My Pear-Shaped Life – Carmel Harrington


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…


This was an uplifting book about self discovery and being yourself!

The format of the writing was varied with instagram posts, quotes, dialogue and narrative. It was all believable dialogue and I was invested from the beginning.

I thoroughly enjoyed following Greta (the main character) on her journey through addiction and to being at peace with herself and her literal journey too, with her uncle Ray and friends. I think the ending worked very well.

I would recommend this book! I rated it a 4/5 stars.

About the Author:

Carmel Harrington is an exciting voice in women’s fiction – twice shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards, she has the potential to fill the Maeve Binchy slot with her warm, moving and deeply felt novels about family life.

She’s extremely well connected in the Irish literary world. She chairs the Wexford Literary Festival and is on the panel of TV3’s Elaine Show.

Carmel has a strong base in Ireland but her voice captures readers’ hearts all over the world and we’d now like to grow her in the UK and in Australia as well as accelerating growth in Ireland.

Her stories are heart-warming, deeply emotional, and deal with some dark themes but are always ultimately uplifting.


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