2017 Book Reviews

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

The Good Girlfriend's Guide to Getting Even: The brilliant new laugh-out-loud love story by [Bell, Anna]
‘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 . . .’

I am going to start by saying this book was SO much fun to read! We all know those girlfriends who are with sports obsessed men and if we don’t know someone, we generally are the sports widows. Thank goodness that I am not a sporting widow unlike my sister-in-law and my mum! Both my dad and my brother are the sporting fanatics in my family and NEVER miss a game, so I totally got where Lexi was coming from in this book! And oh did I enjoy it!

Lexi and Will have been together for seven years and still there is no sign of a wedding, much to the disapproval of Lexi’s mum, who seems to bring it up at any possible moment she can, which often leaves poor Will a sweaty mess! You see Will has already said he will propose when Southampton win the league…. but let’s face it no one can see that coming. Lexi lives her entire life making plans around the sports channel and not just the football, there is darts…. golf…. cricket…. boxing….you name it and Will follows it religiously. He is one of those fans who starts to sweat and fidget if he doesn’t know what exactly is happening for every second of any game!

The story also features Lexi’s two best friends Vanessa and Cara, Vanessa is soon getting married and the girls are all really excited, and this is where our story really starts!

The day of the wedding has arrived and Will has taken a turn for the worse and ended up running to the toilet every few minutes with terrible stomach cramps, Lexi is upset that Will is too unwell to make it to the wedding but is full of sympathy and makes sure he is absolutely okay before she leaves him. Lexi is sad that she has to attend the wedding herself and worries she should have stayed to look after Will, but there was no way she could have missed her best friends wedding. Throughout the day Lexi texts Will to check in on him and he sounds like he is feeling awful, she spends her time with Cara who has her sights set on having it off with one of the ushers

During the wedding a tipsy Lexi receives a picture message from a work collegue and there on sky sports news is her ‘poorly’ boyfriend Will at the Southampton match! At this point Lexi is so mad she decides to get completely drunk and have it out with him when she gets home…

Only when she wakes up the next day hung over, Will is STILL keeping up his lies of being unwell and that gets Lexi thinking, and even madder. So rather than having it out with him she plans an act of revenge to get even with him. Her first act of revenge involves her stopping Will from seeing a football match, which involves an insane amount of planning, and a LOT of hope that it will come off as bad luck and not like it has been purposely sabotaged! The result of her pulling this off means they spent an entire sport-free weekend together that was really romantic and full of fun.

Lexi is a wannabe author and attends a writing group one of her best friends Cara, one week at the group they are set homework, to set up a blog and write about anything, it’s all about gaining an audience. Lexi struggles to think of anything when suddenly she jokingly decides to write about being a sporting widow and how Will lied to her and she got her revenge. Only after writing it she thinks it’s rather great and ends up posting it, only for it to become a HUGE hit with thousands of likes and people sharing it all over. And so, feeling like her revenge wasn’t enough and seeing how popular her blog has become, Lexi decides to take out more revenge against unsuspecting Will and use the material for her blog!

But when will Lexi finally feel like she has gotten even with Will?

Oh, I loved this story so much, once I started it, I couldn’t put it down until I had finished it in one lovely go! I loved everything about it, I loved how Will was so sports crazy that he lied to get out of a wedding just to see a game, that is some passion! I also loved how mad Lexi got and that she decided to get revenge in some of the best ways, I was genuinely cackling with glee each time! But, what I loved more than absolutely anything was their relationship, it was actually really, REALLY cute. they were both so clearly besotted with one another, they were crazy for each other and that really did shine through. Will wasn’t an arsehole who deserved to be hated or really needed to have his girlfriend go out of her way to stop him watching sport, because when he did miss the sport, although disappointed, he was always so happy to have time with Lexi and he was so caring and loving towards her, I kind of fell a bit in love with him!

I also loved how Cara called Lexi out for what she was doing, she wasn’t that friend that instantly agreed, she kind of took Will’s side a little and told her to come clean and talk things through with him. I liked that so much, because it would have been so easy to have her help come up with other ways to stop him seeing any sport. Cara as a character was really likable and I was so wrapped up in her story also, she was sex mad and knew what she liked, she always had the upper hand when it comes to men…. but that all changes in this book and I found myself desperate to find out more about her life (next book all about her please Anna?!!).

Throughout the story there is  build up of how far Lexi will go before she regrets her actions and Will becomes… well odd, he starts to sweat randomly and look shifty and he looks on edge, and this mixed with Lexi’s behaviour had me on the edge of my seat just waiting to find out what was going to happen. I read the last half of the book with everything crossed that they wouldn’t break up because they were SUCH A GOOD COUPLE and I adored them together! Anna’s writing is brilliant and had me racing through the pages, laughing like a maniac and desperately sad that the book was over. I wish I had savored it a little longer!

I want to tell you so much, I want to tell you about the revenge but I won’t because it’s just too damn good to spoil!

The Good Girlfriend’s Guide to Getting Even is fun, genuinely laugh out loud funny, sweet and riveting!

You can buy it right now and you absolutely should, instantly!

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