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Getting Over Mr. Right - Chrissie Manby

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Genre: Fiction / Author: Chrissie Manby / Paperback / 330 Pages / Book is published 2010-06-24 by Hodder Paperback

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      01.07.2011 10:20
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      Great beach read

      Ashleigh is dumped by her boyfriend via facebook she doesn't take it well. She starts a mission to gain him back with some embarrassing consequences.

      This book is hilarious as we can all relate to being dumped and feeling like we want our 'Mr Right' back. its also quite refreshing that the heroin in the story isn't perfect and does embarrass herself on a number of occasions.

      This book was a recent nominee for the Melissa Nathan awards, and a very worthy one too.
      I really enjoyed this book and laughed out loud on the train a number of time. I've recommended it to all my friends who are waiting in line to read my copy that's now working its way around my friendship circle.

      This would be a fantastic light hearted beach read with summer approaching. I cannot recommend this book enough. HILARIOUS!

      Its always great too see someone else going through these embarrasing things rather than going through them yourself.

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        20.03.2011 13:33
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        a great read

        Getting Over Mr Right is the first book I have read by Chrissie Manby (who I have found out is the same author Chris Manby) I found this book in the returns section of the library and decided to give a new author a try.


        The Plot:
        Poor Ashleigh is dumped by her boyfriend of 2 years, Michael and if this isn't bad enough the way he did it only makes things worse, he dumped her on face book. What would you do in this situation? Im sure it wouldn't be the same as what Ashleigh does! She goes out of her way to try and get her relationship back by means of begging him! She even turns up at his work with flowers and proposes to him! We see her try different ways to win him back from romantic jestures to darker means such as voodoo dolls! Thing is will she win Michael back and will she lose everything in the process?


        Characters:
        Ashleigh is not like any character I have read before! As the reader you have mixed feelings for her you feel sorry for her being dumped in such a horrible way and the poor girl is heartbroken but then as the book goes on you start to think this woman isn't quite all there but this is what brings the humour to the book.
        Michael her ex boyfriend is not really a character I warmed through partly because we do not get to read much about his character and also because the bits we do read about his character make you dislike him even more which makes it hard for us to see what Ashleigh sees in him in the first place.


        My Opinion:
        I didn't know what to expect from this book as like I mentioned before Chrissie Manby is a new author to me so I had no previous knowledge of her books to compare to. I can now say that I wouldn't walk over a Chrissie Manby book again as this book was very enjoyable, so much so I read it in under 24 hours! For me it had every element you could want in a great read. The romance, the humour, the suspense of not knowing what this crazy but loving woman was going to go to next. I found that straight from the first chapter I was hooked on the story. The story flowed along nicely through the book with no low dull points to the book. I also thought the ending was wrapped up nicely without feeling rushed.

        You need to have a sense of humour when reading this book as many parts of the book were farfetched as I cannot see women actually going to these extremes to get an ex-boyfriend back ( well I do hope not anyway!)
        I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a quick and easy read with a little light hearted humour. I will be looking out for another Chrissie Manby book after this one.

        Information:
        Paperback published 2010
        291 pages
        ISBN978-0-340-99279-1

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          26.11.2010 10:11
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          A Chrissie Manby book - also known to fans as Chris Manby!

          Another book I have had on my shelf for a while by one of my favourite authors was this one and I have recently finished it. I managed to read my way through in less than 24hrs because once it going I just devoured it! This is my opinion of her latest book.


          The author:
          Chris Manby has written 14 books now including this one all under the chick lit genre. She is a UK author and this is the second book where she has now gone by the name Chrissie Manby, which I thought was silly after all this time writing under Chris but, I think it has something to do with people potentially thinking she is a male author before realising she is actually female?
          Other than that she is one of my favourite authors of chick lit because of how enjoyable all her books are.


          The plot:
          Ashleigh is dumped by her boyfriend Michael over face book. It wasn't even like he actually told her either as he just changed his status and deleted her from his friends list! This sends Ashleigh into utter torment and initially thinking it is somewhat of a mistake she tries to talk to him only to discover he really has dumped her!
          Sent into a mixture of utter misery and denial, she sets about trying to win him back with a horrible set of results - will she ever really be able to get over her Mr Right and what will it take for him to realise she is the girl for him?



          Characters:
          Ashleigh is quite a character because in one hand you understand how shocked and humiliated she must be and on the other hand you can't help but, think what an idiot she is! Every time she does something new that you just know is wrong or will go horribly wrong you want to scream at her! I can only presume this is what the author wants us to feel as of course if Ashleigh had more brains about her when it came to her ex boyfriend she wouldn't find herself in as many situations as she does!
          Her ex boyfriend on the other hand although we don't read much of is pretty easy to understand - from the beginning the author has made it clear what kind of person he is and this helps us even more as the reader to feel even more frustrated with Ashleigh!
          We see Becky as Ashleigh's best friend and she is really quite a good character in the way she tries to help her and the things she says to her friend, even though it is to no effect what so ever!



          Price:
          As is nearly always the way with me I bought this book as part of a buy one get one free offer in Tesco. I think I purchased this one with a book that was priced £7.99 so of course it was the higher price I paid for the two book together rather than £6.99 which is what the RRP is on this one. Of course this still meant I had paid just £4 per book and for a brand new book to add to my collection, I was quite happy to pay this! You can always try and pick up a second hand copy for less if you don't like to pay too much for your books.



          Overall opinion:
          I was expecting to enjoy this book just because f who the author was as she has such a good way of writing that makes a book in the chick lit genre easy to get into and she pretty much always has a main character that is either fun to read about or just very likable. Ashleigh I felt, was a mixture of both. I say this because she was easy to relate to in that it was easy to see how hurt and upset she must be feeling and yet at the same time she was funny to read about in the antics she got up to that were quite cringe worthy!
          I think some parts of the book were slightly unbelievable in the way that she acted as I cannot imagine anybody actually being that bad, in the way they would do things after being dumped but, of course I suppose it depends on the person and how the moral is that we would all act completely differently!
          Overall for me, this was a very enjoyable book and one I am glad I purchased. It provided me with a good days reading on my day off and what more can you ask from a book. It isn't one that needs a lot of heavy thought so would be ideal as a beach read if you just like something light to take with you on your holidays.

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            23.06.2010 17:25
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            Another fab Chris Manby read!

            Ashleigh Prince thinks she's found her Mr Right in Michael so when he dumps her, it comes completely out of left field. Particularly since he dumps her via Facebook. Ashleigh takes the break up incredibly hard and instead of just getting over her heartbreak gracefully and leaving him alone, she instead turns into Michael's worst nightmare. When begging and pleading fails to win Michael back, Ashleigh decides, after a lot of Googling, that a grand gesture is in order. As Ashleigh's bid to win Michael back builds more and more, even involving a psychic cat, is Ashleigh in danger of not only being single but also losing both her sanity and dignity, too?

            Out of Chrissie Manby's (or Chris Manby, which is the name she went by until last year) 14 books I've read quite a few of them and I've found myself quite enjoying them although there has been the odd strange one. Her books, one from the next, are never similar in any way which can make it difficult to tell if a book is one of Chrissie's (hypothetically, if books didn't have authors names on). I mean I read The Matchbreaker a couple of years ago and I just wasn't a fan of that book, it was a bit... odd (and not like her other rom-coms) so I didn't read another until I managed to get my hands of Spa Wars which I really liked and it seemed as though Chrissie was back to her best so when I saw the synopsis for Getting Over Mr Right I was intrigued and was so thrilled to be sent a copy to review.

            Getting Over Mr Right starts with a prologue with Ashleigh telling us that she was dumped via Facebook. Now, that has got to be one of the most humiliating ways to be dumped, no? We then go back through Ashleigh's dating history, from the first boy she ever kissed all the way through to her meeting with Michael and it seems that Ashleigh hasn't had the best of boyfriends. Ever. So when she meets Michael, it is, conveniently, right after she swears off men. We learn how Ashleigh and Michael got together and how their relationship got to such a point that Michael dumps Ashleigh on Facebook. For me, that is where the book really begins because from that point on, it is total madness. The tag line for the book reads: "Been dumped? Get mad... But not this mad." and I can't actually believe how mad 'this mad' actually became!

            It really is quite astounding how far Ashleigh is willing to go to get Michael back. It kind of reminded me of Lucy Dawson's books His Other Lover but without the dark overtones (well, they're less dark anyway). Ashleigh really does push the boundaries when it comes to trying to get Michael back and, at times, I found myself cringing because it was all just too much! I wanted to give her a shake and tell her to smell the coffee. And yet that's what makes Ashleigh so likeable. I'm sure a lot of women have suffered the kind of heartbreak Ashleigh suffers and I'm also sure a lot of people will nod along as they read just what Ashleigh does as she tries desperately to win Michael back. A few of the things are a little bonkers and there's a certain part of the book where Ashleigh is just down right mean but, overall, it was fun, if a little sad to see Ashleigh put herself through so much.

            As I said, Ashleigh despite all of her madcap schemes is a likeable character. I was surprised I liked her so much actually because she could, possibly, come across as a bit of a drip. While there is that understandable heartbroken side, some will think that you know, she should just get over it and thankfully Chrissie manages to balance Ashleigh perfectly. She has her moments, sure, but overall I liked her. There aren't many other main characters within the book, but I'll tell you now that I didn't like Michael. At all. Ever. All I wanted Ashleigh to do was to wake up and realise he totally wasn't worth all of her tears and all of her madness. He never came across as likeable at any point throughout the book. One character I did love was Becky, Ashleigh's best friend. She let Ashleigh wallow for a while but then put up her tough girl act to try and get Ashleigh to snap out of it. I thought she was a fab character and well worthy of her best friends status. Ashleigh's family are quite important to the book and I thought Ashleigh, her mum, her dad and brother all had a great dynamic and seemed to get along (for the most part) great.

            Chrissie is quite a fantastic writer, Getting Over Mr Right flowed perfectly for me and even when Ashleigh was at her most mad, I still wanted to carry on reading to see how it was all going to pan out. I managed to finish the entire book in just over 4 hours and I just couldn't put it down. Writing the book entirely from Ashleigh's perspective was a fantastic idea because I could really get to know Ashleigh and it helped me be able to read the book as quickly as I did. Chrissie even managed to add some humourous moments into the book, one scene in particular had me in stitches and there was also, surprisingly, a rather sad and touching moment which I saw coming a mile off but it still managed mad me feel sad.

            Getting Over Mr Right is definitely worth a read and although it does have some cringe-worthy moments I did enjoy it. I did, at times, want to give Ashleigh a good slap because some of her ideas were a bit stupid but overall I thought it was a quick and enjoyable read. It's definitely one to pack in your beach bags this summer and hey, maybe if you're suffering a break up yourself, it could help you get over it. Particularly if you're thinking of doing what Ashleigh does.

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