Saturday, February 20, 2010

Review: How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend

Title: How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend
Author: Janette Rallison

From GoodReads, "Boyfriends are supposed to be loyal, caring, and handsome. Giovanna's boyfriend, Jesse, has perfected the last two. But when her twin brother, Dante, runs for student body president, Jesse doesn't support Dante, choosing to campaign for his opponent instead. Shouldn't the fact that Jesse is Giovanna's boyfriend count for something? So Giovanna dumps Jesse and becomes Dante's campaign manager. But as the political debates heat up, Giovanna begins to regret breaking up with Jesse, and realizes that maybe her decision wasn't the political strategy she should have used . . . ."

Let me start by saying, don't start this book unless you have time to finish it. I had read this book awhile ago and after several books in between, I couldn't remember it very well, so I took another look to refresh my memory. The good, bad, and ugly of it is... good, I got the chance to read it again (actually, great!), bad, I started at 9:05 p.m. and finished at 1:30 a.m., and ugly, had to get up early the next day! (Yikes!)

I loved the character of Giovanna. She was a wonderfully developed, solid character, who was totally likable and believable. Although by outer appearances, she seems to have the perfect life... a handsome, attentive, too-good-to-be-true boyfriend and a circle of friends that are supportive of her, Giovanna's life is far from perfect. A combative relationship with her stepmother and a rift in her relationship with her boyfriend, Jesse, have Giovanna in a tailspin.
While rooting for a happy ending, the book was filled with unpredictable moments that made it very enjoyable to read. (Twice!)
This reader is looking for more from Rallison!

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