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The Good, the Bad and the Dumped - Jenny Colgan

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Genre: Fiction / Author: Jenny Colgan / Paperback / 352 Pages / Book is published 2010-05-13 by Sphere

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      10.09.2011 19:48
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      I wish it had been like the back cover blurb as it would probably have been a lot better!

      I've read a couple of books by Jenny Colgan and while they've not been awful, I can't say that I found them particularly riveting either. When I came across this book in the local library, I was in two minds about whether to bother with it but I liked the blurb on the book cover and decided to give it a go.

      Posy should be over the moon when boyfriend Matt proposes to her - on the top of a mountain no less - but she seems less than thrilled despite accepting. In fact, she embarks on a bizarre quest to track down her ex-boyfriends to make sure that Matt really is the one. Had I read this on the book on the cover, I probably would have given the book a miss, for the blurb is actually quite misleading and makes it seem as though Posy only decides to start this mission after Matt has second thoughts about the engagement when in actual fact, Posy decides to do this pretty much out the blue and Matt's backing out occurs when he discovers what she's up to.

      Even at this relatively early stage of the book, Posy was starting to annoy me. Maybe it's just me but choosing to track down your ex-boyfriends straight after getting engaged to a man who is supposed to be the love of your life seems a bit odd - if Posy has such big doubts about the relationship and whether Matt is right for her, she surely shouldn't have jumped in and accepted the proposal so quickly?! On top of that, she ploughed on with her quest once Matt had discovered her secret, knowing that it would do precious little to help her cause if she did decide that she was going down the right path. On top of that, the ex-boyfriends were not exactly the most interesting characters I've ever come across and as Posy herself had admitted that the relationships weren't all that great, I struggled to get my head around why she had convinced herself that they were going to be any better second time around.

      One thing I did quite enjoy about the book was the frequent insertions of Facebook status updates from Posy, often as chapter headings, to sum up situations with comments from other characters on the status, bringing the book bang up to date.

      All in all though, I wasn't very excited by this book and it was one of those that I could quite easily put down for days at a time and not feel compelled to go back to very quickly. I wouldn't say that the book was awful as I've certainly read worse but I found Posy to be an annoying characters and the whole plot just seemed a bit unrealistic and weird to me.

      As I've already mentioned, had the real blurb been on the back cover rather than the misleading and slightly more interesting one that was present, I really don't think that I would have chosen this book given that I hadn't been all that impressed with my previous experiences of the author's work. I was initially quite intrigued about the whole idea of Posy searching for her exes in the context of a broken engagement but the combination of the actual plot and the dull characters that they turned out to be, it was a bit of a disappointment for me. I read a lot of chick lit books and am no stranger to books that are easy to read but even though this book definitely ticked those boxes, it didn't hit the mark for me for the reasons I've already highlighted.

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        24.11.2010 19:45
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        I recently read this book : The Good The Bad And The Dumped (quite a title isn't it?!) This book was written by Jenny Colgan and was released in the United Kingdom in 2007, although this version of the book was reprinted in 2010 (I don't know why) and so it is recent-ish. The book is currently available to buy from Amazon for £3.50 which I think is reasonable.

        Posy is over the moon when her boyfriend Matt proposes to her on top of a mountain - but what will happen when he backs out of the engagement, and down in the dumps, Posy ends up tracking some of her exes of facebook? What will happen ? Read The Good, The Bad And The Dumped to find out!

        After reading the blurb on the back of this book, I was conviced that this book was going to be a really good one!! I thought that the blurb was misleading as it makes you think something else happens/happened when it didn't, and so after reading the book I was slightly annoyed.

        I didn't enjoy this book at all, which is strange for me as I usually love the chick-lit genre, and there aren't many book that I say that I dislike. In the beginning, I thought that this book sounded as though it had a really good plot, as it seemed really interesting, but it ended up being one of the most boring books ever ; the plot wasn't very exciting, and the story seemed to drag.

        Usually, I generally like the main characters in book and always end up feeling as though the are one of my closest friends. Normally, I am always on the main characters side and feel sorry for them when things go wrong, although with the main character in this book, Posy, I was totally against her ; she was just so stupid and annoying, and I am the kind of person who likes everyone (even fictional characters haha!)

        One thing which I noticed was different compared to a lot of other books in this genre, was the fact that Posy left a good guy, instead of the usual 'fiance-cheated-she-left-him-found-the-perfect-guy' kind of story!

        I didn't find this book easy to read ; I found that the writing didn't flow very naturally and seemed a bit 'try-hard'. The sentences were a bit long, and I couldn't just read it, I had to actually think hard about what I was reading, which wasn't very good for me, as I like to read as part of 'chilling out'.

        I would recommend this book as everyone has different tastes! This wasn't my cup of tea though!

        Thanks for reading!
        November 24th 2010
        xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx)

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          23.11.2010 19:41

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          i love jenny colgan alot so i brought this book to take away with me on the train. it is a great book to read. i would recomment anyone to buy this or any of jenney colgans books as they will put a big smile on your face and this book is a very easy read. when you pick it up you can not put it down thats the only problem.

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          06.11.2010 15:17
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          Light hearted read for those who just want to relax

          I enjoyed this book thoroughly. If you are into highbrow stuff ... no this is not for you. If you are into curling up in bed with a nice easy, lightheated read ... then I think you may like! If you are a man ... errr ... chick lit alert! Yes there are a few typos and the back cover could have been written for a different book. Following the first couple of chapters I re-read this and thought eh??? This is all wrong!

          It is a book that while not delivering the belly laughs of Bridget Jones still allows a smile to play on your lips. The story is different with several interesting characters from her psychoanalyst man hating mother to her straight talking hideously dressed best friend. It cleverly uses facebook - which definitely appeals to a facebook addict like myself.

          Plot
          Do I want to spoil this for you? Matt and Posy get engaged. Posy decides to track down her previous boyfriends - to convince herself that Matt really is the 'one' for her. She has hippy comfortable bear Chris, suave, selfish london boy Adam, and *the one who cannot be named*. Matt, unsurprisingly, gets a little fed up with this behaviour and decides to put a hold on the engagement. Posy is pulled two ways, she is desperate to get Matt back - but also desperate to keep up her crusade to find her old lovers and herself. The main characters, Posy and Matt (OMG - I want to marry him myself) are so likeable that you want them back together happily ever after!

          Every time I read a Jenny Colgan novel I can't help thinking this would make a fantastic film. The Good, The Bad, and the Dumped is no exception. I think Jenny's books appeal most to those in their mid to late thirties ... people of her generation.

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            04.07.2010 05:48
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            Another great book from Jenny Colgan

            Another book I took away on holiday with me was the latest Jenny Colgan book. This is one of my favourite authors so I was really looking forward to getting stuck in with this one as I knew I would probably be able to enjoy it from the first chapter because her books are always so easy to read. I had read a couple of reviews on it before I went and was a bit worried it wouldn't live up to my expectations as they were not really in great favour of the book and also a lot of editing errors were being mentioned but, I hoped I could overlook those if the book was good enough to enjoy!



            The author:
            Jenny Colgan is an English author who has written nine other books. She tends to write the easy to read chick lit genre style of books.


            The plot:
            Posy is delighted when Matt pops the all important question but doesn't seem to feel as excited as she thought she would and this makes her wonder if the relationship is 100% quiet right. With a plan in mind she decides she will look up some of her major Ex's who have had an impact on her life so that she can know that marriage is definitely the right thing for her and Matt. Especially as there is one Ex she is not quite sure if she is over! However thing's take a turn for the worse when at her engagement party it slips out from her best friend at what she is doing and Matt obviously very hurts ends the engagement.
            Suddenly Posy is devastated and realises that Matt was the one for her after all. But, hw will she now convince him that she really does love him and will it help to actually carry on with her mission to track down her Ex's?



            The characters:
            Posy is quite a likable character in one way as you can see how vulnerable she is especially as she was hurt by an Ex boyfriend but, at the same time she is a bit annoying because I know when I got engaged I was excited and it seemed a bit of a lame reaction when she got engaged and then she wasn't even getting excited about planning or seeming to looking forward to getting married!
            Matt plays a fairly small part considering he is the man Posy gets engaged to and at first he comes across as quite romantic but then he seems to change and be a bit less caring but, then I suppose if you found out your fiancée wasn't seeming to be bothered about marrying you then you would feel a bit put out!
            Posy's friend Leah and Posy's sister Fleur feature quiet heavily in this book. Leah seems a nice enough person but, I really didn't take to Fleur as she just came a cross as a lazy sod!
            Lots of Posy's Ex's feature in this book so we come across various other's that of course are central to the story but, these normally only play small parts



            Price:
            I bought this book in Waterstones under a 3 for 2 offer so the price of the book worked out at around £4 odd. You can pick up a copy on many online sites for the recommended RRP of £6.99 or shop around and see if you can pick up a second hand copy for much less. Alternatively the good old library can let you have a copy for a while as long as you don't mind not keeping it for your collection!



            Overall opinion:
            This is a classic Jenny Colgan style of book - it is easy to get into and very easy to read. There is no intense brain work involved to enjoy it but, this is why I love reading her books so much as they make the perfect summer book and holiday reads.
            I read a couple of reviews on this book before I started it (I had already bought it though) and many seemed to find that there were many editing errors within it. Yes this is true and of course should have been noticed before it went to print but, it didn't really detract from my enjoyment. The main error is that the blurb on the back states one surname for Posy an then the first chapter clearly states her name as another! Plus the blurb makes it out that Matt ends the engagement before she starts going after her Ex's but, in reality ended it because he found out about her doing that. So yes technically it is a bit misleading however, if you are a big fan of her books like I am, then in all honesty this would not bother you as at the end of the day, the main story is in the book not on the back and you soon forget you read a slightly different plot on the back once you start enjoying the book.
            Overall I will be giving this book a 4* rating as there have been other books that I prefer by this author but, I am still very pleased with it!

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              21.05.2010 20:37
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              Not worth a read.

              Posy Fairweather is on top of the world - quite literally - when her boyfriend Matt proposes on top of a mountain. Posy, though, doesn't appear to be quite as happy as you would expect when your boyfriend of three years proposes, and her friends think it may have something to do with her ex 'Lord Voldemort'; he who shall not be named. Posy realises that before she can truly commit to Matt she must track down her previous boyfriends and find out exactly why their relationship ended and decide if the grass IS greener on the other side. Once Matt finds out what Posy is doing, though, he calls of the engagement leaving Posy more confused then ever. But if she loves Matt, why is she playing with fire by trotting all around the country to see her exes, and what exactly will come of her adventures?

              It's probably fair to say that I'm not a huge fan of Jenny Colgan's books. It took two attempts to read West End Girls and even after I finally finished it I wasn't overly impressed. I also read Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend shortly after its release and again, it wasn't anything special. However I really loved the sound of her 2010 release The Good, The Bad and The Dumped so I decided to give Jenny's books one last chance and pre-ordered it for myself. It came into stock a few days before it's actual release and I eventually received my copy the day of it's actual release and decided to start it right away.

              My first problem with The Good, The Bad and The Dumped is the fact that the blurb on the back of the book is misleading. For starters, Posy is called Posy Sutherland on the blurb but on the first sentence of the book she's Posy Fairweather; how an error like that slipped through the editing/proof-reading stage is mind-boggling since I picked up on it immediately. Secondly, the blurb on the back states that Matt backs out of the engagement days after proposing and then Posy goes off around the country trying to track down her exes. This isn't true; Matt backs out of the engagement after Posy decides to start finding out why her relationships ended and Matt accidentally finds out. They are just little errors, but they irritate me. Particularly the error pertaining to Posy's second name, it's just not acceptable when a lot of people read a book before it goes off to print.

              For me, I didn't think the story itself was portrayed as interestingly as it could have been. Mainly because Posy spent the majority of her time whinging and moaning, which is never a good start. Posy says yes to getting engaged but doesn't seem at all excited about the potential for an upcoming wedding; it comes across as if she only said yes because it was the only answer that would save her from having to possibly be single again. It kind of ruined the proposal itself for me, which was incredibly sweet. Then, of course, Posy goes off to discover if she could have been happy with her previous boyfriends. To be honest I did quite like the idea of Posy tracking down all of her exes, it sounded like it could make for a fun and interesting read and although it was interesting, it kind of felt a bit flat. There was supposed to be a bit of mystery surrounding 'Lord Voldemort', the man Posy couldn't speak of but I found it tedious and just wanted to know who on Earth he was. There's also an underlying feeling throughout the book that Posy's mother (which I won't even attempt to spell, never-mind pronounce) had somehow affected Posy's views of relationships. I thought though that it was just a blatant attempt to try and justify what Posy does.

              Because the book is told from the third-person point of view, it's hard to really relate to any of the characters. I think Posy might have come across much better had the book been told entirely from her point of view. As it was, it was hard to really understand why she felt she had to do everything she had to do before she could contemplate marrying Matt. There were a few other characters; Matt, who seemed OK; Fleur, Posy's sister; Leah, Posy's best friend (who seemed a tad wet and rather man-obsessed, making me sad she had my name!); Posy's mother with the unpronounceable name, as well as Posy's father and new family. We also, of course, have Posy's exes who weren't up to much, to be honest.

              Jenny's writing is fairly easy to read although as I said, it would probably have worked better told from Posy's point of view solo rather than the third-person perspective that was used. Although it is actually Jenny's writing that brings me back to some more irritating errors. A few pages into the book, Posy's friend is discussing how her life might pan out and is mentioning having a baby and says "...do mass murder...", then there's another occasion where Posy is somewhere and the line says "...and did pillage and stuff...", and finally, when one of Posy's exes is talking about one of his exes he says "...and did a lot of crying". All three sentences are phrased so badly that I just couldn't understand how they had been left in when the book was edited. All three sentences should have been totally different - like this perhaps: "...commit mass murder...", "...and pillaged and stuff..." and "...and cried a lot...". I'm not a picky reader, and I don't sit and comb through a book picking out errors purposefully, but all of those I've mentioned jumped out at me and I couldn't ignore them.

              Overall, I think that's it for me with Jenny's books. A lot of people say she's a fantastic author but of her three books I've read so far, they've all been incredibly disappointing. I had high hopes for The Good, The Bad and The Dumped as it sounded interesting but to be honest I don't think it really worked. I wouldn't really recommend the book - even more so if you're particular to editing errors and wrong character names! If you're looking for a Jenny Colgan book to read the only one I would recommend is Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend. That was the best of the three I've read!

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