The Good, the Bad, and the Dumped by Jenny Colgan

The Good, the Bad, and the Dumped by Jenny Colgan

Jenny Colgan returns to the blog with a new release all about finding yourself in the present after digging through your past with  

The Good, the Bad, and the Dumped  

Posy Fairweather is searching for something: the problem really is that she doesn’t know where to begin or what she really wants to find.  Newly engaged to Matt, she’s decided that she can’t move forward without discovering just what went “wrong” with her last relationships and can’t even bring herself to say the name of her last boyfriend.  Of course, her best friend thinks it’s a horrible idea, her sister is busily ignoring the realities of life and just ‘hippie-ing’ herself through it, and her mother is totally obsessed with profiling and pushing her daughters into her way of thinking. More than a bit bitter and self-obsessed, her mother is a psychotherapist with very defined ideas of ‘child raising’ – few of which included subjugating herself or holding back her version of the truth to her two daughters.  

When you look at Posy, she’s a bit difficult to empathize with constantly: she’s melodramatic, has fits of self-confidence that disappear and she’s seemingly stuck in one place without direction, and she’s determined to ‘find out where things went wrong’ without assigning any blame to herself for her behavior: whether speaking out or being a doormat, and can’t see the patterns that she is repeating.  Many moments of too much drink, too little consideration for those around her (particularly Matt) and a long-held resentment toward her father, fueled by her mother’s version of their split when Posy was little, without having the courage or the thoughts to look at her own behaviors.  

Still, this is a Colgan book and even her highly annoying and frustrating characters have depths and unseen traits that emerge as the story continues, and I’m curious to see how she turns what starts as that massive pile-up on the M4 turns into a story where you want to see the character (particularly Posy) find some sort of resolution and a way out of the chaos.  It’s not smooth sailing, and there are those “passive aggressive’ status updates to Facebook at the lead of each chapter – those ones we all see and roll our eyes at, that showed Posy finding some measure of ‘self-awareness’ as her search (through Scotland, the posh side of London and a tiny village in Wales) for answers to what is ultimately the key to herself and her own issues, continued.  While not a favorite read from this author, it’s worth the time (if you enjoy a well-drawn character who struggles with her own questions of what’s next.  

The Good, the Bad, and the Dumped by Jenny Colgan

Title: The Good, the Bad, and the Dumped
Author: Jenny Colgan
Genre: British, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Friendship, Grief, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain
ISBN: 0062869604
Published on: 23 March, 2021
Source: Publisher via Avon Addicts, Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 352
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 40 minutes
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameHalf a Flame

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A laugh-out-loud novel about a woman determined to track down her exes in hopes of repairing her failing love life—from the New York Times bestselling author of 500 Miles from You.

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?

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via Avon Addicts, Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.


About Jenny Colgan

Jenny T. Colgan was born in 1972 in Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland, UK. After studying at Edinburgh University, she worked for six years in the health service, moonlighting as a cartoonist and a stand-up comic, before the publication of her first novel Amanda's Wedding in 2000. In 2013, her novel "Welcome to Rosie Hopkin's Sweetshop of Dreams" won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists' Association. She is now working on her next novel.

She is married with Andrew, a marine engineer, and had three children, Wallace, Michael-Francis, and Delphie. She mostly lives in France, with frequent visits to London. She occasionally writes for The Guardian newspaper, as well as a TV series.

Her Doctor Who novel Dark Horizons is published under the name J.T. Colgan.


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