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Getting Rid Of Matthew by Jane Fallon
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Jul 25, 2012

really liked it
Read in July, 2012

As a man, I'm probably not the intended target market of this inescapably "chick-lit" novel - but I find that men can enjoy chick-lit too - and in this case, what's not to like?

"Getting Rid of Matthew" is funny, it's well written and, fundamentally, it's got a great storyline. It's such an original take on a well worn theme that I've actually read it more than once - I just finished it for the second time.

I love Helen's increasingly desperate attempts to preserve her anonymity whilst trying to remember who knows her as Helen and who as the fictional Eleanor (and dodging the clingy Helen-from-Accounts at the same time). The farce of her friendship with Sophie is actually really touching. Thankfully, things are kept real by Sophie's daughters, particularly Claudia, who steals several of the book's best one-liners.

Men who read chick-lit - if Helen had a list of "Men we hate", I'm sure they'd be on it.

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