Sunday, June 16, 2013

Review: Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook

Author: Matt Dunn
Title: Ex-boyfriend’s Handbook

Description: Edward’s girlfriend of ten years, Jane, has left him—he wakes up one morning to find her gone, with only a note listing all of his failings. Jane’s off to Tibet, and Edward determines to correct all of his flaws by the time she returns.
Review source: Free on Kindle.
Plot: We never find out much about Jane, or about Edward and Jane’s relationship. Mostly this is a catalog of self-improvement efforts: decorating, weight loss, teeth whitening, etc. etc.
Characters: We see Edward change—not just outwardly, but inwardly, as he becomes ever more self-aware and begins to question not just his failings as enumerated by Jane, but who he really wants to become as a person.
Writing style: Humorous, male point of view.
Audience: Despite the fact that it’s about a guy and features a male first-person narrator, I’m thinking this is chick lit.

Wrap-up: It was free. 2.5/5*.


  1. This sounds really interesting just because it's from a male point of view. My book club just read a book that is along the same humorous lines called “Secrets of a Spiritual Guru” by Tamara Lee Dorris, "The Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook" might be a great read to follow it! Thanks so much for the review and suggestion, I'm going to bring it up to the girls tonight!

  2. I think your book group would enjoy it. There's a lot to discuss, like what really makes a relationship work, and how important "surface" details are.