

It started out OK,  but when I got half way through, I started to get a bit bored with it.  It’s not really my kind of story.  It’s a story of triumph over adversity, of realising that if you don’t make changes, then your life is going to get a whole lot more messed up than you feel it already is.  I just found it all a little too sickly-sweet.

Greta Gale, the main character is a lovely person.  She’s funny and as the reader you do feel both empathy for her situation and grow to like her very much.  Her story – she’s over weight, but she tries not to let that bother her too much.  Unfortunately she has also developed an addiction to sleeping tablets.  It is the addiction that leads to her downfall.  She ends up in rehab to get help with her addiction.  I enjoyed this part of the book which really held my attention.

I think the main reason it didn’t resonate with me was because she idolised an American celebrity.  Think Oprah Winfrey, only the celebrity in the book was obviously fictitious and also just happened to be Greta’s namesake.  This is why I couldn’t really get along with the book as I’m just not the sort of person to idolise a shouty celebrity, so felt very sceptical of this apparently amazing woman and can never understand anyone who hangs on every word of a well paid celebrity.  Ah well, that’s just cynical old me.

All the supporting characters were likeable, except for Billie who was the long-lost sweetheart of Greta’s Uncle.  Whilst it was easy to understand why Billie was such a stand-offish character, she did tend to put a bit of a dampener on events, and I think maybe it was down to her that I didn’t really enjoy the second half of the book.

Overall, it is a nice feel-good story and if you love a happy ending, you’ll be pleased with this one, it just maybe wasn’t for me.

♥ Happy Reading ♥


I got an e-copy of the book from the library.  The book is available in e-book and hardback with the paperback due out early 2021.

4 thoughts on “My Pear-Shaped Life by Carmel Harrington

    1. I didn’t mean to read it, I’d seen it on Netgalley before publication but didn’t have room to fit it in. Then I was trying out a new app from our library and spotted it so I only meant to read a few pages just to try out the app and found myself hooked in. I enjoyed the first part, it was the trip to America I wasn’t keen on but I think the main reason was that I didn’t really have time to read it and should have put it back until I had more time.

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