What They Say
Relationships come and go, but the Break-up Club membership never truly expires.
Holly Braithwaite and loveable loser Lawrence have been together for five years. But the obvious cracks in their relationship can no longer be ignored and Holly soon finds herself saying ‘it’s not you, it’s me.’
In the shock aftermath of their break up, Holly finds unlikely companions in Olivia, Harry and Bella. Together, they form the Break-up Club, as they support each other through their mutual melancholy and find ways to love, laugh and function as human beings again.
Break-up Club meets every Sunday. Each week, as the comedy and drama unfolds, they discover a new BUC ‘rule’. And, one by one, the rules become vital markers on their journey to recovery . . .
To our members, we’re the first emergency service
The book itself is all about a group of friends - Holly, Harry, Olivia and Bella, who all happen to be dumped/dump someone around the same time and decide that to help each other get over their own heartbreaks, they'll start a BUC (break up club) with rules to help them keep away from their exes. It's literally ingenious. And I wonder why it isn't an actual thing, because that's AWESOME. Who better than friends to help you get over a break up? Or to stop you going into a Facebook ragey because you've seen something you don't like on your exes Facebook? It's genius, I tell you.
I loved getting to know the girls - and guy - of break up club. Holly was the main character (which at times made me sad because Holly could be a sap; it makes me sad when someone dumps someone but is still crying over them 80% into the novel, because she dumped him, but maybe I'm heartless and mostly I did like Holly) but Olivia, Bella and Harry were awesome to get to know, too, and it would have been good if they'd got to have a bit of the book, too. If we could see Bella doing her weird, hippy thing; Harry training for his triathlons; and Olivia's real feelings on her break-up as she had quite a peppy veneer to her that never rang true.
I really enjoyed Reader, I Dumped Him. It's a fairly long read, so ready yourself to settle in and really get to know these characters. You really do feel like you're part of their club, and I loved how different they all were, but how that didn't matter within their friendship with each other. I've always loved books about friends, because love isn't always everything and friendship is so important and often overlooked and it was nice to see it make a welcome return here! Here's hoping we don't have such a long wait for Lorelei's next novel (there's been a few years since her first two Little Black Dress books and this one!).