Ex-Girlfriends United by Matt Dunn
Out Now...you can purchase the paperback for $6 on Amazon
Review by Lauren
Copy from publisher, but all opinions are my own
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!