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Getting Rid of Matthew Paperback – August 12, 2008
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Fallon's story of the other woman is at times funny. I laughed so hard when Helen was watching Matthew snore (did he do that before?) and noticed his untrimmed nose hairs. But Helen is such a nasty character, that readers may find it difficult to sympathize with her and hope she gets her happily ever after. Sophie's character is what kept me glued to the story. She too had an affair with Matthew and he left his first wife for her. Her musings on getting what she deserves and realizing the role she played in stealing another woman's husbands give her the humility that Helen is sorely lacking. All in all, it was a pretty entertaining story if you can get beyond Helen's selfishness.
Sophie then introduces her to a new restaurant owner and sparks fly between Helen and him until she finds out that he is Mathew's son by his first marriage. As things go on, Helen finds herself having to lie constantly to everyone in her life and she wants it all to be over. Finally, she concocts this idea to get Sophie and Mathew back together again so she can have her life back and get back on track. Of course it all comes to a head at the end of the book.
First I will say that although I read this book fairly quickly and it kept my interest, it was a complete cliché. I had read a positive review in People and it looked like it might be an interesting book. I was hoping that this age old story would have an amusing or unique take on it, but it doesn't. Not even close.
Helen is portrayed as the typical home wrecker, a sort of weak, self absorbed woman who goes with the man just because he asks. Of course everyone hates her and blames her for being the person to steal the husband and break up the family. Mathew is the typical cheating male: weak in character, smooth-talking, easily lying, charming guy whose culpability is never questioned.Read more ›
It’s a rare humor book that’s laugh out loud funny, clever, and complex all at the same time. Humor is a difficult genre to write, especially since it’s easy to alienate readers who don’t share the same sense of humor as the writer, therefore unfortunately appealing to one type of reader instead of a variety of readers and often attracting heavy criticism. Getting Rid of Matthew by Jane Fallon is a joyously uncommon book that’s humor can be appreciated by a mass audience at the same time as it maintains the elusive ideal quality of any book that involves romance: unpredictability.
Fallon gets her characters into situations that seem impossible to get out of, stretching the limits of the reader’s expectations constantly. I found myself saying, “I have no idea how she’s going to get out of this one” and, “I can’t believe that just happened!” many times throughout the novel. Any book that truly takes me by surprise is appreciated by me, but a book that continuously keeps me on my toes with absolutely no clue as to how the characters’ situations will resolve – or whether they will at all – is refreshingly brilliant.
I have listened to this book at least two times and I know I’ll listen to it again and again. I have only ever listened to one other audiobook more than once, and I’ve listened to a large amount of audiobooks in my time, so that should tell you just how well written this book is. Aside from the comedy aspect, the clever turns of phrase used in place of cliches and dry description add so much color to the narrative, even in droughts of dialogue.Read more ›
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I love the humour in Jane Fallon's writing . Although you know it will be a light read, it is very funny and these books are well written , well plotted. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Jane Do
I laughed out loud a lot during this book! Very clever and the language is so playful. Jane fallon is a great writer. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ProductGuru
Easy read. Nothing life changing, but a nice read whilst sunbathing at beach.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I liked it very much. It was a very good story, told in a witty way that held my attention all the way through. I'd like to read more by Jane Fallon.Published 6 months ago by Karen Blanz
A comical look at a web of lies and the outcome of them. A great summer read. Not deep, not profound, just fun.Published 9 months ago by mare
loved it,lots of smiles, couldnt wait for the end, and then didnt want it to finish, lolPublished 23 months ago by jennifer findlay
I couldn't put it down! Was upset when it ended because I wanted to know what happened with Leo and Sophie! I can't wait to read Jane`s other books!Published on February 4, 2014 by Amanda Stewart