How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend

A couple of days ago, I finished yet another book, How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend by Janette Rallison.  (Normally, I post on the books I read immediately after I finish, but, well, life got in the way.)  I think this makes the 290th book I’ve read so far in 2011. 

Anyway, as you may have guessed from the title of the book, this is very much a “chick” book.  It’s a light, quick read that will appeal to girls from middle school on up.  It’s not particularly deep, and the main character is a bit aggravating sometimes, but the story is decent and most girls will find something to relate to.

What would you do if you had to choose between your family and the love of your life?  That’s the dilemma facing Giovanna.  Her twin brother, Dante, has unexpectedly decided to run for student council president.  Giovanna expects her too-perfect-to-be-real boyfriend, Jesse, to help with Dante’s campaign, but things don’t really work out that way.  You see, Jesse’s best friend, Wilson, is also running for president, and Jesse has agreed to be his campaign manager.  Giovanna feels betrayed, so what does she do?  She breaks up with Jesse, of course.  (Stupid, stupid girl.)

Now, Giovanna is managing her brother’s campaign and sparring with Jesse on a regular basis.  She just doesn’t understand why he’s so devoted to Wilson.  Can’t he see that Wilson and his buddies are a bunch of stuck-up elitists who look down on everybody else?  They’ve always looked down on Giovanna, and, now that she and Jesse have split, it’s not getting any better, so she is determined that Dante will win this election.  The “little people” need a voice in this school.

As both campaigns heat up, Giovanna realizes that, although she loves her brother and wants to help him win, her feelings for Jesse are still there.  She wants him back, but can she forgive him for what she sees as a betrayal?  Could something more be behind his loyalty to Wilson’s campaign?  Does he want her back, too?  Read How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend by Janette Rallison to discover how one simple class election can both rip a couple apart and, quite possibly, bring them back together.

This book is full of your typical high school drama–objecting to frog dissections, dealing with mean, rich girls, horrible blind dates, fighting with parents and step-parents, young love, and simply trying to survive.  Giovanna has a way of inviting trouble into her life, as do many teenage girls.  (I know I did.)  As I said before, most girls will find something to relate to within the pages of this book.

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