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Ex and the City: You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Dumps You [Unabridged] [Paperback]

Alexandra Heminsley
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3 Aug 2007

We've all been there: one minute you're in a loving relationship, or maybe just on your third date with a guy who's not too weird, the next minute you've been dumped. Now you're a reject, choking back the sobs as you trundle home alone.

If Dumped was a kingdom, Alexandra Heminsley would be its queen. She's been dumped in a restaurant, dumped in a stairwell, dumped in a graveyard - the locations changed but the excruciating pain stayed the same. Now in this intimate and witty memoir she shares her experiences, taking us on a laugh-out-loud journey from her initial helpless dejection to the rebound fling and several other failed relationships that finally set her on the road to recovery. She shares the insights she gathered along the way, from what heartbreak really does to your hormones to what he really means when he says, 'It's not you, it's me', as well as what not to do with your hair when you've been dumped. And, of course, the best ways to utilise the healing power of songs - after all, no one wants to get stuck in the Mary J. Blige Contemplative Stage for too long but woe betide the girl who attempts the Eurythmics' 'Thorn in My Side' too soon. Above all, Alexandra reveals the important truth she learns: that being dumped should not be a source of shame but should be a badge of honour. Because unless you're ready to risk all, you'll never find love.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (3 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330454506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330452427
  • ASIN: 0330452428
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At last: a self-help book that doesn't claim to have all the answers. This funny and touching guide to getting dumped and living to tell the tale starts with 'we need to talk' and ends in New York, via the science of heartbreak, Scottish dancing and motorbike pyramids. It won't make it all better; but it will convince you that you're not alone. The Pizza of Rejection we've all done; being consoled in Latin by Larry Hagman, some of us haven't. --The Independent

Laugh out loud. --Glamour

About the Author

Alex Heminsley is a freelance journalist and broadcaster. She is the books editor for Elle, and reviews for The Weekender on Radio 2 as well as Time Out and the Observer. She is a regular member of the Simon Mayo Books Panel on Radio 5 Live.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Snort out loud funny! 10 Aug 2007
By I. Hill
"Ex in the City" had me snorting with laughter (and the neighbour in the next garden coughing in embarrassed reply). I especially loved Alexandra Heminsley's synopsis of Giselle, her Jumper of Strangulation and the fax-beeping canary. You must read this book this summer!
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4.0 out of 5 stars How to guide 14 April 2013
It's a good and funny way of looking at relationships and break-ups. Make sure to take the information in this book as if it's an aid to help you if you are going through a break-up right now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and True 13 Dec 2008
The book is truthful and will tell you what is going to happen to you and what you are going to do.

You don't realise that you are going through these stages after a break-up but this book breaks it up for you and explains them to you. It shows you that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and finds a way to make the most of a bad situation. It is funny and to make you feel better, the author shares her own experiences with you. It is just a shame that she is unable to take the pain away.

It is a good read and will give you advice on how to get over a break-up, but we all know that no matter what anyone says, they can't heal a brokenheart. You just need time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We've all been there! 17 Dec 2007
Alexandra Heminsley starts the book at the point at which she is dumped - again! For someone with a birthday on Valentine's Day, she doesn't exactly seem lucky-in-love and she describes to us in wonderful detail and with plenty of humour about all the times she has been dumped, the `it's not you, it's me' conversations, the stage where even your friends are bored of having to try and cheer you up and the dreadful wallowing that we all do.

This is a really refreshing book. Alternate chapters deal with Alex's own love life and then more abstract themes such as hormonal reasons why we can feel heartbroken, songs to help you come to terms with what's happened and what he says vs. what he actually means.

The book is light-hearted and fun, and will tell you exactly the same thing as a best friend would. Highly recommended (and so is deleting all his numbers!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book can be your friend 4 Sep 2007
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who's doing the dating thing: it's very funny and also full of good advice - the author is clearly a lot nicer than most of the guys she was going out with. I loved the Melton Mowbray in the handbag moment and the heartwarming New York ending.
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