Sunday Book Club – My Great Ex-Scape, Portia Macintosh

Every Sunday we are taking a look at the world of books. I read a lot and always want to share my opinions on what I read, so I thought it would be fun to write reviews. We are starting 2023 with a rom com about ex boyfriends.

My Great Ex-Scape (2020)

Portia Macintosh


Rosie Jones has been dumped by every boyfriend she’s ever had – most recently by Dinosaur Dave, live on TV, during the ‘phone-a-friend’ segment of a quiz show. After the footage goes viral Rosie receives a bunch of flowers with a message:

I love you, I should have never let you go, I want you back x

But who sent them?

At a loose end and with GBP50,000 prize money in her back pocket, Rosie decides to take a trip down memory lane, visiting each of her ex-boyfriends to see not just if they are the one who sent the flowers but if they are the one.

Her journey takes her back to the house she grew up in and on a transatlantic cruise to New York, but can Rosie figure out which ex-boyfriend is the love of her life, or should the past stay in the past?

– from Waterstones

Positive Points

If you are looking for a book that is an entertaining story that is reasonably fast read then this is the book for you. The main character is easy to like and it makes the journey a fun adventure. If you are a fan of the classic rom coms then you will like this story. There is a lot of fun moments and sections that you will only really experience in a book like this. Even though it is pretty cheesey I would say that it be a good book for a holiday read.

Negative Points

Whilst it can be nice to have a cheesey book to read, at times it does come across as very unbelievable and a tad cringy for example a Michael Buble impersonator was a bit too much for me. The only other thing that I felt disappointed in was that the last few chapters felt a little bit rushed – you take all this time to start getting to the conclusion, please expand on the result a bit more for the reader as the tempo suddenly changes and it is really noticeable.

Overall Review

This book is a nice read and if you are a fan of rom com then this will be right up your street. Whilst I was not a fan of the cheese throughout some parts of this book, I read it pretty quickly which is usually a sign that I am enjoying a book. It is pure escapism and that is why I thought it was not a bad read.

Rating : *** 3 Stars

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