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Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  2,562 Ratings  ·  282 Reviews
Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About concerns a guy named Pel who lives with his German girlfriend, Ursula. Pel leads an uneventful life—quietly bluffing his way through his job and discovering new things to argue about with Ursula. But when his boss mysteriously disappears, Pel steps innocently into his shoes and his life spirals out of control in a chaotic whirl ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 14th 2003 by Villard (first published January 1st 2003)
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Sara
Feb 08, 2008 Sara rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. In fact, there were parts where I would be laughing so hard that I'd have to stop reading, compose myself and then read it to my husband, who was sitting next to me wondering if I had lost my mind. He read it also and would agree - this is an amazingly good/quick/fun read.
Holly
Apr 26, 2008 Holly rated it did not like it
You're better off just looking at his website, which is hilarious. Trying to expand that content into a full-fledged novel with fictionalized versions of himself and his German girlfriend was a mistake because, amazingly enough, he can't seem to make himself or her seem likable or sympathetic, or make their real relationship seem worth preserving. The plot is just an asinine and ridiculous structure on which to hang unfunny anecdotes.
Michael
Jul 14, 2008 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite enjoyed this book, though be warned: if you care about plot, this is not a book for you. The book does make some vague effort to come up with an interesting plot for the story to follow, but this book is really about providing opportunities for Mil Millington to provide the reader with funny insights about relationships and, sometimes, the world in general. Mostly about relationships, though. Millington is genuinely funny, and he keeps it up throughout the book, making this one heck of a ...more
Suede
Dec 17, 2007 Suede rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. I wanted it to be witty and funny and everything else I thought I would get from the title. Unfortunately, I found that his "zingers" sometimes got in the way of the flow. He'd try to throw something fast moving dialogue in, but the insults were distracting and contrived...and I found that I often had to re-read pages just to remember what was going on in the story line.
The plot became stronger towards the end, but at that point, I just didn't care anymore.
Eileen
Feb 12, 2009 Eileen rated it it was ok
This is an excellent example of why not to try to turn a funny website into a hopefully funny novel with plot imposed on it. Ugh. Can't do it. I'm taking it back to the library.
Nick
Apr 02, 2008 Nick added it
After finding the author's website http://www.milmillington.com and not being able to stop reading or laughing, I was dying to get my paws on this book. What a disappointment! Nothing like the brilliant website at all. A rather dull novel, with little of the "arguments" that make the website so funny. Not a bad book, but nothing special either. It was marginally better than having my eye jabbed with a sharp stick.
Melissa
Jan 02, 2009 Melissa rated it did not like it
Actually didn't finish. Had seen the author compared to one I like, so picked up this book. Trying too hard to be clever in my opinion. Pop culture references seemed forced rather than a natural part of the story. Didn't like the characters. Read about half of it.
Oriana
May 23, 2010 Oriana rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2010
Oh my god, Mil Millington is devastatingly hilarious. I honestly don't remember ever laughing this hard -- out loud! -- and this often during a book.

Starting from the terrific and relatable title (I'm pretty sure my boyfriend writes a book with this title, furiously, in his head every day), this book is hysterical and fast-moving and so very, divinely British. I hardly even want to talk about it because -- luckily for me -- I pulled it randomly off the shelf at a used book store and didn't know
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Jennifer
Nov 24, 2010 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction, humor
A mixed bag: what's not to love about a guy who rises to the top of the library staff at a British university by bluffing his way through troubleshooting the computers at the library's student help center? Yes, at his university they even play the odds on how many students per day will forget to save their work. On the other hand, the guy's constant arguments with his girlfriend are a smoothly polished comic routine. Rancorous and witty? Yes, but they obscure whatever connection might keep this ...more
Jack
Oct 07, 2012 Jack rated it did not like it
Done.It sucked. Only read it cause I was stubborn and a review I trusted raved about it. It was supposed to be hilarious, but out of ten thousand jokes, I laughed three times. F -- epic fail
Nooilforpacifists
This book is interesting; fun writing and scenes. Ultimately, however, it goes nowhere.
Christine
Dec 01, 2008 Christine rated it liked it
Shelves: funny
hilarious nonsense - if you don't like it 40 pages in then just stop reading.
Arminzerella
Pel and his German girlfriend Ursula live in a terrible neighborhood, have two young sons, and argue about some very pedestrian things. Pel never wins these arguments. Pel's supervisor quits and Pel gradually starts taking on increasingly superior supervisory positions, each of which puts him more and more out of touch with his comfort zone and sense of reality. Soon he's having dealings with the Chinese mafia, running in-service days, and trading snarky comments with librarians. And Ursula expe ...more
Gaby
Sep 08, 2012 Gaby rated it did not like it
This is the kind of book you probably absolutely love or simply hate. I wanted very much to be in the first group but already a few pages in I suspected it wasn't for me. I kept at it, hoping it would improve, but it didn't. Basically, if you find the author as witty, snarky, and clever as he obviously considers himself to be, then you'll enjoy this book. If not, then sadly there is very little going on in the plot and character-development departments to distract from his never-ending supposedl ...more
Brian
May 30, 2008 Brian rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone looking for the male version of chick lit.
Recommended to Brian by: a google search for the male version of chick lit.
Shelves: own
I was going to Florida and knew that I'd have a lot of time to sit on the beach and read. So I went on a book hunt.

The best summer reading, in my opinion, is smart, funny, original fiction. Unfortunately, I've found that the bulk of books fitting this description are written by women and directed primarily at women. If I were a member of that group, I'd find it fascinating to read about various relationships and their quirky intersection with career advancement. Or whatever. Chick lit.

This is pr
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Karen
I loved this book! I have been a fan of Mil Millington's website (http://www.mil-millington.com/) for a long time. I stumbled upon it by chance and kept going back to it whenever I needed to laugh for a little while.
This is his first novel, and it is based on his relationship with his girlfriend Margret (Ursula in the book). It is really, really, really funny. I always loved how Mr. Millington described their relationship: "...my being English while she is German not only makes each one of us p
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Kathy Wright
Jul 01, 2008 Kathy Wright rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
If you want a funny laugh-out-loud book - this is definately it! I was chuckling and laughing out loud within the first two pages. I'm not sure whether this book had extra appeal to me because firstly the character works in an academic library as I do, so I understood the "in-jokes" - many of which the author hit on perfectly - ie "Appointing a non-librarian as the Learning Centre Manager. It's sure to be an issue with the librarians in the Learning Centre. They'll march through the streets , ov ...more
Jim
Oct 30, 2008 Jim rated it it was amazing
This isn't a book that is heavy on story-line. There is something of a plot: Pel (the protagonist), a university library drone, is promoted to replace his former supervisor, and keeps getting promoted beyond his skill level. It's pretty obvious that his superiors are up to something fraudulent, but Pel is distracted by other things. Barely competent and clueless, Pel could turn out to be the perfect scapegoat.

What really drives the book, however, is Pel's relationship with his valkyrie girlfrien
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Callan
Nov 11, 2010 Callan rated it it was amazing
this is one of my favorite books of the last five years or so. dry as a bone british humor, reeking with sarcasm and cheekiness. to give credit where credit is due, the non-literary boyfriend recommended this one, and for once, he was on to something!

i love the part where the main character, pel, is called in to his son's church of england school because the kid's been attempting to convert his classmates to atheism and the principal asks pel to "do something about it." pel responds with somethi
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Victoria
Oct 29, 2012 Victoria rated it it was amazing
Oh, this is simple a hysterical novel! A genuinely laugh-out-loud book! It is a crazy romantic comedy and I thoroughly love it. It is absolutely absorbing. I definitely want to read his other books... in fact, I suppose I just may head over to the bookstore now to see if they have any others! It feels like it’s been a long time since discovering a new author that makes you immediately have an appetite for more of their work - immediately! I can’t wait to see what else this talented writer has cr ...more
Brittanie
Jul 18, 2007 Brittanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Comedy readers
This was a surprising and highly entertaining read. I grabbed it on my way to a 16 hour flight from Finland back to the US and didn't see anything else worthwhile in English. First off, this book is HILARIOUS and, though I couldn't relate to any of the situations or characters, it was easy to go from cover to cover in no time. I finished the book on that plane.
Tracy Rhodes
Mar 27, 2007 Tracy Rhodes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny
OK, so it doesn't have the most stellar plot in the world. It really doesn't need to - the plot simply serves as a device for Mil Millington to vent, and when he unleashes his thesaurus-busting litany of sarcastic, terminal-underdog wit, particularly in relation to his eponymous other half, it's a hell of a fun ride.
Virginia
Mar 25, 2012 Virginia rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
I only read a few pages of this book and couldn't go on. I imagine the 'voice' of the character narrating the novel is supposed to be witty and cynically humorous but in fact it was just plain annoying and whingeing. I wanted to slap him! (And I'm not a violent person at all!)
Jes
May 05, 2010 Jes rated it it was amazing
This book is hilarious. If you live with someone, or are thinking about it, read this. It gives a good insight to the ups and downs of sharing a dwelling with your other half.
Nadine Melanson
Jan 15, 2017 Nadine Melanson rated it liked it
The author's sarcastic humor made me lol, but a drawback for me was the rather abrupt ending.
Soho_Black
Once upon a time, there were books. You bought them in bookshops. Then there was the internet. After this, there were websites from which you could buy books. Then, as websites started to become more popular and almost as a natural progression, there were websites that decided to release books or release their content in book form.

The Darwin Awards was possibly the first of these, a fun website that became a fun book (and, so far, three fun books), which weren't terribly readable in the normal w
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Suzie
Sep 26, 2016 Suzie rated it liked it
such an odd character! really made me laugh at times, good story.
Lux
Aug 02, 2007 Lux rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: awesome
Mil Millington is my kind of bloke.

'Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About' is my first read of work by the talented and hilarious Mil Millington. I found this book quietly chuckling to itself on a shelf in a local book shop after being forced to wait for an indeterminable amount of time for my boyfriend to re-peruse the shop's 10 book film section... Well was I ever surprised to flip to the mid section of this novel and suddenly burst into laughter as Pel (the voice of reason) was being b
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Sarah Goodwin
Dec 01, 2012 Sarah Goodwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book, and the one I chose to make me laugh after another novel failed to do the job.

I was not disappointed.

This book made me laugh out loud, and I read it very quickly, because it was so fast paced, and managed to make even the mundane portions of the character's lives deeply entertaining.

The plot seems to have bothered other reviewers, but I actually found it very good. MAD, but good. The way things escalate is believable, in a totally insane way, and had the book had a sl
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Tim
Dec 01, 2013 Tim rated it liked it
I'm not going to write a synopsis as most reviews do; you read the fucking synopsis, now you want to read a review, so here it is.
They argue... a lot... so much in fact that they never have an actual conversation, just argue. Some arguments were funny, some just got to be on the annoying side. His girlfriend is so mean, and misunderstanding; he seems so stupid, and lazy at times that I wonder how they ever copulated in order to have the two shits of children they have.
The story that runs pa
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Mil Millington is a British author of humorous books. He first came to public prominence as a writer when he created a web-site entitled "Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About. The site's main content was (and remains) anecdotes describing arguments and misunderstandings between Mil and his German girlfriend Margret, mother of his two sons. The site was hosted on Wolverhampton University's ...more
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