Monday, 20 February 2017

The Good Girlfriend's Guide to Getting Even by Anna Bell

The Good Girlfriend's Guide to Getting Even

The Good Girlfriends Guide to Getting Even by Anna Bell
Published: 26th January 2017
Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre
Pages: 432
Available in paperback and on Kindle
Rating: 5/5


When Lexi's sport-mad boyfriend Will skips her friend's wedding to watch football - after pretending to have food poisoning - it might just be the final whistle for their relationship.

But fed up of just getting mad, Lexi decides to even the score. And, when a couple of lost tickets and an 'accidentally' broken television lead to them spending extra time together, she's delighted to realise that revenge might be the best thing that's happened to their relationship.

And if her clever acts of sabotage prove to be a popular subject for her blog, what harm can that do? It's not as if he'll ever find out . . .


Having loved Anna’s previous novel The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart last year I was really excited to read her new book The Good Girlfriend’s Guide to Getting Even and it did not disappoint, in fact I think it was better than her last book.

Lexi and Will have been together seven years, seven years where Lexi has patiently put up with Will’s extreme love of watching sports, but that’s about to change. On the day of her best friend’s wedding Lexi is optimistic that Will has changed his ways and will go with her without a fuss knowing how special the day is to Lexi. Oh no Will has other ideas, he fakes food poisoning to avoid going to the wedding and instead goes to watch his beloved Southampton play football. When Lexi receives a text showing Will at the game she is furious.

Knowing getting mad with Will will not make her feel better Lexi decides to get even. After a couple of her revenge plans result in bringing her and Will closer together Lexi is over the moon, this is exactly the relationship she wants, so she carries on. When challenged by her writing class Lexi decides there will be no harm in writing about antics in her new blog and loves it when the blog hits keep rising….surely there is no way Will will ever find out right?

The Good Girlfriends Guide to Getting Even may be a book with a very long title but it’s a book I loved. It’s light hearted and full of humour which kept me entertained all the way through.  I loved wondering just what crazy plan Lexi would come up with next and just how far she would push Will to get her revenge.

I liked Lexi as a character as she seemed initially to have good intentions about her plans especially when she got more quality time with Will as a result. I did start to think she was maybe going a little too far and I ended up feeling a bit sorry for Will, he must have been a bit bewildered as to why things kept going wrong with all his sports plans. I enjoyed the rest of the characters in the book which Anna has brought to life so well, my favourite had to be sex-obsessed Cara and her secret slipper wearing boyfriend.

This book was a joy to read and Anna is quickly becoming one of my go to authors when I want a book which will cheer me and leave a smile on my face. If you’re a fan of Sophie Kinsella or Christie Barlow then I’m sure you will enjoy this book.

Thank you so much to the publishers who sent me a copy of this book to review if I chose, it was brilliant.

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