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The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  1,316 ratings  ·  104 reviews
A tale inspired by the ultra-wealthy hedgefund society of the Upper East Side finds Holly, a wife of an elite investment company owner, becoming increasingly disenchanted within a sheltered world of snobby women and interfering in-laws; a situation that is further complicated by her husband's infidelity. ...more
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published April 16th 2009 by Dutton Adult (first published February 12th 2009)
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Kara Babcock
I began this book fairly sceptical and remained ambivalent throughout. Chick lit isn't a genre I read too often, so I'm not sure what made me pick this book up off the library shelf--perhaps a combination of the title and the promise of a glimpse into the world of New York high society.

This book made me extremely aware of how young I am. Growing up, all the books I read talked about technology commonplace to my parents' world: television, radio, cars, and computers. Hence, it's become noticeable
Aug 04, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A very unrealistic and predictable read. Wife gets dumped for younger model. She finds new love of her life with minimal effort and time. Seems to have no financial worries and is always out dating and partying with a few references to puting her child to bed...... Motherhood in Manhattan (?) At the end she gets married to her new love, who just so happens to be wealthy as was her last husband. In between all that, she finds a fabulous, cool job with again little effort. Also, her ex husband los ...more
Jessica Stern
May 21, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: chick-lit
All I wanted was a mindless, entertaining summer read. Turgid writing and a plot lifted from a junior high school essay alone weren't enough to kill this book for me, but the heaping helping of moralizing and condescension rendered this one unreadable. I gave up one third of the way through and still resent the author for wasting that much of my time. ...more
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book didn't start out too bad. But it ended up being awful! The characters were all one-dimensional and the plot was so predictable. I didn't care about Holly at all, even though she was supposedly down-to-earth compared to all of the other hedge fund wives. I didn't have a favorite character, except maybe the slutty best friend because she was such a Long Island stereotype (who was somehow supposed to be super classy despite her trashy wardrobe and fowl mouth).

The worst part (and this is
Lisa Wells
May 18, 2009 rated it liked it
It started out shakey, I thought it was going to be another one-dimentional character...but she turned out to have some hard moments and some great descriptions of heart ache. In the end it was perfect...but I guess thats what people want....I thought I was one of those people too, but I next I would love to find a real-life book. Where things do not end perfect buttercup. Cause the beggining to end story structure gets repetitous when you read a lot...
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun, fast, and flirtatious, Kargman's narrator Holland "Holly" Talbott walks us through the life of a hedge-fund wife who gets unceremoniously dumped. The novel reads like an episode of Odd Mom Out, Sex and the City, and Bridesmaids, rolled into one big love letter to female friendships and the joy of self-reliance. You'll definitely want to claim her best friend as your own (and sure, maybe a couple of her diamonds too). A sweet, sparkly read. ...more
Jun 25, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My life is just too short to read books like this. The protagonist is absolutely perfect - no flaws - except she married an arrogant asshole. She lived a life filled with shallow (by her own words) people and still she is shocked when things go sour.

I did not like her at all. I didn't care about what happened to her. I stopped the book about 1/4 of the way in.
Big fan of Jill Kargman, but I couldn't relate to almost anything in this book, except for maybe when they were considered "slumming" it. That's my life and compadres! Oh, to have rich people problems! ...more
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Cheerfully trashy, but the plot was too thin even for this genre
Nathalie Morén
Jan 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Wanted to like this so much because of Odd mom out, but sadly it was a disaster. DNF.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: candy-books
Frothy fun - much better than Momzillas.
Kathryn Andrews
Oct 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018
Unfortunately this book has too many swear words to listen in the car or the kitchen on CD I'm disappointed ...more
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beach-reads
2.1 stars. This was fine, nothing special. I liked other books by this author better.
Jun 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Fluffy, soapy fun... but with some big ol’ truth nuggets. This won’t change anybody’s life, but it was an enjoyable read.
2.5 stars
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, again this was a book to lose myself in.
Jun 20, 2015 rated it liked it

I decided to give Jill Kragman a second chance after writing my thoughts the other day on her Bravo show. I mean, there must be something about her that people like for her to have gottan at development deal at Bravo. So I went to read one of her books, "The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund." Okay, so I now kind of get it. I like this big much better than her television show. It's a story of Holly, who is married to one of those hedge fund guys, so she lives the rich lif
Melinda Elizabeth
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
The Ex Mrs Hedgefund should have been more ‘First Wives Club’ and less ‘Eat, Pray, Love’.

The story limps along, and it really doesn’t hit any great notes along the way. Holly is rather affected and woe is me, and doesn’t really grow a pair. She complains about everything. Her age. Her lack of a job. Her circumstances. Her loss of friends from school. The list goes on! However for all her complaining, she really doesn’t grab life by the balls and do anything to change it.

When there’s a ‘love gon
Jun 16, 2009 rated it did not like it
Finally, a female author makes it to the "Really bad books" shelf. This is Chick-lit at its worst. Terrible writing that relies on every cliche and every currently "hip" phrase to fill out the page; and even uses GRAPHS! Which make no sense at all. There are quotes that lead each chapter, which are amusing, BUT, the relation to the chapter content is obscure. If you come across this book at your favorite bookstore, or the library, please turn to page 150, Chapter 25, and see if you don't agree. ...more
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was ok

I am not a huge "chick-lit" fan but I decided to read this because I enjoyed Kargman's other novel, The Rock Star in Seat 3A. While this book was not awful, I was not impressed. It was a quick and easy read, which everyone needs every once in a while, but it was also rather predictable and flat. I have one more of Kargman's books that I picked up at the library and I am debating whether I am going to give it a shot or assume it ends the same way as The Ex Mrs. Hedgefund. I appreciate how Kargm
Cindy Bokma
I just dont understand this! The character was married, her husband out of town. She was getting ready to head out with her friends for dinner, then suddenly with no explanation or segue into the next scene, she's at a party with her former sister in law, saying she's ready to party and meet someone new since she's single and divorced.

Ive read books with typos and thats okay but there was a whole chapter or several paragraphs missing...?

I never give two stars and Im sure the book was very good
Julie Barrett
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund by Jill Kaangman
Story about a woman whose husband grows up in a company and he
learns to trade funds and be very good at it, so good he's able to
hide them in his portfolio. She has a baby, Miles, and her best
girlfriend are out one day when they see her husband making out
with another female on the streets. He's not due home for another
2 days so they ransack his office to find his hidden funds so they
can take them and deposit them elsewhere. They used to attend
charity events w
Ashley FL
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
It wasn't awful. The story had promise and some of the secondary characters were fun and quirky. But the economics of the whole thing didn't make sense (if they have SO MUCH MONEY, why do they need his mom to buy them a not-so-big apartment? Where are the maids, etc? Where is the car and driver? Etc. How does she have no income at all but not worry about buying food?) And the writing was a lot of "And then I did this. And then I did that. And I felt like this. And I felt like that." All telling ...more
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The beginning was trite, but it had a satisfying pay-off. Overall, I found the book sweet but uninteresting. I must just not be the target audience for this one.

There was some weird, awkward, misplaced slang, & the charts felt more gimmicky than actually funny.

With all the failed dates Holly went on, I half expected her to try dating women. No such luck.

The relationship between Holly & Kiki really was probably the best part of the book. (Female friendship FTW.)

Warning for attempted sexual assaul
May 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed
I LOVE snarky dialogue and this has it! It is full of line you just wish you had said yourself and with that fantasy in mind, everything else that you could dream up. This is a great beach read and chick lit for the summer months. I like the fact that the main character, Holly, is not so wrapped up in the rich and famous lifestyle and you can honestly root for her. That and the EX gets his in the end.
Sherri Bryant
Feb 16, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: chick-lit
Another book by this author that was utterly forgettable. If there is an adultery theme in the book that is in the past tense, I seem to be able to overlook it as just part of the story, but when it's in the present, I have a harder time letting it go; especially when the heroine's stupid mother in law berates her for filing for divorce instead of accepting the infidelity as "men have needs." Life is too short to be annoyed and irritated with my reading material. ...more
Dec 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
A somewhat predictable novel of the life and times of a woman married to a wealthy hedge fund manager. There's the requisite affair (his), the end of the marriage (theirs), the supportive best friends (hers), the young child going back and forth between 2 parents (theirs), and the happy ending (hers). A easy, amusing read. ...more
Apr 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 25-books-in-2010
I have liked the authors other books but this one was forced. I stuck with it but just wasn't enamored with it like I generally am when I read a book. The best part of the book? The end where she gives the insights one what certain characters are now up to. So skip reading the whole book, go straight for the back and call it a day. ...more
Apr 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
Better than 'The right Address" but the theme was the same - NY social life of the mega rich. Too much language, too much 'new rich', too many brand name dropping, too many brainless wives... I really hope there is a lot of fiction in this book, because these people make me sick. I liked the quotes and the end. ...more
Aug 05, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Aug 12, 2012 rated it liked it
I got his book from the library because it was on a list of "funny" books and I needed to read something funny after the dark book I just read. I thought it was slightly amusing and full of stereotypes and clichés. Even though I didn't laugh out loud it was nice to be entertained and amused instead of scared and creeped out. ...more
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Jill Kargman is deathly afraid of clowns. And mimes. Wait, mimes are worse. She lives in New York City where she writes magazine articles and trashy novels and enjoys wrap sandwiches. She is the author of teen books Bittersweet Sixteen, Summer Intern, and Jet Set, plus some excellent grown-up books. And by grown-up books she doesn't mean porn; she means not young adult but plain old adult. Her art ...more

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