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Brimming with humor and hope, this contemporary tween comedy is perfect for fans of Tommy Greenwald and Megan Schul. 

What happens when you finally capture the attention of your first crush? Do you suddenly know what to do? Do you magically learn the secrets of love? Not even close.

Follow eighth graders Sam (the class clown), Duke (the intellectual), and Chollie (the athlete) as they fumble their way through boyfriend territory for the very first time. With so much to worry about as the school year ends—finals, commencement speeches, the baseball championship, the graduation party—the guys feel ill-equipped to handle the stress of their new relationships. But if they're dumped before the last day of middle school school, they'll start high school as losers. The. Pressure. Is. On. 

Want more Sam, Duke, and Chollie? Check out Me and Miranda Mullaly by Jake Gerhardt.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Viking Books for Young Readers

My Future Ex-Girlfriend

by Jake Gerhardt

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My Future Ex-Girlfriend is perfect for middle grade students.  It follows a group of eighth graders and a seventh grader in the final weeks of the school year until graduation.  It follows the guys as they try to figure out this girlfriend-boyfriend-relationship-thing.  There are three couples and the book is mainly told from the guys' viewpoint, which is actually a little unique for this type of book.  The prose is interspersed with the occasional response to a writing prompt in English class or emails; in fact, those are the only viewpoint vehicles for the occasional female perspective from two of the three female characters.  It can be a bit confusing at times, trying to keep who is with who straight, as the perspective is constantly switching.

The author's previous book, Me and Miranda Mullaly, shares characters with this novel. but it is not necessary to have read it, as My Future Ex-Girlfriend stands well on its own.  This is a light-hearted, fast read that middle school readers can relate to.

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Profanity/Language:  6 religious exclamations.

Violence/Gore:  Character has thoughts (comical in nature) of imaginary individuals roughing up others.

Sex/Nudity:  Many instances of girls & boys liking each other and thinking about another; boy puts arm around a girl; boy and girl kiss.

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Reviewed By Cindy
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