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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.
My Girlfriend's Boyfriend is one of the cutest books I think I've ever read. Honestly, it's a super-quick, super-cute read that I finished in two days on my Kindle. From the synopsis above, you can see what it's about: On the day Jesse meets Ethan at the coffee-shop where she works, she also meets Troy. And ends up dating them both. Although that might seem predictable - and be a plot line to millions of other Chick Lit novels, My Girlfriend's Boyfriend has a big, massive, out-of-the-blue twist that really does set it apart from other novels (and movies). Honestly, usually I see book (and movie) twists coming but I was totally surprised at how My Girlfriend's Boyfriend was resolved. I don't think you'll find a more surprising end to a novel, it was hugely satisfying and it definitely got my vote.
Obviously, the book lends heavily from the movie. I'm talking whole quotes and conversations lifted right out, which I liked. It was turned into a book from the movie, so I can see why it happened. I found myself smiling at the words on the page as I remembered them being said in the movie. There are a few differences though - nothing that really affects the plot of the book or the movie, but in the book Jesse works for a family friend whereas she works for a no-name coffee shop in the movie and in the book we're introduced to Laurel, her best friend and she runs an art class whereas Laurel and the art class aren't in the movie. In the book Troy's business partner is a woman, in the movie Troy's business partner is a man. Small changes, nothing major like I said, but it did make it feel a teensy bit different.
For me, I liked both the book and the movie. The book was more believable it has to be said as it tends to be way over-romantic as apposed to how most books/movies go, but I thought the movie was sweet nevertheless and it makes a change for the romance to go on throughout rather than only happen in the final, dying seconds. Despite preferring the book, I'd still say watch the movie first because it came first. And it stars Chris Gorham (Henry in Ugly Betty, though you knew that, right?). The book is a nice companion to the movie. It compliments the movie and I think Elodia Strain has done a nice job of making it translate well. It made me laugh, it made me swoon and mostly, it made me happy. I like a book that makes me happy. It's honestly one of the sweetest books I've ever read. It's syrupy sweet and although that's not to everyone's taste, I liked it.
I was so in love with this book. Jesse was smart and funny. She was a little kooky, but not so crazy you didn't like her. Her boss was hilarious. Her family was insane (in a good way). I found Troy to be nice, but a little bland perhaps. Ethan was dreamy and everything you look for in an imaginary dream guy. There were interesting plot pieces, especially the parts where Jesse was dealing with her ex-husband. I sped through this book because I was enjoying it so much.
Then I got to the end, and suddenly I was so confused. I had to go back and read a couple times to really figure things out. It wasn't a horrible ending by any means, I just found it to sort of stop the story dead in it's tracks. Once I figured out what was going on, I enjoyed the ending too. I just felt like some of the momentum had been lost for me. Overall though, I still loved this book and enjoyed it greatly. It's a fun, breezy read for when you just want to feel good.
Galley provided for review.