How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend

Paperback | January 8, 2009

byJanette Rallison

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Boyfriends are supposed to be loyal, caring, and handsome. Giovanna?s boyfriend, Jesse, has perfected the last two. But when her twin brother, Dante, runs for student body president, Jesse doesn?t support Dante, choosing to campaign for his opponent instead. Shouldn?t the fact that Jesse is Giovanna?s boyfriend count for something? So Giovanna dumps Jesse and becomes Dante?s campaign manager. But as the political debates heat up, Giovanna begins to regret breaking up with Jesse, and realizes that maybe her decision wasn?t the political strategy she should have used?.

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Boyfriends are supposed to be loyal, caring, and handsome. Giovanna?s boyfriend, Jesse, has perfected the last two. But when her twin brother, Dante, runs for student body president, Jesse doesn?t support Dante, choosing to campaign for his opponent instead. Shouldn?t the fact that Jesse is Giovanna?s boyfriend count for something? So ...

Janette Rallison is the author of the bestselling All’s Fair in Love, War and High School and a number of popular romantic comedies. She lives in Chandler, Arizona.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.69 inPublished:January 8, 2009Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0142412694

ISBN - 13:9780142412695

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Teen Fun An fast-paced, teen novel that you'll easily finish quickly but will still keep you interested. I thought 'Just One Wish', another book by the author, was better, but this one was still good and has some funny moments. What starts out as a school election for student body president soon gets complicated when Giovanna is shocked to learn that her boyfriend Jesse would rather help her brother's opposition for president, the popular Wilson. Sure, Jesse is one of the 'in' crowd too, but she never expected the betrayal, so she promptly breaks up with him and signs on to become her brother Dante's campaign manager. Her friend soon starts to set up some dates with other guys for Giovanna, but she soon she realizes she made a mistake and she wants Jesse back. What will she do? Predictable, yes, but you'll still enjoy it.
Date published: 2009-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not Bad This book wasn't bad, entirely predictable but not bad. I liked the ending but the middle was slow going. I would recommend it because overall it was a pretty funny book.
Date published: 2009-04-12

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Table of ContentsTitle PageCopyright PageDedication Chapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 11Chapter 12Chapter 13Chapter 14Chapter 15Chapter 16Chapter 17 Teaser chapterI Want Him Back ...I put my hand to my forehead. My head suddenly hurt. “He told people about our date?”“Giovanna, you let the guy know you’d been arrested for stealing dead frogs and then crawled underneath a pool table. You didn’t think he’d tell people about it?”I gulped and felt my face flush. “If he was a gentleman, he wouldn’t have told—Jesse wouldn’t have.”“Well, you broke up with Jesse.”Her statement hit me hard. I’d broken up with Jesse, and yet I suddenly realized that despite everything, I wanted him back. Forget loyalty. Forget this stupid election. I just wanted my boyfriend back.Daphne reached over and momentarily put her hand over mine to get my attention. “It will all be fine. You just need some prep work for your next date. You know, a game plan of what to say and how to act.” She let out a sigh, but not one of resignation. This was the breath you let out before you tackled something huge. “I’ve gone about this matchmaker business all wrong. I’ve tried to set you up with guys I thought would be good for you. But I never found out what you’re looking for. So let’s start with that. We want to find someone who is absolutely compatible. So you tell me, what do you want in a guy?”“Jesse,” I said.“You want a guy like Jesse?”“No, I want him. I want Jesse back.”OTHER BOOKS YOU MAY ENJOYSPEAK Published by the Penguin Group Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 345 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014, U.S.A. Penguin Group (Canada), 90 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 700, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4P 2Y3 (a division of Pearson Penguin Canada Inc.) Penguin Books Ltd, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, England Penguin Ireland, 25 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Ireland (a division of Penguin Books Ltd) Penguin Group (Australia), 250 Camberwell Road, Camberwell, Victoria 3124, Australia (a division of Pearson Australia Group Pty Ltd) Penguin Books India Pvt Ltd, 11 Community Centre, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi - 110 017, India Penguin Group (NZ), 67 Apollo Drive, Rosedale, North Shore 0632, New Zealand (a division of Pearson New Zealand Ltd) Penguin Books (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd, 24 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa Registered Offices: Penguin Books Ltd, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, England First published in the United States of America by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group, 2007 Published by Speak, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2009  Copyright © Janette Rallison, 2007All rights reserved THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS HAS CATALOGED THE G. P. PUTNAM’S SONS EDITION AS FOLLOWS: Rallison, Janette, 1966- How to take the ex out of ex-boyfriend / Janette Rallison. p. cm. Summary: Giovanna rashly breaks up with her boyfriend Jesse when he refuses to help her twin brother with his campaign for Student Council president, but fixing her mistake may be more difficult for her than she realizes.eISBN : 978-1-101-01985-6To James and Faith—my wonderful twins— and also to my other magnificent children, Arianna, Luke, and Asenath. To the real Dante and Giovanna Petrizzo, you all have such cool names. To my ever-patient and thorough editor, Tim. Okay, so while I was working on your revision comments I compared you to the Greek Furies and told several people you were possessed by evil demons. I still followed most of your suggestions. You’re great. Thanks for making the book better. Special thanks to Brandon Hart, Brian Lamb, and Angela Morales from the Austin, Texas, police youth service department for guiding me through the intricate legal world of frog theft. Thanks to all my writing friends who read and critiqued parts of the story. You guys are not only talented but helpful. Lastly, thanks to Asenath’s friend Westin, who came over on short notice so I could drag him around in a cowboy hat to pose as Jesse. Keep the hat handy, Westin, it works for you.Chapter 1I bet you Cinderella didn’t get along with Prince Charming’s friends. Oh sure, the knights and barons probably put up with her on account that she was pretty and had such dainty feet and all, but you know every duchess and countess in the kingdom hated her guts. That’s how women are when someone encroaches on their turf.And that’s why all the girls at Jesse’s birthday party ignored me. While he mingled with the guests to make sure everyone had enough food, I sat next to a group of cheerleaders who talked around me like I was a piece of furniture.I don’t know why I expected any different. They’d acted this way since I started dating Jesse two months ago, giving me subtle and not so subtle messages that just because I was going out with a guy from the popular clique didn’t mean I fit in with them.It wouldn’t have been so bad if I’d been sitting with Dante, and then I’d at least be able to talk with him, but he stood across the room, his black leather jacket barely visible in the crowd of letterman jackets. He and a bunch of guys from the basketball team were no doubt talking sports, and other male languages I didn’t understand. Besides, I ought to be able to make it through a party without depending on my twin brother as a conversational crutch.Next to me on the couch, Bridget and Stacey—the current reigning rodeo princess and her peroxide blond sidekick—discussed their prom dresses. They hadn’t said a word to me all night except for when I sat down and Stacey said, “Oh, hi, Giovanna.” She said my name like it had about seven syllables. No matter how many times I’ve told her it’s pronounced “Geo-vonna,” she always finds a way to butcher it. If I correct her, she laughs and says, “Sorry, I don’t speak Italian.”Yeah, neither do I, but somehow I manage to pronounce my name without making it sound like it rhymes with “banana.” I won’t even mention how people say my last name, Petrizzo, except to point out it has stumped many a substitute teacher during roll call.Dante says I should take advantage of my Italian heritage and pretend to be a non-English speaking immigrant whenever we have a sub, but that’s just Dante. He’s never taken school seriously.Bridget took a sip of her drink and leaned toward Stacey. “I brought home this gorgeous blue silk dress with a sequin bodice. It totally matched the color of my eyes, but my mom freaked out because it was so low cut. She insisted on taking it back and going with me to pick out another one. I chose the most expensive one in the store to make her mad.”Stacey let out a sigh. “I wish I’d thought of that. I had to beg my mom before she let me spend over three hundred. And I still haven’t found a pair of shoes.”I shrugged. “I haven’t even looked at prom dresses yet.”Bridget’s gaze turned to me for the first time. Her eyebrow lifted. “Why not? Hasn’t Jesse asked you?” She gave me a self-satisfied smile. “Maybe he’s going to ask someone else then.”I gripped the drink in my hand harder than I needed to. “I’m sure he just hasn’t gotten around to it.”Bridget let off a giggle as she rolled her eyes. “You don’t need to be so touchy. I was just kidding.”Stacey fingered the straw in her glass. “Of course he’ll ask you—that is, unless he finds something better along the side of the road.” And then they both laughed, so if I got mad they could claim they were just joking around again.

Editorial Reviews

"Fast-paced and funny, Rallison's latest will satisfy faithful fans and will encourage new ones to join the fun." - Kirkus Reviews