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My review

This was totally a fun book where Evie finds her little black book, a journal if sorts, where all her past dates/relationships have been chronicled. And Evie then decides to meet up with her ex-dates to find out what went wrong.

My first book by author Hannah Pearl, had me smiling and chuckling at Evie’s attempts to go back in time to meet up with the exes. It gave me an insight about myself too in a way that I always felt a relationship broke up because of me, but probably that was not the case.

Evie was delightful in her role as a school teacher who was loving and caring and quite brave. Her meet cute with Jake had me longing for such a happening in my life too. The other characters cousin Charmaine, Jake’s sister Bea and niece Alice kept the pace of the book going smooth and strong.

Hannah Pearl, via an example of an ex-fiance Ryan, dealt with domestic control and violence and the perils of being in a relationship with such a man along with the after effects. I felt that part was written sensitively, intermerging well with the plot.

This was a cute book which kept me up reading late into the night. What niggled me and kept me loving the book was that I felt it needed something more to make the book complete and a bit more humor.

The book did keep me hooked to it, there was both introspection and retrospective perception to make me go into my own self-discovery. Overall an enjoyable fast read!

I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Ruby Fiction, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

My rating : 4 stars

About the Author

Hannah Pearl won the Books and the City Heatseeker short story competition, in partnership with Heat magazine in 2017 for her short story The Last Good Day.

Book blurb

When Evie is invited to the wedding of the guy she’d fancied throughout her teens, it’s the final straw. What’s wrong with her and why can’t she keep a man?
In between consoling herself with ice cream and chocolate, and sobbing her heart out to her cousin Chamaine, Evie has a brainwave – and it all centres around her ‘little black book’ (well, more floral patterned notebook really) – which contains the details of every man she’s ever kissed or dated. Perhaps the cure for her disastrous love life has been nestled within its pages all along …
Does Evie’s little black book really hold the answers, or will she learn that exes are exes for a reason?

Product Details

Publication date : 21st August, 2018

Publisher : Ruby Fiction

22 Responses

  1. Great review Shalini. 🙂 This reminds me of the movie, “What’s Your Number” where Anna Farris listed all her exes.. hehe.. That was a fun movie. I want to check this out too. I’ll see if it’s still on Netgalley. 🙂

  2. Sometimes it’s nice to have a bit of a cute book to make you feel good. I like the story presented here and it’s definitely a nice idea for a novel. Even though it wasn’t completely perfect (but hardly anything is anyways lol), I’m glad you enjoyed it so much. Wonderful review😊

      1. Yeah, that is a good thing indeed. And I can totally understand that too. Glad you found something to take your mind of that 😊
        My health is luckily much better again, thank you so much for asking😘 My vacation has been okay so far, already at the halfway point (as usual it’s going way too fast lol) but it’s been alright so far.
        How are you doing? Hopefully all is well with you?

          1. Haha…if only I wish that were possible lol😂😂 Nice idea though…and yes you are learning 😊
            I’m glad to hear that you are okay 😉

  3. Great review and an interesting premise. Obviously I’m not the only one who wondered what happened with a few of my young dates. I saw a pic of one at a reunion–uh huh–ah, no. 😝 Still, good for some introspection, huh!

    1. Aah Gin, they were that good huh? I have hardly gone on many dates, but I don’t want to go out with them or go back to them to ponder what went wrong.. They were all wrong guys!!

  4. This is a wonderful premise for a book. I am sure everyone wonders about past relationships. Great review. Glad it was a fun read, with some thought provoking parts.

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