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How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  2,135 ratings  ·  263 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Giovanna Petrizzo finds it hard enough to fit in. Three years since her family moved to Texas, she's still the newcomer compared to everyone around her. It doesn't help matters when her twin brother, Dante, takes on the mayor's son by running for class president. The least she could expect, though, would be for her boyfriend, Jesse, to support their cause. ...more
Hardcover, 265 pages
Published June 21st 2007 by Putnam Juvenile
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Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
"I bet you Cinderella didn't get along with Prince Charming's friends. Oh sure, the knights and barons probably put up with her on account that she was pretty and had such dainty feet and all, but you know every duchess and countess in the kingdom hated her guts. That's how women are when someone encroaches on their turf."


I hate people who think they’re better than everybody else because they’re rich.
I am not stereotyping here okay.
I said I hate people who think they’re
Oct 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Seriously, everyone.
Shelves: 2007
Love it. Love it. Love it. Even though Janette Rallison isn't nearly as well known (say, like Meg Cabot) I'm starting to believe that I prefer her books over Cabot. There's just something so satisfying about finishing one of Rallison's books that I just want to go online and write a good review for it. So. Here I am.

Giovanna thinks she has the best boyfriend ever. Sure, he might hang out with a few jerks as friends, but that's okay. Until Giovanna's twin brother, Dante, decides to run against t
I couldn't decide on something to read last night and finally decided to revisit this favorite of mine. I love the opening line: "I bet you Cinderella didn’t get along with Prince Charming’s friends.” Because, when you think about it, that's probably true.

Anyway, I've read this a few times now and I enjoyed it just as much this time around. Giovanna was a fun character; she broke up with her perfect boyfriend Jesse when he chose his friends over her and her twin brother. She probably should hav
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, young-adult
I've had this book on my bookshelf since 2007/2008 and decided it was time to finally pick it up. How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend was a light, quick, drama filled read that had me laughing at times. ...more
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 (Just because I felt the ending seemed a bit hurried....)

I loved this light, fun, read by Janette Rallison. I read it in one night because I couldn't put it down. It had me laughing and smiling thoughout the entire book. A great, clean, YA read.
Eh it was okay.

How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend has been on my TBR for a while. No idea what initially intrigued me about this because I have never wanted any of this to happen. If someone was my ex then they were an ex for a reason. Time to move on. Yet, I dove into this with zero expectations.

In it, you will meet Giovanna and Jesse. It was a classic, you don't realize what you had until it's gone. Long story short, she broke up with him and then wanted him back. The drama between them wa
Jess F. (From Me to You ... Book Reviews)
"3 out of 5 stars. It's a cute story. Definitely had some unexpected twists that made me want to find out what would happen next, but it wasn't ..."

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Apr 30, 2009 rated it liked it
I laughed out loud reading this book. Rallison has a great connection to what it feels like to be a teenager. I felt like she kept the story real and it was not filled with beverly hills 90210 type drama.
❤ Aly ❤
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This book had a great storyline. I also enjoyed the characters. It also seemed like a story that could happen in real life.

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How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend by Janette Rallison was an incredibly light and fluffy read--which is exactly what I needed! Was it the best book I've ever read? No, but it was a lot of fun.

I will admit that I went into this book kind of knowing what to expect, but I was still surprised by how it didn't focus on what I thought it would. The title is a loose indicator of what this book is about and I enjoyed the easy-going and predict
Oct 15, 2010 rated it liked it
I really liked this book in the end, but I spent a lot of time being seriously irritated on Giovanna’s behalf. I could relate to why she was so angry and I didn’t really feel like she was being overly emotional--just supportive of her brother and expecting her boyfriend to do what he’d told her he’d do. Most of the time I just thought Jesse should have handled things differently with a bit more explanation/repentance and less “well that’s just the way it’s going to be so live with it and don’t q ...more
Sep 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the concept of this story. In the beginning I was really drawn to Giovanna and Dante. I also thought that Jesse was completely swoon worthy and that stuck through most of the book. I did find myself lapsing a few times though, like I got annoyed with some of the things that Giovanna would say or do and Jesse was nearly too perfectly perfect really. BUT, overall it was a very cute read.

Rallison has a way with words that make you want to curl up with a book all evening long, which is exact
Mar 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Giovanna is surprised when her twin brother, Dante decides to run for class president, but she is even more shocked when her boyfriend, Jesse (who is also a friend of Dante) says he is going to support the opposing side. In a fit of conflicting emotions, Giovanna dumps Jesse because she feels it is the only right thing to do, with him turning on her and Dante. But later she realizes that that might have been a little rash and wants to win him back, but she also wants to help her brother win clas ...more
Jul 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This was an easy breezy read. Not great, but fun and fluffy. I did surprise myself by finishing it in one sitting.

It was all a little ridiculous, of course. And Jesse (the ex-boyfriend Giovanna eventually decides she wants to un-ex) was not nearly as nice as I thought he should be. He was a bit of a jerk, actually. I mean, blacklisting Giovanna from getting another date? Constantly smirking in her presence? Using Blond Bimbo #2 to make her jealous (or at least never dispelling Giovanna’s jealou
Feb 16, 2010 rated it liked it
I'm ambivalent towards this book which is not what I want from my bubble gum reads (something easy and sweet to entertain for a few minutes or hours and then spit it out, in the case of gum, and forget about it in the case of books). The writing was pretty good for a bubble gum read, it was laugh out loud funny in many parts and had the love interest component too.

The main problem with the book was it sent up too many red therapy flags that I couldn't ignore. Codependence (or low differentiatio
Sep 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend is the second book I've read by author Janette Rallison. It's also the second time I've been completely underwhelmed.

The plot seemed interesting enough. It was interesting. It's unfortunate that I found the characters flat and annoying. I don't usually have such a hard time finding something I actually like about a main character. I wasn't able to relate to any of the characters. Giovanna's relationship with her supposed best friends wasn't believable to me
I try to avoid YA contemporary. Mostly because it's usually full of swearing and sex talk. Not to mention no one has any superpowers.
Instead the characters are pregnant/strugglingwithsexualorientation/depressed/orphaned/abused/homicidal/suicidal.
Since this book has none of the above, I think it needs it's own genre:
And by better, I mean hilarious (and nobody dies or contracts a terminal illness!) I read this aloud to my wife, and every few pages I had difficulty controlling
Jan 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
I read this book because I have met the author through my writer's organization and I have never read one of her young adult books. I thought this was adorable! I chuckled all the way through it. I read this during a stressful week and it was just the light-hearted escape I needed. And every bit of it was CLEAN! I hear all her books are clean and funny. If I had a teenage, or pre-teen daughter, I would encourage something by Janette Rallison over the Twilight series any day of the week. I think ...more
Oct 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
LOVED THIS BOOK! It was just such a cute story, and I can see myself really falling in love with this author. It was a quick read and I had the HARDEST time putting it down. I just had to know how it all turned out.

I loved the main guy Jesse. He was just so cool and nice and the whole time you are thinking the main girl is CRAZY for ever letting him go. The characters in the book were fun and real. I loved it and thought it was nothing but a FUN story that made you smile when you were done.
Aug 12, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, chicklit, romance
I thought I would like this book - teen romance, politics, etc, etc - but the characters fell flat and the interactions between the three leads were unrealistic and unromantic. Also, this is like the fourth or fifth teen book I've read in recent weeks that features a dead mother. I'm kind of over it. ...more
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a cute, fun, clean YA book. I always feel for the characters in the books written by Rallison...they always get in the craziest situations. Usually they make me laugh, but I still feel for them. LOL Our main heroine in this one is no different. She has good intentions but it sure gets her in trouble. Fun read!

Jan 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-books
Janette Rallison has a really amazing ability to write situations that I'm embarrassed to read. I kept laughing, then cringing, then putting the book down for a few minutes. But I made it through. It's classic Janette Rallison: silly, romantic, embarrassing, and overall, super satisfying. ...more
Jul 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lit
Another great one by Rallison. I don't know how she does it but I can't put them down. Cute, clean read. ...more
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You know, a Dante-Charity book would be just the thing right now.
Andy Sowers
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing

An amazing testimony on a spell caster who brought my wife back to me..
My name is Andy Sowers,i live in Australia,and I'm happily married to a lovely and caring wife,with two kids.A very big problem occurred in my family seven months ago,between me and my terrible that she took the case to court for a divorce.she said that she never wanted to stay with me again,an
Viktoria Van der bilt
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am so tired!

That’s probably a negative way to start a review, but right now my head aches oh-so-slightly and I had to turn the airconditioning to a lower temperature than usual especially during the really clumsy heroine parts. Or because I challenged myself to reading an electronic book of almost 500 pages within an intermittent...five hours? I love reading but that’s a stretch for me.

So for the actual review portion, as usual, Janette Rallison is flawless on the development - no dragging mom
Lorena Martins
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was married for 7 years. My marriage has been deteriorating for some time so it was bound to unravel. I was his loyal, faithful supportive and trusting Wife. He had an additional wild side that went out of control. The last incident is when I found out that he was having an affair 2 weeks before our 14th wedding anniversary. Out of the blue my husband just sprung the divorce talk on me. I was so hurt and being an independent woman, I thought I could cope with being single. It was so hard to mo ...more
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one disaster after another and I couldn't stop reading it. :) It was funny and engaging and embarrassing and I was either laughing or covering my face with my hand, reading behind my fingers. Besides all of that, I loved the chemistry and relationship between Giovanna and Jesse... I do have one complaint, though...what parent would let their teenage boys ride motorcycles and then let their teenage daughters ride on the back?! Lol Sorry, every time they got on their bikes, the mom in me ...more
Lenni Jones
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hilarious, sweet, lovable, and amazing are all words I’d use to describe this book. I was loving this book from not even ten pages into it. I love this author!!!!

The characters of this book were fantastic. Jesse was probably my favorite, he was so awesome and likable!!! Giovanna seemed a little stupid to me, but that just added to the humor and fun.

Great job, Ms. Rallison! I know where to go if I ever need a romantic comedy!
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have loved reading books by Jannette Rallison. She is hilarious. She was very kind to send me a signed copy of her latest book. It was one of the few books of hers I haven’t read (and she has quite a few). I thought this book started off a bit slow compared to some of her others. With that being said there were a few very funny scenes in the book. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes a good laugh. Thanks Janette for your great writing. Keep it up!!
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