Thursday, June 6, 2013

How to Get Over Your Ex by Nikki Logan

Skeptic scale: ♥♥♥♥

Brit romantic comedy fodder! Who shall we cast in this? British actors, obvi.

Ta daaaa! By the Wings of Eros, I've got it!! I am SO good at this. 

Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby)
Henry Cavill (Superman)

He: Manager of a popular broadcast radio station who came up with the "Valentine's Girl" program where a guest proposes to her boyfriend on the air and the station gives them 50,000 pounds to follow them around for the next 12 months documenting all the preparations and the actual wedding.

She: After dating her boyfriend seriously some time, she decides to propose to him after his sister implies that he might be "ready for more". Turns out the boyfriend is definitely not ready for more and he turns her down and humiliates her in front of thousands of listeners.

Conflict: Given that the H came up with the whole concept of the reality show and now there isn't actually going to be a wedding, he feels bad that he ruined this poor girl's life. Turns out H has suffered a similar fate himself in his younger/stupider days and he feels truly empathetic. Plus, he knows his bosses are probably going to be mighty peeved that his Valentine's show was a dud. He has to somehow salvage the situation, so he offers the h a new deal.  He convinces her to go along with his amended plan for the show which is to showcase how she spends the next 12 months rediscovering herself. Over the course of those 12 months, he tags along to observe her and interviews her for the amended show. <Cue cutesy-pie montage music, scenes of both of them at cooking classes, salsa classes, traveling to Turkey, falling, falling, falling in lurve.> For music - has to be something sweet. I'm finding this song really adorable these days - Stuck on You by Meiko.

Too cute!

Anyway, this was a well-written, short but packed book with a lot of charm and not too much cheesiness. It was more of a book of how a girl figures herself out than one just about romance. The H comes across as a good guy who is doing his best despite his own experience with horrible rejection. There weren't any side characters exactly, and I thought it was a little strange that neither seemed to have any good friends to share all this with, but it helped the H&h bond a little faster so I was ok with it! More by Nikki Logan please!

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