Ex-Girlfriends United by Matt Dunn
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Review by Lauren
Copy from publisher, but all opinions are my own
Ever wish there was a website where you could read reviews about someone you’re thinking of dating?
Dan Davis doesn’t. Because thanks to SlateYourDate.com, Z-list TV personality and womaniser Dan isn’t having much luck with girls any more. Okay, so he’s treated a few women badly in his time, but that’s just what men like Dan do, isn’t it?
But best friend Edward Middleton thinks it’s a great idea. Dumped in the past for being the typical clueless bloke, and determined not to suffer the same fate with new girlfriend Sam, Ed sees it as the perfect place to find out how to keep Sam happy.
Faced with the prospect of a lifetime of singledom, Dan sets off on a hilarious quest to track down his ex-girlfriends to find out how he can put things right. But will a man like Dan ever truly change – especially if the biggest change means actually listening to a woman? Meanwhile, Ed’s awkward attempts to move things forward with Sam make him realise that when it comes to relationships, unless you deal with your past, you can’t have much of a future…
Review: First off, I just realized that Dan and Ed are from another book by Matt Dunn...The Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook. If you want to read both, I'd start with that so you're reading in order. However, I've only read Ex-Girlfriends United and it wasn't quite what I expected.
I suppose I wanted more humor, and maybe the humor in this book just didn't completely work for me. I did like it and it's fun and can be funny. It's always a good time to read a book from a male's perspective, especially when it deals with their love lives. Matt Dunn has probably been compared to Nick Hornby, though I can't say for sure...but it makes sense: they both write "lad lit" or books in the perspective of men that really show you what the opposite sex is thinking. I'm a huge fan of Hornby and I think I could like Dunn too, so I'm definitely going to give some of his other work a chance.
Really, I read this book a long time ago and I still haven't written a review, which I apologize for, so I figured a quick review was better than nothing. Basically, it's fun, it's got some humorous moments, it's interesting to see the inside of a guy's head concerning romance and relationships, and I'm sure many people would enjoy it. It wasn't my favorite, but it wasn't bad.
A moment I did find particularly amusing is when Dan gets cast on a show called Close Encounters...his character's name is Wayne Kerr...and he fails to notice what it really says. Put the words together: wanker. Which is an insult in England (where the book takes place, another positive! I like books in other countries).
I picked "Smile" by Lily Allen...one, she's English so it fits the setting of the book and two, I figure this is a song that many of Dan's ex girlfriends would enjoy!