Review: The Good, The Bad and The Dumped by Jenny Colgan

☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

We all look up our exes on-line…but should we? Posy Fairweather is over the moon when her boyfriend Matt proposes in what is probably the most romantic way possible—on top of a mountain, in a thunderstorm, like something from a Nicholas Sparks novel. But a few days later he dumps her. Crushed and humiliated, Posy wonders why all her romances have always been such train wrecks.

Determined to gain some insight, Posy resolves to get online, track down her exes, and ask them. Which doors from Posy’s past should stay closed? Which might open? Can she learn from past mistakes? And what if she has let Mr. Right slip through her fingers along the way?



My Thoughts:

More Women’s Fiction than Romance as the story’s focus is on the main character, Posy, exploring all her past romantic failings. In many ways it is a quest story; before committing to marriage, she feels she needs to know what is so horribly wrong with her that they dumped her.

Sometimes funny and sometimes poignant, The Good, The Bad, and The Dumped allows Posy to abandon her romanticized versions of past relationship and see in each of those relationships what she was truly looking for and never found. Posy is apparently the only person in her immediate circle that eventually reaches this epiphany as the others already see her past relationships for what they were.

To make things more complicated, Posy’s relationships with her parents come into question as well. While Matt, her boyfriend and hope-to-be fiancé, sees Posy’s quest as her lackluster feelings toward him by comparing him to past boyfriends, it is really about Posy finding herself and learning that the foundation for a lasting love is friendship and respect.

As usual, I enjoyed Ms. Colgan’s writing, and the choice of a third-person narrative interestingly worked for The Good, The Bad and The Dumped. I appreciated Posy’s growth through her journey, and I especially enjoyed the denouement. A quick and easy read.


About the Author: Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including ‘The Little Shop of Happy Ever After’ and ‘Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery’, which are also published by Sphere.’ Meet Me at the Cupcake Café’ won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was ‘Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams’, which won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013. 

For more about Jenny, visit her website and her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter.

Jenny Colgan has also been published under the name Jenny T. Colgan

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