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Divorced and Deadly - Josephine Cox

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Genre: Fiction / Author: Josephine Cox / Hardcover / 240 Pages / Book is published 2009-10-15 by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

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      08.01.2010 15:57
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      It gets a lot better if you persevere!

      My Mum borrowed this book from the local library and I decided to give it a go as I'd read all of my borrowed books and had nothing on the go.

      From the blurb, I expected this to be a humourous book but the beginning was almost enough to make me stop reading. The main character is Ben, who as you've probably guessed from the book's title, has recently split from wife Laura and is looking to get back into the dating game. The basic format is a diary style one in which Ben details his life post-divorce, but for the first few entries at least he came across as egotistical and far too self-centred to the point where I wanted to stop reading altogether as I literally couldn't bear that kind of attitude to be displayed throughout the book.

      Fortunately, I deduced this to be a bit of a front and as the book progresses, it's more clear that he's not as ultra confident as he first tried to make out. At this point, the humour begins and the story began to be more as I'd expected from the blurb, particularly when Dickie Manse 'brains-in-his-pants' (the author's words, not mine!) enters the equation as he is rather accident prone.

      There isn't much in the way of plot as most of the diary entries detail his psychotic mother, his job managing a kennels and his reluctant friendship with Dickie. Having read that last sentence back, I realise that I've made the book sound extremely dull, but the author interweaves various humourous incidents into the basic plot to liven things up. The humour is rather juvenile as you'd probably expect given that most of it occurs when two men who never seem to have grown up spend time together. I have a quite childish sense of humour though so it made me laugh.

      To sum things up, I ended up enjoying the book far more than I thought I would when I started reading it. My Mum stopped reading at the point at which I was tempted to, so I guess a lot depends on whether you can get past Ben's attitude in the first part of the book, and also whether you have any appreciation for immature humour.

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