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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (24 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749933542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749933548
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,434,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrea Semple's book about an agony aunt's agony will make you laugh, cry and make you want to call up your friends and tell them how much you love them. Refreshingly original. ((Faith Bleasdale))

Very witty - it made me laugh out loud several times. ((Deborah Wright))

A funny and sweet summer read. ((Heat))

A painfully funny debut novel. ((Heat))

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A novel about sex, relationships and other natural disasters --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Newsbitch on 10 Feb. 2005
Format: Paperback
After reading Andrea Semple's more recent chick-lit offering, The Make-Up Girl, I simply had to read this one. After all, Semple's wit and giggle-out-loud humour always provide a brilliant read. The Ex-Factor (a novel about sex, relationships and other natural disasters) is definitely pleasing.
Heroine Martha Seymore is an agony aunt for a high-profile women's magazine. Actually, no - she's a relationship consultant. Her job being the advice-giver to many a hopeful reader with noone else to turn to, it is quite ironic when Martha has to deal with a big relationship problem of her own - an unfaithful boyfriend.
Reluctantly stepping into the shoes of her readers for once, Martha has to deal with her problems maturely. Though cheating Luke soon becomes just one of her life worries. With her relationship constantly on her mind, and the emerging ex-boyfriends who she still feels a little attached to, there is also her bitchy schoolmate Desdemona, overly-organised best friend Fiona, and flamboyant new flatmate Jaqui. On top of all this, there is also Martha's job which may be lost if she's not careful!
I must admit that I enjoyed The Make-Up Girl a little bit more, though The Ex-Factor is definitely a brilliant read. An amusing love story teamed with the harsh reality of infidelity, along with a hint of bitchiness. I would recommend this to any avid chick-lit fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fran on 1 Oct. 2004
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book, it took me a few chapters to really get into but by the time I was half-way through I could hardly put it down, quite funny in places and emotional in others.
I liked the ending too, it wasn't one of those feminist-type endings and yet it still leaves you waiting for more...
This is the first book I've read by Andrea Semple and I'm now looking to purchase her second offering.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amy Daly on 13 May 2003
Format: Paperback
I bought this book after seeing it in Heat mag, and I have to say that this is one hilarious book. It's not quite as soppy as a lot of other books like this and there are tons of giggle aloud bits. Martha, the main character, is very easy to relate to and you feel sorry for her from the beginning chapter... Loved the Ibiza bits as well - especially the nudist beach scene. Overall I'd definitely recommend it to anyone sick of the same old chick books - and who isnt too prudish..
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lulu VINE VOICE on 7 Dec. 2003
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I read this book after spotting a review about it elsewhere in the amazon pages describing it as "knickerwettingly funny" personally i wouldnt go that far but it is funny. The story as explains is based around exes of Martha and what happens to her with all of them in her life. I think this book is excellent chick lit only, there is no way id catch my hubby reading this one! Very good read if a little predictable but definately worth the read
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Brit-Chick-Lit with few surprises 20 April 2006
By Tracy Vest - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
While having sex, Martha's boyfriend utters the words no woman wants to hear - least of all in bed - "I've slept with someone else." She calmly dresses and tells him that they are over. It is not until she is on the street that she remembers that they share an apartment... The betrayal is all the more humiliating since Martha makes her living as an advice columnist (or as her editor calls her - a "relationship counselor"), and immediately starts to wonder if it was a one night stand or happened repeatedly.

She moves into a new place with sexual dynamo Jacqui, who introduces her to a whole new set of people and experiences. She also has to make that obligatory call to her childhood nemesis Desdemona, who is now dating Martha's first ex-boyfriend Alex. As she tries to get over Luke, she explores her unresolved feelings for Alex, who seems to still have a soft spot for her. She also must contend with her column, which her editor wants spiced up who she could be out the door.

As she trudges through the letters from her lovelorn readers, she wonders if she shouldn't give Luke another chance. This Brit-Chick-Lit tale has some comical situations, but it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out where she is going with the story - in fact, there are few surprises.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great Writing, Slow Developing Plot 20 Oct. 2004
By ChickLitGirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Meet Martha Seymore - an advice columnist at Gloss Magazine. When she finds out that her boyfriend Luke has been cheating on her, she is devastated. (Having him admit it to her mid-foreplay just adds icing to the cake!) What's a girl to do? Temporarily she moves in with her friend Desdemona, who just happens to be engaged to Alex, one of Martha's ex boyfriends. Thus begins Martha's search to get over Luke. She wonders if she will get over him if she found another man.

Join Martha in her soul-searching in this witty, well-written novel. Martha is the type of heroine whom many can identify with - smart, sassy, funny yet flawed. Overall I enjoyed this book for the most part, although I wished at times that the plot moved along a little more instead of having the character constantly looking back into the past. Not a whole lot seemed to happen. However, the book is definitely worth a read. Andrea Semple has written another book that is so far only published in the UK called The Make-up Girl.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Call it Chick Lite 27 Jan. 2005
By Dangle's girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Calling "The Ex Factor" the Chinese food of Chick Lit is a grave disservice to the cuisine of the Middle Kingdom. Semple's not a bad writer and her sex scenes are quite spicy, but the novel will stay with you only as long as it takes to close the book and put it back on a shelf. None of the characters is remotely believable or likeable, and a bizarre domestic violence interlude just leaves you queasy. "Ex Factor" would be better described, perhaps, as the Yoshinoya of Japanese food--cheap, greasy and a bit stomach-turning.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
ok read 27 Sept. 2004
By Little D - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It was an okay read. Slightly sluggish. I had to make myself read through the book to the end just so it wasn't a waste of my money.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book rocks! 3 Oct. 2004
By Lisa Lister - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a must read! I devoured it in one sitting, it's a little more intelligent than your average chick lit book, with the main character becoming a modern day heroine for the messy 20 somethings out there...Go buy it!
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