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Dysfunctional Romance!

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Barry Shaw’s whirlwind journey through life was shaped by the growing demands of a multitude of disorders, which meant he tended to clean things repeatedly and aggressively, before they had the chance to murder him!

Barry thrived on routine. If it hadn’t happened before, it was unlikely to happen ever…until he collided into her that is. On that fa
Kindle Edition, 253 pages
Published January 5th 2012 by Amazon Digital Services
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Derick Hudson
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
What do I think? Well, as author it's probably obvious what I think!!! But here are some more 'independent' reviews from Amazon etc. Thanks for your support!
See my blog to see where to get Dysfunctional Romance! (,, Kindle etc):

22 five star reviews on Amazon already and nearly 15,000 followers on Twitter!

5.0 out of 5 stars A fun, light read, April 19, 2012
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Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
When a book has you laughing on the first page you know you are in for a treat. This was an absolute gem of a read that had me laughing out loud from start to finish.

Well-written, funny, romantic yet with serious moments and with great characters, I couldn't put it down. Barry and Sandra are are a match made in heaven with their dysfunctional, quirky, but realistic problems. Their relationships with their friends and family also add many humorous moments.

Would love there to be a follow up to see
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read this because Derick Hudson more than gave this the hard sell on Twitter, by continually posting excerpts from the book!! Thoroughly worn down after a while I went ahead and downloaded. And I've got to say I'm glad I did. Initially I wasn't sure but after a couple of chapters in, it became clear that was a funny book, a very funny laught out loud book! So much so, that at times I actually thought I would rupture something I was laughing so hard. Trying to laugh quietly in the dead of night ...more
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There are some books that you finish reading with a smile of your face & thinking, that was so good. Well Dysfuntional Romance is one of those. It has you smiling from the very first page. At first you're thinking what oddball characters, but they are so real & likeable, they dont just grow on you, you end up wanting & willing things to go right for them. A very humorous dialogue, with great interaction with all the characters through out. The easy flowing, witty style of writing captures your i ...more
Juanita Kees
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was drawn by the title, enthralled by the humour and riveted to my seat by the story until 'The End'. You can't go past a touch of Irish wit.

Lead character Barry Shaw is a mess of multiple obsessive/compulsive disorders and goes through life cleaning, side-stepping cracks and hyperventilating over his grocery list. Like all good OCD'ers, he thrives on routine until his world collides with Sandra Wiggins...literally. Read the full review at
Donna Barker
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved the story and all the characters. I was engaged from start to finish. Lots of fun plot lines and lots of laughs.

The two main characters are quirky and very well-developed; all of the secondary characters are equally robust - even Barry's geriatric dog, Sandra's over-sexed love birds, and the couple's Christmas dinner turkey. I'd love to share a pint with these people.

Bottom line: buy the book if you enjoy light-hearted rom coms. You'll enjoy the story.

Sarika Patkotwar
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating: 4.5!

You know you've read an absolutely great book when just the thought it makes you smile long after you've read it! It was while writing this review that I realised how much I loved Barry and Sandra's story, how unforgettable it is and that Dysfunctional Romance! deserves 4.5 contrary to the initial 4 stars I'd given it on Goodreads!

I've been transfixed by all things Irish since a long time now. Besides being a lovely country, from what I've read and heard, Irish people are ve
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad I decided to buy this book. The cover is not brilliant as it doesn't really give you a clue about the content of the story but, to be fair, I am not sure what could.

The story is about Barry and Sandra who are absolutely meant to be together because they are both as mad as a balloon and this is what makes their story so good. It's all about acceptance of each other and their flaws, a real feel-good read. It also happens to be one of the funniest books I have read for a while, with sh
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Somehow Derick Hudson has portrayed two complete OCD oddballs with such empathy and wit that you laugh your way uproariously through their various fiascos while at the same time enthusiastically cheering for their triumphs.

Hovering underneath the zany comedy are some tender truths and worthy life lessons. One that comes to my mind is that maybe it should be mandatory for people with such afflictions to pair up ... how could a "normal" person possibly live with a sidewalk crack-avoider or an unto
Tara Wood
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
From the moment I read the blurb on this one, I knew I had to snag a copy. I wasn't disappointed. Derick Hudson keeps you engaged and interested the whole way through. Barry and Sandra are both so lovably quirky and odd, you can't help but cheer them on. A bit over the top at times, but an enjoyable ride overall. The entire cast of characters shines in this novel, everyone of them guaranteed to keep you smiling, cheering, and sometimes, laughing out loud. Curl up on the sofa with a nice cup of t ...more
Melanie Moore
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Whew! I thought my OCD was bad! I’ll never feel weird about not letting my silverware touch a table top again. This is a story of an attraction that starts over two crazy souls and their obsession with cracks. (Does that have you wondering?) Over and over throughout the book, I caught myself saying, ‘Oh thank God that I am not that crazy.’ There will even be sometimes that you think the characters have totally overshared. This may be the first time I’ve ever accused fictional characters of TMI ( ...more
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
I love stories with unconventional meetings. Barry and Sandra meet when they collide while both trying to avoid the cracks in the pavement. Although they have both had problems with relationships in the past due to their quirks, they just seem to get one another. They face all sorts of crazy situations together and just make it work. The humor is a bit on the vulgar side, but completely hilarious. Just a fun read.
Sara Noble
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved the Irish humor!!! This was a pretty cute story, just the kind I like. The characters were funny and I did have some LOL moments while reading. I have a particular interest in British romance novels, so this was right up my alley. I won't give away any spoilers. I hope Mr. Hudson will write a sequal because I'd love to see what Barry and Sandra are up to next. Good read, thank you!
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fun-reads
Really fun self-published read. I thoroughly enjoyed this little romp on my long-awaited vacations. Derick definitely has talent and a witty repartee, if he's a little bit derivative of Jilly Cooper. But early Jilly. When she was still funny.
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and really liked the two main characters and was really rooting for them. I found the writing funny and witty and some lines were just laugh out loud

Wholeheartedly recommend this book and to follow the author on twitter!
Paul Watson
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Although obviously (?) more chick-lit than aimed at us blokes (unless I'm totally missing something!), I couldn't put it down. Bloody hilarious Mr Hudson!
Great, bizarrely quirky characters and a decent, fast-paced storyline. Will be back for more
Rionna Morgan
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I'm only part way through the first bit. The beginning is funny!! Can't wait to keep reading!!
Shar Dimick
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Dysfunctional Romance was a funny book about two quirky characters with OCD, panic attacks and anxiety. I could totally relate:) I love how Barry and Sandra meet. I laughed a lot reading this book.
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Super fun read! I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it as a good alternative to a sappy/girl romance.
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Had me laughing the whole way through it, very "un-put-down-able" book :p
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
loved it I laughed my ass off!!!
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dysfunctional Romance! is a so very apt title for this book. Barry and Sandra are the stars, and they both have their hang-ups dealing with life. He is ADHD and she is OCD. They meet while they're walking the streets of Dublin, both earnestly avoiding stepping on the cracks on the path, but bump into each other. Both have difficulty with life...their jobs...romance. Everything is kind of an ordeal for them. But add in young love, and hormones, a fortune teller, odd pets, a lottery ticket...well, ...more
Yeya Vitalis
Apr 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
No comments! Definitely not the next Tenessee Williams
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, romance
This story started out with me literally laughing out loud and I kept spontaneously doing that while reading the first third of the book. Derick Hudson’s writing is witty and full of spunk and I didn’t want to put the book down which typically yields a 5-star rating from me. It was fun to watch characters Barry and Sandra, each with their own cocktail of neuroses, navigate their way through daily life just barely hanging on by a thin thread. It was an amusing treat to see them literally crash in ...more
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Welcome to the wild and wacky world of Sandra Wiggins and Barry Shaw. "Dysfunctional Romance" by Derek Hudson is the hilarious story of two neurotic people that were just meant for each other. Barry Shaw is the loaner who works in an advertising agency. Sandra Wiggins works in a shady insurance company office. Neither have many friends and are very awkward dealing with the opposite sex. Then one day by the grace of a crack on the pavement these two got together into a relationship. Although nei ...more
Apr 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book happened to be free on Amazon one day when I was browsing for books, so I figured I would give it a chance. I was hoping for a nice romantic story, but that's not what this is. This book had moments that were funny (and they earned the one star) but the rest of the book was disturbingly graphic in a very unappealkng raunchy way (and I'm saying this as someone who has read Game of Thrones!!!) to the point that I REALLY wish I could delete those sections from my memory! The writing itsel ...more
Clair Coult
Mar 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
I've tried to read this book three times now and even though the blurb sounded great the story didn't live up to my expectations. The characters are one dimensional carictures of their own shortcomings. The jokes are crude and unfunny, cheap gags about tits and hard-ons that a fourteen year old boy might find funny but I didn't. I was left questioning almost every action of the characters because nothing seemed to fit. Why on earth would a man buy a pregnancy test after one date? I just couldn't ...more
Pau Cevasco
Sep 13, 2013 rated it liked it
I read so many reviews about how funny and good this book was that I had to read it... Well, I'm not saying it's not good or funny, I just think they were exaggerating a little.

I have to say Hudson really has a way with words, I loved his turn of phrases, similes, metaphors and use of the language in general. An he did get quite a few giggles out of me.

However, his narrative is slow and jumpy, sort of unconnected. I enjoyed more the separate sentences than the story as a whole.

I'm tempted to gi
Mark Gallard
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
An interesting and original idea, one that I haven't come across in a novel before. Derick Hudson's witty one liners I found hilarious; there were many quiet nights in bed reading disrupted when I laughed out loud and woke up my partner.
The two main characters had similar problems with their lives but were cleverly different with it. I don't know if Derick has OCD or whether he just did plenty of research, but he has the related issues spot on. To sum up. A cracking little book that was very ea
Brian Mcmahon
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
In one sense, it's not very good, kind of a weird rom com & well at least for me I didn't want to like it, but in another it's very, very funny, one of those books when people look at you in a funny way, as in what's up with him ? Is he nuts ? when you start laughing to yourself when reading it in public. So despite, myself I've got to say, read it & laugh. ...more
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Hi all! My first novel, Dysfunctional Romance!, is a hilarious Irish romcom, with over 171,000 followers on Twitter, was No 1 in Amazon's Top 100 Humour/Humor Chart, has 83 5* reviews on and continues to cause havoc throughout the world!

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