How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend

How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend

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by Janette Rallison
     
 

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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

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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?.

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Publishers Weekly

Giovanna has never liked her boyfriend's snotty friends, but it's not until he agrees to be popular Wilson's campaign manager in the student body presidential election-instead of her twin brother Dante's-that she publicly tells him "Jesse, we are over!" But it does not take her long to realize that she wants him back, preferably contrite, and a matchmaking friend helps her hatch a scheme. Giovanna is an amiable character "with a talent for making mistakes," some of which are quite hilarious; she mixes up her grandmother's loser neighbor with her blind date, ending up at dinner with a gambling addict who nicknames her "Panther," because he thinks she aggressively asked him out. (Jesse and his friends are at the same restaurant to witness her humiliation, of course.) Rallison (It's a Mall World After All) hints at deeper wounds here, as well: Giovanna admits that she is passionate about her brother's campaign because "when our mother lost her battle with cancer, a part of Dante's voice died with her." But mostly this is light fare (though a scene in which three drunk boys ruin Dante's campaign party, mooning the police, is more obnoxious than fun). Readers may wish they got to know some of the characters better-even Jesse remains somewhat of a mystery, beyond the obvious chemistry he has with Giovanna. But in the end, readers will appreciate the spunky protagonist, and the satisfying, if too neat, conclusion to her drama. Ages 12-up. (June)

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VOYA
Sophomore Giovanna is bothered by the "ruling class" clique running the school which has decided that she is not good enough for her boyfriend Jesse, one of the most popular guys. Giovanna has a reputation at school for being troubled since she was convicted of a crime that she did not commit, but only Jesse believes in her. Her twin brother, Dante, gets into an argument with Wilson, Jesse's best friend, over the election for President of the Student Council and how it should be run to make the school the best it can be for ordinary students. To support her brother's run for office and to retaliate against a seeming betrayal by Jesse, Giovanna publicly dumps her boyfriend and becomes campaign manager for her brother. She learns to regret her rash decision. Giovanna learns some difficult life lessons about appearances and making harsh, prejudicial judgments without knowing all the facts. She is very principled but almost to the point of self righteousness and martyrdom. She must learn to open her mind and perceive some good in people who seem all bad and accept that reconciliation and common ground can be found. This novel is a good choice for readers who like Meg Cabot's books and other chick lit teen fiction. It is more serious in its treatment of issues and meatier than others like it, making it engaging yet an easy fun read that will appeal to many teen girls. Reviewer: Karen Sykeny
School Library Journal

Gr 7-10
Giovanna and her twin brother, Dante, fit in at school, but are not part of the in crowd. Gi's criminal record for stealing dead frogs from her biology class doesn't help. So she knows she's lucky to have Jesse as a boyfriend, even if she thinks most of his friends are snobby and fake. When Dante decides to run against über-popular Wilson and represent the average student in the race for student body president, his sister expects Jesse to campaign for him. Instead, he decides to be Wilson's campaign manager. Giovanna decides to work for her brother herself and breaks up with her boyfriend. She soon regrets her decision, however, and she and her friends try a number of misguided ways to make her ex jealous while increasing Dante's chances of winning. Since Giovanna is both impulsive and unlucky, these attempts tend to end in slapstick comedy. This is a breezy look at high school life. Girls who read Meg Cabot and Cathy Hopkins will enjoy this amusing, if not memorable, chick-lit story.
—Stephanie L. PetrusoCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Caught between her popular boyfriend, Jesse, and her headstrong twin, Dante, Giovanna (16) is forced to take sides in the upcoming student-council election. Her loyalty to her twin wins out. As if that's not enough to make her life difficult, Giovanna is still doing community service for a crime involving frogs and her stepmother's briefcase. She is equally frustrated at home as she tries to figure out why her stepmother makes her life so difficult and yet seems to dote on Dante. Giovanna agrees to go on a string of blind dates in an attempt to get Jesse back, but they culminate in one horrible evening in which Giovanna has to rely on Jesse to rescue her. This somewhat familiar story is given a fresh twist with likable and real characters. Fast-paced and funny, Rallison's latest will satisfy faithful fans and will encourage new ones to join the fun. (Fiction. 12-14)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142412695
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
01/08/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
938,008
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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