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Nine Uses for an Ex-Boyfriend

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,636 ratings  ·  208 reviews
Hope Delafield hasn't always had an easy life.

She has red hair and a temper to match, as her mother is constantly reminding her. She can't wear heels, is terrified of heights and being a primary school teacher isn't exactly the job she dreamed of doing, especially when her class are stuck on the two times table.

At least Hope has Jack, and Jack is the God of boyfriends. He'
Paperback, 524 pages
Published February 2nd 2012 by Transworld (first published January 1st 2012)
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Dear Book,

It's not you, it's me. My heart just wasn't in it. I know you deserved more than my indifference but I've had a crappy week and even the sassy AF leading lady Hope couldn't shake me out of my funk.

I'm sorry. I hope you forgive me.


P.S. For the record Jack and Susie deserve each other; prize tossers the pair of them!
And Wilson.... Book you can do better than a character like him. He just made me wanna go zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
This was not what I expected. I thought the book was going to be about a girl who ends her relationship with her boyfriend when he cheats on her with her best friend. I thought the relationship would end within the first 100 or so pages and then we could get to her moving on and maybe even getting revenge.

Instead, this book is too realistic, in how absolutely shitty ending a relationship can be. Just completely draining and a bit depressing. By the time you get to the end, you feel like you need
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I could say that the emotional ups and downs of this book were like a roller coaster ride. I could say that, if not for the fact that there were absolutely no thrills.

So really, this book was more like staring at a yo-yo going up and down for a few hours. At first, you feel slightly anxious trepidation as the yo-yo makes its way to the floor, and you wonder whether or not it's going to go back up, but then it does and you relax a little before it begins its descent downwards once more. After a
Feb 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
The story is about Hope who finds out her boyfriend has been cheating on her with her best friend. This is one of the most frustrating books I've ever read. I wish I never read this book because it kind of scarred me for other books.
First of all I just want to say, who in there right mind would give the cheaters a happily ever after without giving one to the main heroine? I mean ok so she gets to live in Australia but by herself. With Wilson saying he wasn't even going to wait for her
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Manning has always been my go to author for adult books, all her adult books I’ve read so far have been great in reminding me why I loved reading in the first place. In Nine Uses for an Ex-Boyfriend our MC Hope catches her boyfriend of nearly 13 years Jack making out with her best friend Susie. And it’s not even an innocent peck on the cheek, but it looks like they’ve been familiar with one another for quite some time. I admired Hope as she wasn’t those type of girls who would just shy away and ...more
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm a little conflicted over this book, I'll be honest. Coming from my new-favourite-author, I knew it was going to be a) superbly written, b) deeply gripping, and c) brilliant... And it certainly was all of those three things.

I think it deserves a better title, and cover, but that of course that doesn't have any effect on my overall enjoyment.

The heroine of this story is really put through the ringer - she's chewed up, spit out, then put through it all over again. But she never loses herself to
Feb 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
Ugh, silly question here, but what nine uses are there anyway? Because I’ve just unclenched my jaws from having had them clenched for a good ninety percent of the book. And couldn't get past how annoying/unlikeable the lot of them were. I mean really, I don’t know when the last time I encountered such silly MC's. Where Hope read weak and too willing to believe that love could conquer all, Jack was positively exasperating. At first, he's the typical commitment-phobe, but from there he went on to ...more
L.H. Johnson
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: love, adult
I really love what Sarra Manning does, and enjoy her writing immensely. This, however, was a strange experience. I couldn't put it down and I did devour it in a couple of days - but it felt like the title and blurb were wildly off track from what the story was actually about. The strapline is: "Does true love forgive and forget? Or does it get mad... and get even?" and it's so off the mark, I almost don't know where to begin with it. This is the story of a relationship breakdown (with a somewhat ...more
Jun 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Hope Delafield is committed. They may not be engaged yet, but her and her attentive, easy-on-the-eyes boyfriend Jack have been together for thirteen years, and Hope can’t imagine their London flat and her life as a primary school teacher without him. So when she catches him and her best friend Susie making out at what was supposed to be her triumphant inaugural dinner party she couldn’t be more shocked and hurt. Instead of facing the cold hard fact of Jack’s cheating, Hope does what red heads do ...more
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
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I'm sorry but I'm really miffed about this book. Lying, cheating bastard! I really hate it when guy's cheat on with their girlfriend's best friend.

I felt sorry for Hope but I didn't like how she handled things. Although she had a happily ever after ending, in real life not everyone is so lucky. I would have went "Gone Girl" crazy on his ass.
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is a 2 star only because it's by Sarra Manning, whose You Don't Have To Say You Love Me I completely adored. If it wasn't for her, this book would have been my first ever DNF.
For me, 9 Uses For An Ex-Boyfriend represents everything that is wrong with women and men today. A woman whose self loathing and mere stupidity reaches insanity levels. A guy who is so spoiled and self absorbed that he is blinded by it. Imagine the kind of relationship these two can have. Awful, yes? Now, multiply it b
Feb 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: chicklit, e-book
I'm a big fan of Sarra Manning, but this book got me frustrated. Not that it was a bad story, instead it is a grown-up phase of a long relationship. To choose and decide which way to take after the cheating disaster. To choose the comfort zone or make up your mind and step on a new 'blank' area which might be better.

It's just me for not liking the theme, similar with me not liking a divorce theme where the opposite couple admitted that he/she is in love with somebody else while we've still not
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is long, but it's very readable because it's realistic. There are so many other chick lit books that involve our heroine breaking up with her boyfriend, crying for a week or two that is all summed up in a couple pages, and then (unrealistically) moving on with her life. This book isn't like that. On the first page Hope, our protagonist, finds her boyfriend of thirteen years, Jack, making out with her best friend Susie. From there, Hope's life is basically a hot mess. She cries, she yel ...more
Aug 18, 2013 rated it liked it
My main issue with this book was the characters. Hope annoyed me, she took forgiving and forgetting to a whole new level. A level I did not approve of. And the whole love triangle with Wilson and Jack descended into me casting my vote for Wilson, not because I particularly liked him but because I really disliked Jack. However, I had warmed up to the characters by the end of the book and I approved (mostly) of Hope's final choices. The book was not as I had expected it to be. For a start he is on ...more
Barbara Elsborg
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love Sarra Manning. I think this was a very brave book to put out there because she must have known it was going to annoy a lot of people. It's basically the story of a girl whose boyfriend of 13 years cheats on her with her best friend. And unlike most books that would show us the characters - or at least the heroine - moving on, learning to love again, gettin gher life back, Ms Manning instead takes the reader on the far more realistic journey of coming to terms with the betrayal - or rather ...more
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The title is extremely misleading and having never read anything of this author I was expecting either a funny tale of revenge or a man hating bitter story. What I got was an incredibly well written story about a woman dealing with her cheating "almost" fiancé and how if you really love someone and are not ready to give up yet, you will take, do and accept an awful lot in order to get your relationship back on track while at the same time dealing with your anger and t ...more
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amazing again, I always love Sarra's books. Every single one of her heroines has shaped me in some way, and Hope is no exception. Well-written, ludicrously funny and devastatingly sad for so many different reasons. I bought it on my Kindle at 00:30 the day it came out and finished it within 48 hours because I couldn't stop reading (apart from bloody uni and bloody work getting in the way!). Brilliant.
Perks Of Being A Fangirl
Sep 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I got up to 38% and couldn't bring myself to finish this book.

Mar 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Enjoyable enough for the fresh single that I am, giving me hope that you can go from hipster dudebros to dating "real men" :D
Jan 24, 2012 rated it liked it

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I love Sarra Manning! I just love her work, the way she writes, how she manages to make her heroes so real that you can't help but "feel" them, live through their stories. That being said, Nine Uses for an Ex-Boyfriend was one of the most difficult books for me to rate.

You see, I liked this book so much that I couldn't put it down. Literally. Manning's writing style is just amazing. Her story flows in a way that you just can't stop reading. But despite all
May 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Kate’s Book Spot
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Having previously read and loved Sarra Manning’s You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, I was looking forward to reading more from her so I couldn’t wait to get stuck into this one.

I certainly wasn’t disappointed because this story had me at the very first sentence “It was obvious it wasn’t the first time that Hope’s boyfriend and her best friend had kissed”, I knew then that I’d struggle to put this book down.

Hope is a really interesting character, she’s hot headed and feisty which made for some in
Hope and Jack are childhood sweethearts who have been together for 13 years. They grew up next door to one another and their mothers are BFFs. They live a comfortable life with a shared mortgage, bank account and are practically pre-engaged. When Hope catches Jack and her best friend, Susie, snogging, Hope can't believe it! How could her Jack and Susie do this to her?

First, I have to say that I adore Sarra Manning's Unsticky and You Don't Have to Say You Love Me. Nine Uses is different from her
Mar 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Hope Delafield hasn't always had an easy life. She has red hair and a temper to match, as her mother is constantly reminding her. She can't wear heels, is terrified of heights and being a primary school teacher isn't exactly the job she dreamed of doing, especially when her class are stuck on the two times table.At least Hope has Jack, and Jack is the God of boyfriends. He's sweet, kind, funny, has a killer smile, a cool job on a fashion magazine and he's pretty (but in a manly way). Hope knew t ...more
Aug 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012
The thing with Manning’s writing is that it is just so engaging. Her characters are incredibly flawed and as such, relatable. I don’t know if I like them all, in fact, I am sure if I knew them in real life, I wouldn’t like them too much but reading about them is incredibly entertaining. It is sort of like listening to your girlfriends gossip about some tart.

This novel was my least favourite of the three that I read simply because I wished Hope would just get on with it. Her boyfriend is scum, wo
This is far from Manning's best effort. It felt quite long (500 pages is like the chicklit equivalent of the three hour movies that seem to be standard nowadays, she said like a grumpy old lady) and drawn out, and I didn't really like Hope all that much. Most of the time I just wanted to shake her by the shoulders and shout, "He's a crap boyfriend! Move on!", rather than empathising with what I know is a very difficult dilemma of ending a very long term relationship.

You Don't Have to Say You Lov
Mar 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Don't get me wrong. I love Sarra Manning's books but from the beginning I had doubts.

This books starts out when Hope's 13 yr boyfriend, Jack is making out with her best friend Susie and Hope witnesses this and it hurts bad. U understood this concept a lot even though I have never experienced this before. I was annoyed with most if the characters in this book. Hope was just pathetic trying to convince Jack to fall in love with her than Susie. Jack was stupid as he didnt actually cover evidence th
Michelle Sallay
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Being the huge Sarra Manning fan that I am, I was nervous to read this because of all the mixed reviews. Manning just did a post on her blog about the fall out of this book not being well received and that post gave me extra incentive to check this one out.

I didn't hate it, and I guess part of my negative feelings come from holding this author to a higher standard than most. I could see where she was going with it, but I was very frustrated by the main character. I also didn't find the heroine'
Jan 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
I read "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" first, then "Unsticky" and then this book.

This was painful to read, so much so that I couldn't finish this book. I like how Sarra Manning explores issues of weight, self image, relationships and many other challenges that face many people today. I gave 1.5 stars mainly because of that and her writing. However I got frustrated and disgusted halfway through and I wanted to trash this book and never read it again. This novel is so realistic and it hits ho
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Sarra Manning is a teen queen extraordinaire. She spent five years working on the now sadly defunct J17, first as a writer and then as Entertainment Editor. She then joined the launch team of teen fashion bible Ellegirl, which she later went on to edit and has consulted on a wide range of youth titles including Bliss, The Face and More.

Sarra is now editor of What To Wear magazine. She's also been
“No one gets through life scot-free. Shit happens. I's how you deal with it that shapes you, not the actual event itself.” 10 likes
“It was hard to understand how you could know someone all your life, think that you knew everything about them, then one Sunday they’d be standing in the kitchen of the flat that you both owned and seem like a total stranger” 2 likes
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