Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wise Wednesday: How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend by Janette Rallison

2/5 stars

I'm pretty sad about this book.  Like, I LOVE Janette Rallison.  She has been one of my writing heroes ever since My Fair Godmother.  But this lacked so much.  I don't even remember it that well.  It wasn't like I hated was just boring.  It lacked character development and story development, too.

Giovanna, the MC, was just...ugh.  Nope.  She's the one thing I really remember about the book - she made me mad.  She made the worst decisions and was so dramatic and just could not see past her own nose.  This bothered me so much because, while I like realistic believably flawed characters, Giovanna was just....stupid.

The rest is kind of a blur.  Her boyfriend seemed to be attempting to get her back the whole time, and she wanted him back but, like, I just don't understand.  IT WAS SO POINTLESS. Haha!

I also remember, although I don't know the reason, that I felt like the end was preachy and there was an obvious moral to the story, which always irks me.  But I've blocked it from my mind because I just don't care that much.

In the wise.  Read Janette's other books.  Start with My Fair Godmother, and then My Unfair Godmother.  Those will make you laugh until you're blue in the face and also become totally attached to the lovable characters that deserve your attention and love.  Just don't read this book.  Really.  (If you want a book like this one, I suggest 

Summary -
Sixteen-year-old Giovanna Petrizzo finds it hard enough to fit in. Three years since her family moved to Texas, she's still the newcomer compared to everyone around her. It doesn't help matters when her twin brother, Dante, takes on the mayor's son by running for class president. The least she could expect, though, would be for her boyfriend, Jesse, to support their cause. But Jesse's apparent defection triggers Giovanna's rash emotional side, and before she knows it, she's turned Jesse from the boy of her dreams to the ex-boyfriend she dreams of winning back.
In her trademark style, Janette Rallison delivers a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy that only leaves readers wanting more.


  1. This was actually the first or second of Janette's books I read and I really loved it. However, I think sometimes the way I feel about books depends on my mood too and there were some pretty hilarious moments. I think I also was fairly lenient because of the setting. If I read it now I might not like the characters as much because lots of drama bothers me more these days.

  2. I agree with you there - there were some funny moments. Glad you liked it more than I did. ;) Have you read Janette's My Fair and My Unfair books? :)

  3. Oh, YES! She's finishing up her third one soon and I can't wait!!! I get to see her in person every time she has a new book come out because she lives fairly close to me and visits my local bookstore fairly regularly. :)

  4. Oh, and have you read her other books under her pen name, C.J. Hill?

  5. Oh my GOODNESS! I recently have been thinking I need to research if she's working on the 3rd one because I'm dying for more!! I can't wait! <3
    And I haven't read any of her Hill books but I have them all on my wishlist....someday soon!! :)

  6. I agree, I also think that her other books were better than this one