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Title: Dumped, Actually
Author: Nick Spalding
Date Published: July 16, 2019
Number of Pages: 313 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
📚 Series: No. Standalone.
📚 Genre: Rom/Com Fiction
📚 POV: First person.
📚 Cliffhanger: No.
Book Blurb from Goodreads
When Ollie Sweet is very publicly dumped by ‘The One’, his seemingly perfect world dissolves into misery, self-pity, and a bizarre rooftop meeting with a suicidal man in flip-flops. While most would seek out the support of loved ones at such a torrid time, natural-born journalist Ollie asks the subscribers of his website: how did they get over their failed relationships?
When Ollie follows some of their more extreme advice, chaos inevitably ensues, including accidentally exposing himself to some unsuspecting wildlife, jumping out of a perfectly serviceable aeroplane, and suffering from an extremely painful bottom, courtesy of a maniacal Scotsman.
Of course, all of this goes down a storm with his online following, and Ollie soon finds himself the centre of everyone’s attention – whether he likes it or not!
With his eclectic collection of supporters to guide him, can Ollie mend his broken heart, heal his broken bottom, and learn to find happiness again?
About the Author
Nick Spalding is an author who, try as he might, can’t seem to write anything serious.
Before becoming a full-time author, he worked in the communications industry, mainly in media and marketing. As talking rubbish for a living can get tiresome (for anyone other than a politician), he thought he’d have a crack at writing comedy fiction – with a very agreeable level of success so far, it has to be said. Nick has now sold over two million books – including a million books sales with Amazon Publishing alone. This flabbergasts him every single day.
Nick lives in the South of England with his lovely (and extremely patient) wife. He’s now in his mid forties – and is rather annoyed at the universe about it, because it gave him no choice in the matter. He’s also addicted to Thai food, still thinks Batman is just about the coolest thing on Earth, and has a dreadful singing voice.
Dumped Actually is my first read from author, Nick Spalding, and this indeed was something else.
The blurb was promising and I was very curious about it. It felt like a prompt for a series or a movie which is why I decided to request this title. This book is truly light and funny, just like its premise.
Surprisingly, this book did not hit me in the right places. I don’t know where it was coming from but some of the scenes were borderline ridiculous. Some jokes did not appeal to my humor, unfortunately.
Ollie Sweet, the main character, is a little too weird for me and being in his head was not that appealing. He can be quite frustrating and annoying and too immature for me.
This book does tell about the process of grieving and moving on, and everyone goes through it differently, so I guess that part is good.
The ending also brought a redeeming arc for this story, thankfully.
In conclusion, I have to say this book is okay. It just didn’t vibe with my own tastes.
My Book Rating Breakdown
🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Romance: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Book Cover: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
☁ FINAL VERDICT: 3.00/5 ☁
What’s a good romantic comedy you can recommend? Tell me in the comments!