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Getting Rid Of Matthew

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  2,702 ratings  ·  338 reviews
Traditional Chinese edition of Getting Rid of Matthew, a hilarious novel about a woman who would much rather be a mistress than married to her lover. In Traditional Chinese. Distributed by Tsai Fong Books, Inc.
Paperback, 410 pages
Published August 7th 2007 by Penguin Group (Australia) (first published January 1st 2007)
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Tea Jovanović
Debitantski ženski roman... sjajan i azbavn... Kako se otarasiti ljubavnika... pri tome oženjenog... :)
Daisy
Mar 21, 2010 Daisy added it
In Getting Rid of Matthew, Helen finally convinces her lover to ditch his wife, but as soon as he moves out – whoops! She doesn’t want him anymore. So rather than chronicle falling in love and winning the guy, this clever novel recounts the all-too-real ways we lose interest in people – did he really leave his socks on the couch again? Has his hair always looked that bad? – and how we kick them out. But what if you happen to develop an unexpected friendship with the wife, the woman you made a cu...more
Karen
Sep 11, 2007 Karen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
This was a great rid, "chick-lit" with some substance. A 30-something woman who has spent four years of her life with a married man now ends up with him full-time--and finds it is so much less than she hoped for. Well written, funny, insightful. And set in England--always a plus. Why does British slang sound so much classier than US slang?
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Helen had always imagined that by the time she turns forty she'd have her life sorted: she'd have the job in PR she wanted, a lovely apartment in London and a man to share it with. So there was plenty of time to travel the world and go out drinking with her best friend Rachel. Now Helen's thirty-nine and waking up to the fact that none of her expectations in life have come about: she lives in a basement flat; she's stuck in a second-rate PR firm as a lowly personal assistant; she's invented a bo...more
Mandy
Sep 07, 2007 Mandy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: women who like funny chick lit
Shelves: adult, funny
Finally finished it. It's hilarious and written with the same british humour that I've been used to of late. A friend bought it in London and read it, said it reminded her of me....and passed it on.

A woman is having an affair with a married man. Just as she decides she's getting fed up with it/him (4 years into the affair), he shows up on her doorstep having left his family and now wants to be with her.

She's less-than-amused that this has happened and decides to do everything in her power to rep...more
Diane
I have rated this book on the level which I enjoyed it rather than the quality of the writing. The writing is actually pretty good - except for the odd glitch where absent characters suddenly speak in conversations - but unfortunately this type of novel isn't my thing.

I was given a copy for World Book Night and thought I would give it a go even though I don't usually read chic lit. It isn't badly written or anything, but I didn't like the characters, the storyline or the concept.. and I didn't f...more
Sondra Santos
So far, so good. This is a book about a woman who years for her lover's attention outside their scheduled evenings. Once he leaves his wife for her, she's shocked to realize that she doesn't actually want him, after all.

Determined to learn more about the wife that she took him from, Helen befriends Sophie and heads into dangerous territory, trying to balance her career (where her new live-in, married older boyfriend works), her relationship with Matthew's teenage daughters and her new friend, So...more
Ian Mapp
Genuinely funny book - maybe the funniest of the year - and my foray into the world of chick lit.

Fallon does a great job of caustic one liners in her observations of people, although I am disappointed that she has ladies who where suspenders on her list of peole that she hates. She also paints the story of perhaps the least sympathtic character in fiction with her portrayal of a woman who has a four year affair with a married man, forces him to leave his wife and then promptly spends the rest of...more
Tuesday
(this review is also posted on my Blog)

I wasn't going to review this book, but then remembered that I pinky swore to keep things real and honest. Here it goes.


This was a book club choice by a gentleman who belongs to the group. I can't tell you much about him as it was my first time attending the Books & Beer group. He gave a lively description of the book to the group and promised that we would laugh out loud and love the book. In keeping true to my "get a book anywhere philosophy", I picke...more
Laura Ellison
Getting Rid Of Matthew follows the story of a successful, thirty-something businesswoman who has fallen hopelessly in love with her married boss. After years of trying - Boss Man decides to leave his wife and kids for his mistress, when surprise, surprise, she actually discovers she doesn't want him anymore...

Despite its typical, rather cliched synopsis, this novel is an exciting chick lit and an impressive attempt for a first time author. Although women are typically conditioned to despise the...more
Lulu
There are many humorous bits throughout the book (which is a tad raunchy) that you really will laugh out loud. I mean, Fannie Flagg said "I loved it! What a terrific writer!" so how bad can the book be, right? Maybe it's just me. Or the mood I was in the other day when I read it. Or the author just made it hard to connect with any of the characters because none were fully developed. Or maybe it was the characters themselves. I mean, how do you relate to someone who vacillates between being a hot...more
Christy
This was just ok.

The premise is that the mistress gets the adulterous husband, but then doesn't want him and so then works to get the shunned wife and adulterous husband back together.

It's interesting enough to see how things shake out, but what bothers me the most is the sympathy that I felt for the mistress even though she went into the affair knowing he was a married man. I'm also a bit bothered that throughout the book there is a running list of women the mistress hates (she figures prominen...more
Iv
Mar 02, 2012 Iv rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: I wouldn't recommend it at all!
What a terrible book!I struggled to like the characters and with no result.Helen is a bitch and a cow and all the annoying things,Matthew is a bastard and Sophie is boring,at least a bit likeble than the others.I can't understand how 11 years old or near this age girl will swear like a grown-up and the grown-ups have been using fuck,shit and fuck and shit every second sentence.I've red "Got you back" from Jane Fallon some time ago before this one and now I found that I'm going over nearly the sa...more
Caitlin E.
First of all, I did notice that this listing is for the "Traditional Chinese edition of Getting Rid of Matthew" and not the version I read (in English). With that said, the effort to find and/or enter the correct information for this novel was simply not worth it.
I've always been one to take so-called "chick lit" at face value; I don't pick up such books expecting to be wowed by the brilliant writing, thrilled by shocking twists in the plot, or emotionally shaken by the deep and real relationsh...more
NancyHelen
Well, this book represented pretty much everything I hate about chick lit. Let me start by saying that I am not a fan of the genre at the best of times, so in order to be positive about any book written in it, it has to be really, really good. But this one was just really, really bad. I did finish it, as I had to read it for my book club, and although I wanted to abandon it pretty much right from the start, I persevered. That's about 7 hours of my reading life I am never going to get back.

For st...more
Polly James
Initially, I gave this book a three-star rating, but then decided that was unfair, so gave it a four in the absence of the option to go for 3.5.

It's an ingenious plot told from an unusual point-of-view, and with sharper edges than many chicklit novels (which is a good thing, as far as I'm concerned). I was glad that at least one aspect of the ending surprised me, and I really liked the book's lack of overt sentimentality.

Highlights were the observations on the complexities of women's friendshi...more
Dawni
Although the plot was okay, and the book had a followable storyline, I found that I really wasn't into the characters at all. The only character even vaguely interesting and likeable was Sophie - the wife Matthew left!

From the beginning, I found this one very hard to get into - I outright disliked Matthew and I wasn't very fond of Helen, either. It did get better once Sophie came into the picture more, but for the most part I really wasn't impressed. Not one I intend to keep!
Krissy Obermark
What a terrible heroine! I was baffled that she wasn't struck by lightning at the end of the book. I was interested in how karma would come back to bite her in the end, and thus finished the book. Now, knowing the ending, I wish I hadn't wasted my time. I give it one star because "Cushion" is a clever name for a cat. That, and the insights into the world of PR were amusing.
Heidi
This is one of the worst books I have ever read. The story is based on an adulturous relationship, which is repugnant. But when this woman finally gets her boyfriend to leave his wife, she no longer wants him! I never enjoyed or cared for the main character and as the book developed it only got worse. The language is rough and reason enough to NEVER pick up this book.
Lindsay
I read this as part of my World Book Night reading challenge and it's the first Jane Fallon novel that I've read. Narrated in the third person it's an attempt at a funny but realistic account of having an affair and the consquences.

So basically Helen's pushing forty, rents a flat and has been having an affair with a married man for four years. Not exactly her life plan. So when Matthew turns up on her doorstep having left his wife she feels guilty to let him stay. Having Matthew with 24/7 Helen...more
E.C. Adams
Definitely one of the funniest books I've ever read. Just recommended it to a GR contact who asked for suggestions for a book that would make her laugh and leave her with a happy feeling. This is that sort of book.
Sabine
Eine Freundin brachte mir das Buch mit den Worten "Das MUSST du lesen" aus England mit und da mich ihre Empfehlungen noch nie im Stich gelassen haben, begann ich mit dem Buch - und legte es erst wieder weg als ich es ausgelesen hatte. Unglaublich witzig geschrieben, die Geschichte von Helen, deren Chef auch gleichzeitig ihr Lover ist und der seine Frau mit ihr betrügt. Für Helen ein gutes Arrangement, bis Matthew eines Tages seiner Frau alles gesteht und mit Sack und Pack vor ihrer Tür steht um...more
Louise
May 12, 2014 Louise rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a friend heading to the beach. A Bridget Jones fan.
I was given a World Book day copy of this book and I wasn't looking forward to reading it but I thought I'd give it a go. I'm surprised to say it was an enjoyable, easy read. I can't say I particularly like some of the main characters and some of the situations are really quite cringe worthy but it's not the usual chick lit formula. The married man leaves his wife for our leading lady; Helen but she's just decided that she no longer wants him and that's where our journey through Helen's mishaps...more
Julie
As the saying goes, don't wish for what you want as you might just get it. This is the story of Helen who has been having an affair with her married boss for four years, when he decides to leave his wife for her. Helen then discovers that actually she quite liked things the way they were before - part-time. She befriends Sophie, Matthew's wife, without Sophie realising who she is, of course, initially to get information but then finds she really likes her. She decides to work out a way of gettin...more
Louise
I consume chick-lit inbetween classic literature to give my brain cells something light and fluffy in contrast with the harder going reads. Jane Fallon's writing didn't grab me but I initially quite liked the concept of the mistress changing her mind after winning the man. However, I lost more and more interest as the story went on. I couldn't engage or empathise and I really didn't buy into the main character becoming friends with the ex-wife as a way of getting her back with her ex-husband. Th...more
Katy Noyes
I only decided to try this after seeing it on this year's (2014) World Book Night selection. I've never tried the author before.

I listened to the unabridged audio version, which was a lively and well-read edition with a clear narrator.

The thing about stories like this though is that they need to stand out from the crowd to be noticed. I found this book a pleasant read, easy to listen to, I did want to know what happened (though I knew early on how it would end).

Helen has been having an affair w...more
Kristilyn (Reading In Winter)
Mar 15, 2010 Kristilyn (Reading In Winter) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of chick lit and Jane Fallon
Shelves: physical-book
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Tessa
Au début du livre notre héroïne, Helen, peut nous paraître antipathique. On la voit comme une briseuse de couple et après avoir tant voulu que Matthew quitte sa femme pour elle, elle ne veut finalement plus de lui!
Mais finalement, on la comprend, elle nous parle de ce qu’elle ressent et on se rend compte que finalement, elle n’est peut être pas la méchante de l’histoire…

Matthew, de son côté est un homme qui peut nous sembler trop sensible, qui cherche l’affection d’une femme mais très vite on vo...more
Maria
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Elizabeth Scott
This book is not going to be for those who don't want to read about cheating husbands, so if that's an oh-no-no for you, push skip on this one.

If you're okay with it, trust me, this book IS so worth your time.

Helen has been Matthew's lover for years, and despite the fact that he sometimes tells her that he's leaving his wife, Sophie, and their two daughters, it sure looks like he isn't.

Until he does, and Helen should be happy.

The problem is, she isn't. Turns out that full-time life with Matthew...more
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Jane Fallon is an English producer and novelist, most famous for her work on popular series Teachers, 20 Things To Do Before You're 30, Eastenders and This Life. She has also written two successful novels.

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“There was something about other people's grief that was so exposing, so personal, that she felt she shouldn't be looking.” 1 likes
“Back in the general office, she had to listen to Jenny and Annie banging on about how good-looking Matthew's son was and how he had obviously got all the good genes. "Matthew's first wife must have been very beautiful," Jenny was saying, looking over at Helen for a reaction.
Helen had cleaned herself up in the ladies on the way up, and now she was mascara free but still red-eyed, so she kept her headdown and pretended she couldn't hear. No such luck she would get away with that though...
"He was asking about you," Jenny shouted over. "Wanted to know which one was the slut that his dad had gone off with."
"Of course he was," Helen said sarcastically, knowing that Leo would never stoop that low.”
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