Synopsis: 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?
Kat’s Rating: 3/5
My Review: I like Nick Spaldings books and they normally entertain me hugely. This book however although a decent read wasn’t one of my favorites of his, yet still managed to have me snorting with laughter on more than one occasion and I think a rating less than 4 stars is a little churlish with that being the case.
The story is set around Ollie Sweet who is unceremoniously dumped by his girlfriend Sam whilst he is proposing. This sets Ollie off on a downward slope and when he finally return to work his Boss suggests he use his experience to write a piece on the Website he works for. What happens is that ‘Dumped Actually’ (the title of his work) turns out to be a very popular piece if journalism. This sets in motion Ollie taking a path which has half been decided by his readers.
There are some incredibly funny moments in this book and I really do like Nick Spaldings humour. However, this particular book I think the main character just irritated me that little bit too much for me to be able to love it. It was certainly a very amusing and decent enough read, just not one of my favourites from this author.