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The Ex-files - Jane Moore

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Author: Jane Moore / Genre: Fiction

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      12.06.2008 00:28
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      Get it if it's cheap!

      I bought this book purely because it was on sale at The Works (£1.99/3 for £5), rather than the publishers' recommended price of £6.99. Price-wise I probably wouldn't pay the original price for it, but that's largely because I don't like paying much for chick lit.

      Jane Moore's book is based on the typical turmoil and chick lit formula of the woman who is having relationship troubles. There are a lot of characters in this novel, but they are introduced gradually and so it's easy to keep track.

      The main plot of the story is the wedding between Fay and Mark, the central characters, and there is a real will-they-won't-they element to it as the other main characters display their disapproval one by one. The story is fairly predictable in places, but there are also genuinely surprising elements which were great.

      The chronology of the writing also varies from standard chick lit; though the novel is mostly set in the present of the characters' lives, two characters will have a discussion which then leads into a description of the past (usually old relationships), which is interesting and retained my interest.

      One disadvantage of this book is that it relies on artistic licence in places - there were a few things I found difficult to believe and deviated considerably from the otherwise realist focus of the book. For example, inviting 4 ex-partners to the wedding and paying for rooms in a 5 star hotel in south France seemed unlikely to me, especially as the only other people paid for were close friends and relatives, and Fay at least had not spoken to her exes for years. Also, the switching of relationships (I'm not going to be more specific as it will ruin the plot if you haven't read it), whilst fairy tale-like, seemed too good to be true.

      In terms of length, this book is 329 pages (in my edition), and took me a few hours to read. It's definitely a good read in the sun, and doesn't require much concentration once you've got the characters sorted out.

      Don't rush out and buy it, but don't snub it if you can get it cheaply and conveniently.

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    • Product Details

      A second, hugely commercial novel from Jane Moore, well known journalist and television presenter and author of the acclaimed and bestselling FOURPLAY.