The Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook
"Funny, moving, and a guaranteed page-turner. Brilliant!"
-Mike Gayle, author of Mr. Commitment
"It's not me-it's you."
After ten years, Jane's had enough of Edward Middleton. "You've let yourself go," she tells him. "So I'm letting you go too."
Determined to get her back, Edward realizes he must learn how to make women want him again. But right now, he's the kind of man w...more
"Edward. Let me get this straight. You've called me right in the middle of Antiques Roadshow just to tell me your girlfriend's gone to bed?"
Tibet, Dan. Jane's gone to Tibet. She's left me."
Poor Edward! Never in his wildest dreams would he have imagined his girlfriend of ten years leaving him (and taking almost all the furniture!). He's despondent, and in a little bit of denial, so he calls his best friend Dan. Dan is a local television personality and he has had many girlfriends. Actually, Da ...more
3 settings or characters I met
* Brighton, England, Present Day
* Edward Middleton comes home one day to find his apartment empty. No, he hasn’t been robbed; his girlfriend of 10 years, Jane, has left him. In her note, she says “It’s not me—it’s you.” It seems that Edward’s increasing weight, sloppiness and lack of ambition has made Jane rethink things. So she’s off to Tibet and will be back in three months. Edward decides he has three months to make hi ...more
So, with the guidance and help of his best friend/ladies' man/cad, the lady bartender from their pub, his lecherous/man-chasing boss, and his new ...more
Why I Read this Book: I’ve seen The Ex-Boyfriend’s Handbook described as the male-equivalent to Bridget Jones’s Diary. I thought BJD was hilarious so I wanted to read The Ex-Boyfriend’s Handbook. I was even more curious to read a Chick-Lit book written from the main male character’s POV, figuring it would be quite a change from the norm. It was.
What I Liked: The book begins on January 16th, the day Edward discovers that Jane, his girlfriend of 10 years, ha ...more
Edward has three months before Jane returns. Edward’s good friend, Dan tells Edward that ...more
Edward Middleton has had the same job since college, and is happy with his relationship with Jane. They met in college and have lived together for ten years. So it's a shock that HE is shocked when Jane leaves him a Dear John letter, leaving him, but stating it really is HIM and not her.
Edward doesn't understand why she would ...more
You can call them 'Lad Lit' if you like - although I don't see why people are surprised that men can write romance. We all fall in love. And why do people always a ...more
In fact, my only question is: what happened to Billy exactly?
I received this book gratis as part of GoodReads' First Reads program.
Nyata dan mengalir. Dua kata itulah yang pantas menggambarkan buku ini. Dan ketika saya bilang 'nyata', itu berlaku untuk semua aspek. Dialog, plot, karakter dan lainnya.
Terutama dialog, yang sangat sangat tongkrongan banget. Ini contohnya: (saya terjemahkan)
'Jadi," kata Dan, "Dia memutuskanmu begitu saja, lalu pergi ke Tibet?"
"Tibet itu di mana?"
"Deket India, yang ada gunung Everest. Perbatasan China dan Nepal."
Dan tertawa kencang. "Nepal?'
"Apanya yang lucu?"
"Aku m ...more
In The Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook, the main character Eddie gets a "Dear John" letter from his long-time girlfriend of 10 years, Jane. Jane leaves Eddie for Tibet for three months. Addition ...more
One day Edward comes home and his girlfriend has left for Tibet. She has left a note telling him that he has left himself go so he starts this journey to improve his looks, his job, his life, in hope to get her back when she comes home from Tibet.
I do chick-lit ...more
Together with his best friend Dan, the “star” of a mid-morning antiques show, Edward formula ...more
Because it's not done very often, I am a fan of books that are told from the male perspective and are also a part of a genre that I enjoy. The Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook one ups tha ...more
I don't know why I did it...read this book, that is. It caught my eye at the library, and I was interested in the British setting (Brighton) and a supposedly "chick lit" type of story written by a man. As I've said before, I don't like the term "chick lit," because I find that title denigrating to novels written by and for women. However, it is a certain type of genre, and this novel fits into that category. My husband says I should call it "dick lit." I l ...more
I got this book as a freebie from Amazon for my Kindle and decided to read it.
Edward's girlfriend, Jane, has just broken up with him. And she blames him: "It's not me, it's you." Edward is completely heartbroken. How has he lost her? She's been in his life for so many years, and now, suddenly, Jane is gone.
Edward takes the time for self-examination and decides it is time to make some major changes. He is going to make himself over, and he is going to win J ...more
This book is set in Brighton, England. Edward arrives home to discover that Jane, his girlfriend of ten years, has moved all her stuff out and is spending the next three months in Tibet. In an attempt to win her back, we following him as he hires a trainer so he can lose the love handles he's gotten over the years, he trades his Volvo in for a Mini, gets a new wardrobe and haircut, and does speed dating so he can find o ...more
Matt is the author of four contemporary romantic comedy novel ...more