The Good Girlfriend's Guide to Getting Even by Anna Bell

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The Good Girlfriend's Guide to Getting Even by Anna Bell

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Category: Women's Fiction
Rating: 3/5
Reviewer: Geminie Winterburn
Reviewed by Geminie Winterburn
Summary: A premise that already questions the morals of the average bystander by taking a woman, easily scorned, and displaying the awful things she does to get even, due to perceived slights from her partner. These may be on purpose or completely accidental but, even so, the book cries of a very needy woman, who just wants attention from her boyfriend. Redeemed by the fabulous writing of Anna Bell.
Buy? No Borrow? Maybe
Pages: 432 Date: January 2017
Publisher: Zaffre
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 9781785760396

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We begin the story with Lexi and her boyfriend. Lexi is one of those women who has a begrudging relationship with her mother, who is constantly pestering to get her down the aisle, a father who has a spine missing and a boyfriend who leaves her as a sports widow. The more I talk to my female friends about this, the luckier I realise I am to have a partner who is entirely uninterested in sport, but he does fixate on Star Trek, Star Wars and anything else that revolves around space and guns.

Anyway, I digress. Lexi is scorned by her boyfriend, when he chooses to go to a football match, rather than to her best friend's wedding. Maybe I a bit too independent for my own good, but I don't see the harm in this. Yes, weddings are great fun, for women. They get to ooh and aah at the pretty table decorations and wonder at the dress. For men, it's either a chance to drink or a chance to make a fool of themselves. I totally understand his aversion to this wedding and even more so, when the true reason comes out.

The book then continues on with Lexi and her two friends, only one friend is privy to her revenge, who constantly reminds her to be an adult and actually talk through her problems with her fella. She doesn't heed this and it continues to go from bad to worse. And the eventual break–up and humiliation that befalls Lexi.

This book made me feel uncomfortable from the first revenge to a couple of pages from the end. The only redeemable quality about the book was the Anna Bell's writing had me completely hooked, continuing to weave several different possible endings into one. It's brutally funny, honest and cuts to the bone, if being a little uncomfortable with the moral standings of Lexi. It paints a love story in the modern age, between sport, a woman and a man.

I would recommend reading Confessions of a Reluctant Recessionista by Amy Silver which is all of the fun, but only some of the guilt. Or A Date in Your Diary by Jules Stanbridge which can read as Lexi's back story. If your imagination can run wild.

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