THIS IS HOW IT HAPPENED by Jo Barrett

THIS IS HOW IT HAPPENED

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Jilted Texan seeks revenge.

When feisty Italian Madeline Piatro is dumped by conniving boyfriend Carlton, he not only strips her of her dignity, he also keeps the business they started together. Rather than be thankful to be rid of a boyfriend who’s a snake, Madeline becomes obsessed with Carlton, who always seemed to have the upper hand in their relationship thanks to his smooth demeanor and movie star looks. Alternating between despondence and fury, she relies on her pious brother and her dippy friend Heather to shoulder the weight of her ravings. When even these two charitable souls lose patience with Madeline’s pity parties (thank heavens), she hires a hit man to exact revenge on Carlton. Barrett (The Men’s Guide to the Women’s Bathroom, 2007) has tried to pen a comic caper for angry exes, but once again her work comes off as trite and bumbling. Madeline earns neither sympathy nor respect for her hair-brained antics and poor decision making. Furthermore, the residents of Texas should be incensed at the bad rap they receive here: They’re either air-headed blondes, ruthless captains of industry or assimilated Northerners with heavy affectations.

Silly story, stale ideas.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-06-124110-9
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Avon A/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2007