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Review: My Girlfriend's Boyfriend by Elodia Strain

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
3 Stars: A Good Read
Paperback: 217 Pages
Publication: August 8, 2011 by Cedar Fort

Jesse is looking for the "right guy." When she bumps into Ethan, a despairing writer who she inspires, she thinks she's found him. But only moments later she meets Troy, a successful advertising executive who makes almost every moment romantic. Both seem perfect, but things are not always what they seem. My Girlfriend's Boyfriend is a fun romance that blends warm sincerity with fresh storytelling.

Troy and Ethan. Ethan and Troy. Ethan is the good guy that every girl wants to settle with. He’s charming and kind. When Jesse began dating Troy as well, I couldn’t believe that she’d do this to a guy like Ethan. Then again, Troy… he’s every girl’s dream man. He’s filthy rich, successful, and spontaneous, calling Jesse last minute for a date. I wouldn’t be able to resist him either.

Towards the middle end, I began to feel that pieces weren’t adding up. Considering what was taking place, I’m surprised that it took me so long to realize what was going on. Then again, Elodia did a brilliant job in threading events together. It isn’t until the end when Jesse herself tells you what happened that you learn the major twist in the plot.

Now, Jesse does has a tendency to talk to the audience, and she often rambles, losing herself in thought. While it is a charming quirk of hers, it does tend to overshadow the narrative. It belongs more in the theaters and on the screen than in the pages of a novel. Nevertheless, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend is a light-hearted novel with plenty of humor and laughs, and the novel has the happily-ever-after ending that we love to see in chick flicks. (Plus, there’s the catchy title. You know the heroine’s in for a load of trouble from the title alone.)

My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend is a book that you have to read at least twice. Once for the story as it is, the second time once you know what’s actually up. I recommend this for both teen and adult readers alike. You could even read it with your families. Work together and see if you can figure out the big plot twist before it’s revealed. And then watch the movie.

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A copy was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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