How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend
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How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  1,590 ratings  ·  213 reviews
Boyfriends are supposed to be loyal, caring, and handsome. Giovanna?s boyfriend, Jesse, has perfected the last two. But when her twin brother, Dante, runs for student body president, Jesse doesn?t support Dante, choosing to campaign for his opponent instead. Shouldn?t the fact that Jesse is Giovanna?s boyfriend count for something? So Giovanna dumps Jesse and becomes Dante...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 8th 2009 by Speak (first published June 21st 2007)
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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....more
Sandee (The Whimsical Reader)
"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...more
Oct 26, 2007 Nian rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
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.
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...more
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.
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...more
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
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
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...more
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.
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.
Another great one by Rallison. I don't know how she does it but I can't put them down. Cute, clean read.
Yearning To Read
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...more
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...more
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
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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...more
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...more
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Ugh. I read it for a cute read, and I just got annoyed with it. The heroine was constantly getting in situations caused by her own mistakes and assumptions, and it never felt funny so much as just consistently humiliating. The conflict was ridiculous, too. The treatment of her as a female character was laughable, as everything ultimately came down to being taken care of by the men - her brother and ex-boyfriend/boyfriend. Seriously, they couldn't have told her what they were doing? It's also rid...more
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Originally reviewed on my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing along with two others.

Although it did enjoy the book, the characters here were less likable to me. This isn't always something that's the end of the world, but the way that the author described them, I knew there was supposed to be something amazing about them, something I just missed. Especially with Jesse. Giovanna breaks up with her super popular boyfriend as a matter of principal- he not only refuses to help her brother, wh...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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When Giovanna's twin brother, Dante, announces he's running for student body president against her boyfriend's friend and popular candidate, Wilson, things between Giovanna and her boyfriend, Jesse, get a little tense. Jesse's great, the best boyfriend a girl could ask for...Until he agrees to support Wilson over Dante, who is also a good friend of his. Both Jesse and Dante say Giovanna's too emotional, and she might agree after she impulsively brea...more
Sara ♥
4.5 stars

Totally cute! I love that you can tell Janette Rallison is LDS without her coming right out and saying it! ;) Awesome! She's from Gilbert, AZ and one of her characters is a "minister"'s daughter who can't date until she's 16. It's totally obvious if you know what you're looking for!

I wasn't sure how I'd like this book, based solely on the title. I didn't like the idea of a girl who broke up with her boyfriend and then, *whine whine whine* "I want him back!" But that's TOTALLY not what t...more
This book is really good. It didn't end in a way that's like a fairytale, but it's still a happy ending. Exactly what the title says, Giovanni wants her boyfriend back. Giovanni has a twin brother, Dante, and he decides to run for class president and he is running against the mayor's son. Although Giovanni's boyfriend is a friend to both of them, he becomes the manager for the mayor's son. She finds out and dumps him, but she starts to miss him because he's nothing other than "perfect".
I liked...more
Nov 16, 2010 Sashana rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a light YA read
3.5 stars

A light, airy read that will have you laughing out loud until the very end.
When Giovanna’s twin brother, Dante, decides to run for Student Government President her life is turned upside down. What’s so difficult about this election you ask?

Tired of the elitist snobs running the School, Dante devises a plan to take them down a notch (or two!); becoming Student Government President. Problem is Giovanna’s boyfriend happens to be one of those snobs. Stuck between her boyfriend and her twin,...more
Libby Ames
Giovanna Petrizzo has always acted with passion and purpose, but not a lot of forethought. This same passion gets her framed for stealing some dissecting frogs from the science classroom as well as the classrooms computer system. It also leads her to (very publicly) break up with her nearly perfect boyfriend. When Gio’s twin brother Dante decides to run for student body president, Gio and Dante naturally ask Jesse to act as campaign manager, but he refuses. He agrees instead to help Dante’s riva...more
Mar 22, 2012 Hannah rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Janette Rallison and YA contemporary
I love Janette Rallison' books. They are such fun refreshing reads. With creative problems mixed with comedy, family stuff and romance! This one was no exception. I really enjoyed read this one, and read it fairly quickly. I will say that I didn't enjoy it as much as her other books, such as My Fair Godmother. But I did like it.

Giovanna was funny. She was a character who was quick to judge others and decide their character, without waiting a little to figure it out. Because of that flaw she didn...more
Princess Debz
Giovanna has the hottest boyfriend at school. Not only is Jesse hot, he's nice too! But when her twin brother, Dante, decides to run against the mayor's son for class president, things can only go down hill. When Jesse doesn't agree to help Dante with his campaign, Giovanna takes it personally and ends up without a boyfriend. In an attempt to cheer her up, her friends start setting her up on blind dates, with each one turning out worse than the last one. On top of all that, now she's Dante's cam...more
Sometimes a title does a great job of telling what a book is about. That is the case with How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend. Giovanna dumps Jesse when he chooses to help with the popular boy's campaign instead of her twin brother's campaign. This is an obvious breach of loyalty. However, Dante (her twin) doesn't seem to be bothered by the misaligned loyalty, and it doesn't take long for Giovanna to realize that she wants Jesse back.

I was hooked with the first paragraph:

"I bet you Cinderella...more
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