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My Girlfriend's Boyfriend Paperback – August 8, 2011
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Towards the middle end, I began to feel that pieces weren't adding up. Considering what was taking place, I'm surprised that it took me so long to realize what was going on. Then again, Elodia did a brilliant job in threading events together. It isn't until the end when Jesse herself tells you what happened that you learn the major twist in the plot.
Now, Jesse does has a tendency to talk to the audience, and she often rambles, losing herself in thought. While it is a charming quirk of hers, it does tend to overshadow the narrative. It belongs more in the theaters and on the screen than in the pages of a novel. Nevertheless, My Girlfriend's Boyfriend is a light-hearted novel with plenty of humor and laughs, and the novel has the happily-ever-after ending that we love to see in chick flicks. (Plus, there's the catchy title. You know the heroine's in for a load of trouble from the title alone.)
My Girlfriend's Boyfriend is a book that you have to read at least twice. Once for the story as it is, the second time once you know what's actually up. I recommend this for both teen and adult readers alike. You could even read it with your families. Work together and see if you can figure out the big plot twist before it's revealed. And then watch the movie.
The premise of the story is that Jesse meets two guys at the coffee shop. One is a regular guy, an aspiring writer, and she impulsively gives him her phone number. The other guy is a totally fabulous ad exec who has everything going for him--money, looks and a caring personality. As she dates both of them and really sees the good in each, I found myself totally drawn into the romantic triangle, wondering who she would pick because she really seemed to like both men, albeit for different reasons.
Just to illustrate, one of the funniest scenes in the book is when Jesse's cousin blackmails her for expensive toiletries and "mud" from a luxuriouus spa that the ad exec, Troy, is taking her to on a date. It is also a sweet scene because Troy remembers her quirk of celebrating obscure holidays and plays a board game with her in a romantic tucked away spot at the spa. But then, on the other hand, you have the regular guy, Ethan, who gives her a plant, and takes her to meet his sister and her two kids, and he shows her how normal his life is, while showing us what a sweetheart he is to her. So, she's sort of stuck between incredible and wonderful, you know? Both are great and I couldn't wait to find out who she chose and how it would end.
I read this book in one day, and when I got to the end, I was shocked. There was a twist I wasn't expecting at all, and while it was definitely an original ending, I felt a little cheated. There was closure, but the ending left me a bit confused. Without giving anything away, I just felt like I needed to go back and read it again so I could truly understand the ending.
Anyway, if you are looking for a fun romance with a great heroine, this is the book for you. (It's also based on the movie, starring Alyssa Milano.) I think Elodia Strain has a fresh, original storytelling style, especially with her hilarious internal dialogue and I enjoyed her sense of humor immensely.