Review: The Ex Boyfriend’s Handbook

“It’s not me – it’s you. You’ve let yourself go, so I’m letting you go too.”

When Edward Middleton hears those words from Jane, his girlfriend of the past ten years, he knows he’s in serious trouble. Determined to get her back, Edward must learn how to make women fancy him again. But what makes for a good boyfriend nowadays? Right now, he’s the kind of man who puts the ‘ex’ into ‘sexy’.
One thing is certain: if he’s to be Jane’s Mr Right, he needs to turn himself into a bit of all right. From Atkins and Botox, Edward begins working his way through the makeover alphabet. But can cuddly Teddy really become sexy Eddie? Can he rise from the ranks of discarded exes? Or has his journey of self-discovery taken him in a different direction entirely?


The Ex-Boyfriend’s Handbook by Matt Dunn

My thoughts

Yes I know what you are thinking. Another chick literature book right? What about the rest of the thrillers? Well I think variety is a good a thing.

To be honest I cannot believe how many books I have read this year and so many in this last part of the year. I guess that boils down to the fact that I don’t have much else to do lately and I am yet to work out whether that is a good thing or a bad thing.

But back to the book. It was a great read. Easy going; hard to put down. Started off a real honest ‘Dear John” letter. I loved the relationship advice and insights that all the characters provide throughout. I had a number of real laugh out loud moments throughout reading the book. British setting, British humour. Not everything is clean cut. Just like real life is: messy and embarrassing at time. All the while routing for the underdog Edward who seems completely naive and ignorant in the beginning and experiences a lot of light bulb moments along the way as he figures things out for himself; like missing puzzle pieces.

I was inspired by his pro-activeness and all the hard work he put in which was initially inspired by Jane and getting her (winning her) back but which actually ended up being for himself; which is the point really right? Love and take care of yourself so you can love and take care of others.

The ending was not what I expected at all, but it was imperfectly perfect (just like me). I love happy endings! We all deserve happiness in the end right?

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