The Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook (Ed & Dan #1)
"Edward. Let me get this straight. You've called me right in the middle of Antiques Roadshow just to tell me your girlfriend's gone to bed?"
Tibet, Dan. Jane's gone to Tibet. She's left me."
Poor Edward! Never in his wildest dreams would he have imagined his girlfriend of ten years leaving him (and taking almost all the furniture!). He's despondent, and in a little bit of denial, so he calls his best friend Dan. Dan is a local television personality and he has had many girlfriends. Actually, Dan...more
So, with the guidance and help of his best friend/ladies' man/cad, the lady bartender from their pub, his lecherous/man-chasing boss, and his new...more
Jane leaves Edward because he has "let himself go", has become stagnant in his career, and seems to be stuck in his less than stellar life. However, Jane left with "I'll be back April 16th, so perhaps we'll talk then," and Edward takes this hint of a possible reconciliation and he runs with it. He embarks on a quest to lose weight, hiring a hot personal trainer to get him in shape. He goes shopping for a new wardrobe and new apartment furniture. He consults with his friends, an...more
This book is set in Brighton, England. Edward arrives home to discover that Jane, his girlfriend of ten years, has moved all her stuff out and is spending the next three months in Tibet. In an attempt to win her back, we following him as he hires a trainer so he can lose the love handles he's gotten over the years, he trades his Volvo in for a Mini, gets a new wardrobe and haircut, and does speed dating so he can find o...more
There’s a fair amount of debate over the term chick lit. One definition is a novel about a young woman in her twenties or thirties facing life’s challenges, typically career- or family-related, and dealing with her romantic life. This describes Dunn’s (Best Man; From Here to Paternity) latest novel. Edward Middleton is bereft when his long-term girlfriend leaves him by saying, “It’s not me, it’s you. You’ve let yourself go.” Jane is heading to Tibet on a spiritual q...more
This is no great for of literature. The characters are a bit stereotypical and the ending is a foregone conclusion but it's witty and entertaining. It was said all through the book bl...more
The Ex-Boyfriend’s Handbook follows the story of Edward Middleton, a dow...more
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* Brighton, England, Present Day
* Edward Middleton comes home one day to find his apartment empty. No, he hasn’t been robbed; his girlfriend of 10 years, Jane, has left him. In her note, she says “It’s not me—it’s you.” It seems that Edward’s increasing weight, sloppiness and lack of ambition has made Jane rethink things. So she’s off to Tibet and will be back in three months. Edward decides he has three months to make hi...more
Edward has three months before Jane returns. Edward’s good friend, Dan tells Edward that...more
This book read a lot like a "chick-lit" book from the man's perspective. It had the same narrative tone to it. However, this book is more a voyage of self-discovery for Edward than it is a "chick-lit" book, as it really lacks the romance found in that genre. There is a hint of it, but I wouldn't describe it as a romantic comedy.
I often found myself laughing, but also found myself annoyed, too. The main character, Edward, is a nice guy. How he is friends with Dan is beyond me. Dan seem...more
I wanted to finish this as quickly as I could, since I won it and wanted to review it properly for the author.
I had zero expectation going into this novel as it's the first giveaway I've won and didn't know how good it would be. I can say with confidence that this was easily one of the most enjoyable boo...more
One day Edward comes home and his girlfriend has left for Tibet. She has left a note telling him that he has left himself go so he starts this journey to improve his looks, his job, his life, in hope to get her back when she comes home from Tibet.
I do chick-lit...more
Together with his best friend Dan, the “star” of a mid-morning antiques show, Edward formula...more
According to more than a few reviews, The Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook is kind of seen as the male counterpart of Bridget Jones' Diary and I can vaguely see the comparison (mind you, it's been quite awhile since I read Bridget Jon...more
I don't know why I did it...read this book, that is. It caught my eye at the library, and I was interested in the British setting (Brighton) and a supposedly "chick lit" type of story written by a man. As I've said before, I don't like the term "chick lit," because I find that title denigrating to novels written by and for women. However, it is a certain type of genre, and this novel fits into that category. My husband says I should call it "dick lit." I l...more
Because it's not done very often, I am a fan of books that are told from the male perspective and are also a part of a genre that I enjoy. The Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook one ups tha...more
It was indeed an entertaining and funny reading, sarcastic and hilarious at times but serious enough to highlight the terrible experience of being dumped. The author deals with a very strong issue that happens every day in our society and if it hadn't been for his enjoyable writing, it would have be...more
This book follows the adventures (and mis) of Edward as he tries to figure this out. And, along the way, figure out what he really wants. He is in a rut, and it takes drastic measures to kick him out of it. Drastic measures in this case involve his long term girlfriend leaving him with the ultimatum “shape up your life, or never see me again”.
So, instead of doing a book report on this, an...more
You can call them 'Lad Lit' if you like - although I don't see why people are surprised that men can write romance. We all fall in love. And why do people always a...more
Overall not the best novel but a quick and fun read. I may pick up another no...more
It made me a little mad from the beggining that someone decides to change everything about themselves just because the girlfriend decided to go to Tibet suddenly, leaving the house almost empty with just a note saying: it's not me, it's you. Well, she might be right, but what did she deserved with this attitude, like she did it?!
Edward best friend was really obnoxious, I wanted to hit hi...more
I am currently looking for other books by this author. He's funny and engaging. The book is a quasi-romance but much much more it's a comedy/come of age (well ... a growing up into a man even though the main character is 30ish).
Edward's girlfriend, Jane, leaves Cuddly Teddy a note saying that it's not her but him and that she's gone to Tibet for three months to find herself. (She's also taken half of the stuff in their shared flat).
Now Edwards has got three months to fi...more
I love a book that leaves me wanting more but this one was cut off a little too soon. I would be leery to rea...more
Matt is the author of four contemporary romantic comedy novel...more