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How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,886 Ratings  ·  233 Reviews
Sixteen-year-old Giovanna Petrizzo finds it hard enough to fit in. Three years since her family moved to Texas, she's still the newcomer compared to everyone around her. It doesn't help matters when her twin brother, Dante, takes on the mayor's son by running for class president. The least she could expect, though, would be for her boyfriend, Jesse, to support their cause. ...more
Hardcover, 265 pages
Published June 21st 2007 by Putnam Juvenile
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Mar 29, 2011 Caris rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, young-adult
In the mid-nineties, young adult literature kind of sucked. There were exceptions, I’m sure, but I never found them. For the most part, they consisted of formulaic, mass market paperbacks that presented readers with two-dimensional characters, predictable plots, and vampires and shit. They were as divorced from literary merit as a book can be without being repurposed into toilet paper.

As a teenager, I was very fond of those books. Every bit of money I came across would go towards their purchase.
"I bet you Cinderella didn't get along with Prince Charming's friends. Oh sure, the knights and barons probably put up with her on account that she was pretty and had such dainty feet and all, but you know every duchess and countess in the kingdom hated her guts. That's how women are when someone encroaches on their turf."


I hate people who think they’re better than everybody else because they’re rich.
I am not stereotyping here okay.
I said I hate people who think they’re
Oct 26, 2007 Nian rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Seriously, everyone.
Shelves: 2007
Love it. Love it. Love it. Even though Janette Rallison isn't nearly as well known (say, like Meg Cabot) I'm starting to believe that I prefer her books over Cabot. There's just something so satisfying about finishing one of Rallison's books that I just want to go online and write a good review for it. So. Here I am.

Giovanna thinks she has the best boyfriend ever. Sure, he might hang out with a few jerks as friends, but that's okay. Until Giovanna's twin brother, Dante, decides to run against t
Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation
I couldn't decide on something to read last night and finally decided to revisit this favorite of mine. I love the opening line: "I bet you Cinderella didn’t get along with Prince Charming’s friends.” Because, when you think about it, that's probably true.

Anyway, I've read this a few times now and I enjoyed it just as much this time around. Giovanna was a fun character; she broke up with her perfect boyfriend Jesse when he chose his friends over her and her twin brother. She probably should hav
Feb 07, 2013 Heidi rated it really liked it
4.5 (Just because I felt the ending seemed a bit hurried....)

I loved this light, fun, read by Janette Rallison. I read it in one night because I couldn't put it down. It had me laughing and smiling thoughout the entire book. A great, clean, YA read.
Apr 30, 2009 Tanja rated it liked it
I laughed out loud reading this book. Rallison has a great connection to what it feels like to be a teenager. I felt like she kept the story real and it was not filled with beverly hills 90210 type drama.
Short Review also appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7

How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend by Janette Rallison was an incredibly light and fluffy read--which is exactly what I needed! Was it the best book I've ever read? No, but it was a lot of fun.

I will admit that I went into this book kind of knowing what to expect, but I was still surprised by how it didn't focus on what I thought it would. The title is a loose indicator of what this book is about and I enjoyed the easy-going and predict
I try to avoid YA contemporary. Mostly because it's usually full of swearing and sex talk. Not to mention no one has any superpowers.
Instead the characters are pregnant/strugglingwithsexualorientation/depressed/orphaned/abused/homicidal/suicidal.
Since this book has none of the above, I think it needs it's own genre:
And by better, I mean hilarious (and nobody dies or contracts a terminal illness!) I read this aloud to my wife, and every few pages I had difficulty controlling
Sep 16, 2010 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the concept of this story. In the beginning I was really drawn to Giovanna and Dante. I also thought that Jesse was completely swoon worthy and that stuck through most of the book. I did find myself lapsing a few times though, like I got annoyed with some of the things that Giovanna would say or do and Jesse was nearly too perfectly perfect really. BUT, overall it was a very cute read.

Rallison has a way with words that make you want to curl up with a book all evening long, which is exact
Giovanna is surprised when her twin brother, Dante decides to run for class president, but she is even more shocked when her boyfriend, Jesse (who is also a friend of Dante) says he is going to support the opposing side. In a fit of conflicting emotions, Giovanna dumps Jesse because she feels it is the only right thing to do, with him turning on her and Dante. But later she realizes that that might have been a little rash and wants to win him back, but she also wants to help her brother win clas ...more
Apr 02, 2015 Carie rated it liked it
I really liked this book in the end, but I spent a lot of time being seriously irritated on Giovanna’s behalf. I could relate to why she was so angry and I didn’t really feel like she was being overly emotional--just supportive of her brother and expecting her boyfriend to do what he’d told her he’d do. Most of the time I just thought Jesse should have handled things differently with a bit more explanation/repentance and less “well that’s just the way it’s going to be so live with it and don’t q ...more
Feb 16, 2010 Esther rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I'm ambivalent towards this book which is not what I want from my bubble gum reads (something easy and sweet to entertain for a few minutes or hours and then spit it out, in the case of gum, and forget about it in the case of books). The writing was pretty good for a bubble gum read, it was laugh out loud funny in many parts and had the love interest component too.

The main problem with the book was it sent up too many red therapy flags that I couldn't ignore. Codependence (or low differentiation
Jasmyne Weed
Nov 01, 2015 Jasmyne Weed rated it really liked it
Giovanna dates the popular, cute boy, Jesse. Although Jesse and Giovanna are good together, she hates jesses stuck-up, snotty friends. When Jesse's friend Wilson decides to run for student body president, Giovanna's brother Dante runs against him.
Realizing that without support from another popular person, his run against Wilson is pointless, Dante asks his sister to persuade Jesse into being his campaign manager. When being the campaign manager of Dante is asked of Jesse, he says no, it wasn'
Sep 18, 2014 Becca rated it it was amazing
I listened to this book, and I really enjoyed it. It's hard to write the review because I listened to three other books as well...hehe!

Giovanna is dating Jesse and they seem to have a wonderful relationship. Jesse's friends are rich and snobby, and are not really all that nice to people out side their circle. When a kid from their high school passes away Giovanna's twin brother Dante wants to make a memorial for him. The Student Body President thinks that money should be spent on prom floats. Da
Nov 30, 2009 Deborah rated it it was amazing
LOVED THIS BOOK! It was just such a cute story, and I can see myself really falling in love with this author. It was a quick read and I had the HARDEST time putting it down. I just had to know how it all turned out.

I loved the main guy Jesse. He was just so cool and nice and the whole time you are thinking the main girl is CRAZY for ever letting him go. The characters in the book were fun and real. I loved it and thought it was nothing but a FUN story that made you smile when you were done.
Feb 13, 2015 Naenae rated it it was amazing
Loyal, caring, and handsome. Jesse may have the last two down, but Giovanna thinks he's seriously lacking in the loyalty department when her twin brother, Dante, runs for student body president and Jesse campaigns for her brother's opponent. First of all, Wilson-Mr.Popularity- doesn't need Jesse's help as much as Dante does, and second, shouldn't the fact that Jesse is Giovanna's boyfriend count for something? Will, apparently not. When Giovanna dumps Jesse and becomes Dante's campaign manager, ...more
Nov 10, 2014 Tausha rated it really liked it
This was a cute, fun, clean YA book. I always feel for the characters in the books written by Rallison...they always get in the craziest situations. Usually they make me laugh, but I still feel for them. LOL Our main heroine in this one is no different. She has good intentions but it sure gets her in trouble. Fun read!

Beth Rodgers
Mar 01, 2015 Beth Rodgers rated it really liked it
I didn't know how much I was going to like this book at first, but it turned into a very worthwhile read. After the first few chapters, I could barely put the book down because I was so interested to see how everything was going to turn out. The main character, Giovanna, seemed very real to me, questioning her breakup with her boyfriend which she worried was done for petty reasons, even though she felt justified at the time. Adding to her uncertainty over whether she made the right decision to b ...more
Jan 10, 2010 Meredith rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-books
Janette Rallison has a really amazing ability to write situations that I'm embarrassed to read. I kept laughing, then cringing, then putting the book down for a few minutes. But I made it through. It's classic Janette Rallison: silly, romantic, embarrassing, and overall, super satisfying.
Nov 12, 2014 Erica rated it really liked it
There were a few moments early on in this book that I was annoyed and agitated. REALLY annoyed.
The stepmom.
The twin that she feels the need to fix all his problems.
The injustice and high-school-ness of it all.


But even while I was annoyed, Rallison still had me laughing. That's what I love about her books; she's so hilarious! So I kept on, and things turned around nicely. You get to see why the stepmom is annoying. The nice things that Dante does for Gi. Giovanna learn to control her emot
Apr 30, 2015 Caro rated it really liked it
Shelves: janette-rallison
More hilarious quotes, but this one was pretty heartwarming as well.

I didn’t want to imagine that conversation and how utterly pathetic I had sounded in it.
Daphne: Hi, Buddy, I have this friend who I’m trying to set up—
Buddy: I’m busy that night.
Daphne: I haven’t told you what night.
Buddy: If she’s not capable of getting a date on her own, then I’m busy.
Daphne (because Daphne is delusional when it comes to her friends): Giovanna is gorgeous, smart, and nice—everything anyone would want, but, we
Aug 07, 2010 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lit
Another great one by Rallison. I don't know how she does it but I can't put them down. Cute, clean read.
May 30, 2015 Natalie rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, teen
Giovanna has been dating Jesse for a while. She doesn't like his friends and they really don't like her, but she's been happy with Jesse.

Then Dante, Giovanna's twin brother, decides to run for class president, against Wilson, a good friend of Jesse's. Giovanna decides she can't date the opposing candidate's team, so she dumps Jesse - publicly. But she didn't mean to, and as election day gets closer, she wonders how she can get him back.

The story drags a little too long and Gio doesn't always see
Tanja Voosen
Ich mochte das Buch nicht. Fangen wir doch mal so an. Ich finde sogar es ist ein gutes Beispiel dafür, wie kurze Romane einfach schrecklich oberflächlich und unlogisch sein können, wenn der Geschichte zu wenig Raum gegeben wird. Die Protagonistin war mir völlig fremd. Sie hatte keine Eigenschaften oder Hobbys, alles, was es für sie gab, war ihr Freund. Und den serviert sie beim ersten Streit gleich ab. Anstatt sich zu entschuldigen zieht sie dann aber im Wahlampf um den Schülersprecher gegen ihn ...more
Aug 12, 2014 Amelie rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-bookshelf
How to take the ex out of exboyfriend ist ein Contemporary Roman, welchen ich mir sofort bestellt habe, als ich gesehen habe, dass es ihn sehr günstig gebraucht bei Amazon gab. Es geht dabei um Giovanna, der es schon länger auf den Wecker geht, dass ihr Freund Jesse beliebt ist. Nicht, dass sie generell etwas dagegen hätte, es sind mehr seine oberflächlichen Freunde, die ihr auf die Nerven gehen. Allen voran Jesses bester Freund Wilson, Sohn des Bürgermeisters und arrogantes Arschloch. Als Giova ...more
Sierra Abrams
I'm pretty sad about this book. Like, I LOVE Janette Rallison. She has been one of my writing heroes ever since My Fair Godmother. But this lacked so much. I don't even remember it that well. It wasn't like I hated was just boring. It lacked character development and story development, too.

Giovanna, the MC, was just...ugh. Nope. She's the one thing I really remember about the book - she made me mad. She made the worst decisions and was so dramatic and just could not see past h
Apr 24, 2011 Bonnie rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This was an easy breezy read. Not great, but fun and fluffy. I did surprise myself by finishing it in one sitting.

It was all a little ridiculous, of course. And Jesse (the ex-boyfriend Giovanna eventually decides she wants to un-ex) was not nearly as nice as I thought he should be. He was a bit of a jerk, actually. I mean, blacklisting Giovanna from getting another date? Constantly smirking in her presence? Using Blond Bimbo #2 to make her jealous (or at least never dispelling Giovanna’s jealou
Apr 30, 2010 Jay rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, arc
Giovanna Petrizzo claims the only thing Italian about her is her name, but she sure has the whole hothead/emotional thing down as well. When her twin brother, Dante, decides to run for student body president, he assumes (rightfully so) that he can count on her for help. Giovanna, in turn, assumes that her boyfriend, Josh, will also join Dante’s campaign team. After all, not only is he friends with Dante, he’s her boyfriend – that’s what boyfriends do, right? Apparently Josh never got that memo, ...more
Jul 28, 2009 Olgy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
This book review was originally posted to the CCF website. Reposted at with permission.

I received an advance copy Janette Rallison's book, "How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-boyfriend," and LOVED IT!!!!! Couldn't put it down. Read it all in one sitting.

To tell you the truth I don't normally go for romance type reads so I actually started reading it at 11 p.m. with the idea that I would read a little and then put it down...well, thanks to Rallison's awesome writing it was
Feb 10, 2013 Tan rated it liked it
Originally reviewed - 1/29/08

How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend is about sixteen-year-old Giovanna Petrizzo who has just had one of the most absolute shocks of her life. Her boyfriend of two months, Jesse decides to be the campaign manager of the popular Wilson, current class president of Bickham High, even though her twin brother, Dante offered him the job first. Giovanna gets so mad at Jesse that she immediately ends their relationship and becomes Dante's campaign manager instead.

But afte
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