Nine Uses for an Ex-Boyfriend – Sarra Manning

Hope Delafield hasn’t always had an easy life.

She has red hair and a temper to match, as her mother is constantly reminding her. She can’t wear heels, is terrified of heights and being a primary school teacher isn’t exactly the job she dreamed of doing, especially when her class are stuck on the two times table.

At least Hope has Jack, and Jack is the God of boyfriends. He’s sweet, kind, funny, has a killer smile, a cool job on a fashion magazine and he’s pretty (but in a manly way). Hope knew that Jack was The One ever since their first kiss after the Youth Club Disco and thirteen years later, they’re still totally in love. Totally. They’re even officially pre-engaged. And then Hope catches Jack kissing her best friend Susie…  Does true love forgive and forget? Or does it get mad… and get even?


Don’t be fooled by the front cover of this read – it isn’t what you think.  If you’re expecting a quick break up at the beginning, a few chapters on the emotional state of Hope and then the rest of the book on revenge – you’ll feel cheated!  Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed the book, but really it was the sex that kept me going in this book – Sarra Manning is very, very good at writing about sex!  But hands up to Sarra she hasn’t conformed to the norm, but in doing so I’m not sure if it quite works.  Throughout the book I was screaming at Hope to get a grip and also wanting to throttle Jack for being an idiot.  However their actions and responses were very true

This book stretches the chick-lit genre into something more serious and grown up.  I think maybe if it had a different name or even the cover designed differently than Sarra would capture a different audience who would appreciate it more.  I’m not going to rave about this book as it didn’t make me want to tell my friends a bout it.  Nor did it make me want to no put it down.  It took me over a week to read where most books take me four/five day’s tops.

But if I put my disappointment aside and judge this book for the storey it is – it doesn’t do too badly.  If you can get over the fact that this isn’t some fast paced chick lit which will make you laugh, cry and not want to put it down then you’ll find it a good read.  As it touches real emotions and a real topic which is refreshing to read.  If you want to try something new, broaden your horizons so to speak without going outside of your comfort zone then read this!

 I’m rating this book as an Okay Read



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