My Perfect Ex-Boyfriend is book one of the Perfect Guy series by Annabelle Costa. It follows divorcee and single mother Bailey as she embarks on a vacation with her dad, his new fiancee, and the fiancee’s son – who happens to be Bailey’s ex-boyfriend.
Amy’s Rating: 4/5
As soon as I heard the title of this book, I knew I had to read it. We all have the tendency to romanticize some part of our past in one way or another, and I’m a sucker for anything that openly admits this is what it’s doing. At the very worst, even if the boyfriend was objectively perfect and not romanticized at all in the protagonist’s memory, I wanted to find out why, if he was so perfect, was he an ex. So I added it to my TBR and am very glad I did.
Toward the beginning of the book, I felt some amount of skepticism toward the premise. They narration kept alluding to something terrible Bailey had done to her ex-boyfriend Noah ten years ago, which he still hasn’t forgiven her for. Putting aside the fact that a decade is a long time to hold a grudge, I wasn’t confident that whatever Bailey had done justified Noah’s bad behavior (burning her burger on purpose, making nasty remarks wherever he could, etc.) Most of the books I’ve read where the main character has made a Terrible Mistake fails to really put her in a position of accountability, making the bad reactions unfair and undeserved. However, once their past is revealed, I found Costa walked the line perfectly between understandable and unforgiveable in Bailey’s past self.
While the story itself was relaxed and amusing, I most enjoyed the layers beneath it, dealing with shock, loss, and disability in a real way. The writing had some laugh-out-loud moments, and I found myself rooting for Noah and Bailey in a way I didn’t expect going in.
I would recommend this very much to anyone who enjoys chick-lit, romantic comedies, and stories about picking yourself up and putting yourself back together again after some major curveballs. I will definitely be reading the second book in the series, and hope to find it as enjoyable as the first.
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About the Reviewer
Amy Spitzfaden loves reading all things real-world. From contemporary to chick-lit, to mystery, she enjoys seeing all the crazy things that could happen on this earth and the way people overcome their unique and universal struggles. While she’s a sucker for a happy ending, she considers anything with growth and real emotion worth reading. Sometimes complicated endings are the best!
Amy is the author of Untold and Fingerprinted Hearts, with her third novel It’s Funny You Mentioned Chloe… coming soon. In her spare time, she likes to drink tea, take baths, and contemplate all the ways human relationships are just really freaking weird. For more about Amy check out her website.