The Truth of “My Big Fake Irish Life” by Caitlin McKenna

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Published: Oct. 22, 2011, Self-published
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Linda Symcox (sim-cocks, everybody!) just doesn’t have the “it” that can make an aspiring actress stand out. She’s not pretty enough or ugly enough to be remarkable. After losing her job, not getting the part, and getting fired by her agent – all in one day – Linda hops on a plane with her sister to Ireland, where she comes up with a plan to stand out: She’s going to become Irish.

With her amazing accent and acting skills, she becomes Meghan O’Connell, and boy do people love her for it! The novel is full of funny moments and intriguing thrills as Meghan lives a double life. It’s a worthy read that’s a fun-filled joyride. You’ll wish, too, that this was a movie, if only to hear that cute Irish accent.

Linda is a cute character who surprisingly doesn’t have much friends, which is a convenience when she starts to live a second life as Meghan O’Connell (she actually legally changed her name through her driver’s license).

The people in her lives are pretty funny and amusing. Her sister Lynn is smart, pretty, and always supportive. Their mother is loving, kind, overeager, and sometimes vindictive. Their father is wise and understanding. But how on earth does Linda manage to turn them into her cousin and American aunt and uncle?

What I liked about this book is that it’s never boring and hilarious things constantly happens to Linda/Meghan. To be honest, every time I read her lines, I thought of Brave’s Merida. It was amazing how people flocked to her because she was “Irish”, often telling her that her “American accent” was bad, weird, or “not her”.

Soon, Linda realizes that people like her novelty. She was someone unfamiliar, her accent was uncommon, and she came from a seemingly mystical place. I often found myself sympathizing with her. She tries to find the right time to confess, but when she asks, “But what if I’m not Irish?” and starts talking in her American accent, people cover their ears and make disgusted faces. So much for coming clean.

Her love interest, without a doubt, is Michael, considering there really isn’t any other guy mentioned in the story. He can be charming, but he can also be annoying at times. Sometimes it’s as is he only truly liked her because she was Irish, and nothing more.

But people do change and sometimes love can start from simple admiration (of a non-existent Irish girl) to actual love and acceptance (of a plain American Jane).

The author includes an epilogue, but I tell you, it isn’t necessary, and it starts to sound like a “Dear Diary,” extension.

But overall, the story is worth the read. You’ll have fun living Meghan’s fake Irish life with her.

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