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 adore the changes Elodia made and the new characters she added to the written version. She made the story enough her own with a hilarious protagonist Jesse who tends to find herself in awkward situations. Recovering from a divorce, Jesse is not quite ready to throw herself back out there in the game of love-but with a little extra push from her coffee shop co-workers and her uncle she decides to take a few risks. Then within 24 hours, not one, but two eligible and swoon worthy men walk into her work and begin to vie for her attention.
Ethan, the starving writer and Troy the rich successful executive couldn't be more different. Funny thing is that in the book I found myself rooting for one and in the movie the other...each have qualities that will attract both Jesse and readers. You'll laugh out loud and be very surprised at the big twist in the end. I actually had to read the last chapter through twice just to make sure I'd read it right! I would highly recommend My Girlfriend's Boyfriend as a squeaky clean and hilarious romance for all readers. It addresses honesty, trust, taking a chance on love and following your dreams. Well done once again Elodia!