The Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook: Eddie will do whatever it takes to become her Mr. Right

The Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook: Eddie will do whatever it takes to become her Mr. Right

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by Matt Dunn
     
 

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"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

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Overview

"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 who puts the "ex" in "sexy." One thing is certain: if he's going to be Jane's Mr. Right, he needs to turn himself around. From Atkins to Waxing, Edward begins working his way through the makeover alphabet.

But is a change in appearance what Jane really wants? Can cuddly Teddy really become sexy Eddie? Or is there more to the dating game than meets the eye?

"[The Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook] gives a real insight into the different ways men and women think."
-Prima

Editorial Reviews

Laura's Reviews
I loved this book. The premise had me from the start. I love that this novel was written by a man and the storyline is the typical "chick lit" story with a man as the protagonist instead. The novel digs into the inner workings of a man to show that he is a well rounded being with feelings too, not just the loser or prize of most "chick lit" or romance novels.

Life...With Books
The book was a fast, light read...amusing and enjoyable.
Steph & Tony Investigate
So rarely do you read books where it's the men who feel they need to get into better shape or put in the effort that is usually ascribed to women in order to be successful romantic. I really appreciated that this book puts it out there — that men need to make an effort too and that romance is a two-way street.
Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
Fun and easy to read, but the best part that both and women could really enjoy this one.
Suite101.com
Can simply be called the Bridget Jones Diary for men.
Readaholic
The Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook is something everyone should read. It really makes you think about how differently each person in a relationship can feel. My heart went out to both characters, especially because this is something that happens all the time. I loved Matt's writing and I'm looking forward to reading his other books.

The Book Chick
I love chick lit. And chick lit written by a man? I'm hooked. Matt Dunn has written an absolutely hilarious, insightful, and entertaining book...Even if you're not a big chick lit fan, The Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook will make you forget why you didn't like the genre in the first place.
Cheryl's Book Nook
This book had me laughing and wanting to share this book with my friends.
Broken Teepee
This was a fun, light read. Rather like Bridget Jones for men.
From the Publisher
"Dunn's book is funny and sweet. Tonewise, it has more in common with Sophie Kinsella's "Shopaholic" series than, say, Nick Hornby's lad lit. Recommended for readers of modern romance." - Library Journal

"I loved this book. The premise had me from the start. I love that this novel was written by a man and the storyline is the typical "chick lit" story with a man as the protagonist instead. The novel digs into the inner workings of a man to show that he is a well rounded being with feelings too, not just the loser or prize of most "chick lit" or romance novels.

" - Laura's Reviews

"The book was a fast, light read...amusing and enjoyable." - Life...With Books

"So rarely do you read books where it's the men who feel they need to get into better shape or put in the effort that is usually ascribed to women in order to be successful romantic. I really appreciated that this book puts it out there — that men need to make an effort too and that romance is a two-way street. " - Steph & Tony Investigate

"Fun and easy to read, but the best part that both and women could really enjoy this one.
" - Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell

"Can simply be called the Bridget Jones Diary for men.
" - Suite101.com

"The Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook is something everyone should read. It really makes you think about how differently each person in a relationship can feel. My heart went out to both characters, especially because this is something that happens all the time. I loved Matt's writing and I'm looking forward to reading his other books.

" - Readaholic

"I love chick lit. And chick lit written by a man? I'm hooked. Matt Dunn has written an absolutely hilarious, insightful, and entertaining book...Even if you're not a big chick lit fan, The Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook will make you forget why you didn't like the genre in the first place. " - The Book Chick

"This book had me laughing and wanting to share this book with my friends. " - Cheryl's Book Nook

"This was a fun, light read. Rather like Bridget Jones for men. " - Broken Teepee

Library Journal
There's a fair amount of debate over the term chick lit. One definition is a novel about a young woman in her twenties or thirties facing life's challenges, typically career- or family-related, and dealing with her romantic life. This describes Dunn's (Best Man; From Here to Paternity) latest novel. Edward Middleton is bereft when his long-term girlfriend leaves him by saying, "It's not me, it's you. You've let yourself go." Jane is heading to Tibet on a spiritual quest, leaving Edward three months to change himself into the man who can win her back. Along his path of self-improvement, Edward changes his body, his habits, and his home decor. But will it be enough? And will he even want Jane back, especially after other romantic opportunities arise? VERDICT Dunn's book is funny and sweet. Tonewise, it has more in common with Sophie Kinsella's "Shopaholic" series than, say, Nick Hornby's lad lit. Recommended for readers of modern romance. [This novel sold over 100,000 copies in Britain and was shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award.—Ed.]—Amy Watts, Univ. of Georgia Lib., Athens

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402258855
Publisher:
Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
262,689
File size:
961 KB

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Sunday 16th January
7 p.m.

'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.'

It's the first time I've said those words out loud, and my voice cracks a little down the phone line. My girlfriend of ten years, the woman who I've been sharing my bed, my flat, my life with, has gone. Vanished. Departed. Cleared out. And, by the looks of things, cleared me out as well.
'What do you mean, "she's left you"?'

'Dan, there's no clearer way of saying it. Jane's. Left. Me.'

I can almost hear the cogs turning in Dan's head as what I've just said sinks in. 'Stay where you are,' he says. 'I'll be right over. And don't do anything stupid.'

Don't do anything stupid? I put the receiver down, wondering what Dan's idea of doing something stupid would actually be. Wearing socks with sandals, possibly.

I stare disbelievingly around my flat, which appears to be almost as empty as I'm feeling inside. The place looks like it's been ransacked: wardrobe doors still ajar; drawers left open as if they've been rifled through in a hurry; and the CD rack empty except for a couple of dodgy rock compilations and my collection of digitally re-mastered Queen albums.

While I wait for Dan to arrive, I walk from room to room, compiling a mental check list of what Jane's taken. The chairs and dining table set she bought from IKEA: gone. The red imitation leather sofa her mother gave us which made obscene noises whenever you sat down too quickly: missing. The breadmaker that she won in a competition and then used just the once: well, I won't miss that, I suppose. Even the Picasso poster she bought as a souvenir from that exhibition we saw five years ago in Barcelona has been neatly removed, leaving just the faintest outline on the kitchen wall where it used to hang. At least she's left me the bed, although most of the rest of the furniture seems to be missing. All her things, now I come to think of it.

I'm amazed at how clinical Jane's been; how effectively she's managed to excise herself from this flat, and my life, without leaving so much as a trace of the ten years we've been together. The only hint of anyone else ever having lived here is the photograph I find on the floor in front of the bookshelf of the two of us, taken at college, when we first met. Jane and I always used to smile when we looked at it, remembering the time it was taken, and just how happy and carefree we were back then. She'd even bought a special frame, and given it pride of place above the fireplace. But as I prop it up on the mantelpiece I realize she's taken the frame but left the picture, and I'm not smiling any more.

I retrieve Jane's note from where I've screwed it up and thrown it into the fireplace, smooth it out, and read it through one more time, even though I can already remember it word for word.
Dear Edward,
By the time you get this letter, I'll be on a plane to Tibet. I'm going away for a while because I need to sort some things out, and while I'm gone, I suggest you do the same.

Let's face it, Teddy, you've let yourself go, so I'm letting you go too.
I'd tell you not to think about following me, but I know that a romantic gesture like that would never even occur to you. And that's part of our problem.

As I'm sure you've noticed, I've taken my things, although I've left you the bathroom scales-you might want to use them for something other than stacking your old newspapers on.

I'll be back on April 16th, so perhaps we'll talk again then. Meanwhile I suggest you use this opportunity to take a long hard look at yourself in the mirror.

Jane
P.S. I realize at this point I'm supposed to say some­thing like 'it's not you, it's me', but in actual fact, it is you.
As I finish reading, my hands are shaking. I fold the note care­fully and place it in my pocket, then light a cigarette and inhale deeply, longing for the calming buzz of the nicotine, hoping it will take the edge off the pain I'm feeling.

It doesn't.

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Meet the Author

Matt Dunn has written about life, love, and relationships for the Times, Guardian, The Sun, and a number of magazines, including Company, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, and Scarlet. But he prefers writing novels for a living.


Matt Dunn has written about life, love, and relationships for the Times, Guardian, The Sun, and a number of magazines, including Company, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, and Scarlet. But he prefers writing novels for a living.

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Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook: Eddie will do whatever it takes to become her Mr. Right 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lol reading this book. It's the male version of Brigette Jones diary. I hope it is made into a movie.
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Catalluny More than 1 year ago
A very fun and entertaining book about someone tring to get back in the best shape of his life to get his girl back, of course does she deserve the new him? I don't know, you will have to read......Great book.
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AMDonovan More than 1 year ago
What do women really want, isn't that the age old question (hey guys, even among women it's "the question"). This book follows the adventures (and mis) of Edward as he tries to figure this out. And, along the way, figure out what he really wants. He is in a rut, and it takes drastic measures to kick him out of it. Drastic measures in this case involve his long term girlfriend leaving him with the ultimatum "shape up your life, or never see me again". So, instead of doing a book report on this, and being very boring about a book that is a fun read, you should try it yourself. The characters are more realized than they appear at first (the mark of a very good novelist) and I will just have to take your word for it that the slang is appropriate (sorry, American), this was a lot of fun. Thank you.
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Rebecca Maltz More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the simplicity of Edward's journey. Were many of the twists expected - yes but in a pleasant way. I do wamt ti know what happens to him next. I think or I hope that there is a little bit of Edward in each if us. Definately an entertaining read.
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