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Editorial Reviews


"This book won't put the "S" back in "sex," but it will help handle and resolve some of the damage caused by "failed love affairs" and let Exes move on with the rest of their lives without having to overcome hopeless, debilitating clinical depression." - Basil and Spice

"Much like an ex, minus the regrets, this is a great book to read, love, learn from, and pass on.
" - Sacramento Book Review

" Some of us could use some pro insight on factors like how to be friends with an ex, whether you should get back together, why you really shouldn't and, say, moving on. Their new book Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Ex tackles all of this. Anything that helps us step away from the dramz is probably a good thing, right? Read it when you're contemplating a drunk dial." - The Frisky

"Heather and Michelle put a compassionate but brutal mirror up to the reader to ask the questions which lead to a true answer whether you and your ex are really "just friends" or if you are still pining away or in a toxic relationship." - The Independent

About the Author

Heather Belle, MFC, (Los Angeles) is a marriage and family therapist and writer with degrees from Vanderbilt and Pepperdine. In her work at the Southern California Counseling Center she has experienced firsthand the affects of past relationships on a person's mental health.

Michelle Fiordaliso, MSW, (Los Angeles) is a psychotherapist and writer with degrees from New York University. She has fifteen years experience working with individuals and couples.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402229232
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402229237
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,500,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James R. Holland VINE VOICE on September 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
Once the sizzle in sex ends, all that is usually left is the "Ex". "So what's an Ex? The definition of an Ex is simple. It's a former husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, fling, one stand, affair--all of them! An Ex is anyone with whom you've been sexually or romantically involved." The name of this book is obviously a play on the title of the classic "Everything You Always Wanted to Know abut Sex" by Dr. David Reuben. While this reviewer's memory may be playing tricks on him, I believe even the cover design of this book is a play on the earlier Reuben book cover?
Not so long ago, when a marriage, affair or promising romance ended that was indeed the end except for alimony payments and children's visiting rights. One member of the couple usually stayed put usually in the family home and the other took off for the parts unknown, maybe to never be seen or heard from again. If that was always the case, it certainly isn't that way anymore. People generally stay in the same neighborhood and at the same jobs often in the same company. Both parties of the split often see each other everyday and sometimes they also see and work with the third parties who may have created the split. When kids are present, there is often continuing relationships and sharing of custody. That arrangement is often best for the children of the union. This book helps explain why separated couples often remain or become good friends, confidants, advisors or even share "booty calls' or provide "Ex-Sex." In other words, it's a whole new world--relationship-wise.
As the authors write, "The prospect of living without Exes can seem boring, lonely, and scary. Yet the prospect of living with difficult Exes can seem harrowing, depressing and overwhelming...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jack Trenton on September 25, 2009
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I was given this book by a friend and a bit skeptical about reading a book on relationships. I'm not big on self help books and definitely not the warm and fuzzy talk about your feelings type. That being said this book totally and completely impressed me. Its smart, funny and at times embarrassingly relatable. Like a lot of people, I have Exes and lord knows they've caused me drama. I've never come across anything that teaches you how to deal with it. At the risk of sounding too sappy, I will say that I learned a lot from this book and view my past and current relationships in a new way because of it. You can tell these authors really know this field and have written in a way thats instructional without being preachy. I'm going to pass this book along to everyone I know that has had a failed relationship.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gnomeadder on December 26, 2009
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"Everything you ever wanted to know about ex" is a comprehensive and humorous study of the ubiquitous yet vastly underreported subject of coping with an ex. We all have them and we all have issues around them. Well I do and I think probably you do too.

The book was written by two women, Heather Belle and Michelle Fiordaliso, and comes clearly from a woman's perspective. The fact is a man simply could not have accomplished the exhaustive research that obviously went into the tome. This is illustrated right away on page one, where we read "...we asked a woman next to us on the treadmill if she was in a relationship..." Would a guy get anywhere with this kind of behavior? No, I think he would not. Not far anyway. So as a man, I am grateful that these two women headed up the river and looked into the horror for the rest of us. What they brought back is an easy to follow map for how to deal with an ex and more importantly how to be a better ex yourself. The book ends up being a simple and practical guide to becoming a better partner altogether. As I prepare to maybe, possibly, head back into the world of dating after being off the market for 15 years and with two lovely kids, I am grateful for what these authors have offered up, and that they have done it with a rare compassion and humor. Lots of laughs here.

But don't for a minute let the fun tone of it fool you; this is a profound guide to self-actualization and happiness merely masquerading as a lighthearted self-help book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather Buchanan on October 5, 2009
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Admit it - you still sleep with his sock under your pillow or stalk, I mean stop by, his favorite bar. You call him for that unique hamburger recipe or for his exotic bird expertise - yes you are considering buying a Tucan. The last ties that bind are hard to cut, especially if they are tied to the bed post. "Everything You Wanted To Know About Ex" holds up a compassionate but honest mirror to those of us who have a hard time letting go, and gives us tools to eliminate the toxic ex or deal intelligently with the exes you have to keep in your life, say if you have kids together. With great humor and candor, the authors use their personal and professional experiences to help us navigate the whole new world where exes are everywhere, not only our own, but those of our current loved one. They show us how eliminating ex-citement and the negative drama opens up a new world of positive energy for the future, healtheir, relationship. Teaching by example, when they let go of their ex issues, they had time to write this funny, poignant, and refreshing book.
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