The Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook (Ed & Dan #1)
After ten years, Jane's had enough of Edward Middleton. "You've let yourself go," she tells him. "So I'm letting you go too."
Determined to get her back, Edward realizes that he must learn howt o make women want him again. But right now, he's the kind of man who puts the "ex" in "sexy."
One thing is certain: if he's going to be Jane's Mr. Right, he n ...more
"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, Da ...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
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
Edward Middleton has had the same job since college, and is happy with his relationship with Jane. They met in college and have lived together for ten years. So it's a shock that HE is shocked when Jane leaves him a Dear John letter, leaving him, but stating it really is HIM and not her.
Edward doesn't understand why she would ...more
Edward has three months before Jane returns. Edward’s good friend, Dan tells Edward that ...more
Why I Read this Book: I’ve seen The Ex-Boyfriend’s Handbook described as the male-equivalent to Bridget Jones’s Diary. I thought BJD was hilarious so I wanted to read The Ex-Boyfriend’s Handbook. I was even more curious to read a Chick-Lit book written from the main male character’s POV, figuring it would be quite a change from the norm. It was.
What I Liked: The book begins on January 16th, the day Edward discovers that Jane, his girlfriend of 10 years, ha ...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
In fact, my only question is: what happened to Billy exactly?
I received this book gratis as part of GoodReads' First Reads program.
In The Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook, the main character Eddie gets a "Dear John" letter from his long-time girlfriend of 10 years, Jane. Jane leaves Eddie for Tibet for three months. Addition ...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
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
The Ex-Boyfriend’s Handbook follows the story of Edward Middleton, a dow ...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
I got this book as a freebie from Amazon for my Kindle and decided to read it.
Edward's girlfriend, Jane, has just broken up with him. And she blames him: "It's not me, it's you." Edward is completely heartbroken. How has he lost her? She's been in his life for so many years, and now, suddenly, Jane is gone.
Edward takes the time for self-examination and decides it is time to make some major changes. He is going to make himself over, and he is going to win J ...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
I did have a few pet peeves though. Obviously Ed is the kind of person who is always doing what others want, but this TOTALLY aggravated me. If someone left me the way his girl friend did, I would cut them out of my life completely from that moment! No matter how much it hurt. She was so r ...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
Yes, you read that correctly. Matt Dunn puts a spin on the ever famous "It's not you. It's me." line for the basis of this book.
Unlike most chick lit books, The Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook is written from a guy's point of view. When Edward Middleton's girlfriend of ten years suddenly tells him he's let himself go so she is letting go too, he realizes he has to make some serious changes to his lifestyle if he has any hope of winning her back. With the help of some friends and ...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
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
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
Matt is the author of four contemporary romantic comedy novel ...more