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The Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook by Matt Dunn
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Oct 22, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: humor, lad-lit
Read in October, 2011

I've had this sitting in my kindle for a while but left it unread. I was finally in the mood for something light and amusing and this book certainly delivered. It was nice to read a breakup and recovery story from the guy's point of view - usually we're the cause and not the recipient of all the angst and melodrama.

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 blurbs above, but this really is a typical chick lit plot with the character's genders reversed. There is Dan, the Best Friend, who is indispensable in helping Edward, the protagonist, clean up but he's also a shallow womanizer. Molly the Barmaid is a typical backup friend - sassy and supportive and fills the roll of the gay friend. Natasha is the moody boss with a huge libido. Sam is the unattainable hot chick. The only thing missing was the neurotic mum and couch potato dad ....

This is my first Matt Dunn novel but I'd definitely read more.

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